Rockets Rumors & News

  • Antetokounmpo, Bucks beat Rockets to end skid

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Mired in a five-game losing streak, the Milwaukee Bucks snapped out of their offensive funk in a big way Monday night, setting a season high for points scored in a 127-114 victory over the Houston Rockets at the Bradley Center. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points and Jabari..." January 23

  • Dekker explodes as Rockets trounce Grizzlies

    The Sports Xchange "MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- After his first NBA start and scoring a career-high 30 points, Sam Dekker was ever the same. The second-year Houston Rockets forward put on his blue jeans, a flannel shirt, and said he approached this game just like coming off the bench. He ended up playing 35 minutes and..." January 22

  • Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni on not resting players: 'We're trying to win'

    Houston Chronicle "With the Rockets playing their final set of four games in five nights before the NBA removed them from the schedule and their eighth game in 12 days, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni resisted any urge to hold out healthy players for rest. Some of that, he said, was to try to win every game possible...." January 22

  • Warriors top Rockets for 6th straight win

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Having already delivered convincing statements earlier this week by drubbing the Cavaliers and Thunder, the Warriors were quick to send the message early Friday night that exacting revenge for a previous loss was a pressing priority. While All-Star Game starters Kevin Durant and..." January 20

  • LeBron James, Stephen Curry lead NBA All-Star starters to New Orleans

    Pro Basketball Talk "The fans had their say — they wanted Stephen Curry as a starter in the All-Star Game and they got it. But that leaves Russell Westbrook on the outside looking in. The NBA All-Star Starters for the Feb. 19 game in New Orleans were announced Thursday. Remember, the fan vote — which used to be the..." January 20

  • There Were Two Egregious Snubs On The NBA All-Star Starters Roster

    Uproxx "Normally, the conversation surrounding All-Star “snubs” takes place after full rosters are announced in any sport. On Thursday, the NBA announced only the 2017 starting lineups for both the East and West and, in something of a rare twist, the outrage machine got a very early start. This time,..." January 20

  • TNT planning "Players Only" broadcast night with analysts doing play-by-play

    Awful Announcing "Sports networks are experimenting all the time with new ways to deliver games to viewers. We’ve seen special camera angles, special megacasts, special things done with announcers, we’ve even seen First Take make an appearance during halftime of Monday Night Football. Ok, maybe that last one wasn’t..." January 19

  • Rockets GM Daryl Morey had no idea James Harden would become so good

    Larry Brown Sports "There’s a strong argument to be made that James Harden is one of the five best players in the NBA today. Back in 2012, the Houston Rockets took a chance on the 23-year-old guard, who at the time was an immensely talented sixth man for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Rockets were prepared to..." January 19

  • Late 3-point spree leads Rockets over Bucks

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- With Giannis Antetokounmpo lifting the Milwaukee Bucks into contention seemingly whenever the mood struck, the Houston Rockets were in need of more than their exceptional perimeter shooting to shake from their recent doldrums. When the shots started to fall late, that was a..." January 18

  • Durant: Harden could've been satisfied as OKC's 6th man

    San Jose Mercury News "Kevin Durant spent the weeks following the 2009 season scouting draft prospects. This was a monster moment for his young Thunder. The two Junes prior, Sam Presti nailed his top picks, selecting Durant second in 2007 and Russell Westbrook fourth in 2008. Hit on one more — right before the flood of..." January 18

  • Rockets' Clint Capela eager to return after 4-week absence

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets center Clint Capela smiled broadly, ready for another workout he was confident would be pain-free, happy even to hear John Lucas' familiar raspy voice order him to the free-throw line for the drills that had been his routine before he collided with Karl-Anthony Towns in Minneapolis. He..." January 17

  • Heat ride late surge to overcome Harden, Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Erik Spoelstra summed up James Harden's 40-point performance succinctly. "At least it wasn't 60," the Miami Heat coach said. Indeed, Harden produced his 13th triple-double of the season, but it wasn't enough as Miami upset the Houston Rockets 109-103 on Tuesday night at..." January 17

  • Adam Silver addresses George Karl's suggestion of PED use in the NBA

    USA Today "NBA commissioner Adam Silver says that while he has no evidence that performance enhancing drugs are a problem in the league, any suggestion that it might be will be taken seriously. Silver was asked about a wide range of topics at his press conference in London Thursday, which came before the..." January 17

  • Harden's triple-double leads Rockets past Nets

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Eric Gordon's sprained left big toe was not normal Friday and neither was the pace and 3-point rhythm of the Houston Rockets. Pace and rhythm returned in a big way for the Rockets, who also mixed in effective second-half defense against the worst team in the league. Gordon..." January 15

  • Grizzlies rally past Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- The knee-jerk reaction would be to celebrate the Grizzlies' heralded defense on Friday night, but Memphis' spirited rally was birthed more from offensive execution than defensive might. Zach Randolph posted a double-double off the bench and the Grizzlies erased a 16-point deficit..." January 13

  • Donatas Motiejunas on Comeback and Free Agency Nightmare

    Basketball Insiders "Donatas Motiejunas’ career has endured more detours than Brooklyn’s Belt Parkway during construction. Similar to the Belt Parkway, Motiejunas’ physical condition has been questioned over the years. Motiejunas was a key member of the Houston Rockets team that finished with a 56-26 record to win..." January 12

  • Timberwolves end Rockets' nine-game win streak

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Watching another vanish against the Houston Rockets, the Minnesota Timberwolves were thinking about the last time they faced Houston in Minnesota. Then, in a December meeting, the Rockets won in overtime after erasing a 21-point Timberwolves lead, including a 12-point lead with two..." January 11

  • Rockets ride Harden triple-double to victory

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Having clawed back from double-digit deficits in each of their previous five games, the Houston Rockets appeared set to cruise on Tuesday night before their penchant for performing in the clutch came in handy once again. Guard James Harden recorded his 11th triple-double on the..." January 10

  • That Time Charles Oakley Allegedly Slapped Charles Barkley

    Complex "Former NBA All-Stars Charles Barkley and Charles Oakley never liked one another. Never was that more evident than when they got into this fight during a preseason game in 1996 Oakley's dislike for Sir Charles surfaced again during the 2016 playoffs, after Oakley warned Barkley to "stop talking..." January 10

  • Harden triple-double lifts Rockets to 8th in row

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- After producing his 10th triple-double of the season, it was a single-digit number that brought the biggest smile from James Harden. He had 40 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots, but when asked which of those numbers brought him the most satisfaction, the chose..." January 08

  • Rockets top Magic for 7th straight win

    The Sports Xchange "ORLANDO, Fla. -- Even on their off nights, the Houston Rockets are good enough to win now with their bombs-away style. Ryan Anderson scored 19 points and Patrick Beverley and Eric Gordon each added 17 points, leading the Rockets to a 100-93 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night at..." January 06

  • Kenyon Martin And Tim Thomas Are Reportedly Finally Going To Fight Thanks To 50 Cent

    Uproxx "Kenyon Martin has been in the news recently, largely due to his fantastic response to George Karl’s new book. In that book, Karl alleges that Martin did not fully reach his ceiling because he didn’t have a father figure and, on cue, Martin blasted his former coach with an epic Twitter rant. On..." January 06

  • Harden gets last laugh as Rockets top Westbrook, Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "By MoiseKapenda Bower, The Sports Xchange HOUSTON -- Russell Westbrook repeatedly had his way with the Rockets defense, torching it to the tune of a Toyota Center scoring record for an opponent before three late misses set the table for James Harden to play the role of facilitator at the..." January 05

  • Kiki Vandeweghe Confirms NBA Will Not Get Rid of Last-2-Minute Reports

    Bleacher Report "Kiki Vandeweghe, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, confirmed the league will continue to produce the last-two-minute officiating reports despite recent criticism. Zach Lowe of reported Thursday that Vandeweghe said there's been no discussion about removing..." January 05

  • Cavaliers' James and Irving lead in first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2017 "LeBron James and Kyrie Irving of the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers are the top two vote-getters overall, while Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors lead all Western Conference players in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2017 presented by..." January 05

  • Is the NBA's scoring explosion too hot or just right?

    ESPN "Joe Harris, fresh from the D-League, couldn't believe what Brooklyn's new coaching staff was telling him in training camp. "We pushed him to be our Kyle Korver," Kenny Atkinson, Brooklyn's head coach, told "And he was kinda like that battered little doe you find in the forest. He had..." January 05

  • NBA, Adidas unveil 2017 All-Star uniforms for next month's game at Smoothie King Center

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "When the All-Stars take to the court for the Feb. 19 NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center, the West players will be wearing charcoal-gray uniforms with red numbers trimmed in gold, while the East players will be wearing light gray jerseys with blue numbers trimmed in white. Both..." January 05

  • James Harden living 'a dream' in midst of magical season with Rockets

    USA Today "The shrug said it all. James Harden, the NBA’s Black Beard from the Houston Rockets who goes against Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook in a showdown of leading MVP candidates on Thursday, is back in his hoops office again after a quick New Year’s Eve getaway in Las Vegas. The shrug is his..." January 05

  • John Wall, James Harden named Kia Players of the Month "The Washington Wizards’ John Wall and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in December. Wall led the Eastern Conference in assists (10.7 apg) and steals (2.67 spg) and ranked fifth in..." January 03

  • Gordon, Harden help Rockets win fifth straight

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- After a lengthy stretch of efficient scoring off the bench during December, Houston Rockets reserve guard Eric Gordon solidified his standing as a frontrunner for Sixth Man of the Year honors. Following his performance on Monday night, Gordon has teammates lobbying for greater..." January 02

  • Motiejunas worked out with T-Wolves before signing with Pelicans

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Timberwolves brought unrestricted free-agent Donatas Motiejunas to town for a look but never got their chance to act before he agreed on Sunday to sign with New Orleans. Drafted 20th overall in 2011 with the pick the Wolves owned before they started trading down that night, Motiejunas’..." January 02

  • Donatas Motiejunas lost over $30 million by reportedly signing with Pelicans

    CBS Sports "It may have taken until 2017, but free-agent big man Dontas Motiejunas has finally found a new team. According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, Motiejunas will sign a one-year, $1.5 million veteran's-minimum deal with the New Orleans Pelicans. As he did with the Rockets, Motiejunas will..." January 02

  • Pelicans, Motiejunas in serious talks toward a contract

    Sportando " Donatas Motiejunas is close to signing a contract with the Pelicans. As reported by Shams Charania the two sides are finalizing a deal. " January 01

  • Harden scores career-high 53 as Rockets defeat Knicks

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Rockets guard James Harden has made a sincere habit of deflective praise and acknowledging his teammates at most every turn this season, but in the aftermath of his staggering performance on Saturday night, even Harden had to take a step back and note his achievement. Harden..." December 31

  • Harden, Harrell ignite Rockets in rout of Clippers

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Houston Rockets second-year forward Montrezl Harrell was getting an earful from Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan in the third quarter, absorbing some measure of trash talk with every basket or rebound or influenced shot. In the fourth quarter, Harrell let his play..." December 30

  • Rockets interested in trading for Kosta Koufos

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Rockets have a size deficiency, and the Sacramento Kings may have just the right solution to offer. According to a report by Marc Stein of ESPN on Friday, Kings center Kosta Koufos has emerged as a “prime” trade target for the Rockets. ESPN’s Zach Lowe adds that Houston has been..." December 30

  • Lakers Bring In Donatas Motiejunas For Workout

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Lakers brought Donatas Motiejunas in for a workout following the injury to Larry Nance Jr., but they didn't immediately sign him. Motiejunas is an unrestricted free agent after a prolonged contract stalemate with the Houston Rockets." December 29

  • Some teams are reportedly pushing for 48-minute reports on NBA officiating

    CBS Sports "While players like Kevin Durant and LeBron James have spoken out against the NBA's Last Two Minute reports, some teams are pushing for a full 48-minute report on officiating every game, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. In a video report, Wojnarowski described a "war in the NBA"..." December 29

  • Rockets cruise past Mavericks

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Houston Rockets standout guard James Harden felt the Dallas Mavericks' were "trippin'" on Tuesday night. Dallas center Andrew Bogut seemed confused about why he had been called for a flagrant foul that helped spur a game-changing 16-0 run by the Rockets in the second quarter...." December 28

  • Adam Silver says NBA players boycotting Trump White House would be 'lost opportunity'

    Sporting News "While there have been hints — and even overt statements — that players on NBA championship teams over the next four years will forgo the traditional visit to the White House because of President-elect Donald Trump, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is imploring players not to go through with any such..." December 28

  • Rockets' Ariza waits outside locker room to confront Mavs' Mejri after testy game

    ESPN "An ugly scene developed after Houston's 123-107 victory over Dallas on Tuesday night when Rockets forward Trevor Ariza waited outside the Mavericks' locker room to confront center Salah Mejri. According to a source, Mejri made a derogatory comment to Ariza about Ariza's wife and children..." December 28

  • Harden double-double carries Rockets past Suns

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- With another back-to-back looming, the last thing the Houston Rockets wanted was to extend maximum effort deep into the second half against an inferior opponent. Their bench occupants in the fourth quarter revealed a job well done. Guard James Harden posted his 24th double-double,..." December 26

  • Grizzlies hold Rockets' Harden to 16 points in 115-109 win

    The Sports Xchange "MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Houston Rockets are used to making a lot of 3-pointers, a lot of difficult shots. But Friday night at FedExForum, it was the defensive-minded Memphis Grizzlies who put on the shooting clinic. When it was over and the Rockets had lost 115-109, scoring machine James..." December 24

  • Rockets bounce back, beat Suns

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- James Harden was officially designated as Houston's point guard for the first time in his career this season, although the mindset has always come naturally. Wednesday was no different. Harden had 27 points and 14 assists and extended his career-high string of double doubles to..." December 22

  • Report: Rockets were driving force behind CBA's 'super max' provision

    Houston Chronicle "Thrilled as the Rockets were when they signed James Harden to a four-year contract extension last summer, they have been happier about it since, so much so they want to do it again. The NBA's new collective bargaining agreement with the National Basketball Players' Association includes a..." December 22

  • GMs Calling 2017 NBA Draft 'Strongest In A Decade'

    Real GM Basketball "The 2017 NBA Draft will be the "strongest in a decade", according to multiple NBA scouts and general managers. Chad Ford projects 10-15 potential All-Stars in the class, headlined by Markelle Fultz. Ford elevated Fultz up from No. 3 in his previous big board to No. 1, while Lonzo Ball jumped..." December 22

  • Guards To Watch on Trade Market

    Basketball Insiders "Trade talk around the league has been relatively quiet compared to previous years as teams waited for updates on the new CBA. Teams are also trying to figure out if they’re contenders or pretenders due to league-wide parity. However, it won’t be long before trade winds begin to swirl. The No. 3..." December 22

  • Spurs edge Rockets on Mills' late 3-pointer

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- From coach Gregg Popovich through a decent sample of players in the locker room, the San Antonio Spurs were quick to attribute a measure of good fortune to being in position to rely on their renowned execution with the game on the line. Reserve guard Patty Mills drilled an open..." December 20

  • The NBA's New "Kevin Durant Rule" Will Incentivize Young Superstars To Stay Put

    Deadspin "We knew the new CBA made life a little sweeter for the NBA’s superstars, but it’s a dense thing to parse, and explanations have been dribbling out slowly. ESPN’s new Q&A with salary cap expert Larry Coon argues that the most noteworthy development is the owners’ new weapon to keep their superstar..." December 20

  • Report: NBA salary cap to rise to $120 million by 2020 season

    Fanrag Sports "Details of the new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and NBPA came out last week, but nothing was reported about the projected salary cap escalation. However, on Tuesday afternoon, he Vertical reported that the NBA’s salary cap will rise to $120 million by the 2020 season. That..." December 20