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  • NBA Owner Sounds off on NBA All-Star Weekend King of Court Proposal

    Heavy "NBA All-Star weekend is one of the most anticipated during the NBA season with dazzling and jaw-dropping events, such as the celebrity game, the rising stars’ game where you get you to see the league’s upcoming talent all in one place. There’s the three-point..." January 17

  • Rockets Reportedly No Longer Interested in Trading for Robert Covington but Will Make Deadline Deals

    12 Up "The Houston Rockets made the biggest trade of the offseason, acquiring superstar Russell Westbrook in an effort to compete for a championship with the new wave of dominant L.A. teams. The Rockets still feel as though their team could use a little bit of reshaping, looking to make more..." January 17

  • Lakers' Alex Caruso Has More All-Star Fan Votes Than Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry

    TMZ "The Carushow may be making a stop in Chicago ... 'cause the 3rd round of NBA All-Star Game fan votes have been released ... and Alex Caruso is near the top of the list!!! FYI, fans account for 50% of the overall All-Star voting. NBA players account for 25% and a media..." January 16

  • Rodney Dangerfield is the Most Disrespected Man in the NBA History

    The Big Lead "Disrespect is a funny thing. Athletes and those tasked with motivating athletes find it everywhere. Draft position. Public opinion. Betting odds. Predictions from talking heads. If you aren't with a team, you're against them. If you're not propping them up, you're bulletin board..." January 16

  • Ja Morant is running away with Rookie of the Year and pushing the Grizzlies ahead of schedule

    Sporting News "In the first quarter of Tuesday's game between the Grizzlies and Rockets, Ja Morant set the tone for what turned out to be a career night. The 20-year-old point guard saw James Harden waiting to defend him well below the 3-point line and decided to punish that lack of respect. He..." January 16

  • Rockets 'getting rocked,' prompting postgame session to air issues

    ESPN "Coach Mike D'Antoni started to make an excuse for the Houston Rockets' recent struggles and then stopped in the middle of a sentence, saying he couldn't do it with a straight face. The Rockets have dropped three of their past four games after a 117-107..." January 16

  • Carmelo Anthony: No hard feelings with Rockets

    Houston Chronicle "Carmelo Anthony insisted that there were no hard feelings, no real feelings at all. He was not with the Rockets long enough to build the sort of relationships he had with the Nuggets, Knicks or even the Thunder, as if to him, the Rockets had become just another team in the NBA, another line in..." January 16

  • James Harden alludes underwhelming season to lack of continuity: ‘Our time’s gonna come’

    Houston Chronicle "Austin Rivers leaned back in his locker on Saturday afternoon, shaking his head, stifling a half-nervous chuckle and raising his eyebrows. A year in with the Rockets, he knows the roster well, and he is unsure how confident to be in a fourth-place Western Conference team that for a..." January 14

  • Tony Parker Is The Only Player With A Positive Record Against All 30 Teams, Including San Antonio Spurs

    Hoops Hype "Tony Parker announced his retirement last summer following a memorable career that saw him win four NBA titles and make the All-Star Game six times. His final year with the Hornets was not the stuff of legend, but one particular event during that season made his NBA career even more..." January 14

  • Heat’s Jimmy Butler reveals his 5 toughest players to guard

    Clutch Points "Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler is widely considered as one of the best defenders in the league today. Recently, the four-time All-Defensive team member penned an article for The Players’ Tribune, wherein he openly spoke about some of the most challenging..." January 13

  • Two-Way Contract Situations To Watch This Week

    Hoops Rumors "January 15 is the last day that NBA teams can sign a player to a two-way contract this season. After that date, teams can still waive two-way players or promote them to their 15-man rosters, but they can’t bring aboard new players on two-way contracts as replacements. With that..." January 13

  • Rockets' James Harden's 11 TOs lone blemish as he surpasses 20K points

    ESPN " James Harden scored 32 points in three quarters to surpass 20,000, and the Houston Rockets rolled to an easy 139-109 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. "It's a great accomplishment obviously," Harden said...." January 12

  • Free Agent Stock Watch 2020: Southwest Division

    Hoops Rumors "Every week, Hoops Rumors takes a closer look at players who will be free agents or could become free agents next offseason. We examine if their stock is rising or falling due to performance and other factors. This week, we take a look at players from the Southwest Division: Derrick..." January 11

  • Russell Westbrook on Thunder stint: ‘I don’t regret one thing’

    USA Today "The two players remain linked as one of the NBA's biggest deals last summer. Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul are not rivals, though. So after the Oklahoma City Thunder finished with a 113-92 win over the Houston Rockets, the two star players hugged. Then Westbrook waved to..." January 10

  • Ranking the Top 10 Centers in the NBA

    The Big Lead "1. Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets Generally, building your franchise around a 7-foot, 250-pound center in the year 2020 is frowned upon, but Jokic is more of a point guard trapped in Bryant Reeves' body. He was the All-NBA First Team center last season and will turn 25 next month. It..." January 10

  • Russell Westbrook on Rockets: ‘We’ve prepared ourselves long term and that’s to win a championship’

    USA Today "As soon as he learned his days with the Oklahoma City Thunder had ended, Russell Westbrook processed what his future meant with the Houston Rockets. “We’re in good position now,” Westbrook said. “We have a long road ahead of us. We’ve prepared..." January 10

  • Stephen A. Smith, Michael Wilbon to coach NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    Sportress of Blogitude "The All-Star Celebrity Game during NBA All-Star Weekend is often one of the more entertaining events of the three-day league showcase, simply due to the novelty of watching stars chucking up shots. With ESPN televising the All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday, Feb. 14, it is not a..." January 10

  • Instagram model Tammy Hembrow: Entire sports team has invaded my DMs

    New York Post "Model and fitness influencer Tammy Hembrow is Australia’s hottest Instagram star right now — and at least one sport team agrees. The 25-year-old social media starlet has opened up on the number of direct messages she has been receiving recently from athletes around the..." January 10

  • Kevin Durant, Kendrick Perkins Beef on Twitter During Russell Westbrook Debate

    SI "As former Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was making his appearance as a visiting players in Oklahoma City, two other former Thunder players were busy exchanging tweets. The thread started earlier on Thursday when Perkins, an ESPN analyst who played for the Thunder from..." January 10

  • Trae Young, James Harden become 1st players with 40-point triple-doubles in same game

    The Score "Trae Young and James Harden went on a simultaneous tear for the record books Wednesday. The Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets guards combined to become the first two players in NBA history to record 40-point triple-doubles in the same game, courtesy..." January 09

  • Russell Westbrook Rocks Thunder-Themed Shoes Before Return Vs. OKC

    Sportsnaut "Houston Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook wore navy blue and orange with pride for 11 years with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now, as he’s set to make his return to Chesapeake Energy Arena on Thursday night, he is wearing those colors once again in a unique way. As the..." January 09

  • Does Russell Westbrook's polarizing game have a shelf life?

    ESPN "SITTING IN THE back corner of the visitors locker room in New Orleans after a close win on Nov. 11 -- one day before his 31st birthday -- Russell Westbrook gives a nod of approval. You may approach. The Houston Rockets have just beaten..." January 09

  • 3 Players That Can Help Joel Embiid And Ben Simmons Win A Championship This Season

    Fadeaway World "The Philadelphia 76ers looked like the team to beat entering this season. After an eventful offseason, many expected this team to coast through the Eastern Conference, but this doesn’t seem like the case. The Sixers have fallen back to Earth after their 5-0 start and this recent..." January 09

  • Eric Stern opens up about his dad David Stern, former NBA commissioner

    USA Today "Eric Stern appreciated all the words said and written about his father, former NBA commissioner David Stern, who died on New Year’s Day. “It’s all very nice,” Stern told USA TODAY Sports in a phone interview. But what also had tremendous meaning to..." January 08

  • The Top 5 Best Destinations For Lakers' Kyle Kuzma

    Fadeaway World "With the Trade Deadline approaching, many teams are expected to make changes to their rosters. While many of the teams expected to make some moves are fringe playoff teams, there are a handful of teams at the top of the league record-wise that could look to dabble in the trade market. One team..." January 08

  • Chris Paul's Resurgence Puts Rockets' Trade Into Question

    SI "Did the Houston Rockets make a mistake trading Chris Paul? It’s a question at least worth asking, while fully acknowledging there were abundant concerns about his age and durability—not to mention possible friction with teammate James Harden. It isn’t..." January 08

  • NBA reconsidering playoff reseeding proposal

    Sportsnet "The NBA is reportedly reconsidering a proposal that would have reseeded the four conference finalists during the playoffs based on regular season record, re-shaping the league’s playoff structure, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe. Under the NBA’s..." January 07

  • Rockets To Release Gary Clark

    SLAM Online "The Houston Rockets will release Gary Clark, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. The decision to cut Clark comes hours before the deadline at which all non-guaranteed deals lock in for the remainder of the season. " January 07

  • NBA Execs Rip Load Management

    Bleacher Report "Want a surefire way to get almost any NBA coach to roll their eyes, snort or make some other derisive gesture? Mention load management. That is, as long as they're sure no one is looking. To be caught dismissing the practice would be "career suicide," says..." January 07

  • Rockets star Russell Westbrook to sit, Eric Gordon to play Wednesday vs. Hawks

    Clutch Points "Houston Rockets All-Star Russell Westbrook will be held out of Wednesday night’s matchup against the Atlanta Hawks for rest, according to a report from Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. As a result, Eric Gordon will likely see an uptick in his usage..." January 06

  • 3 potential trades for Kevin Love

    The Score "Kevin Love could use a change in scenery. The veteran power forward's stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers appears to be coming to a head after a reported outburst toward general manager Koby Altman on Saturday was followed up by an on-court..." January 06

  • From Danilo Gallinari to Chris Paul, 75 players who could be moved before Feb. 6

    CBS Sports "Just before the 2019 trade deadline, the Toronto Raptors acquired Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies, hoping that he would be the final piece of a championship-worthy puzzle. On their way to their first title in franchise history, they outlasted the Philadelphia..." January 06

  • 6 Blockbuster Trades We Want To See This Season

    Fadeaway World "A couple of weeks ago, we finally had our first trade of the 2019-20 NBA season. Jordan Clarkson was traded to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Dante Exum and 2 second-round picks and this trade looks to be a win-win for both sides. Clarkson wasn’t in the plans for the Cleveland Cavaliers..." January 04

  • Three Trade Destinations For Pistons Center Andre Drummond

    The Big Lead "The Detroit Pistons went all-in when they traded for Blake Griffin in February of 2018. Just under two years later, nothing has gone right. Griffin had a career year in 2018-19, but his body failed him as the playoffs approached and Detroit was swept by Milwaukee in the first round. Three..." January 04

  • Rockets’ James Harden Makes More History In Triple-Double Vs. Sixers

    Sportsnaut "It’s a near nightly theme for NBA MVP favorite James Harden and his Houston Rockets. The Beard doing stuff we have not seen in the NBA in generations. That was no different against the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night. Harden scored 44 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and..." January 04

  • Rockets’ Gerald Green won’t rule out a postseason return

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard Gerald Green, who has been out since suffering a fracture in his left foot in the preseason, said Friday he hopes he can return in time for the postseason, but will be careful not to rush his rehab in any way. Green is still wearing a walking boot and has not been..." January 04

  • Eric Gordon admits he’s still not there yet in explosiveness, athleticism

    SI "The Eric Gordon of the first nine games of 2019-20 was almost unrecognizable to the player who helped guide the Rockets to three straight 50-win seasons from 2016-19. Gordon started this season in a serious funk, averaging just 11.8 points per game while shooting a dismal 34.1% from the field...." January 03

  • From Charles Barkley to Joel Embiid: The fight to modernize the NBA big man

    ESPN "JOEL EMBIID RELISHES the opportunities to launch 3-pointers. The execution of that shot, the 7-foot Philadelphia 76ers center believes, classifies him as a modern NBA player, a multifaceted big man whose skills and athleticism should not -- and will not -- confine him to a..." January 03

  • The NBA Wouldn't Be the NBA Without David Stern

    Complex "The 1984 NBA Draft, held in the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden, was a revolution that was barely televised—it was shown on the USA Network in the middle of a weekday afternoon. What are today household names didn’t get beamed into many households. There were future Hall of..." January 02

  • Jimmy Garoppolo’s Ex-Adult Film Star Hookup Kiara Mia Reveals She Has an NBA Player Who Pays Her For Sex

    Black Sports Online "Mia Kiara says she is the reason that Jimmy G and the 49ers are back in the playoffs. Hard to argue her point. Jimmy G has been balling and it started when he took her out on a date before having sex with her.  " January 02

  • LeBron James on David Stern: ‘He definitely should have something named after him’

    USA Today "LeBron James eulogized David Stern for his global vision and shrewd negotiating tactics. But with Stern passing away on Wednesday at age 77, the Lakers star suggested another way to honor the late NBA Commissioner. “He definitely should have something named after..." January 02

  • All NBA teams will wear black jersey stripe for the rest of the season as tribute to David Stern

    The Big Lead "David Stern, longtime former commissioner of the NBA, passed away on New Year's Day at the age of 77. The league released a statement on his passing, and teams and players everywhere have been giving their thoughts on the man who became a figurehead for the game of basketball. " January 02

  • Mavs’ Luka Doncic, Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo lead 1st All-Star voting returns

    NBA.com "The Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the NBA and their respective conferences in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting presented by Google.  Doncic leads Antetokounmpo by 599 votes for the top spot among all players...." January 02

  • Buying or Selling NBA's Biggest Breakout Players

    Bleacher Report "The 2019-20 NBA season was always destined to be one for the ages. The injury bug dismantled the Golden State Warriors dynasty (or at least put it on a one-year hiatus). Dynamic duos sprouted up across the hoops landscape with Hollywood as the backdrop, where the Los Angeles Lakers..." January 02

  • ‘He thought big’: David Stern ushered in the modern NBA

    Sportsnet "The NBA All-Star Game is an annual gathering of some of the most gifted people on the planet — where some of the biggest and brightest among us shine. But so often in years past at All-Star Weekend, the event that carried the most weight — that was most anticipated by..." January 01

  • Former NBA Commissioner David Stern dies at 77 after brain hemorrhage

    CBS Sports "David Stern, the former commissioner of the NBA, has died at 77 after suffering a brain hemorrhage in December, the NBA announced Wednesday.  Stern was the commissioner of the NBA from 1984 through 2014, presiding over a period of immense growth for professional..." January 01

  • Rockets' James Harden says double-teams mean 'I'm pretty good'

    ESPN " Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone considers his preferred defensive strategy of double-teaming Houston Rockets star James Harden, sometimes as far as 40 feet away from the basket, to be a form of flattery. "I know it's probably frustrating for..." January 01

  • Ranking the top five sports video games of the 2010s

    Sporting News "The landscape of sports gaming has changed dramatically over the last decade, with a reduction in the number of games produced, evolution of distribution and a shift in newly prioritized features to maximize the revenue they generate. While there is legitimate reason to be frustrated..." December 31

  • 5 bold NBA predictions for 2020

    The Score "When 2019 dawned, next to nobody predicted that Kawhi Leonard and Paul George would team up in L.A. before the year was out, or that James Harden and Russell Westbrook would be reunited in Houston. Right next to "nothing is guaranteed," the..." December 31

  • Again: Cord Cutting is NOT the Biggest Reason For NBA Ratings Hiccups

    The Big Lead "The reasons for NBA ratings declines this season have been debated ad nauseam, but I keep seeing the decline in cable and satellite subscribers presented as the biggest variable. While it is certainly a factor, it is not the prevailing one. Every other major sport this year has weathered cable..." December 31