Rockets Rumors & News

  • Report: NFL Owners Asked Adam Silver About Becoming Commissioner

    SLAM Online "NFL owners reportedly reached out to Adam Silver to gauge his interest in succeeding Roger Goodell as commissioner of the league. According to ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr and Seth Wickersham, Silver immediately declined. [NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell] knows that there’s no clear successor,..." November 17

  • Adam Silver, Michele Roberts Meet with Commission to Discuss One-and-Done Rule

    Bleacher Report "The NBA could be one step closer to changing its heavily debated "one-and-done" rule. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the Commission on College Basketball Thursday to discuss possible changes. There is..." November 17

  • Rockets center Tarik Black embracing major role

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets center Nene on Tuesday missed a second-consecutive game with a sprained right foot with Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni unsure about whether Nene will return Thursday for the start of a brief road trip to Phoenix and Memphis. Nene's absence moved Tarik Black into the rotation, offering an..." November 15

  • NBA Players Increasingly Switching To Plant-Based Diet

    Real GM Basketball "Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Wilson Chandler, Al Jefferson, Garrett Temple, Enes Kanter, JaVale McGee and Jahlil Okafor have all made a switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet over the past year or so. "Been on more of a plant-based diet, getting away from the animals and all that," Irving told..." November 15

  • Chris Paul injury update: Rockets expect guard to return Thursday

    Sporting News "Chris Paul is ready to get back on the court. After an extensive absence, the Rockets are hopeful to have the star guard back in the lineup Thursday when the team takes on the Suns, the Houston Chronicle reported. Paul has been sidelined since the team's Oct. 17 season opener because of a..." November 15

  • USA Basketball Announces Roster For First World Cup Qualifiers

    Hoops Rumors "USA Basketball has announced its 12-man roster for the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers, bringing back four members of the squad that won gold earlier this year in FIBA’s AmeriCup tournament. Here’s Team USA’s full 12-man roster: Semaj Christon, PG..." November 14

  • With return around the corner, Rockets' Chris Paul ramps up workout sessions

    Houston Chronicle "With the Rockets hoping to have guard Chris Paul ready to play Thursday in Phoenix, Paul ramped up his workouts on Sunday and is scheduled for intense sessions again on Tuesday and Wednesday. Paul has been out since the Oct. 17 season opener because of a bruised left knee suffered Oct. 11 in..." November 14

  • Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni on Chris Paul's return: 'Sooner than later'

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni tweaked his daily answer about when Chris Paul would return from his bruised left knee, but the change was more about how he put it than the timetable itself. D’Antoni said last Wednesday that he guessed Paul would be out another two weeks. He said he could only..." November 07

  • Austin Rivers on Blake Griffin-Chris Paul dynamic: ‘No one knew who the leader was’

    Larry Brown Sports "The LA Clippers have seen some moderate success to start their first season post-Chris Paul, and guard Austin Rivers thinks that having a clear-cut alpha dog may have something to do with it. In a feature by Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated that ran on Tuesday, Rivers discussed the dynamic..." November 07

  • Nike 'working to implement a solution' after string of jersey tears

    ESPN "After at least five of Nike's NBA jerseys ripped on players this season, the world's largest shoe and apparel giant has acknowledged it will make substantive changes. The company, which signed an eight-year, $1 billion deal with the NBA that began this year, said in a statement provided to ESPN..." November 07

  • NBA's best-kept secret Luc Mbah a Moute under Rockets' wraps

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni does not want the rest of the NBA to keep reading. Turn the page. Click elsewhere. Nothing to see here. But he would welcome everyone else to continue, because D'Antoni had been asked about one of his new favorite subjects. Luc Mbah a Moute had hurt the Atlanta..." November 05

  • Mike D’Antoni hopes Chris Paul can return in 2 weeks

    Fanrag Sports "The Houston Rockets have been doing just fine without veteran point guard Chris Paul. That doesn’t mean it’s a good thing that the team’s most important offseason addition is still an unknown number of weeks away from returning to the court, though. However, Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni..." November 02

  • Ryan Anderson doesn't give much thought to offseason trade rumors

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets' return to Madison Square Garden could have given forward Ryan Anderson thoughts of how close he came to calling New York home. It didn't largely because he never thought a trade to the Knicks was close in the first place. Anderson said the thought did cross his mind when the..." November 02

  • Rockets’ center Clint Capela isn’t worried about impending restricted free agency

    Clutch Points "Clint Capela faces a major season ahead, now more than ever forced to prove himself yet again after the Houston Rockets didn’t extend an offer to extend his rookie contract, which will make a good all-around performance imperative for the Swiss international if he is to shoot for big money in the..." November 01

  • Rockets Waive Isaiah Canaan

    Real GM Basketball "The Houston Rockets released Isaiah Canaan just four days after signing him to a non-guaranteed contract. Trevor Ariza was expected to be out three to four weeks, but he only missed four days, which led to the Rockets' unexpected reversal from Canaan. "We're disappointed because I know..." October 30

  • Clippers, Rockets discussed DeAndre Jordan trade last season

    Clutch Points "After the Los Angeles Clippers failed to make it past the Western Conference semifinals during Chris Paul’s six seasons, they decided it was time for a change. In a stunning move to begin the drama-filled offseason, Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets for numerous role players. However, the..." October 30

  • Still no timetable for Chris Paul's return to Rockets lineup

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard Chris Paul said he is progressing from the bruised left knee that has kept him out of four of the Rockets' five games and will keep him sidelined for the back-to-back in Charlotte and Memphis Friday and Saturday, but has no timetable in mind for a return. "I have no clue, no..." October 28

  • Rockets set multiple NBA records in win over Hornets

    Los Angeles Times "Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni seemed genuinely disappointed his team only attempted 55 three-pointers against the Charlotte Hornets. “I don't know why we didn't shoot 60,” D'Antoni quipped. “We passed up about four.” James Harden had his first triple-double of the season with 27..." October 28

  • Rockets' Trevor Ariza: Out for three-game road trip

    CBS Sports "Ariza (foot) has been ruled out for the Rockets' upcoming three-game road trip. Ariza originally suffered the injury during Monday's tilt with the Grizzlies and is now set to miss the next three games with what's being listed as a left midfoot sprain. He's expected to be re-evaluated once back..." October 25

  • David Stern says NBA should take marijuana off ban list

    Oregonian "Former NBA commissioner David Stern says he thinks the league should remove marijuana from its list of banned substances. In an interview from a documentary for Uninterrupted, Stern talked with ex-NBA player Al Harrington, who has become a marijuana entrepreneur since he retired in..." October 25

  • NBA Viewership On ESPN Is Way Up Through The First Handful Of Games This Season

    Dime Magazine "TV ratings in many sports have seen a drop in recent months for a wide variety of reasons. But the NBA has had a strong start to its 2017-18 season on at least one network. ESPN reported on Tuesday that viewership numbers for the start of the season have gone up to start the new NBA season...." October 25

  • Trevor Ariza, Nene added to Rockets injury list

    Houston Chronicle "Seeking to rebound from their first loss of the season, the Rockets will begin their three game-road trip with a third of their rotation, including a pair of starters, out. Forward Trevor Ariza was ruled out with a sprained left foot after he was stepped on during Monday's loss to the..." October 25

  • Isaiah Canaan To Sign With Rockets

    Hoops Rumors "12:15pm: Canaan and the Rockets have reached an agreement on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract, tweets Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders. 12:07pm: The lone opening on the Rockets’ 15-man NBA roster is expected to be filled soon, according to Chris Haynes of, who reports (via..." October 24

  • Rockets To Sign Briante Weber To Two-Way Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Rockets will fill their second two-way slot by signing Briante Weber, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The deal includes a team option for 2018/19. The defensive-minded point guard signed with the Lakers for training camp, but was waived just before the start of the regular season...." October 23

  • Chris Paul's injury forces Rockets to re-evaluate plan with James Harden

    ESPN "The heavy burden on James Harden's shoulders, a major factor in the MVP runner-up's miserable finish during last season’s Western Conference semifinals, had been eased as far as the Rockets' front office was concerned. No longer would Harden feel the pressure to create possession after..." October 23

  • Chris Paul to miss home opener with bruised knee

    Houston Chronicle "Guard Chris Paul on Friday went from longshot to no shot to play in Saturday's home opener against the Mavericks with the Rockets opting to hold him and his sore left knee out after watching him limp through Tuesday's win against the Golden State Warriors. The Rockets do not consider the injury..." October 20

  • Doc Rivers on Chris Paul comments: “When you leave, just leave”

    Sportsnaut "Chris Paul decided to leave the Los Angeles Clippers during the offseason, but former head coach Doc Rivers isn’t happy the point guard hasn’t stopped talking about it. In a clip ESPN released for a three-part documentary series about Paul’s decision to join the Houston Rockets, the nine-time..." October 20

  • Chris Paul Reportedly Could Miss Up to a Month with Knee Injury

    Bleacher Report "Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul could reportedly miss up to a month as he continues to battle a bruised left knee, according to the New York Times' Marc Stein. Paul, who did not play down the stretch of Tuesday night's season opener against the Golden State Warriors, missed Wednesday's..." October 20

  • With Paul injured, Rockets reach out to Jameer Nelson

    247 Sports "With Chris Paul reportedly set to miss a month of action due to his knee injury, the Houston Rockets are looking to add another point guard to their roster. And now that the Denver Nuggets have waived Jameer Nelson, the Rockets have already reached out to the veteran point guard. With James..." October 20

  • Demetrius Jackson getting ample opportunity with Rockets

    Houston Chronicle "Demetrius Jackson is on the Rockets roster on a two-way contract, limiting him to 45 days with the Rockets once the NBA G League season begins. But in the Rockets' first two games, he stood in at the pregame captain's meeting with Stephen Curry at Golden State and then filled in as the backup..." October 19

  • Mike D’Antoni trolls Draymond Green over defensive criticisms

    Larry Brown Sports "Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni couldn’t help but taking a shot back at Golden State’s Draymond Green over defensive criticisms. Green said Monday that he didn’t know “how serious [the Rockets] take defense” on Monday ahead of the season-opening clash between the two teams, but it was the..." October 18

  • Sore knee relegates Chris Paul to bench as Rockets hold off Warriors

    ESPN "Chris Paul was a crunchtime spectator during his Houston Rockets debut, cheering on his teammates from the bench for the final 4 minutes, 47 seconds of Tuesday's 122-121 comeback win over the Golden State Warriors, a decision coach Mike D'Antoni attributed to lingering soreness in the star point..." October 18

  • NBA's Opening Night was a missed opportunity to elevate protest conversation to a new level

    New York Daily News "The stars were aligned for Tuesday to be a very special day for the NBA. In one of the most anticipated Opening Nights in the history of the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were facing off against each other in the first game, with the finale featuring the Houston Rockets and..." October 18

  • Chris Paul criticizes culture of Clippers, says he had ball in his hands too much

    Larry Brown Sports "Chris Paul is pulling no punches as he begins the season in a new uniform. In clips from his new mini-documentary series for ESPN that were released on Thursday, the Houston Rockets guard criticized the culture of his old team, the LA Clippers, and also expressed displeasure with the role he..." October 17

  • Why you shouldn't expect NBA players to kneel for national anthem

    USA Today "When LeBron James voiced his opinion on the topic of anthem kneeling last month, saying “My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee,” he was speaking for the NBA masses. In a league nearly three-fourths African American, where even NBA legend Bill Russell..." October 17

  • Draymond on Rockets: “I don’t know how serious they take defense”

    San Jose Mercury News "The concept endlessly amuses Warriors forward Draymond Green. In his mind, the Warriors have the most talent and the most confidence to win an NBA championship in what would mark their third in the past four years. That expectation has only prompted several of the other 29 NBA teams to stockpile..." October 17

  • Rockets' Clint Capela to become restricted free agent after season

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets center Clint Capela will become a restricted free agent next off-season, a person with knowledge of the Rockets' plans said. The team and its starting center will let the today's deadline to reach an agreement on a contract extension pass. Capela, 23,will begin his fourth season on..." October 16

  • Kevin McHale: James Harden calling me 'a clown' won't change my opinion of his leadership skills

    ESPN "Kevin McHale continued his war of words with Houston Rockets star James Harden on Friday. The former Rockets coach turned TV analyst had fired the opening salvo last week by declaring that Harden is "not a leader." Harden responded by calling McHale "a clown" and questioning his..." October 14

  • New Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta says he’ll pay luxury tax to reach Finals, not otherwise

    Pro Basketball Talk "Before selling the Rockets, Leslie Alexander set up the team to spend big. He signed off on a super-max extension for James Harden and a trade for Chris Paul, who’ll be an unrestricted free agent next summer. Houston already has nearly $76 million committed in 2018-19 and more than $85 million..." October 13

  • James Harden isn't ready to cry foul over 'James Harden Rule'

    Houston Chronicle "If James Harden was the least bit flattered or honored that a rule change had been unofficially named after him, the feeling was lost when he was fouled without the reward of a trip to the line. Twice in the Rockets' first three preseason games, Harden drove and drew fouls, expecting to be..." October 13

  • Report: NBA teams now staying away from Trump Hotels

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA players on the road stay in the kind of high-end hotels you don’t tell friends coming to town about because why should they spend that much? Ritz-Carltons, Four Seasons and the like are the norm. Some hotels that want to be regular NBA team stops have made adjustments for them such as taller..." October 13

  • Beyonce Has Fertitta's Nod to Buy Rockets Stake -- If She Wants

    Bloomberg "Newly minted Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said he’d rather not take on limited partners, but he would be willing to make an exception for pop superstar Beyonce. “I prefer to own 100 percent,” Fertitta told the Bloomberg Business of Sports podcast that airs Oct. 13. “If somebody as..." October 12

  • NBA expands international reach with a reported $225M deal in Japan

    Sporting News "With continued efforts to expand the NBA internationally, the league announced on Monday a multiyear partnership with Japanese tech company Rakuten to become the official broadcast partner for live games in Japan. The NBA will make $225 million during the partnership, but it's not clear how..." October 10

  • James Harden Called Kevin McHale A ‘Clown’ After His Comments About Leadership

    Uproxx "James Harden fired back at Kevin McHale after the former Houston Rockets coach criticized his leadership earlier in the week. The Rockets guard responded when he spoke to the media on Saturday, calling McHale a “clown” and arguing that he did “anything and everything” his former coach wanted..." October 07

  • NBA Approves $2.2 Billion Sale Of Rockets To Tilman J. Fertitta

    Real GM Basketball "The Houston Rockets announced today that Tilman J. Fertitta has officially closed on his purchase of the NBA Houston Rockets and Clutch City Sports and Entertainment. The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved Fertitta to join the ranks of an NBA owner yesterday, setting the stage for the..." October 06

  • Ex-Rockets coach Kevin McHale: James Harden is 'not a leader'

    USA Today "Kevin McHale, who spent three-plus seasons as James Harden's head coach with the Houston Rockets, says that while the superstar guard is a "phenomenal basketball player," he lacks leadership skills. "James is not a leader," McHale said in a clip shared by NBA TV on Twitter Friday morning. "He..." October 06

  • Rockets Coach D'Antoni: Warriors 'not Gonna Stop Us Either'

    NBC Bay Area "Last regular season, the Warriors were No. 1 in offensive rating at (113.2). The Rockets were No. 2 (111.8). And with Chris Paul now onboard, Houston's head coach is feeling even better about his team's offense. In year 1 under D'Antoni, the Rockets shot an unprecedented 40.3 3-point..." October 06

  • NBA Won't Rule Out Reducing 82-Game Schedule In Future

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA is willing to consider changing the length of the season from 82 games, especially if it opens up opportunities for more games or even teams in international markets “We can play games in China and Europe, or occasional preseason games as a one-off, but under existing airline..." October 05

  • NBA changes 2018 All-Star Game format, eliminates traditional East vs. West

    CBS Sports "The NBA has eliminated the traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format for the 2018 All-Star Game, and will instead implement a model that could see top stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant playing on the same team. In the new format, the leading fan vote-getters from the..." October 03

  • New Rockets Owner Offers Helping Hand to Las Vegas Shooting Victims

    Black Sports Online "Business tycoon Tilman Fertitta, who just recently bought the Houston Rockets is currently working with his casino, Golden Nugget in Las Vegas to help victims and first responders according to TMZ Sports, who’ve been affected by the mass shooting. With 50 dead and 500 injured, the Las Vegas mass..." October 02