Houston Chronicle "With Omer Asik’s time as the Rockets’ backup center presumably over, coach Kevin McHale said he would turn to Greg Smith off the bench, rather than going with a center-by-committee approach based on matchups. He did not, however, describe Asik’s time in Houston as over. “I think Greg will get..." December 19
SB Nation "Boston is reportedly not keen on parting ways with one of its two 2014 first-round picks. It's supposedly deadline day for anyone interested in acquiring the services of Rockets center Omer Asik, but so far there's not much news on that front in the morning hours on Thursday. Currently, the..." December 19
Along with Boston, Philadelphia remains very involved in the Omer Asik talks with Houston, league sources tell Yahoo.
Pro Basketball Talk "Omer Asik may not like it, but he’s staying a Rocket for now. Probably. After weeks of talks — not to mention media and fan speculation — Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey has looked at the trade market for Asik and decided it’s not good enough. The Rockets have pulled out of all Asik trade talks and..." December 19
Omer Asik had to leave today to go see a doctor for his knee. Had to walk out regular entrance cause Jay Z is here tonight.
Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard Jeremy Lin went through practice on Thursday for the first time since hurting his back four days ago. He was recovering from a knee injury when he started having back spasms. While he went through the light practice, Lin said he is unsure if he will be ready to play when the..." December 19
Houston Chronicle "The search for the right combinations is still going for the Rockets. On Wednesday night, with the Bulls visiting Toyota Center, coach Kevin McHale tried several mixes and found a handful that worked as the Rockets cruised to a 109-94 win. With injury issues continuing to plague his team,..." December 19
Serious talks on Boston-Houston package for Asik have included Brandon Bass, Courtney Lee and a 1st round pick, sources tell Yahoo.
Sporting News "There appears to be a strong trade market for Houston Rockets big man Omer Asik. At least four teams — the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers — are interested in acquring him, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday, and a fifth, unidentified, team..." December 18
Kevin McHale back and says James will go tonight
On top of Asik Sweepstakes, Rockets now faced with high ankle sprain for James Harden. Not an injury typically shaken off in a game or two
Not only is Chandler Parsons dealing w/ a sore back he says he had to have an ingrown toenail removed from the little toe on his right foot.
Omer Asik (thigh), Jeremy Lin (back), Chandler Parsons (back), Terrence Jones (flu) along with James Harden did not practice.
ESPN.com "The advice offered to us on Sunday was stern: Keep an eye on Boston. The Celtics possess two players in different salary ranges that would presumably fit in useful ways next to Dwight Howard: Jeff Green and Brandon Bass. The Celts also have a spare first-round draft pick or two to plug into any..." December 16
Fansided "The Houston Rockets are trying to become a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference and one of the ways they might try to do that is addition by subtraction. We all know about the Omer Asik trade rumors but he’s not the only overpaid Rockets player that Houston is trying to dump...." December 16
Harden says ankle "very, very, very painful." Not sure if he'll have to miss time. Has to see how it responds.
Sacramento Bee "This wasn’t how it was supposed to go if you saw the Kings’ last two games. The Houston Rockets are the NBA’s top-scoring team, and the Kings’ defense has been miserable much of the season, especially in their previous two games, giving up an average of 119 points. But the Kings held the..." December 16
Houston Chronicle "With just five shopping days remaining, the contract of his unhappy, defensive-minded Turkish center is burning a hole in Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's pocket. The winter closeout sale, his own version of the trade deadline, begins Sunday. And general managers who might be interested in..." December 15
Jeremy Lin per Kelvin Sampson got hit pretty hard on a screen the other night vs Dubs and his back is bothering him.
Houston Chronicle "Rockets forward Chandler Parsons’ sore back has improved enough after a month battling back spasms for him to return to his usual place in the rotation, but he has clearly continued to struggle with the injury and the time he has had to take off between games. Playing an average of 37.4 minutes..." December 14
The Dream Shake "The Rockets reportedly have a deal in place to move Omer Asik by next Thursday, Sam Amick reports. The trade winds have been swirling for a while, but today they seem to have more finality as the Rockets may have a deal in place to trade Omer Asik, Sam Amick reports. The Rockets have been..." December 14
Houston Chronicle "As much as his defense gets him on the court, Rockets guard Pat Beverley is fond of one part of his offensive game. He works on it and he talks about it. Only occasionally, however, will he look to it. His job for the road trip remained as expected – to defend three of the league’s top-scoring..." December 14
ICYMI: Rockets will trade Asik next Wednesday or Thursday. And do not discount Cleveland/Varejao. Would be perfect fit next to Howard.
ESPN.com "The Houston Rockets remain on course to trade Omer Asik by their self-imposed deadline of next Thursday, according to sources familiar with the Rockets' thinking. As for where ... TNT's David Aldridge tossed out a new possibility Thursday night during the Rockets' nationally televised loss..." December 13
Grantland "A week from now, Omer Asik will very likely be on another NBA team. The Rockets have set a December 19 deadline by which they'd like to trade him, and according to sources all over the league and all around the Asik talks, Houston plans to adhere to that deadline. As ESPN.com lefty enthusiast Marc..." December 13
SNY TV "The way Jim Boeheim sees it, none of the heralded freshmen across the American college basketball landscape are worth tanking for. “There’s no player that’s out there on the horizon that’s a Tim Duncan or a LeBron James,” the Hall of Fame Syracuse coach told SNY.tv by phone Thursday. “I’ve..." December 13
Oregonian "The jaw-dropping performances are coming so frequently, so effortlessly and so monumentally, Robin Lopez has given up trying to forecast what might happen next. Instead, he’s decided to just hop aboard the L-Train, sit back and enjoy the ride. “LA’s been playing at one hell of a level,” Lopez..." December 13
Houston Chronicle "Rockets coach Kevin McHale, missed a second consecutive day of practice Wednesday after his mother Josephine Patricia Starcevich McHale passed away on Tuesday night in Minnesota, according to a team official. The funeral services will be held on Friday and there is no official word when McHale..." December 12
Houston Chronicle "Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson said that forward Chandler Parsons looked good at Wednesday’s practice. Parsons did not go through a full practice on Tuesday or Wednesday, as he is still receiving treatment for nagging back spasms. At Tuesday’s practice, Sampson said the big concern..." December 12
Jeremy Lin makes his return from injury tonight after having missed the last 6 games with a right knee sprain. Tip-off at 9:30 pm on TNT.
USA Today "Professional athletes burn a lot of calories, so many of them can get away with eating food that would cause normal humans to gain an excessive amount of weight. Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard would appear to be the pinnacle of health, with a 6’11″ frame that looks like it’s been chiseled..." December 12
CBSSports.com "The Houston Rockets have been reportedly working on trading away Omer Asik to free themselves of a starting level center that wants to play as much as his teammate Dwight Howard. By moving Asik, they'll undoubtedly acquire a good asset in return, but they could leave themselves with a bit of a..." December 11
CBSSports.com "Disgruntled Rockets center Omer Asik is changing agents, switching from Andy Miller to Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group, league sources told CBSSports.com on Tuesday. Asik's decision to change agents was first reported on Twitter by the Turkish basketball site Superbasket.org. He must submit..." December 10
Jeremy Lin back at practice today; his first since injuring knee nearly two weeks ago.
No surprise, but Kelvin Sampson confirms Omer Asik (thigh contusion) will be out vs. Portland.
USA Today "Addressing the NBA's weak Eastern Conference on Sirius XM Radio's new NBA channel, deputy commissioner Adam Silver said Monday the league's competition committee will examine if divisions have outlived their usefulness. "One thing I have learned from David (Stern) over all those years ... is..." December 10
Houston Chronicle "As routs go, the Rockets handling of the Magic might not have been pretty, but it was said to have a good personality. When the Rockets style came through, they were really quite attractive. They had a long stretch of drive-and-kick 3s that sent the game toward a rout. James Harden had his..." December 09
Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard Jeremy Lin came through this week’s stepped-up rehab work without any setbacks but also within changes in the timetable for his return from a bruised and sprained right knee. Coach Kevin McHale said Lin likely will be re-evaluated in two or three days and then the team will “make a..." December 08
SB Nation "The Philadelphia 76ers provide optimal conditions as a trade partner with the Rockets and a landing spot for Omer Asik. The Philadelphia 76ers are a "viable destination" for Omer Asik and an accessible trade partner for the Houston Rockets, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. There are, Stein..." December 08
McHale says he expects Parsons to play once again. Also said he thinks J-Lin could return Thursday vs blazers.
Houston Chronicle "Chandler Parsons, who has been a game-time decision for the last three games and has missed the last two, started on Friday night against Golden State. He played 34 minutes, had eight points, five assists and four rebounds. “I was so glad to be out there and to be playing,” Parsons said...." December 07
Houston Chronicle "For a lock-down defender, James Harden had things going offensively. Actually, for a high-scoring All-Star shooting guard, he had things going offensively. He finished drives, hit jumpers, made good decisions. He threw down a violent spike of a slam and finished with a 3-pointer. And no one seemed..." December 07
Houston Chronicle "James Harden’s 0 for 10 3-point shooting matched the worst shooting night from distance in his career and was the most 3-pointers missed by a Rockets player without making one. It was not entirely an aberration, however. Harden’s 29.2 percent shooting on 3-pointers would be the worst for a full..." December 06
Grantland "Part 3 To honor the great Larry Bird, Bill and Jalen have decided to do a leaguewide wrap-up every 33 days, or, as they call it, every Birdmester. In this episode — Part 3 of our video series — Bill and Jalen praise the funniest YouTube video, the biggest media-created controversy, the most..." December 06
Hearing this strong: Rockets determined to trade Omer Asik by Dec. 19 at latest and have ramped up discussions with potential trade partners
Grantland "Bill and Jalen are back! To honor the great Larry Bird, Bill and Jalen have decided to do a league-wide wrap-up every 33 days — or, as they call it, every Birdmester. In their first episode, they crown the best team in the league, the best tanking performance thus far, the league’s least valuable..." December 05
Arizona Republic "Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and seven assists to lead Phoenix to a 97-88 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night that snapped the Suns’ two-game losing streak. P.J. Tucker added 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting with six rebounds. Channing Frye had 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting and..." December 05
Parsons will go through warmups in about 10 mins. Unless has more spasms likely to try to play. Again,, with back spasms, you never know.
Omer Asik out a week with a bruised right thigh. Will be re-evaluated then.
Chandler Parsons went through shoot around. No word yet about tonight.