I’m very glad to see you and your agents finally calling out an organization that’s been disrespecting you and mistreating you ever since Harden signed onto the team. I’ve been following your game since the beginning of Linsanity and have written extensively about your game ever since then. Here’s just a sample to give you an idea of the type of in-depth analysis that I do here. If you want to see more articles, please go to the “Featured Posts” in the sidebar or go to my YouTube page.
Even though I’ve written extensively about you and been following you since the beginning of Linsanity, I haven’t attempted to reach out to you directly until now. The reason is that I didn’t want to be a distraction to your game (however remote that possibility may be) during the season and I generally write during the season. I’m motivated to reach out to you now, because it’s the off-season and I think there are a lot of things you need to do this off-season that you may not have thought of, because they don’t involve developing your basketball skills. I’m in no way qualified to give you advice on that, and you have plenty of people around you who are qualified.
McHale and the Houston Rockets organization have done tremendous damage to you in a lot of ways (e.g., playing you out of position, forcing you to play to your weaknesses, forcing you to back up a Point Guard who has no business of starting on ANY team). The ways that I’m most concerned about is how they’ve affected you subconsciously. Basically, everything affects us subconsciously. Some things are positive and serve to build us up, others are negative and serve to break us down. The way McHale and the Rockets have mistreated you since Harden came into Houston has not only done damage to your stats and your reputation around the league, it has had a deleterious effect on your own self-image, I believe.
When you joined the Rockets, they promised you the keys to the offense. Then Harden came along and that all changed in a hearbeat. You had to take a backseat and then this past season, you had to back up some player who has no business of starting over you. And because of this, you are now wrongly and unfairly considered a serviceable back up Point Guard around the league. All of these things must have an impact on how you subconsciously see yourself. And I think this off-season, you need to work with someone, like an Anthony Robbins (more on him later), to shed all of the negative impact McHale has had on your self-image. McHale has always been a doubter of yours. I even made a video breaking this down in painstaking detail. He has not been a coach to you at all, but as a player on his team, you’re forced to listen to him. If you spend 2 years listening to someone, what they say seeps into your subconscious, no matter how much you disagree with what they say. This is, for example, the type of thing that happens to kids in families with verbally abusive parents. You have been in a 2-year abusive relationship with McHale and the Rockets, even though you may not realize this. His view of you is that you’re nothing more than a back up PG and he finally was able to make this warped view of his a reality this season, simply because he’s the coach of the team. He always felt Linsanity was a fluke and never believed that you were at all responsible for Linsanity, which is insane. McHale is not right in the mind–especially when it comes to you.
This off-season, I want you to get back the mindset that you are a star Point Guard. I get the sense, that you’re a little embarrassed about Linsanity and you shouldn’t be. Linsanity is actually a more accurate representation of who you really are as a player. So embrace Linsanity and don’t be self-conscious of it.
Because you value humility and don’t like the spotlight, I think that makes you self-conscious about Linsanity. So when you joined the Rockets and became the “face of the franchise” (before Harden joined), you consciously made an effort to not stand out. And, as a result, you played less aggressively during scrimmage against your teammates and that sort of set the tone for your teammates not respecting your game. I wrote in detail about this here. I think the way you’re raised and your perceptions of what being a good Christian is, causes a lot of internal conflict for you about Linsanity and playing in a carefree, hyper-aggressive manner in which you take over games. This is something I think you need to really understand. You have certain views/beliefs about what being a good Christian is and those views sometimes come into conflict with being a superstar and this is something you need to reconcile within you with the help of a professional, like Robbins. I wouldn’t recommend a traditional psycho-therapist. I would recommend someone who is all about giving you practical results quickly, like Robbins, who has worked with top athletes like Jason Kidd and Andre Agassi.
I don’t think you’ve come to terms with the impact that Linsanity has had on you, yet, and there’s a big part of you now that wants to leave that all behind, as if it’s something that happened to someone else. And I don’t think that’s healthy. You need to own Linsanity! Because of your humility, I don’t think you’ve fully embraced Linsanity, even telling your friends not to say “Linsanity” around you. Linsanity could be seen as a punchline, but what Linsanity really is is your Consciousness (with a capital “C”) or your real self. That’s why you’ve said in interviews that it felt like an out-of-body experience (especially that spin around Derek Fisher). You see Linsanity as a gift from God, so don’t be embarrassed by it! When you’re in the zone, your Consciousness (or God) is manifested and there is no internal conflict. It’s when you have time to think that these internal conflicts start rising to the surface and mess up your game. Your Mind (with a capital “M”) is the enemy of your Consciousness (or God). Meditation, for example, helps you quiet your Mind in order for you to get in touch with your Consciousness (or God).
Because of all the attention that Linsanity got, I think you get self-conscious the day or so after you’ve had a great game or when you’ve received some attention from the media for your game. The latest example of this is during the playoffs. In Game 5, you got to play your game, and, as a result, the Rockets won (no surprise). But in Game 6, I noticed that you took a step back from the moment you stepped onto the court in that game, and I think it is because you didn’t want to be seen as trying to take the spotlight or something. I’ve noticed this at different times throughout the regular season. (SIDE NOTE: In fact, this is in part the reason why you do so much better towards the end of the game when the game is on the line and you feel like you really need to do something to help the team win. During that time, you’re more focused on helping the team win than being self-conscious about trying to take the spotlight. If you can let go of being self-conscious about trying to take the spotlight, then I think you can play at a consistently high level throughout any given game.) It doesn’t help you at all that you’re being coached by someone who is making a concerted effort to undermine your game and force you to play to your weaknesses and force you to defer to others. If anything, you should be consciously forcing yourself to take over games and forcing yourself to take the spotlight in order to neutralize McHale’s efforts to undermine you. By trying to be humble, you’ve helped McHale in his cause and caused even further damage to your game and your psyche.
This off-season, I hope you dedicate some time to working with someone (i.e., Anthony Robbins) who can get you to a stage where you see yourself as a star Point Guard, which is what you really are. When Melo and Harden are injured, you average 22.72 points and 7.72 Assists. This is who you really are! Your situation in Houston is the worst possible case scenario for you. You had a coach who consistently undermined you at every turn. If you’re in a neutral situation in a starting role, you’re easily an 18.5+ points 6.5+ assists-guy. If you’re in a favorable situation in a starting role, you’re easily a 22+ points 8+ assists-guy. This is who you really are, so you need to shed the image that your subconscious has formed about yourself, thanks to the ill-treatment you’ve received for two seasons with the Rockets.
I’ll try to tweet you more this off-season in order to motivate you to at least think about some of these more psychological “woo-woo” stuff that you might not be privy to. As a fellow Asian Ivy League-er (Yale), I know first hand that you probably only see a guy like Anthony Robbins as some loud-mouthed ra-ra guy and think “self-help” is a bad word. But he really is not what his image is and I prefer to see “self-help” as self-actualization (or the process of shedding a lot of stuff to get at our core, at who we really are). I had that same perception of Anthony Robbins, until I started looking into him just out of pure curiosity (I’m someone who has a natural curiosity for diverse subjects). Also, as a Christian, you may feel “woo-woo” stuff like Consciousness and Meditation goes counter to your Faith, but if you read books like The Power of Now, a lot of Jesus’s teachings actually comports with a lot of things that people see as being “woo-woo”, like Consciousness/Meditation, etc. My perspective is that all religions/spirituality really teach the exact same things at their core and religious divisions are man-made that causes more harm than good. Jesus and the Buddha, for example, are actually very similar in how they went about their lives and their teachings at their core. So don’t be afraid to expand your beliefs, because it will only serve to strengthen your own Faith, I assure you.
Hopefully, you will get traded this off-season and be freed of a coach and an organization that has done tremendous damage to you. I think you and your agent need to ask to be traded after how they’ve treated you. Life is a matter of chance. If Morey hadn’t snatched you from New York, I think the Raptors would have signed you and you would have easily been a 20+ points 7+ assists guy and you would be considered a star Point Guard by now, which is what you really are. Instead, you’re now so wrongly and unfairly considered a back up Point Guard. Wherever you go now, you have to fight for a starting job so that’s why I think it’s critical for you to work on gaining back the star Point Guard mentality and not be afraid to show your stuff to any team you go to. Don’t be afraid of the spotlight and don’t be self-conscious about performing at your highest level all the time–even in scrimmage.