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Q&A with Assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff, by Friedman

http://www.nba.com/rockets/news/qa-jb-bickerstaff-0

He talks about small ball, and how the coaching staff felt that the team's strength was in the perimeter, and they needed to commit to the team's strength, and that the numbers backed up the idea that their best units were small ball units.

In the same vein they talk about putting your five best players on the floor regardless of size, but now that's referring not to small ball, but to big ball, with Asik/Dwight pairing, and how the coaching staff needs to be creative in finding ways for it to work.

They talk about playing fast (they plan to continue playing fast) and the read & react style, which they intend to continue using, but do intend to add new 'triggers' to.

They talk about integrating new players and building chemistry. "Some guys, when they play with other elite players, they end up being too unselfish; or guys who are used to having the ball in their hands all the time, now they’re not as aggressive or as instinctive because they’re thinking too much out there. The game changes. There’s a transition process that has to take place and it doesn’t always go according to your timetable." I assume that the italicized is in reference to Jeremy Lin, but then again, I've so far found 6 clear references to Jeremy Lin in Richard Feynman's 1965 book The Character of Physical Law, and I'm not even halfway through.

He tops it off with a reminder that it usually takes teams awhile to figure out how to play together, and how even the Heat needed a year.

No cursing in title. No pirated material, such as links to online game streams. Do not cut/paste entire sections of content from other websites. Thanks.

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