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  • James Harden shrugs off historic 10-game scoring mark

    ESPN "Historic scoring marks don't really move James Harden all that much anymore, but that doesn't mean he's going to stop putting them up. On Monday, it was 39 points on the New Orleans Pelicans to bump his scoring average to 37.3 through the first 10..." November 12

  • Rockets' Eric Gordon to Undergo Surgery on Knee Injury, Likely to Miss 6 Weeks

    Bleacher Report "Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni announced Tuesday guard Eric Gordon will undergo knee surgery on Wednesday, per Sports Illustrated's Michael Shapiro.  D'Antoni said Gordon is expected to miss around six weeks of action. " November 12

  • Inside the NBA's silent tension surrounding Daryl Morey

    ESPN "NOBODY SAW MUCH of Daryl Morey in the days after the Houston Rockets landed in Tokyo for the NBA's Japan Games. The Rockets' general manager confined himself to his room at the Ritz Carlton in Roppongi Hills during the team's six-day visit, spotted leaving for..." November 12

  • Rockets’ James Harden reacts to passing Scottie Pippen on scoring list

    Clutch Points "Houston Rockets superstar James Harden passed Scottie Pippen on the all-time scoring list in their game against, ironically, the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. The 2017-18 MVP moved into 58th on the prestigious list, surpassing Pippen, who amassed 18,940 points..." November 10

  • Can James Harden average 40 points per game? "Another day, another 40-point game for James Harden. The Houston Rockets' prolific scorer went for 42 points in a win over the Chicago Bulls, nearly notching a triple-double with 10 rebounds and nine assists. Harden shot 12-for-27 (44.4%) from the field,..." November 10

  • No longer 'soft', Rockets' defense pleasesJames Harden

    ESPN " James Harden exited the Houston Rockets' game against the Chicago Bulls and took a seat next to Thabo Sefolosha on the bench with 3:37 remaining in the fourth quarter at the United Center on Saturday. He ended the night one point shy of a..." November 10

  • Ten NBA things I like and don't like, including Luka Doncic trickery

    ESPN "As we put the first 10% of the season in the books, here are 10 things to check out: 1. We need to talk about Nikola Nikola Jokic has probably racked up more "likes" in this space than any other player. And so it is with a heavy heart that I note: Jokic does..." November 08

  • Carmelo Anthony on Still Not Being Signed: "I'm Surprised"

    Complex "In case you were wondering, unsigned free agent Carmelo Anthony definitely still wants to play in the NBA. It's been about a year since the 35-year-old played a game in the league. The last time he was on the court for an NBA game was while he was with..." November 08

  • Mike D’Antoni calls on his players to play harder

    Clutch Points "Despite grabbing a convincing win over a dilapidated Golden State Warriors roster on Wednesday, Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni called on his players to play harder and give more effort. “We’re doing the same things we did last year and..." November 08

  • Inside the NBA Brought Chris Jericho on Set and Then All Hell Broke Loose in The Wrestling Ring

    Black Sports Online "The funniest thing is Jericho’s face throughout. He is truly looking at these dudes like “what the hell is going on, I was supposed to just do a quick promo.” You can’t put a Wrestling ring in the studio and not think Shaq is going to act up. " November 08

  • Eric Pascall doesn’t think his trash talk sparked James Harden

    Clutch Points "Eric Paschall had some major flex on runner-up MVP James Harden as his young teammates took on the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. The Golden State Warriors rookie finished an and-one play against The Beard during the second quarter. The 6-foot-6 rookie..." November 07

  • Rockets’ Clint Capela admits sore right shoulder has been bothering him

    USA Today "Whatever the reason for improvement, the Rockets (5-3) will gladly take accept their first double-digit victory of the new NBA season. After the game, Capela told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon that a sore right shoulder from an offseason injury with the Switzerland basketball..." November 07

  • Redditor Finds James Harden Plays Worse in Cities With Good Strip Clubs

    Complex "A Reddit user found a somewhat accurate way to predict what kind of game James Harden's going to have (and it has nothing to do with which refs call travelling). User AngryCentrist found that Harden had a significant decline in performance in cities with a reputation for..." November 07

  • Map Shows The Most Hated NBA Teams In Every State For 2019-2020 Season

    Total Pro Sports "he Los Angeles Lakers are truly back. After several years of being quite irrelevant when it comes to having a Championship contender, the team went out and signed LeBron James and traded for Anthony Davis in back-to-back offseasons. " November 07

  • The final frontier: Have the Rockets hit the limits of an offense-first game?

    The Score "The Houston Rockets of the James Harden era haven't just been emblematic of what you might call the "modern NBA." To an extent, they're the reason it exists in its current stylistic form. The Rockets helped mathematize the game, bringing the tenets of Moreyball - the..." November 07

  • NBA head coaching jobs are increasingly stable

    SB Nation "The NBA head coaching profession is among the least stable in all of sports. Some franchises cycle through a new head coach seemingly every year. The names who hold jobs for a decade or more are essentially legends, and even then, respected status and success is no guarantee of stability. The..." November 07

  • NBA now forbids teams from using apps that auto-delete communication with players, agents

    Pro Basketball Talk "To crack down on widespread tampering, the NBA began requiring teams to keep communications with agents and players for one year. The league can audit five teams annually. But what about workarounds? Pete Thamel, Seerat Sohi and Charles Robinson of Yahoo..." November 07

  • Ranking NBA's biggest early surprises: New-look Suns, unrecognizable Warriors, Lakers defense lead the way

    CBS Sports "The thing we most love about sports is the stuff we never see coming. They don't make movies about the favorite winning the game they're supposed to win -- instead it's the scrappy underdog who defies the odds and people's expectations with an unprecedented show of fortitude. A..." November 07

  • Free Agents Signed Now Can’t Be Traded Before Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement prevents a team from signing a player and then turning around and trading him shortly thereafter. If a club signs a free agent without having reached an agreement on a sign-and-trade deal, then the club isn’t permitted to trade that player..." November 07

  • Did James Harden forget Kevin Durant left the Warriors?

    Sporting News "Rockets vs. Warriors has been must-see TV in recent years, but Wednesday night was much different. Instead of trotting out the Death Lineup™ of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, Golden State rolled out ... none of those guys. Instead, the Warriors..." November 07

  • Former NBA commissioner David Stern all in on sports betting

    Newsday "David Stern is no stranger to the long battle against legalized betting in American sports. In 1991, he testified in the U.S. Senate hearings that led to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The Supreme Court overturned that law 18 months ago, opening the door to..." November 07

  • Jalen Rose Explains Why Fans and Media Are to Blame for Load Management in the NBA

    The Big Lead "Kawhi Leonard is not playing tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks. Leonard will miss his second game in eight days because of load management. Both of those games just happened to be broadcast on ESPN, so no one besides Kawhi's aching back is happy with the..." November 06

  • The Biggest Sneaker Storylines of the 2019-20 NBA Season

    Complex "The NBA made its long-awaited return only a few weeks ago and has already provided fans with the buzzer beaters, scuffles, memes, and superstar performances they had been yearning for during the offseason. The new-look Los Angeles Lakers are dominating thus far as expected with the..." November 05

  • Rockets Notes: Daryl Morey, Offseason, Mike D’Antoni

    Hoops Rumors "The Rockets have certainly not been bereft of drama, on or off the hardwood. After subtracting Chris Paul and adding Russell Westbrook this summer to be James Harden‘s new backcourt mate, Houston has struggled. The club is currently 4-3, the eighth..." November 05

  • Daryl Morey think Houston can have the best offense ever

    Real GM Basketball "Daryl Morey remains bullish on the Houston Rockets' chances this season, believing their defense can finish in the top-10 and also that their offense can be historically special. "I really think we could be the best offense ever put on the floor," said Morey to..." November 05

  • Joakim Noah Still Hoping To Sign With Contender

    NBC Sports Chicago "Former Bulls center Joakim Noah reportedly suffered what sounded like a potentially career-ending injury, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Windhorst reported the news on Monday on The Hoop Collective Podcast, but has since walked it..." November 05

  • Eric Gordon admits Rockets are ‘in a funk’

    Clutch Points "Eric Gordon has struggled to find his groove through the early stretch of this season, back into a bench role after starting most of last season. The Houston Rockets thrust Gordon into the starting shooting guard spot last season, getting the nod in 53 of his 68 appearances —..." November 04

  • Matt Barnes remembers the insult he said to James Harden’s mother

    Basketball Network "During the games, especially the ones in the playoffs, emotions get the best of players, and they do some things they later regret. In an interview done for VladTV, Matt Barnes remembers the time when he cussed at James Harden’s mom, who was trash-talking him from the stands. Barnes..." November 04

  • Houston Rockets, do we have a problem?

    Clutch Points "The Houston Rockets endured their latest defeat on Sunday, as they were hammered by the Miami Heat by a score of 129-100. The Rockets are now 3-3 on the season, which isn’t terrible, but their problems run much deeper than their record. Houston is..." November 04

  • Mike D'Antoni Rips 'Soft' Rockets After Embarrassing Loss

    USA Today "The Houston Rockets were embarrassed Sunday at Miami in a game they trailed by 41 points after not even 16 minutes, with head coach Mike D’Antoni calling his team’s effort “soft” after the game. The 129-100 final (complete box score) was largely..." November 04

  • Jose Calderon Announces Retirement, Joins NBPA As Special Assistant

    Real GM Basketball "Jose Calderon has announced his retirement as a player from the NBA and has joined the NBPA as a Special Assistant. The position is newly formed and a season-long position that both the union and Calderon hope will become a recurring role. " November 04

  • Rockets PG Russell Westbrook likely to rest vs. Grizzlies

    Number Fire "Houston Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook (rest) is not expected to play on Monday against the Memphis Grizzlies, per head coach Mike D'Antoni. WHAT IT MEANS: This comes after Westbrook had his worst game of the season on Sunday in an embarrassing 129-100 blowout..." November 04

  • Rockets fan who allegedly assaulted Joe Boylan banned from all NBA, WNBA and G League events

    Yahoo! Sports "The Houston Rockets fan who allegedly assaulted New Orleans Pelicans assistant coach Joe Boylan won’t be attending any basketball games anytime soon. Manuel Garcia — who is accused of punching Boylan in the face following an Oct. 26 game — had his ban extended in a..." November 04

  • Nets coach Kenny Atkinson explains use of Dennis Scott sign

    Larry Brown Sports "Kenny Atkinson went viral on Friday for a poster he threw up during his Brooklyn Nets’ 123-116 win over the Houston Rockets on Friday night. Atkinson’s Nets were trying to protect a lead in the final minute and did not want to allow the Rockets to shoot their way back into..." November 02

  • Russell Westbrook offers visceral reaction to James Harden crossing over Kyrie Irving

    Sporting News "Kyrie Irving is usually the one twisting defenders in knots with his handles. On Friday, though, he was on the receiving end of a vicious James Harden crossover, and his buckling lower body earned a strong reaction from Rockets guard Russell Westbrook. Midway through the first..." November 01

  • NBA reminds teams to keep all electronic communications with players, agents

    NBC Sports "It was part of Adam Silver’s and the NBA’s new “crackdown” on tampering — five random teams will get audited by the NBA at the end of the season. Just to make sure they didn’t break the rules. This week the NBA sent out a memo to all 30..." November 01

  • Rookie Scale Option Decisions Still To Come

    Hoops Rumors "Thursday, October 31 is the deadline for teams to exercise rookie scale options for the 2020/21 season. These options apply to either the third or fourth year of a rookie scale contract for players who were drafted in the first round. If they’re not exercised, the player becomes an..." October 31

  • Rockets notebook: Wizards coach Scott Brooks believes James Harden-Russell Westbrook combination will work again

    Houston Chronicle "For all that has changed in the seven seasons since the Wizards’ Scott Brooks coached James Harden in Oklahoma City, the same qualities he saw then make him believe now that Harden will mesh with Brooks’ other star guard with the Thunder, Russell..." October 30

  • Celtics could eye Steven Adams, Clint Capela by trade deadline if made available again

    NBC Sports Boston "For all of the positive vibes surrounding the 2019-20 Boston Celtics, there's one obvious area for improvement ... and it's under the basket. The Celtics entered the season pretty thin at center, and early injuries to Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis left only second-year big..." October 30

  • It's early, but some teams are already looking to fix holes in their rosters

    ESPN "It's only the second week of the NBA season, but front offices are already contemplating their shortcomings. There are a handful of teams who know they might have to make a significant roster move during the season. The market is mostly quiet now -- trade season doesn't really..." October 30

  • James Harden Wanted To Acquire Westbrook Without Trading Chris Paul

    Clutch Points "When the Houston Rockets announced that they had successfully acquired the services of former MVP Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for veteran point guard Chris Paul and draft picks, rumors instantly began circling..." October 30

  • 5 Players Who Can’t Be Traded This Season

    Fadeaway World "00:29 01:05 Even though we were all expecting some big trades for this season, there are a handful of players that have recently signed contract extensions and are therefore ineligible to be moved right now. Whenever a player signs a deal, he has to wait before..." October 30

  • EA Sports cancels NBA Live 20

    Kotaku "EA Sports’ NBA Live 20, which had the honour of being officially delayed before it was even officially announced, has now been cancelled. It’s the fourth time in ten years that EA has not released an annual entry in its flagship basketball game on a home..." October 30

  • Jordyn Woods Was at DeShaun Watson’s Halloween Party and James Harden Was There Too

    Yahoo! Sports "Jordyn Woods is giving Elizabeth Taylor a run for her money as Cleopatra! The 22-year-old social media sensation made fans drool by teasing her Halloween costume and nearly spilling out of her pricey crystal top. Wearing a shiny gold bralette that costs a..." October 29

  • Steve Kerr: Turning Steph Curry into James Harden won't work for Warriors

    SLAM Online "Stephen Curry won’t be mistaken for James Harden anytime soon, according to Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. Curry wouldn’t be able to handle the offensive load Harden carries for the Houston Rockets, says Kerr.   October 29

  • Houston Rockets Fan Arrested, Accused of Punching Pelicans Coach In The Face

    USA Today "The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has charged Manuel Garcia with misdemeanor assault for allegedly punching New Orleans Pelicans assistant coach Joe Boylan in the face after a Houston Rockets home game last Saturday. The incident occurred at the end of..." October 29

  • Russell Westbrook on beating Thunder, ex-teammates: 'When I hoop, I have no friends'

    ABC 13 "Russell Westbrook, dressed in shiny black pants and a sleeveless NASCAR T-shirt, stopped by the visitors locker room on the way out of the Toyota Center on Monday night. Westbrook chatted with former teammates such as Steven Adams and Andre Roberson, as well as..." October 29

  • Mike D’Antoni Unfazed By Lame-Duck Status

    USA Today "So many moving parts have hovered over this Houston Rockets franchise, and it does not just include Darryl Morey’s tweets about the Hong Kong protests, Russell Westbrook’s arrival and James Harden’s initial shooting struggles. It also includes coach Mike..." October 29

  • Rockets' Daryl Morey calls trade for Russell Westbrook the 'most intense' of his career

    CBS Sports "Daryl Morey has made his fair share of deals during his tenure as the general manager of the Houston Rockets. The move he made over the offseason to acquire Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Chris Paul and other pieces, however,..." October 29

  • Rockets could play Thabo Sefolosha at center this season

    Larry Brown Sports "Mike D’Antoni may be reaching deep into his bag of lineup tricks this season. Speaking with the media Sunday, the Houston Rockets head coach said that he could give veteran swingman Thabo Sefolosha some time at the center spot this season, per Salman Ali of Hoops..." October 28