Sources: Dwight Howard will get second opinion on his knee, could miss extended time. Likely eliminates Howard as All-Star sub for Kobe.
Houston's James Harden has been selected to the Western Conference All-Star reserves, league sources tell Yahoo.
Clint Capela will have to wait for 1st NBA points. Rockets annouce re-assigned him to D-League. Capela was back for 2 games, playing in LA..
The Dream Shake "Josh Smith knocked down four three pointers, tying a career high. The Rockets bench combined for 47 points in a win that finally showed us that Houston can make the necessary stops down the stretch and finish big plays in crunch time. Josh Smith and Terrence Jones showed up to play, leading..." January 29
Houston Chronicle "Rockets center Dwight Howard underwent an MRI on Wednesday. The evaluation revealed edema (swelling due to accumulation of fluid) in his right knee, the team announced. Howard will be evaluated over the next few days but will not travel with the team on its road trip to Boston and Detroit." January 29
ESPN Dallas "If Chandler Parsons had a midseason MVP vote, it would go to former teammate James Harden. "For sure. He's the best player in basketball right now," Parsons said before his Dallas Mavericks fell 99-94 to Harden's Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. "The things he's doing are incredible. The..." January 29
McHale also does not expect Dwight Howard (ankle) to be able to go tonight.
Coach McHale said there's a chance Terrence Jones could play as early as tomorrow- went through full practice today.
Dwight Howard (ankle) and Terrence Jones (nerve inflammation) questionable to play vs. Mavs tmrw. First change in Jones' status in months.
Houston Chronicle "As James Harden toyed with his hometown team, setting up teammates for open looks and taking a few for himself, Harden’s greatest challenge seemed to be deciding between all the ways he had to tear through the Lakers’ defense. He could drive to the rim or pull up. He could set up Rockets big..." January 26
TMZ.com "Fact: The child abuse investigation into NBA star Dwight Howard has just been kicked to the Atlanta PD. Fact: If charges are brought against Dwight, the matter would be prosecuted by the Fulton County District Attorney's Office. Fact: The Fulton County District Attorney ... is Dwight..." January 26
Houston Chronicle "The Rockets might have let guard Goran Dragic return to the Suns as a free agent, but Dragic said Friday that he would not hold that against them if they pursue him as a free agent next summer. Dragic signed a four-year deal with the Suns that gave him the power to opt out after his third..." January 26
Terrence Jones remains out, but when I asked about a Wed. return, McHale did not rule it out. Said "sooner than later" and "within a week."
Rockets announce they have recalled Clint Capela from the NBA D-League
Houston Chronicle "The Rockets might have let guard Goran Dragic return to the Suns as a free agent, but Dragic said Friday that he would not hold that against them if they pursue him as a free agent next summer. Dragic signed a four-year deal with the Suns that gave him the power to opt out after his third..." January 25
Rockets center Dwight Howard is listed as questionable to play against the Lakers on Sunday with a sprained right ankle.
CBSSports.com "We know who's starting in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, as the 10 players selected by a fan vote were announced on TNT on Thursday. As always, we can quibble with the names on that list, and that's what we're here to do. Here are some players who could be sitting at home, wondering what more they..." January 23
CSN Bay Area "In the increasingly tedious search for meaningful storylines from game to game, the Warriors advanced a new one Wednesday night. As in, 'Scratch Houston from the list of teams to worry about come postseason.' With their typically clinical dispatch, the Warriors re-explained the Western..." January 22
Forbes.com "What do you get when you combine a massive new $24 billion television contract, a nearly six-year bull market in equities creating tremendous wealth, and cheap credit? You get a massive rise in sports franchise values, with the NBA serving as ground zero for the current boom. The average NBA team..." January 21
Fox Sports Southwest "Dallas Mavericks star Chandler Parsons decided to do a quick Q&A on Twitter Tuesday afternoon. Among questions like, "Are you single?" (Yes) and "What current player do you look up to?" (Dirk), one doozy emerged. When a fellow Twitter user asked, "What is the best thing about being on this..." January 21
Houston Chronicle "Dwight Howard said he still is having problems with his right knee, which has been strained for most of the season. Despite the pain, he has been playing well in the last few games. On Monday, in a win over the Pacers, he had his 19th double-double of the season with 14 points and 17..." January 21
Houston Chronicle "In the final hours before the polls closed – as the Rockets repeatedly were reminded while a game seemingly in the bag grew tense – James Harden made his case one last time. He almost certainly was not thinking about the All Star voting. And if Harden had anything other than holding off the..." January 20
Terrence Jones at Rockets practice today. http://t.co/RQN7lhOHVC
Houston Chronicle "While the NBA canvases teams to solicit thoughts on restructuring the length of seasons and schedules, NBA commissioner Adam Silver will not need to wait for the Rockets’ input. Rockets owner Leslie Alexander took his opinions directly to the commissioner this week, making an appeal for changes..." January 18
Dwight Howard probable with strained right knee.
Per Kevin McHale TJones is in the final stages of returning to the floor.
Houston Chronicle "Building the lead was fun, or at least the Rockets seemed to be enjoying themselves as if the game was ending, rather than just starting. Trevor Ariza banked in a 3 from the corner. James Harden barked trash talk until he seemed to run out of things to say. Pat Beverley gyrated and howled at..." January 16
Houston Chronicle "Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said Thursday that a tweet that he sent on Wednesday using a gynecologist joke was “in bad taste.” During an interview about the NBA Development League showcase he is attending, Morey addressed the backlash to his tweet during a question-and-answer session he..." January 16
Orlando Sentinel "If this Orlando Magic season will have a turning point, a soggy, cold night in Portland, Ore., may be remembered as that moment. The intensity changed that night. According to center Nikola Vucevic, it started with the Magic's backcourt of the future, Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo,..." January 15
CBSSports.com "Hakeem Olajuwon has weighed in on the subject, I hesitate to call it a debate, about LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan. From CNBC: "When people start comparing him with Jordan then that's not a fair comparison. Jordan was a far more superior player in a very tough league, he was very creative,"..." January 15
Houston Chronicle "This was using napalm to treat a fire ant mound, taking a wrecking ball to a wall that needed a coat of paint. Either that or Kevin Garnett was just an old lion that needed to show he can still roar. When the play that would soon end Garnett’s night began, and stand as the highlight of the..." January 13
New York Daily News "Kevin Garnett lost his cool and perhaps a few brain cells. The Nets just lost. Again. The night started with a head-butt and an ejection, as Garnett charged at Dwight Howard and delivered his forehead to the Rockets center’s cheek. Howard responded with an open-hand shot to Garnett’s chin,..." January 13
The Score "Dwight Howard was nearly a Brooklyn Net back in 2012, when the Orlando Magic put the superstar center on the trading block. Two-and-a-half years later, he is still thinking about what would have been. Howard was ultimately dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a four-team trade, kicking..." January 13
Washington Post "Josh Smith would rather be viewed as a possible difference-maker for a franchise that has just one playoff series victory since 1997. He can’t have it that easy though, not after the bizarre happenstance in Detroit following his stunning departure last month. Smith’s desire to have his value..." January 13
No big change in injury report- Dwight Howard still probable and Terrence Jones still out.
Dwight Howard (knee) is probable tonight against Jazz. Alexey Shved (ankle) is questionable.
Houston Chronicle "Rockets coach Kevin McHale could offer little insight about how he felt with the rotation now that he has Josh Smith coming off the bench, usually checking in for Dwight Howard. That was because McHale said the move was not made based on his preference, but for Smith’s. “The biggest thing is..." January 10
The Dream Shake "Entering this season, there were three big questions between this Houston Rockets team and serious title contention: Could they do it without a third star? Would the bench be good enough? And, would Dwight Howard get/stay healthy and provide something like his Orlando form? We're into 2015,..." January 08
The Dream Shake "If you skipped this game because LeBron wasn't in it, you missed a dandy. The game was neck-in-neck for three and a half quarters until the Rockets pulled away with a strong stretch featuring Josh Smith and Corey Brewer, and surprisingly not including the Beard. James Harden's MVP campaign is..." January 08
Athlon Sports "The term “addition by subtraction” has rarely seen brighter days. The Detroit Pistons are playing their best basketball in years, after cutting so-called star Josh Smith from their roster, eating tens of millions of dollars in the process — just to keep him away. They’ve won five games, and..." January 05
Pro Basketball Talk "The Detroit Pistons were so frustrated with the play of Josh Smith that they used the stretch provision in the league’s collective bargaining agreement to release him, which essentially meant paying him more than $27 million just to go away. The Rockets, ever opportunistic, chose to add Smith..." January 04
The Rockets have assigned Nick Johnson to the Vipers, team announced.
CBSSports.com "The Houston Rockets, an early-season success story after battling through adversity in the form of injury after injury, are suddenly disappointing. At relatively full strength -- Terrence Jones is still out because of a nerve issue in his left knee -- they lost to the New Orleans Pelicans 111-83..." January 03
San Antonio Express-News "The Spurs committed 19 turnovers Sunday against Houston, and suffered the same type of misfortune that’s characterized a brutal December when the Rockets knocked down a pair of 3-pointers, including Corey Brewer’s bank shot from 29 feet, in the final 2.7 seconds of the first quarter. Unlike so..." December 29
Yahoo! Sports "The Houston Rockets have signed free agent Josh Smith after clearing a roster spot and will activate him to play against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Smith participated in the Rockets' shootaround on Friday morning in Memphis. The Rockets waived..." December 27
The Rockets have waived Tarik Black to clear a roster spot for Josh Smith, league source tells Yahoo.
ESPN.com "Wanting to play for a winning team with a chance to win the title, Josh Smith said Wednesday he has decided to join the Houston Rockets. Though the Rockets have not announced the move, Smith told FOX26 Sports that he is looking forward to playing with one of his closest friends and former AAU..." December 26
SB Nation "The Houston Rockets will take a chance on Josh Smith, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The former Detroit Piston is expected to land in Houston once he clears waivers. Houston will beat out several teams for his services, including Dallas, Miami, Memphis and Sacramento. The..." December 24
Yahoo! Sports "Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale has agreed to a three-year contract extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The three-year deal is worth nearly $13 million, league sources told Yahoo. McHale had been in the final season of his original four-year contract and completed an agreement on..." December 24
The Score "The Houston Rockets desperately want to add Josh Smith to their 20-7 roster. How bad do they reportedly want the 29-year-old former Detroit Pistons shooter? This bad: The Philadelphia 76ers are the only team with the cap space to claim Smith, and they have no intention to do so, Stein adds...." December 24