Rockets Rumors & News

  • Rockets overcome putrid start to beat Suns on the road

    Houston Chronicle "J.B. Bickerstaff had to do something. It was not so much that the Rockets were defending with the intensity of an old man whittling on his front porch. It was not that they were shooting terribly or crawling to a 15-point deficit in the first quarter. The Rockets were so lacking intensity,..." February 05

  • Silver says changes coming to Hack-A-Shaq rule

    USA Today "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s evolving opinion of Hack-A-Player indicates there may be changes to the increasingly practiced and increasingly reviled strategy. After months of media debate, putrid foul shooting, lengthy games and fan discontent, Silver told USA TODAY Sports in an NBA A to Z..." February 05

  • Dwight Howard at a crossroads yet again

    Yahoo! Sports "It was only a matter of time, a question of how long before we reached this point with Dwight Howard again. Four years after Howard forced his way out of Orlando, three years following a disastrous one-season stint with the Lakers and less than three seasons into his run with Houston, Howard once..." February 05

  • NBA All-Star Saturday Night: LaVine, Curry back to defend their titles

    CBS Sports "The NBA announced its All-Star Weekend participants Thursday, including who will compete in the Slam Dunk Contest, the 3-Point Shootout and the skills competition. Slam Dunk Defending champion Zach LaVine leads the field after last year's electrifying performance. His challengers include..." February 05

  • These 2016 NBA restricted free agents could be trade bait in the next few weeks

    SB Nation "Three of the biggest names dealt at last year's NBA trade deadline (Brandon Knight, Reggie Jackson, Enes Kanter) had something in common: they were fourth-year players on the verge of getting paid in free agency. None of the three were top-level stars, and their incumbent teams didn't see the..." February 04

  • Rockets won’t trade Dwight Howard, will chase Kevin Durant

    The Sports Daily "The Houston Rockets plan to have their cake and eat it too this summer. Contrary to reports that the Boston Celtics engaged Houston in trade talks involving center Dwight Howard, sources told on Wednesday that the Rockets are not looking to trade Howard before the Feb. 18 deadline even..." February 04

  • Rockets defense holds off Heat

    Houston Chronicle "Finally, with three minutes left, the Rockets faced the one obstacle that on a long, trying day they could not overcome. It had become time to clear the bench with their stunning blowout win secure. But when J.B. Bickerstaff turned to find a substitute that had not already done ample heavy..." February 03

  • Rockets have no plans to trade Dwight Howard

    ESPN "The Houston Rockets are approaching the upcoming trade deadline with the intent to keep center Dwight Howard for the rest of the season, according to sources familiar with the team's plans. Sources told on Wednesday that the Rockets, despite recent speculation to the contrary, are not..." February 03

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Rockets forward Terrence Jones was in a car accident on the way to the flight today and will not play tomorrow, source said.

  • Rockets' Dwight Howard shrugs off trade rumors

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets center Dwight Howard said he was unconcerned with a New York Daily News report on Wednesday that the Celtics have reached out to the Rockets about their interest in a deal for him. Howard can opt out of his contract after this season, but when asked about Howard's potential free agency,..." February 03

  • Report: Celtics talking to Rockets about Howard

    CSN New England "Here's some news that would have had hearts pounding locally a year or two ago. The New York Daily News reports the Celtics "have engaged the Houston Rockets in talks about a possible deal for Dwight Howard". And on the face of it, it makes sense: The Celtics need a big to leap out of the..." February 03

  • Houston, Denver give Brooklyn Nets permission to interview Rosas, Karnisovas

    Nets Daily "The Nets have sought and received permission to interview Gersson Rosas and Arturas Karnisovas, the No. 2's in the Rockets and Nuggets front offices, for the vacant GM job in Brooklyn. Both men have been identified as serious candidates for the job vacated by Billy King last month. Calvin..." February 03

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Dwight Howard suspended for tonight's game, per source.

  • Howard suspended against Heat, Bickerstaff fined

    The Score "Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will serve a one-game suspension Tuesday against the Miami Heat, according to the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen. The action stems from an incident in which Howard made contact with an official during Saturday's loss to the Washington Wizards. He was..." February 02

  • NBA 2K basketball video game sued over use of player tattoos

    New York Daily News "The makers of hit video game series NBA 2K have been slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit for using images of several NBA players’ body art — including four of LeBron James’ tattoos — without permission. Solid Oak Sketches claims Take-Two Interactive Software has used eight of its..." February 02

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Howard said his shoulder popped when grabbed on Saturday. "I still feel it today. It's not something that's going away in next couple days."

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    Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets

    Roster Update: Rockets Recall K.J. McDaniels and Donatas Motiejunas from @RGVVipers.

  • How players are controlling their own media and what it means for the NBA

    CBS Sports "During an otherwise inconsequential regular season game in March 2009, then-Milwaukee Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva did something unusual. He posted the following tweet from the locker room at halftime. The ensuing media coverage of this apparent indiscretion is pure comedy when you read..." February 01

  • Rockets' Howard seeks relief from rocky season

    Houston Chronicle "Dwight Howard had heard the criticism, arguments he should go back at the big men who deliver hard fouls and dare him to respond. That was not why the Rockets center acted as he did Saturday, saying it was a natural "reaction" when push came to shove. But it was typical of his season. When..." February 01

  • Wizards hold off Rockets in a fiery affair in Houston, 123-122

    Washington Post "Washington Wizards Coach Randy Wittman woke up Saturday morning to news that rendered his recent troubles trivial. His older brother, Rick, died unexpectedly early Saturday morning in Indianapolis. Wittman didn’t attend Washington’s shootaround at Toyota Center, but his status for Saturday..." January 31

  • Rockets want four of Dwight Howard's latest techs rescinded

    ESPN "The Houston Rockets have petitioned the NBA to rescind the four technical fouls administered to center Dwight Howard in the past two games, according to a source. Howard was ejected for picking up two technical fouls in each of the past two games. He leads the NBA with 12 technicals this season..." January 31

  • Dudley explains crucial uncalled foul against Harden: 'He flops so much'

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The only way Jared Dudley knew how to stop James Harden from hitting the last basket is to do what most players do on the final plays -- foul him. They know that officials generally don't like to blow whistles unless the infraction is severe but considering how controversial the ending was there's..." January 31

  • Rockets' J.B. Bickerstaff: 'It's not fair the way the referees ref Dwight' "After missing half of last season due to injuries, Dwight Howard seems back to being a part-time player. The Rockets center was ejected for the second time in two nights as the Rockets lost back-to-back games, this time to the the Wizards 123-122 at the Toyota Center on Saturday. Howard was..." January 31

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    Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

    Clint Capela has left thigh contusion, suffered last night. Played through it, is questionable for tonight.

  • Rockets assign Donatas Motiejunas, K.J. McDaniels to Rio Grande Valley of D-League

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets assigned guard/forward K.J. McDaniels and forward/center Donatas Motiejunas to Rio Grande Valley of the NBA D-League on Saturday. McDaniels has appeared in 15 games for the Rockets and 12 games for the Vipers this season. This is his sixth assignment to Rio Grande Valley" January 30

  • Kevin Durant's late-game defensive effort helps Thunder get spirited win over Rockets

    The Oklahoman "James Harden went left and Kevin Durant shuffled right with him, cutting off his path to the baseline. So Harden spun back then weaved around a bit, trying to use his sturdy body and prodding but controlled dribbling style to create space. But Durant remained draped all over him, causing the..." January 30

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Donatas Motiejunas going to D-League tomorrow. Signed o allow move. Will go back next week, too.

  • Rockets not looking into Dwight Howard trades

    Pro Basketball Talk "A month and a half ago, talk heightened about the Rockets trading Dwight Howard. They realized Howard would likely opt out, and he reportedly was unhappy playing second fiddle to James Harden in Houston. He denied his unhappiness, and he reportedly wasn’t seeking a trade. But that didn’t..." January 29

  • All-Star Reserves Announced "Millions of fan votes decided who the starters would be for the 65th NBA All-Star Game next month in Toronto. Only 12 to 14 were required, from coaches around the league, were required to decide the 14 other players who would fill out the rosters for the Eastern and Western Conference..." January 29

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    Brad Turner @BA_Turner

    East All Star reserves: Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, Paul Millsap, Andre Drummond, Chris Bosh, John Wall, Isaiah Thomas

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Western Conference reserves: Draymond Green, James Harden, Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Aldridge. No Dirk.

  • Spurs rebound from loss, blow out Rockets

    San Antonio Express-News "The Spurs were back to themselves on Wednesday night, blowing out the Houston Rockets, 130-99, to remain undefeated at AT&T Center. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with a game-high 25 points, adding 10 rebounds and five assists, while Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green both finished with 18 points." January 28

  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to reevaluate fan voting for All-Star Game

    USA Today "Since NBA Commissioner Adam Silver officially took over for David Stern during All-Star weekend nearly two years ago, his willingness to consider any and all changes that would improve the league has been one of the hallmarks of his tenure. That ideology, it appears, will apply to the All-Star..." January 28

  • JJ Redick: Dwight Howard told us he was headed to the Nets

    Hoops Hype "Clipers guard JJ Redick was a guest on Adrian Wojnarowski‘s The Vertical podcast and had juicy stuff to say about Dwightmare, which he lived first hand since he was a teammate of Dwight Howard in Orlando back in those days. Said Redick: “There was a deal on the table right before the season..." January 28

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    Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

    Dwight Howard will start tonight.

  • James Harden, Trevor Ariza lead Rockets to win over Pelicans

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets had made as many 3s as they had all season, but needed one more. And they needed it to come from somebody besides James Harden and Trevor Ariza who had carried them all night. With the Pelicans clinging to a two point lead, Ariza and Harden had made 11 3s between them. The rest of..." January 26

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    Craig Ackerman @ca_rockets

    Per JB Bickerstaff, Dwight Howard (ankle) will not play tonight against the Pelicans.

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Rockets center Dwight Howard again listed as doubtful to play in New Orleans tonight.

  • Josh Smith comes up big in Rockets’ win over Mavericks

    Houston Chronicle "Now, Josh Smith is home. Friday was fun. It was promising. It was, under the circumstances, a cause for celebration. On Sunday, Smith was the difference. While Trevor Ariza had his top-scoring game of the season and James Harden had his second triple double of the week, the Rockets’ small..." January 25

  • Rockets optimistic that Dwight Howard will return on road trip

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets center Dwight Howard missed a second-consecutive game with a sprained left ankle, suffered in the first minute Wednesday against the Pistons. But the Rockets were optimistic that he would return on the upcoming road trip that starts Monday in New Orleans. “He has an ability to fight..." January 25

  • Bench brings energy, playmaking help in Rockets’ win over Bucks

    Houston Chronicle "The trap came and James Harden and Josh Smith knew just what they wanted to do, what they had done so often, so happily through all those good times together. Smith cut to the top of the key. Harden delivered his pass behind the trap and Smith immediately fired a bullet to the corner. As Trevor..." January 23

  • Rockets acquire Josh Smith in trade with Clippers

    ESPN "The Houston Rockets on Friday have acquired Josh Smith in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to multiple sources. The Rockets sent the draft rights to foreign players to the Clippers for Smith, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. The Clippers also will send cash back to Houston to..." January 22

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    Sam Amick @sam_amick

    More Rockets: I'm told they expect to keep Ty Lawson past Feb. 18 trade deadline. Recent chatter about Bucks, but they're rolling w/ him.

  • 15d
    Sporting News NBA @sn_nba

    Eastern Conference All-Star Game Starters: G: K. Lowry G: D. Wade F: L. James F: P. George F: C. Anthony

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    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

    Western Conference All-Star Starters: Stephen Curry (GSW) Russell Westbrook (OKC) Kobe Bryant (LAL) Kawhi Leonard (SAS) Kevin Durant (OKC)

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    Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

    No Dwight Howard for Friday night vs. Milwaukee.

  • Detroit wins in Houston, 123-114

    Detroit Bad Boys "This game will be remembered for a third quarter that started with five fouls in nine seconds. This comes after Adam Silver made a statement about Hack-a-Dre and how fans are not happy with it aesthetically. Well, that third quarter was ugly. The Pistons started the game out strong, going up by..." January 21

  • GM Daryl Morey: Rockets always talk being more aggressive

    ESPN "The Rockets' strategy to intentionally foul Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond some 21 times on Wednesday came from significant input from the front office, although interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff made the final call. That's what general manager Daryl Morey told ESPN, one day after his team..." January 21

  • This simple rule change will end the intentional fouling epidemic in the NBA

    SB Nation "On Wednesday, the Rockets intentionally fouled Andre Drummond 12 times in a row to start the third quarter. This included intentionally putting the Pistons into the bonus using an end-of-the-bench player for the first five fouls. This is not basketball. While intentional fouling is only an..." January 21

  • The Big Shorts: An era in basketball fashion is coming to an end

    Washington Post "Jerry West, the model for the logo of the National Basketball Association, wore basketball shorts the length of loincloths. Michael Jordan inspired a major alteration when he appealed for a longer and baggier cut. Then a group of freshmen at the University of Michigan known as the “Fab Five”..." January 21