Rockets Rumors & News

  • Report: NBA could eliminate Hack-a-Shaq strategy "The NBA is considering a rule change that will punish teams for employing the Hack-a-Shaq strategy, according to a report from Ken Berger of NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently said that he expects the NBA to engage in "full-throated" discussions about the possibility of..." May 04

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    SportsCenter @SportsCenter

    Dwight Howard reacts to Harden not winning MVP: "All of us are pretty upset he didn't win, but our goal is to win the championship."

  • NBA Commissioner Sends Veiled Warning to Players' Union Regarding Labor Deal

    Bleacher Report "If NBA players opt out of the league's labor agreement in 2017, they might find themselves staring at some familiar and unsettling proposals: a hard salary cap, shorter contracts, smaller raises and perhaps an end to guaranteed contracts. No one is making that threat directly, at least not yet,..." May 04

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    Dwain Price @DwainPrice

    The MVP vote finished: 1. Curry 2. Harden 3. LeBron 4. Westbrook, 5. Davis. I voted: 1. Curry 2. Harden 3. Westbrook 4. LeBron 5. Davis.

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Rockets have said he is out for season. McHale said yesterday "Pat won't be back."

  • Dwight Howard ready to play more minutes

    Houston Chronicle "Dwight Howard, who had his minutes limited at the end of the regular season as he came back from knee injury, didn’t have any restrictions in the first round. The team had aimed to play him 32 minutes a game. Foul trouble limited him to just 17 minutes in Game 1, but he averaged 36.5 minutes per..." April 30

  • Rockets beat Mavericks 103-94 to advance out of first round for first time since 2009

    Houston Chronicle "As James Harden slipped his no-look to Terrence Jones and Jones rushed toward the rim, the roars began to build to celebrate much more than a fast break dunk. The Rockets had spent the night searching for the moment that would free them from the Mavericks and their long pursuit of a playoff..." April 29

  • Rockets fire social media manager over violent emoji-laden tweet "NBA social media is pretty fun. Way more so than other sports. The team accounts send barbs, gifs, memes and often emojii/emojis to one another during the game. It's a fun way to interact on social media, in which the NBA is one of the strongest sports leagues. Studies have shown the NBA to be..." April 29

  • Rockets apologize to Mavs for in-game 'it will all be over soon' tweet "The Rockets apologized Tuesday night to the Dallas Mavericks for an in-game tweet posted to their team account that used emoji imagery of a pistol next to a horse and text suggesting the Mavs succumb to an inevitable end. Houston eliminated Dallas in five games of their Western Conference..." April 29

  • Tyson Chandler won’t be suspended for throwing punch at Rockets’ Dwight Howard

    Houston Chronicle "The NBA opted not to take any further action on an altercation in which Mavericks center Tyson Chandler seemed to take a swing at Rockets center Dwight Howard, a person with knowledge of the decision said. The play will stand as called, as a double-technical foul. On the play, Chandler and..." April 28

  • Barea, Aminu helped spark the Mavs to victory over Rockets

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Since Raymond Felton and Richard Jefferson weren’t at full strength, the Dallas Mavericks decided to start J. J. Barea and Al-Farouq Aminu in their places Sunday night. The moves paid off. Barea scored 17 points and handed out 13 assists in picking up his first career playoff double-double...." April 27

  • NBA signs deal with Stance to become official league sock

    The Score "The NBA is filling some big shoes with its latest licensing deal. The league has inked a multi-year deal with Stance, a sock manufacturer, to put its logo on socks worn during games starting next season, according to Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick. John Wilson, founder and president of Stance,..." April 27

  • Could Tyson be suspended for Game 5 after swinging at Dwight?

    Mavs Moneyball "This isn't a great look for Tyson Chandler. He's trying to get Dwight Howard off him after a rebound, sure, but you can swing with a close fist like that -- even if there's basically no chance it could have connected with any sort of impact. Tyson's not a dirty player. As far as I can tell from..." April 27

  • Mavs coach Rick Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban upset over Game 3 calls

    ESPN Dallas "Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle made pointed comments criticizing officials for letting the Houston Rockets get away with what he considered to be illegal physical play during Friday's Game 3. "Look, referees miss calls, but there's just a lot of physical stuff going on out there that just..." April 25

  • Harden, Howard set career highs as Rockets hold off Mavs for Game 3 win

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets had landed body punches in Houston, with the Mavericks doubled over, but not out. The left hook was to come. The Mavericks adjusted their defense, changing assignments to no longer rush an extra defender to keep James Harden surrounded and relatively quiet beyond his role as a..." April 25

  • NBA Announces First Game in Africa

    Sportsnaut "For the first time ever, the NBA is going to take its talents to Africa. The Association announced on Wednesday that it will play its first-ever exhibition game on the continent on August 1st in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game will feature Team Africa, led by South Sudanese native Luol..." April 24

  • Rockets beat Mavericks 111-99 to take 2-0 series lead

    Houston Chronicle "Long before the Rockets and Mavericks were separated by a point in the fourth quarter of a remarkably tight and tense playoff game, they made the moves that four months later would change everything. The Mavericks grabbed Rajon Rondo. On Tuesday, they benched him. The Rockets traded for Corey..." April 22

  • Josh Smith's partnership with Dwight Howard flourishing as Rajon Rondo unravels with Mavs

    Yahoo! Sports "Josh Smith felt like a teenager again, ferocious and free and forever young. He had broken down Dallas' defense, a soft, vulnerable underbelly reduced to rubble. These were old times, tossing those lobs into the air, watching Dwight Howard slam through passes. Old AAU teammates in Atlanta,..." April 22

  • Dwight Howard Owns 50 Guns & Is Confused About How Many Kids He Has

    Black Sports Online "Dwight Howard says he’s a changed man. In this detailed story about him on Bleacher Report he speaks on seeing what happened in Ferguson and wanting to do more for the community. He wants to be a role model for the kids and do positive things. Good for him, one of the first things he acknowledged..." April 22

  • Adam Silver on gambling: 'It's good for business, I don't want to hide from that' "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken on the topic of sports gambling -- back in November, he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times where he argued that betting "should be brought out of the underground." On Monday, as a guest on the Boomer & Carton show, he was asked about talking to..." April 20

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    Earl K. Sneed @EarlKSneed

    Kevin McHale says the Rockets will play it by ear when it comes to Dwight Howard's minutes but he will see more time than during the season.

  • Rockets beat Mavericks 118-108 in Game 1 of first-round playoff series

    Houston Chronicle "Jason Terry spread his wings and sprinted happily down the floor. Corey Brewer did whatever that was he did to sort of dance after his fourth quarter 3s. And again and again, with the game on the line and Dwight Howard trapped by foul trouble in the general vicinity of the bench, the Rockets found..." April 19

  • Mav's Cuban Rips Rockets: 'They Aren't Good'

    Grantland "t’s a Friday morning in early April, and Mark Cuban is limping through the underbelly of American Airlines Center in Dallas. He’s sore for two reasons: His surgically replaced hip aches after a pickup basketball game, and the Mavericks, which he owns, had lost a home game to their bitter rivals..." April 18

  • Nike Close To Taking Over NBA Apparel Rights From Adidas With Long-Term Deal

    Sports Business Daily "Nike is close to securing a long-term NBA uniform rights deal. Sources said the framework for a deal has been reached, the outline of which will be presented to ownership today in N.Y. during a meeting of the Exec Committee and tomorrow before the full NBA BOG. Multiple sources said that while the..." April 17

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Starting next season, NBA and NBPA agree to add HGH blood testing to anti-drug program.

  • Rockets rout Jazz to lock up first division title in more than 20 years

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets did not don any goofy Southwest Division championship shirts. They did not happily proclaim “We’re No. 2!” There was no confetti in sight. The Rockets did their celebrating during the game and seemed to love every minute of it. They got what everything they wanted from..." April 16

  • Dwight Howard's Baby Mama -- Our Son Is Still Terrified Of Him "Dwight Howard's ex Royce Reed is FURIOUS that the NBA star is off the hook in his child abuse case ... telling close friends their 7-year-old son is still "terrified" of his father. TMZ Sports broke the story ... Howard was investigated by the Atlanta Police Dept. for allegedly hitting his son..." April 15

  • Rockets take win over lowly Hornets

    Houston Chronicle "The Hornets weren’t playing for anything. It was their last home game of the season and they were well out of playoff contention. That didn’t mean they were going to make it easy for the Rockets, who are still playing for a lot. Although the Hornets put up a fight, the Rockets came out on..." April 14

  • LeBron No. 1 in jersey sales; Bulls are top-selling team "The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James once again leads the National Basketball Association's list of most popular jerseys. This marks the sixth consecutive time James has claimed the No. 1 position on the list and his third such honor as a member of the Cavaliers. The rankings are based on overall..." April 14

  • Rockets Dwight Howard will not be charged with child abuse "The Atlanta, Ga. Police Department declined to press charges of child abuse against Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard. Howard's ex-girlfriend, Royce Reed, alleged last year Howard beat his then six-year old son with a belt causing bruises and abrasions. "I can confirm we are not moving..." April 14

  • Rockets' Beverley: 'If we do what we need to do hopefully I come back like Willis Reed'

    The Score "When Patrick Beverley underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist two weeks ago, the expectation was that the Houston Rockets would be without their starting point guard for the remainder of the season. But while it was reported Beverley would need four months to recover, the..." April 13

  • Harden, Howard combo helps Rockets pull away from Pelicans to notch 54th win

    Houston Chronicle "James Harden had dragged the Rockets back into the game, mercilessly going at the New Orleans Pelicans defense until the Rockets’ 10-point deficit was gone and the game was tied heading into the fourth quarter. The Pelicans, however, were not going to go down after a flurry of left hooks. Too..." April 13

  • Sources: NBA's president of basketball operations Rod Thorn to retire from NBA

    Yahoo! Sports "Rod Thorn, on his second run as the NBA's president of basketball operations, plans to leave the league office and retire in August, sources told Yahoo Sports. Thorn is highly regarded around the league, a figure who commands respect among executives, coaches and players. Thorn, 73, returned..." April 13

  • Pepsi takes over as NBA sponsor in new deal

    Sports Business Daily "PepsiCo has signed a five-year NBA deal, making it one of the league’s largest sponsors and ending a 29-year relationship between Coke and the NBA. The deal includes Pepsi’s extensive portfolio of salty snacks, like Doritos and Ruffles, and packages rights to the WNBA, NBA D-League and USA..." April 13

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Dwight Howard to play tonight vs. Pelicans.

  • NBA says Tim Duncan's block on James Harden was legal "San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan's block on Houston Rockets guard James Harden was legal, the NBA ruled in its daily "Last Two Minutes" report released Saturday. In the closing seconds of the Rockets' 104-103 loss to the Spurs on Friday, Harden attempted a layup at the basket only to have it..." April 12

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Dwight Howard said he doesn't know if he will sit out Sunday or Monday, but will play just one game of the back-to-back.

  • Duncan’s block saves dramatic 104-103 win over Rockets

    San Antonio Express-News "After opening the door for the Houston Rockets to steal a win from the Spurs Tim Duncan slammed it right in James Harden’s face on the final play of a dramatic 104-103 win, San Antonio’s 10th straight. The win at Houston’s Toyota Center enabled the Spurs to leapfrog the Rockets in the air-tight..." April 11

  • James Harden: ‘I’ve done enough’ to be MVP

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard James Harden said he thinks he has done everything he can to win the NBA’s MVP award this year, but that he isn’t thinking about it too much. “I think I’ve done enough but that’s not my main focus,” Harden said. With four games left this season, Harden is one of the front..." April 11

  • Spurs blast Houston, move 1/2 game out of 2nd in West

    San Antonio Express-News "Summing it up The Spurs played Houston Wednesday at the AT&T Center. They won — again, for the 19th time in 22 outings. They led by double-digits — again, for the 22nd straight game. They triumphed by at least 12 points (110-98) — again, tying the NBA record with nine such victories in a row...." April 09

  • Dwight Howard must bring back 'Superman' for battered Rockets

    Sporting News "Dwight Howard was talking about a 20-year career Wednesday at Rockets shootaround. He also was talking about how he needed to get into shape for the playoffs. That shootaround session sums up the Dwight Howard of the past four years. The knee, the back, the shoulder … the Kobe drama, the free..." April 09

  • NBA union announces awards players will vote on

    USA Today "Kevin Durant may finally be getting his way. Sort of. Nearly three months after the Oklahoma City Thunder star voiced his opinion that NBA players should vote on the league's regular season awards instead of the media, first-year National Basketball Players Association executive director..." April 08

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    Sam Amick @sam_amick

    Another huge hit for Houston: I'm told Donatas Motiejunas is out for the season with his back injury. Story to come at @USATODAYsports

  • James Harden leads Rockets over Thunder

    Houston Chronicle "For most of the afternoon, as James Harden handled the ball in the middle of the floor, the Oklahoma City Thunder sent the bodies necessary to get it out of his hands. They put two defenders on the ball. Harden found big men in the lane on pick-and-rolls or in position to send another pass back..." April 06

  • Papanikolaou moving closer towards return to game action

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets forward Kostas Papanikolaou is close to returning from a sprained ankle he suffered in pregame drills on Feb. 23. Papanikolaou went through a couple of things in practice with the team on Saturday, but isn’t playing full contact yet. “He was out here, but the ankle isn’t ready for..." April 05

  • Rockets capitalize as Mavericks come unraveled in fourth quarter

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets had dragged themselves to their locker room at halftime, coming off a dreadful quarter and with the tanks badly depleted through four games in five nights. They had clanged their way through the second quarter, nearly tearing down the American Airlines Center with missed shots, most..." April 03

  • Bogut on Jackson picking Harden for MVP: 'It was April Fool's Day' "It's always amusing when Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut utters former head coach Mark Jackson's name. Or, as was the case on Thursday night, when he pretends to have forgotten it. After the Warriors' dramatic 107-106 win over the Phoenix Suns, the topic of Jackson choosing James Harden..." April 03

  • James Harden scores 51 in Rockets’ home win over Kings

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets and the Kings stars shone brightly and put on a show on Wednesday night at the Toyota Center. Rockets guard James Harden scored a career-high 51 points and Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins had a triple-double as the Rockets emerged with a 115-111 win. “I’m not gonna lie,”..." April 02

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones listed as probable. No word if Jones, who is not cleared to fly, got Royce White's RV to drive to Dallas.

  • NBA MVP odds: Stephen Curry the heavy favorite, LeBron's out "On Tuesday, I wrote about how the MVP race is down to a two-man race. One of the Sportsbook agrees. The odds are off the books at and (the two I typically use for these posts, as well as at PinnacleSports).But released their odds Wednesday, and it's pretty..." April 01