What is the Houston Rockets’ path to contention?

For as long as I’ve been watching this team, especially since the time I’ve been covering it here on this page, in the minds of the fans and Houston sports commentariat, there has been some understood path towards contention.  As far-fetched as the plan may have been, its existence was settling, evidence of greater hope and a sense of direction.  Hakeem, Clyde, and the gang...
Via Red94
7 hours ago

The Dream Shake Podcast, Ep. 26: Offseason reflection, Beverley’s injury and preseason recap

TDS staff gets ready for the 2016 season. The Dream Shake Podcast: Episode No. 26 Hosts: Ryan Dunsmore and Ethan Rothstein TDS staff gets back into the podcast groove with reflection on the Rockets offseason and preseason action. Offseason storylines - Signing Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon, Nene - James Harden at point guard - Eric Gordon, with Beverley injury, starting...
Via The Dream Shake
7 hours ago

James Harden's first signature shoe looks nothing like the leaked version

After more than a year of waiting, we finally know what James Harden's first signature shoe looks like. And fortunately for the Houston Rockets star and Adidas, those leaked photos you saw earlier this summer were far from the finished product. Check out the James Harden Volume 1 in its Rockets-themed splendor:The debut colorway, "Pioneer," launches at various retailers on Dec. 3...
Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

Patrick Beverley to undergo surgery

Boom. The news finally dropped at 11:30 PM, Friday. Reports say Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley will have surgery and will be out for three weeks. Sources: Houston guard Patrick Beverley will undergo a minor surgical scope on his left knee early next week. He's expected to miss 3 weeks.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) October 22, 2016 Adrian...
Via The Dream Shake
1 day ago

adidas Unveils James Harden's First Signature Shoe, the Harden Vol. 1

When James Harden left Nike to sign with adidas for a whopping $200 million in the summer of 2015, we figured it was only a matter of time before the Houston Rockets bearded star received his own signature shoe. That day has finally arrived. adidas officially dropped images of the adidas Harden Vol. 1 on Saturday, a shoe designed in adherence to some of the most distinct aspects...
Via Stack
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Patrick Beverley to undergo minor knee surgery

Patrick Beverley will undergo minor knee surgery next week and is expected to miss around three weeks, according to a report. The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski shared the news on Beverley late Friday night: Sources: Houston guard Patrick Beverley will undergo a minor surgical scope on his left knee early next week. He's expected to miss 3 weeks. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Clint Capela is awesome, he might not start and that’s OK

If the Swiss Roll improves, so, too, will the Rockets Okay, another year, another time where I write about how good Clint Capela could and should be. What can I say? The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. By now, if you’re reading this, you probably already know the basics about Capela. You know he played 12 regular season games his rookie year before...
Via The Dream Shake
3 days ago

Kyle Wiltjer: Looking good for the Rockets

With one preseason game left, has Kyle Wiltjer done enough to make the Rockets opening night roster Kyle Wiltjer just may be earning himself a roster spot on the Houston Rockets. In 5 preseason games, he’s shooting an impressive 52.6% (10 for 19) from three and a solid 52.9% from the field (18 for 34). His 9.6 ppg is currently 5th on the team. He’s also had 14 rebounds in...
Via The Slipper Still Fits
3 days ago

NBA Southwest Division Preview: Houston Rockets

As another NBA season nears, it’s time for our season previews. Rounding out the West, we head to the Southwest. Projected Conference Finish: 6th Best Offseason Move: How on Earth did they get Nenê for the bi-annual exception? On a one-year deal Nenê might be worth five bi-annual exceptions. He’s still a useful NBA center. I’d honestly rather have him on my team than Timofey...
Via The Sports Post
4 days ago  |  Discuss

James Harden And Houston's Rehabilitation Project

For all the reported locker room dislike between James Harden and Dwight Howard, the two have recently had one thing very much in common: both have been reliable sponges for public vitriol, soaking up the very worst of the NBA's internet-comment fandom. This, in fact, has become something like a defining feature for the Houston Rockets franchise: being disliked. Daryl Morey knows...
Via RealGM - NBA
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Ty Lawson missed team flight to preseason game

Ty Lawson is starting off his tenure with the Sacramento Kings in hot water. According to a report, the Sacramento Kings guard missed a couple of major team events Friday, including a flight to a preseason game. ESPN’s Marc Stein reports the news: Story posting now: League sources say Ty Lawson must explain himself to Kings officials after missing the team's Friday flight...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Sam Dekker after Rockets 2OT loss to Memphis Sam Dekker talks after the Houston Rockets lost in double overtime to the Memphis Grizzlies in a preseason game on 10/15/2016. Dekker scored 16 points.
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Mike D'Antoni after Rockets 2OT preseason loss to Memphis Mike D'Antoni talks after the Houston Rockets lost in double overtime to the Memphis Grizzlies in a preseason game on 10/15/2016.
Via ClutchFans
7 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s next? The Rockets break in their point beard

In the summer before the 2005-06 season, the Atlanta Hawks signed Joe Johnson to a five-year, $70 million contract as part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Phoenix Suns. Johnson’s size, skill and playmaking ability made him a valuable asset to Atlanta. He also agreed to be the team’s point guard, not just the primary scorer of the offense. This gave the Hawks, who had the No...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockets' Brown ripped for putting “graffiti” on the Great Wall of China

Cultural differences can be a tough topic to breach. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from, it is a tough pill to swallow. Getting adjusted can be hard to do, but blatant disrespect won’t just anger some people – it can anger an entire nation. Houston Rockets player Bobby Brown found this out the hard way when he visited China. During the Rockets’ trip to...
Via The Comeback
11 days ago  |  Discuss

James Harden And The Issues Of Context, Perception

James Harden's combination of handles, strength, shooting and court vision has made him a player that has singlehandedly carried Houston's uninspired offense from the very moment he was traded by the Thunder in 2012. But Harden's game can be unbecoming to those who prefer the pace-and-space stylistic shift that has become so popular in the NBA. Unfortunately, perception can trump...
Via RealGM - NBA
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Knicks, Rockets interlock with one another during anthem

Many players have decided to show unity by interlocking arms with their teammates during the national anthem in recent months, but the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets took things a step on Tuesday night. Players from both teams decided before their preseason game that they would interlock with one another — not just their own teammates. Knicks/Rockets stand together in...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Mike D'Antoni before coaching his first Houston Rockets game Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni talks to the media before the team faces the Shanghai Sharks on 10/2/2016 to open the 2016-17 preseason. This is D'Antoni's first game as coach of the Rockets.
Via ClutchFans
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Thirty Futures: Houston Rockets

Mike D'Antoni's career hits its nadir around the time the Lakers started winning. This was 2013. He had failed in New York-Carmelo Anthony's addiction to holding hours-long work dinners at the elbow scuttled that project-and was tasked with figuring out how to meld an incongruous super-team that included Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard. That the collective never...
Via RealGM - NBA
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucks trade for Michael Beasley in effort to replace Khris Middleton

With Khris Middleton’s return to the court unknown after tearing his hamstring on Tuesday, the Milwaukee Bucks are looking to find a way to replace the production of the Bucks’ 2015-16 leading scorer. The mission to fill Middleton’s void was started Thursday. Milwaukee traded point guard Tyler Ennis to the Houston Rockets for forward Michael Beasley, according to Woj and...
Via The Comeback
September 22, 2016  |  Discuss

James Harden: Rockets have never been on same page since I got here

James Harden is still the face of the Houston Rockets, despite a tumultuous last season which saw his team tumbled from second to eight in the Western Conference, overwhelmed by the storyline of behind-the-scenes grumbling and discontent in the locker room. Of course, the firing of Kevin McHale didn’t help, but as the first few practices of the new season have begun, Harden has...
Via The Comeback
September 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Harden hopes to unite Rockets after last season's struggles

James Harden bemoaned how disharmony last season completely derailed the Houston Rockets’ 2015-16 campaign. Worse yet, the superstar hinted that the team has never been on the same page in the four seasons he has been in Houston. The superstar did say recently, though, that he is heading into the 2016-17 NBA season optimistic that’s all in the past. Citing how Rockets players...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
September 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Ty Lawson being extorted after computer hack

Sacramento Kings point guard Ty Lawson is being extorted by computer hackers who reportedly got their hands on some sensitive information, per TMZ. “We spoke with Lawson’s attorney, Martin Kaufman, who says they’re extremely concerned about the hack — because the culprits got access to some very sensitive and private material.” The hackers are reportedly shopping the material...
Via Sportsnaut
September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

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