Rockets Rumors & News

  • Thunder hang on for first win in series against Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook didn't have to do everything himself Friday night. The Oklahoma City star turned in another triple-double performance in a 115-113 Game 3 win over the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena, but it wasn't just the Westbrook show over the final 12..." April 22

  • NBA looking into incident between Patrick Beverley and fan

    ESPN "The NBA is investigating an incident between a fan and Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley after Game 3 of the Western Conference playoffs on Friday night, multiple league sources told ESPN. In one postgame video, Beverley is seen exchanging words with a fan under the basket for about 10-15..." April 22

  • Gordon, Williams help Rockets top Thunder, Westbrook

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook delivered a historic performance in line with so many others produced during the regular season, but there was a measure of late inefficiency that accompanied what he did that proved haunting. Westbrook posted a triple-double of 51 points, 10..." April 20

  • The NBA Players Who Are Too Busy Complaining To Get Back On D

    Five Thirty Eight "As someone who each week watches about a dozen NBA games for a living, I have my fair share of pet peeves. Like many fans, I lose my patience with the glitchy League Pass whenever I’m forced to stream a game on my laptop. By the ends of close games, I’ve often lost interest during the 15-minute..." April 20

  • Assistant coach with Rockets has overcome checkered history

    The Oklahoman "John Lucas II is indelibly linked with Houston and the Rockets. Lucas grew up in Durham, N.C., went to the University of Maryland and played on great Lefty Driesell teams, then was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1976 NBA Draft. Lucas played 14 NBA seasons, including three stints with the Rockets,..." April 20

  • Rockets GM Daryl Morey implies Russell Westbrook tells his teammates to let him grab rebounds

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nylon Calculus posted its annual Anti-Awards, a fun feature that gives statistical dishonors like “The Matt Bullard Award” for “the player 6-foot-10 or taller with the lowest total rebound percentage. (Minimum 500 minutes).” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted at Bullard, who played for..." April 19

  • This Is The NBA Draft Order And Lottery Odds After Tiebreakers Were Decided

    Dime Magazine "The NBA Draft Lottery isn’t until May 16, but the ping-pong ball fun got started on Tuesday when the league broke all the necessary tiebreakers for the lottery odds and 16 non-lottery spots in the draft. In total, there were five ties broken on Tuesday by way of the all powerful ping-pong ball..." April 18

  • Here Is The BIG3 Basketball League’s Full 10-City Schedule For The Summer

    Uproxx "The BIG3’s full 10-week, 10-city schedule has been released, as the fledgling basketball league filled with former NBA stars like Allen Iverson, Jason Williams, Stephen Jackson, Chauncey Billups and many more will begin in late June with their inaugural games at the Barclays Center in..." April 18

  • Beverley, Harden carry Rockets to rout of Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Postseason series tend to morph over time as teams scheme, adjust and then re-adjust to fit the terms of engagement. But what the Houston Rockets managed on Sunday night ran contrary to what anyone could have anticipated. Buoyed by the all-around tenacity of guard Patrick Beverley..." April 17

  • Russell Westbrook: Friendship with James Harden on hold during game

    ESPN "Russell Westbrook and James Harden are close. Their relationship goes back way before their Oklahoma City days, when they were teammates from 2009 to '12. But their friendship takes a back seat when they step on the court this week. At least in Westbrook's eyes. "When I get on the floor, I..." April 17

  • Steven Adams: Thunder bigs ‘played trash’ in loss to Rockets

    Larry Brown Sports "If the Oklahoma City Thunder don’t clean things up in a hurry, the Houston Rockets are going to make very quick work of them in the Western Conference quarterfinals. According to starting center Steven Adams, the improvement needs to start with him. Following his team’s 118-87 loss, Adams put..." April 17

  • Did Billy Donovan tell Mo Cheeks he “can’t play Kanter?” Sure looks like it.

    Pro Basketball Talk "Enes Kanter came off the bench for the Thunder Sunday and played 16:29 minutes, scoring eight points and grabbing three rebounds. That’s five minutes, six points and almost four rebounds off his average. Kanter is a good offensive big man, but it’s no secret he gets exposed when he has to move..." April 17

  • NBA GMs looking to tweak contract buyout and waiver process

    Fanrag Sports "A majority of general managers in the NBA are urging the league to begin a dialogue on possible tweaks to the in-season contract buyout and waiver process, according to a report from The Vertical. Among front office and personnel, there’s an ongoing worry regarding the buyout process. The..." April 13

  • Harden's triple-double helps Rockets edge Timberwolves

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- As far as postseason tune-ups are concerned, the Houston Rockets opted not to nitpick at every blemish of their performance on Wednesday night, choosing instead to focus on readying for what should be a riveting showdown. James Harden recorded his 22nd triple-double and the..." April 12

  • Clippers beat Rockets for sixth straight win

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- As the regular season closes, the Los Angeles Clippers are the hottest team in the NBA. With all their stars finally healthy, they are executing in a manner that could carry them far in the postseason. Chris Paul scored 19 points and registered nine assists, and Blake Griffin..." April 11

  • Only one of Warriors’ Big Four missed the cut in NBA’s 15 most popular jerseys

    Fox Sports "When it comes to selling merchandise, popularity matters. That’s the case in the NFL and MLB, and it’s certainly true in the NBA. That’s part of the reason Stephen Curry has dominated jersey sales for quite a while now. His reign of having the most popular jersey in the league continued this..." April 11

  • James Harden says wins should be top factor in MVP race

    ESPN "Houston Rockets star guard James Harden said Sunday that wins should matter when it comes to the Most Valuable Player award. On the season, Harden's Rockets have 54 victories, good for the third-best record in the tough Western Conference. The other major candidate for the MVP award, Oklahoma..." April 10

  • Harden's triple-double helps Rockets drub Kings

    The Sports Xchange "SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- As the clock ticked off the final seconds of the first quarter Sunday, Houston Rockets guard James Harden methodically dribbled, measuring up the space between him and a defender. Then, as the clock hit the final two seconds, Harden stopped the dribble, rose up and..." April 09

  • Daryl Morey says basketball has lost its focus on winning, cites MVP race

    Larry Brown Sports "As the regular season winds down, Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey is once again sounding off on the race for the Most Valuable Player Award. Morey tweeted on Saturday that the sport of basketball has lost its focus on winning and cited the 2017 MVP race, among other things. With Houston at..." April 09

  • Patrick Beverley calls Rockets out for lack of intensity

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Rockets are locked into the No. 3 seed in the West, but the always fiery Patrick Beverley still isn’t pleased that they’re easing off the gas. After the Rockets lost at home to the Detroit Pistons by the final of 114-109 on Friday, Beverley called out his teammates for a perceived..." April 08

  • Ryan Anderson says he's stronger, ready to get in playoff shape

    Houston Chronicle "Ryan Anderson's voice echoed in his corner of the Toyota Center practice court as he raved about everything from the Houston weather to his tutelage of rookie Troy Williams on the art of the high-flying tip-dunk. For the Rockets, the remaining four games of the regular-season will be tune-ups..." April 07

  • Backups jump-start Pistons over Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy deemed his decision to ride with a crew of reserves down the stretch of the fourth quarter on Friday night a reward for their enthusiasm. In the end, that decision paid surprising dividends. Stanley Johnson drilled a go-ahead 3-pointer..." April 07

  • NBA ProJects $101MM Salary Cap Next Season

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s latest salary cap projection for the 2017/18 season is now $101MM, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. That’s an increase of nearly $7MM over this season’s cap of $94.1MM but lower than previous projections. The tax level is projected to rise $8MM to $121MM next season,..." April 07

  • Harden, Rockets hold off Nuggets, clinch 3rd seed

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- The Houston Rockets on Wednesday night clinched what long ago seemed inevitable, but that formality didn't undermine the pleasure they took in the feat. James Harden recorded his 61st double-double and delivered a timely scoring flurry to carry the Rockets to a 110-104 victory and..." April 06

  • Ryan Anderson to return from ankle injury on Friday

    Sportsnaut "Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson is set to return from an ankle injury on Friday against the Detroit Pistons, reports Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. Anderson had been sidelined for five games, during which the Rockets were 2-3. Houston has already locked up the third seed in the..." April 06

  • Newcomer Troy Williams remains in Rockets starting lineup

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets will not have to wait long to get a better look at rookie Troy Williams. Williams will remain in their starting lineup Wednesday against the Nuggets after his stunning performance on Sunday just hours after his call-up from the NBA Development league. "It's a great feeling to..." April 05

  • Rockets' James Harden 'happy to be OK' after flu

    ESPN "After sitting out a game while battling the flu, Houston Rockets guard James Harden will return to the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets. Harden missed Sunday's game at Phoenix with the flu. The Rockets were off the past two days. "I really couldn't move, couldn't talk,..." April 05

  • Magic Johnson: Mike D’Antoni is the Coach of the Year

    Larry Brown Sports "It sure took some time, but L.A. Lakers new president of basketball operations Magic Johnson has finally converted to the Church of D’Antoni. Speaking with reporters in Houston on Tuesday, Johnson said that Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni is this season’s Coach of the Year and credited..." April 05

  • Magic Johnson: Mike D’Antoni is the Coach of the Year

    Larry Brown Sports "It sure took some time, but L.A. Lakers new president of basketball operations Magic Johnson is now finally converted to the Church of D’Antoni. Speaking with reporters in Houston on Tuesday, Johnson said that Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni is this season’s Coach of the Year and..." April 04

  • ESPN replacing Sage Steele with Michelle Beadle as 'NBA Countdown' host

    Sporting News "As the NBA playoffs approach, ESPN is making a key personnel change. Network veteran Sage Steele is out. Michelle Beadle is in, the network announced Tuesday. Beadle, who rose to popularity as personality on ESPN2's "SportsNation," will become the full-time host on "NBA Countdown," leading..." April 04

  • Beverley, Troy Williams lead Rockets over Suns

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- When Houston coach Mike D'Antoni found out that star James Harden would miss Sunday's game with the flu, he wasted no time putting heavy expectations on backup Patrick Beverley. "Coach walked up to me and said, 'I need a triple-double out of you tonight,'" Beverley said...." April 03

  • Warriors rally past Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- James Harden came within two assists of his 21st triple-double of the season Friday night. But when all was said and done, he and the Houston Rockets came up nine points short of a 52nd win, and that's all that mattered to the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors..." April 01

  • James Harden's MVP pursuit puts Houston Rockets into a tough spot

    USA Today "Every year, there’s a different version of this same story. As the NBA’s elite teams gear up for the postseason, there’s an individual award hanging in the balance or a team-wide regular-season record to chase that, in the end, matters far less than the prospect of winning a championship. And..." April 01

  • Draymond Green had a bizarre reason for punching James Harden’s injured wrist

    Fox Sports "Draymond Green long ago lost the benefit of the doubt when it comes to plays that could be considered “dirty.” A few hits to the groin will do that for you. So when the Warriors forward appeared to punch James Harden on the Rockets guard’s injured wrist Friday night in the Warriors’ win over..." April 01

  • Lillard leads streaking Blazers to win over Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- The surging Portland Trail Blazers like the way they are playing. And there was little to dislike Thursday night at Moda Center, where they won their season-high fifth game in a row in mostly businesslike fashion, defeating the Houston Rockets 117-107. Portland got..." March 31

  • Montrezl Harrell to rejoin Rockets on Friday

    Houston Chronicle "With Nene playing the first half of the Rockets' back-to-back in Portland on Thursday, the Rockets intend to have him sit out Friday with Montrezl Harrell to rejoin the team in Oakland in time to be the backup center. Harrell had been away from the team for three days following the birth of his..." March 31

  • Rockets' James Harden says wrist ailment won't keep him out

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard James Harden circled the Moda Center court shooting 3s, his left wrist carefully wrapped, his game-day routine unchanged in any way beyond the black tape that indicated that his valuable wrist was not 100 percent right. After days of therapy and treatment, discussions with Rockets..." March 31

  • Rockets set NBA record for most made 3s in a season

    Houston Chronicle "Despite all evidence to the contrary, the Rockets believed their 3-point touch would return to them. They had made more 3s than any team in NBA history, having broken the Warriors' year-old record in the first quarter. For all the 3s they missed after, with the game on the line, they fired..." March 31

  • Westbrook and Harden are brilliant, but a change in NBA thinking is letting them go after history

    Fox Sports "How is this happening? After years of watching amazing NBA players, how is it this year that we’re seeing two men – Russell Westbrook and James Harden – so effectively make an assault on the NBA record book? How has it become almost common to witness a 50-point triple double? We hadn’t seen one..." March 30

  • Steve Kerr says Mike D'Antoni should win NBA Coach of the Year: 'He's earned it'

    CBS Sports "From Erik Spoelstra leading the Miami Heat from an 11-30 record back into playoff position to Quin Snyder taking the Jazz to their first playoff appearance since 2012 to Scott Brooks turning the Wizards into one of the most feared teams in the Eastern Conference, there are plenty of worthy..." March 29

  • James Harden becomes first player in NBA history to surpass impressive milestone

    Fox Sports "James Harden made a little bit of history on Tuesday night — and it’s largely thanks to the 3-point line. Early in the third quarter of the Rockets’ game against the Golden State Warriors, Harden became the first ever NBA player to both score and assist on 2,000 points in a single season...." March 29

  • Curry, Warriors hold off Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson provided their usual perimeter fireworks, but what proved critical for Golden State on Tuesday night was the defensive might that has undergirded its current winning streak. Curry and Thompson combined for 57 points while forward..." March 28

  • James Harden: Playing in all games should matter in MVP race

    ESPN "With a big emphasis on rest dominating the NBA the past few weeks, Rockets star James Harden is proud that he has played in all 73 games this season and missed just one practice. He thinks the fact he has played in every game should matter to MVP voters. "Yeah, because you're not leaving..." March 28

  • Adam Silver wants NBA woman head coach 'sooner than later'

    ESPN "Adam Silver not only believes that there will be a woman head coach in the NBA, but the NBA commissioner told ESPN he wants it to happen "sooner rather than later." "There definitely will," Silver said when asked about a woman becoming an NBA head coach. "And I think it is on me to sort of..." March 28

  • Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan, Rockets’ James Harden earn weekly honors

    Fanrag Sports "According to an official statement released by the league on Monday afternoon, Toronto Raptors’ shooting guard DeMar DeRozan has been selected as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week. In addition, Houston Rockets’ point guard James Harden has been named as the Western Conference Player of the..." March 27

  • Kobe Bryant on race for MVP: “We might see our first co-MVPs this year”

    Pro Basketball Talk "The race between James Harden and Russell Westbrook for the 2017 NBA MVP has narrowed to a two-man race toward the end of the season. The Oklahoma City Thunder star is averaging at triple-double this year, and the Houston Rockets guard is doing things nobody has ever done on a basketball court..." March 27

  • Patrick Beverley: Healthy players 'disrespecting the game' by resting

    ESPN "Rockets guard Patrick Beverley ripped the NBA's trend of resting players for preventative maintenance, calling it a disgrace to the association. "I think that's bulls---," Beverley said after the Rockets' 137-125 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. "I think that's a disgrace to..." March 27

  • Rockets' Anderson out 2 weeks with ankle sprain

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets forward Ryan Anderson is expected to miss two weeks with a sprained right ankle, but the Rockets were relieved after tests that the injury was not more serious, allowing him to return before the end of the regular season. "All the MRIs and tests came back negative and great," D'Antoni..." March 26

  • Rockets use balanced attack to silence Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- If the chase for the 2016-17 MVP award can be reduced to one narrative, that conversation pits Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook producing historic stat lines while carrying a mediocre roster against Houston Rockets guard James Harden orchestrating the NBA's third-winningest..." March 26

  • Pelicans' DeMarcus Cousins says Rockets' Ryan Anderson guilty of flopping

    ESPN "Physical play in the paint as Ryan Anderson attempted to defend DeMarcus Cousins in the fourth quarter of the Houston Rockets' 117-107 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans led to two official video reviews, two common fouls and terse words afterward from both opposing forwards. "Flop, review,..." March 25