Rockets Rumors & News

  • Kenyon Martin Says 85 Percent of NBA Smokes Marijuana

    SLAM Online "While the NBA bans the use of marijuana, Kenyon Martin estimates that “85 percent” of the League continues to find ways to smoke marijuana. In a roundtable discussion with B/R Mag’s Master Tesfatsion, Matt Barnes added that not only the players—but coaches and executives—smoke weed. “Some of..." April 20

  • Adam Silver: 'We Should Be Compensated' If Sports Gambling Is Legalized

    Bleacher Report "NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Friday the league believes it should receive compensation if sports betting becomes legal in the United States. Silver explained his stance during an appearance on ESPN's Get Up!, per Andrew Joe Potter of The Score. "We've joined the fray ... and we..." April 20

  • Luc Mbah a Moute optimistic about return from injury

    Yardbarker "Luc Mbah a Moute expressed optimism that his dislocated shoulder won’t keep him out as long as the one he suffered earlier this season. In December, Mbah a Moute sustained an injury during a game against the Hornets. He missed 15 games with that injury. This time around, the Houston Rockets..." April 19

  • Why Rockets' James Harden doesn't have to worry about his 2-for-18 shooting night

    CBS Sports "James Harden had a hellish shooting night on Wednesday, making only two of his 18 field goal attempts and finishing with just 12 points after opening the playoffs with a 44-point masterpiece. All those misses didn't faze him, though: Harden told reporters that he felt good after the game, as the..." April 19

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • NBA owner reportedly berated coach for not tanking

    Larry Brown Sports "As long as the NBA keeps its draft system the way it currently is, tanking will always be a huge issue across the league, particularly late in the season. For at least one team owner, tanking was an absolute must down the stretch. In the latest edition of his podcast with Bobby Marks, ESPN’s..." April 17

  • Big Pay Raises Coming for G League Players

    New York Times "The N.B.A. is instituting a long-anticipated salary increase in its developmental league, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. Effective next season, players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits..." April 17

  • Rockets' Ryan Anderson nearing return from ankle injury

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets short-handed bench could be close to having at least one reinforcement returning with Ryan Anderson potentially returning from his sprained ankle on Wednesday. Anderson missed the final four games of the Rockets regular season and the first game against the Timberwolves on..." April 17

  • NBA Leaves 18-19 Cap Projection At $101M, 19-20 At $108M

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has not changed their preseason salary cap projection of $101 million for the 18-19 season and $108 million for 19-20 in a new memo to teams." April 17

  • 2018 Pre-Lottery NBA Draft Order

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA conducted its draft tiebreakers on Friday evening, further cementing the draft order for 2018. While we’ll have to wait until the lottery to determine the exact order for this year’s event, we now know what most of the 60 selections look like. Listed below is the pre-lottery 2018 NBA..." April 16

  • Mike D’Antoni’s innovation will lead Rockets to Western Conference Finals

    Pro Basketball Talk "Let’s rewind the clock for a minute. The year is 2004. Every song on the radio is either an Usher single or a track featuring — you guessed it — Usher. It’s the first season for Mike D’Antoni as the head coach of the Phoenix Suns. And while countless oral histories and even a book would eventually..." April 15

  • For Daryl Morey, a game is agony until it's over

    Houston Chronicle "Daryl Morey cannot watch meaningful games in person anymore. He slinks away before tipoff to search for peace that he rarely finds. At Toyota Center, he leaves the game, heads out through the tunnel, goes up a flight of stairs, weaves around metal detectors, opens a pair of double doors, walks..." April 12

  • Here's Why James Harden Won't Eat Around People He Doesn't Know

    Complex "At long last, the NBA Playoffs are set. The Houston Rockets have been the NBA's best team practically from wire to wire, but they won't have an easy first-round slate. They'll square off with the eight-seed Minnesota Timberwolves, who defeated the Nuggets in overtime Wednesday night to clinch the..." April 12

  • NBA viewership up year-over-year on both ABC and TNT

    Awful Announcing "It has been a good year for the NBA. Both conferences have featured more exciting races than expected, with mildly surprising results atop the standings and all kinds of unexpected outcomes (Jazz! Blazers! Pacers!) just a bit lower down. Superstars have played like superstars, young players have..." April 12

  • Rockets To Sign Aaron Jackson For Remainder Of Season

    Real GM Basketball "The Houston Rockets will sign Aaron Jackson for the remainder of the season. Jackson averaged 20.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 7.7 assists in China this season." April 12

  • D'Antoni: Rockets' season a success no matter what happens in playoffs

    ESPN "Mike D'Antoni believes that a franchise-record-setting season, and a potential MVP campaign by James Harden, won't be diminished if the Houston Rockets fail to win a championship. "I read something the other day [that said] sure James Harden should be the MVP, sure Chris Paul and James have..." April 11

  • Chris Paul Revealed To Steve Ballmer That Doc Rivers Was Contributor To Exit

    Real GM Basketball "Following Chris Paul's exit from the Los Angeles Clippers last offseason, Steve Ballmer asked to meet with him. Ballmer wanted to gain insight from Paul on why he left and also to share his thoughts on the state of the franchise. Sources say Paul told Ballmer that Doc Rivers was one of the..." April 11

  • Report: Rockets’ Luc Mbah a Moute likely out for first round with separated shoulder

    Pro Basketball Talk "He did it on a dunk. Midway through the second quarter Tuesday night, Houston’s Luc Mbah a Moute came out and set a high screen for James Harden, got the ball back as the roll man and took it straight down the lane where the Lakers’ help rotation was late. He went up strong past Thomas Bryant,..." April 11

  • With free agency on horizon, Chris Paul says he ‘loves it’ in Houston

    Houston Chronicle "As his first regular season with the Rockets reached its final days in the last season of his contract, guard Chris Paul said he has not even considered the decisions that will come next other than to say he has been very happy in Houston. For now, he said, that’s enough. Paul will be a free..." April 11

  • Rockets’ Luc Mbah a Moute suffers dislocated shoulder

    Larry Brown Sports "Teams like the Houston Rockets that have clinched their playoff seed only have one clear goal for their final two games: make it through without any injuries. Unfortunately that did not happen. Luc Mbah a Moute suffered a dislocated right shoulder during the second quarter of the Rockets’ game..." April 11

  • Russell Westbrook praises James Harden, doesn't make MVP endorsement

    ESPN "Reigning MVP Russell Westbrook praised former teammate James Harden but stopped short of saying the Rockets superstar deserves MVP honors this season. Harden, who had his second MVP runner-up finish last season, is widely considered the favorite this season. He leads the NBA in scoring (30.6..." April 07

  • Stephen Curry, LeBron James Headline US Men's Basketball National Team Roster

    Bleacher Report "USA Basketball announced its 35-player roster for the 2018-20 international basketball schedule on Friday, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder's reigning MVP Russell Westbrook among the notable..." April 06

  • Chris Paul says he threw up while processing trade from Clippers to Rockets

    CNBC "Making big decisions when it comes to the course of your career can be nerve-wracking. And when you've got hundreds of millions of dollars on the line — and millions of fans following your every move — it can be even harder. Such was the case for NBA star Chris Paul. In June, after spending..." April 05

  • Nurse, Vanterpool Top List Of Rising Head Coach Candidates

    Hoops Rumors "No NBA head coaches were replaced during the 2017 offseason, but that’s very unlikely to be the case for 2018. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post and Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports suggest that as many as 10 or 11 teams could be on the lookout for a new head coach this offseason. That list of..." April 04

  • Kevin Durant Picks James Harden over LeBron James to Win 2018 NBA MVP

    Bleacher Report "Golden State Warriors swingman Kevin Durant is backing his former teammate in this season's MVP race. "James Harden," Durant said when asked to pick a 2017-18 MVP, per Sam Amick of USA Today. Durant said the race isn't close when he selected the Houston Rockets guard but acknowledged..." April 03

  • Rockets' P.J. Tucker avoids serious injury after dangerous play

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets forward P.J. Tucker, watching as Warriors guard Patrick McCaw took a frightening fall on Saturday, turned to his teammates and said that when helpless in the air as McCaw was, players have to turn to land in any way other than how McCaw did. A day later, he did. McCaw had to be taken..." April 02

  • Revolution Interrupted: Why Has the NBA's Effort to Hire Female Refs Stalled?

    Bleacher Report "Twenty-one years ago, the NBA broke the gender barrier when it hired Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner, becoming the first major U.S. professional men's league to hire women as full-time officials. But what was once seen as a sign of progress has not ushered in the cultural shift many expected. Today..." April 02

  • NBA Teams That Will Be Most Active on Trade Market This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Trade speculation is rampant during the NBA offseason—for good reason. Every team is, ostensibly, granted a fresh slate each summer. Breaks in the action allow them to decide what's next. Where are they headed? Where do they want to go? Squads can kick around rebuilds. They can chase instant..." April 02

  • Rockets break NBA record for most 3-pointers made in 1 season

    The Score "The three cornerstones of a Mike D'Antoni offense are simple: pace, space, and pass. The result? A heck of a lot of 3-pointers - and with a roster full of long-range specialists, more than a handful of those attempts are going to find their way through the hoop. It's no shock that in year two..." April 02

  • D'Antoni: Being rested, playing poorly not a good formula

    ESPN "Coach Mike D'Antoni declared that re-establishing a rhythm is a much bigger priority for the Houston Rockets than resting players for the remainder of the regular season after their 11-game winning streak ended with a 100-83 rout by the San Antonio Spurs. The Rockets, who have clinched..." April 01

  • NBA teams break league-wide 3-point record for 6th consecutive year

    The Score "NBA players are digging the long ball more and more. Teams combined to break a league-wide record for the sixth year in a row Friday night courtesy of the 23,749th made 3-pointer, surpassing the 2016-17 total. With 93 games remaining, players are drilling threes at more than eight percent above..." March 31

  • Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill to enter Basketball Hall of Fame

    ESPN "Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Grant Hill have been notified of their inductions into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. A formal announcement of the full 2018 Hall of Fame class will come at a Final Four news conference in San..." March 29

  • Warriors owner: Rockets could be out before potential playoff showdown

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Golden State Warriors remain quite confident amid some end-of-season struggles brought on by a roster decimated by injuries. The latest member of the organization to exhibit an unshakeable belief in the Warriors overcoming obstacles and making a deep run in the postseason is owner Joe..." March 28

  • Rockets' James Harden, Clint Capela held out vs. Bulls for rest

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets will hold out guard James Harden and center Clint Capela for rest on Tuesday against the Bulls as part of their plan to begin giving their regulars time off down the stretch, especially if off days can provide a greater break. The Rockets don’t play again until Friday against the..." March 26

  • YouTube TV to become first ever presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals

    Awful Announcing "Last fall, YouTube TV served as the presenting sponsor for the World Series, plastering its logo all across the Fox broadcast and using a play-button image behind home plate to create the illusion that the entire game was a YouTube video. Now, the streaming service is at it again, having..." March 26

  • Eric Gordon embracing role as Rockets' fill-in point guard

    Houston Chronicle "With Chris Paul out for a second consecutive game, Eric Gordon remained in the starting lineup where he had averaged 21.3 points per game this season when filling in for Paul or James Harden. But the Rockets have been especially pleased with his play in his other role when one of the star point..." March 26

  • Mike D’Antoni: Rockets did not care about setting record for wins

    Yardbarker "The Houston Rockets continue to show that they have much bigger goals on their mind than the regular season. The Rockets beat the New Orleans Pelicans 114-91 on Saturday to improve to 59-14 on the season. The 59th win set a franchise record for victories in a season, surpassing the 58 wins by..." March 25

  • Source: Rockets to release center Brandan Wright

    Houston Chronicle "With center Brandan Wright unable to return from his knee issues this season, the Rockets will release Wright, who signed as a free agent last month, a person with knowledge of the move said. Wright played in one game before soreness in his right knee had the Rockets shut him down to work on..." March 23

  • Rockets utilizing Ryan Anderson as a center

    Houston Chronicle "Ryan Anderson has played at center since returning from his hip and groin injuries, a move from power forward that Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said was in part an experiment as he considers his options with his team largely healthy but that sounded likely to be his plan. "We'll look at all..." March 22

  • Mike D’Antoni On James Harden: ‘He’s The Best Offensive Player I’ve Ever Seen’

    SLAM Online "Houston Rockets superstar James Harden went off again on Tuesday, dropping 42 points in a 115-111 win over the Blazers. Afterwards, head coach Mike D’Antoni called The Beard “the best offensive player” he has ever seen." March 21

  • Rockets' James Harden leaves no doubt he's the NBA's MVP

    ESPN "Pockets of fans in the electric Moda Center crowd serenaded Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard with MVP chants during his trips to the free throw line Tuesday night. "They're supposed to do that, right?" James Harden said after scoring 42 points in the Houston Rockets' 115-111 victory..." March 21

  • Royce White critical of how Rockets handled his mental health situation

    Pro Basketball Talk "Royce White had an NBA story that was up-and-down, and complex. White, drafted by the Houston Rockets 16th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, has a well-documented anxiety condition that disallowed him from flying with the team to games. Things didn’t work out in Houston, and the last time White..." March 21

  • Report: Gerald Green Fined $25K For Shoving Gorgui Dieng

    SLAM Online "Time for Chris Paul to pay up. Rockets shooting guard Gerald Green has been fined $25K for shoving Minnesota’s Gorgui Dieng on Sunday, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:" March 20

  • Rockets' Mike D'Antoni: P.J. Tucker deserves to be on NBA All-Defensive team

    Houston Chronicle "After declaring P.J. Tucker "one of the best defenders I've ever seen," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni wondered if Tucker had ever made an NBA All-Defensive team. He has not, which prompted D'Antoni to say Tucker should. "I don't know why he wouldn't," D'Antoni said. "It doesn't get much better..." March 19

  • Steve Francis arrested for public intoxication

    247 Sports "Steve Francis has fought a battle with alcohol throughout his entire life. Unfortunately, it still appears to be getting the best of him. According to TMZ, Francis was arrested for public intoxication on Sunday night at a hotel in Los Angeles. Ex-NBA star Steve Francis was arrested for..." March 19

  • Rockets’ Gersson Rosas A Serious Candidate For Hornets’ GM Job

    Hoops Rumors "Rockets executive Gersson Rosas is receiving serious consideration for the Hornets’ open general manager job, reports Marc Stein of The New York Times (Twitter link). Former Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has been viewed as the favorite to replace Rich Cho as Charlotte’s full-time GM, but..." March 19

  • Chris Paul: I'll pay Gerald Green's fine for shove, ejection in win

    ESPN "Chris Paul says he will pay any fine that results from teammate Gerald Green shoving Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of the Rockets' 129-120 win Sunday night. Green was ejected for coming to Paul's defense after a frustrated Dieng pushed him down after a..." March 19

  • Even Anthony Davis' coach, Alvin Gentry, says James Harden deserves NBA MVP

    CBS Sports "The New Orleans Pelicans have made an incredible run to get into playoff position in the crowded Western Conference despite a season-ending injury to DeMarcus Cousins in late January. That's largely due to Anthony Davis, who has been playing some of the best basketball in the league since Cousins'..." March 18

  • Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry goes off on officiating after losing to Rockets

    Sporting News "The Pelicans fell to the Rockets 107-101 on Friday. and New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry wasn't afraid to share his thoughts on how the game was officiated. Gentry was livid and made it clear that he felt the officials were guessing on calls. He also feels the refs do not treat Anthony Davis like..." March 18

  • Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry: James Harden 'is the MVP'

    Houston Chronicle "The Pelicans are promoting star forward Anthony Davis for the Most Valuable Player, but at least one observer believes the race is already over. "In my opinion, (James Harden) is the MVP of the league," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. "It's not even close, really, what he's doing with his..." March 17

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