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Jeremy Lin

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    July 3, 2014

    Slim Thug REALLY Wants the Rockets to Sign Carmelo Anthony

    Oh, what a funny business the NBA is. And nothing is funnier than the league's free-agency season, when Monopoly money is tossed at players who either a) deserve it; b) probably have photos of your GM doing unimaginable things; or c) happen to have the names Jeremy and Lin. You see, free agency is ... More >>

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    July 3, 2014

    Daryl Morey Speaks Out On Jeremy Lin, Carmelo Anthony Situation

    "That's my house, and that's my car. That's my dog in my back yard .... there's my kids, and that's my wife. Who's that man running' my life?" -- Toby Keith In the song "Who's That Man" by Toby Keith, the protagonist in the song is driving through the town and past the house that he used to live in ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014

    Grades Are In: Rockets 2014 Report Card

    It was a very interesting year for your Houston Rockets. They struggled early, hit an incredible hot streak at the start of the new year and rode it all the way to the fourth seed in the playoffs. They battled through injuries and lack of experience playing with one another, nevermind an extremely t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    The Four Winners, Four Losers in Rockets' Game 5 Win

    If there is one thing we have learned through five games between Houston and Portland, it is that these are two very evenly matched teams. In five games, there have been three overtimes. Take away Wednesday night's win for the Rockets by 10 points and the remaining four games were decided by a tota ... More >>

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    April 29, 2014

    Zapruder Analysis of a Huge Chick Fight in the Upper Deck of the Rockets Game

    Branding. It's a huge buzzword in this day and age. With some many different ways to market yourself, build an audience, be memorable, branding is key to growth. Good branding is the difference between incremental growth and exponential growth. I blog at least once, sometimes as many as three tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Resurgent Lin Sparks Streaking Rockets

    The Rockets have been winning huge games for a while now, but one thing is new this week. It's largely because of reserve guard Jeremy Lin, rather than in spite of. And while the local bandwagon swells with talk of James Harden's latest heroics, the most positive development for the team's title ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Linsanity Rewind: This 2012 Linsanity ABC Promo for a Knicks Game is Crazy

    Someday, perhaps the good folks at ESPN will look back at the "Linsanity" portion of Jeremy Lin's NBA career, those magical few weeks in Feb. 2012, and put together a 30 for 30, or at the very least a 30 for 30 short. And might I suggest that if this film does come off, that ESPN ask for the rights ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Rockets Tie Third Best Record Through 50 Games in Franchise History with Win Over Suns

    The Rockets matched the franchise record for wins through 50 games at 33 by beating the Phoenix Suns 122-108 at Toyota Center on Wednesday night. The win allows them to keep pace in the ridiculously competitive Western Conference where, despite their accomplishments, they still remain in fifth place ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Rockets Beat Bulls at Start of Tough Stretch to End 2013

    Sitting on the bench in the waning moments of the Rockets 109-94 win over Chicago on Wednesday night, even the injured players -- one of whom may not be a Rocket by this weekend -- were smiling. It was the kind of victory that helps to wipe out some of the bitter taste left after the loss against Sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Best of HoustonĀ® 2013: Rest of the Best - Houston Rockets Edition

    Were you so inclined to look up the Best Rocket category from previous Best of HoustonĀ® issues, you would find these honorees for the last 10 years: Yao Ming (2003-2004, 2006) Tracy McGrady (2005) Shane Battier (2007, 2009-2010) Rafer Alston (2008) Luis Scola (2011) Chuck Hayes (2012) Let's start ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Your 2013-14 Noobs Guide to the Houston Rockets

    Maybe you haven't been watching the Rockets for a while. Maybe their abject mediocrity over the last, oh I don't know, 15 years, has left you complacent. Maybe you grew up during a time when the Rockets weren't winning titles and contending for championships. Or maybe you just didn't care that much. ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    Rockets Still a Significant Work in Progress

    There have been times in the Rockets history when they got off to slow starts in games. This year, it is a slow start to the season. But, when I predicted they would go 11-7 in their first month with Dwight Howard, it wasn't because I thought they would come flying out of the gates. It was because I ... More >>

  • News

    October 24, 2013

    All Systems Go: The Rockets Are Young, Focused and Ready to Compete

    Fun-loving, but hyper-competitive on the court, the Rockets are ready to deliver a new age in Houston basketball. Fans are ready for that, too.

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    October 23, 2013

    Cover Story: Rockets' New Age Includes Twin Towers, Twin Minis Experiments

    It's been 30 years since the Rockets put two seven-footers on the floor at the same time. Those two, Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson, led the Rockets to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Boston Celtics, a team that included current Rockets coach Kevin McHale. Now McHale is tinkering with a tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    Rockets Chemistry Experiment Seems to Be Working

    The Rockets finally made it back home from a trip to Asia last week that saw them twice dismantle the Indiana Pacers, a team that took the World Champion Miami Heat to the brink of elimination in last years Eastern Conference playoffs. This was without last year's starting center, Omer Asik, who has ... More >>

  • Film

    October 3, 2013
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    August 27, 2013

    Linsanity The Movie Trailer Hits the Interwebs

    As if the hype for the upcoming NBA season, specifically for the hometown Houston Rockets, could not get any weirder, we bring you Linsanity, the movie. Between Dwight Howard's trips to Aspen and China, James Harden's commercials and Chandler Parsons being singlehandedly transformed into "the man wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Why the Rockets Are Equipped to Handle the Spotlight Shifting to Howard

    When the Rockets signed Jeremy Lin and traded for James Harden, they became the team's marketable superstars. Neither were exactly proven commodities on the floor, but at least Lin brought Linsanity and Harden brought the beard. By the end of last season, Harden had more than proven he was ready to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Rockets Report Card: Handing Out the Grades With the Season Over

    At the beginning of the season, even after the trade for James Harden, I was convinced this was not a playoff team. Right before the season started, I wrote this in a blog post, "With youth comes athleticism, energy and excitement. It also brings inexperience, inconsistency and the occasional train ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    After a Successful Season, Big Questions Loom for Young Rockets

    It's difficult to believe anyone outside of the most hardcore fans truly believed the Rockets would be a playoff team this year. Most, including myself, assumed they would finish under .500 and back in the lottery. Even with James Harden, an unproven starter, added before the season, it was tough to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Rockets Come Back from 15 Down in the Fourth Only to Fall in OKC

    So close and yet so far. The Rockets were about as close as you can come to pulling off the upset in Oklahoma City Wednesday night. The Thunder were fumbling all over themselves and missing shots. The Rockets were stroking it and rolling. Of course, they were down 15, but their furious fourth-quart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Rockets Make Winning Plays Late, Beat Spurs 96-95 on Harden's Late Jumper

    It's been a while since Rockets fans have experienced something like this. For those of us who have followed the Rockets for 20 or 30 years, we can remember plenty of times they rose up to make big shots against the rival San Antonio Spurs...and quite a few that went the other direction. But, Sunday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Playoff Chase: Rockets Beat Utah, Warriors Lose to Spurs

    Last night, as I mentioned yesterday, was a big night for the Rockets. In their hunt for a playoff spot -- they missed the last two seasons -- they faced Utah at Toyota Center and while the Jazz have not exactly played like world beaters recently, their formidable front line would seem to match up w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Win-Win: Harden Blisters Former Team On the Court, Morey Does the Same to Sacramento Off Landing Robinson

    The NBA trade deadline is always a weird time. It comes on the heels of the NBA's most glamorous weekend and right in the middle of the season. Most years there are trades here and there. Occasionally, there's a blockbuster. Since Daryl Morey has taken over as the general manager for the Rockets, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2013

    All-Star Friday: Rookies, Legends and Media Chaos

    Admittedly, I've never been to an All-Star event, definitely not as a member of the media, but one thing is for sure: this isn't a weeknight Rockets game. Players, celebrities and media descended on downtown Houston for All-Star weekend 2013 and filled every square inch of space in the Toyota Center ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Rockets at Midseason: The Grades Are In

    With the All-Star break on us, it seems logical to talk about where our local NBA team stands at the season's figurative midpoint. I say "figurative" because the Rockets passed their actual midpoint in January at which point they were 21-20 coming off the last game of a season-long seven-game losing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Rockets World: Tough Loss, Royce White a Viper, Jeremy Lin Does ESPN (with Videos)

    It's been a strange week for the Rockets. They obliterated two Western Conference playoff contenders, tying an NBA record for three-pointers in one of the games, lost to the NBA champs and a really bad team on the road even if Jeremy Lin did drop a posterizing dunk during the game, saw the return of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Rockets 120, Bulls 97: Offensive Juggernaut Routs Another Defensive Powerhouse

    Don't look now, but the team no one can see on Houston TV is looking pretty damn good right about now. Winning their fourth game in a row, which included routs over the Knicks and the Grizzlies, the Rockets beat one of the best defensive teams in the league, the Chicago Bulls, by 23, at one point le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Rockets Rout Knicks in Lin's Return to Madison Square Garden

    The center of the Linsanity and basketball universe saw the prodigal son return and Jeremy Lin and the Rockets faced the Knicks for the second and final time Monday night, routing New York 109-96 in a game that blew open after a 27-11 second quarter from the Rockets. Lin stepped back on the floor wh ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012
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    December 14, 2012

    Daryl Morey Fires Off A Kurkjian Style Stat Dork Tweet To Defend Jeremy Lin

    By any real measurement, the first season for Jeremy Lin as a Houston Rocket has been fairly pedestrian. Statistically, he has struggled shooting the basketball (.399 field goal percentage) and seen his minutes scaled back in recent weeks. Purely to the human eye, Lin has had trouble meshing with ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Linsanity Finally Shows Up, Rockets Lose Anyway

    Jeremy Lin reminds me of an NFL quarterback. He probably didn't deserve the mounds of praise heaped on him during his transcendant run last year in New York and he hasn't deserved the beating he's taken on message boards and radio call in shows during his struggles in Houston. He didn't get signed t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Rockets' Ups and Downs Continue Despite Coach's Return

    Check out pics from Saturday's close game against the Mavs in our slideshow. Kevin McHale was emotional at times when he met with the media upon his return to the team on Saturday night after an extended absence due to the illness and tragic death of his daughter. He kept in touch with the players ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Rockets Beat Raptors, Head to Minnesota for Funeral Then OKC for Reunion

    The Rockets won one for their coach Tuesday night with a 117-101 victory at home over the Toronto Raptors, but they also climbed back to .500 and continued to demonstrate a cohesiveness born over the past couple weeks, particularly since Coach Kevin McHale left to tend to his ill daughter, Sasha, wh ... More >>

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    November 13, 2012

    Airsanity: Lin and the Rockets Struggle with More Than Airballs

    I once interviewed MLB writer and former Astro social media maven Alyson Footer for a story about sports radio and she gave me a fantastic quote about the media in general. "The news cycle used to be 24 hours and now it's 24 seconds," she told me. The impact that has on sports coverage means that on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Beardsanity: Rockets Stars Inspire in Win, Team Still Has Issues (with Crazy Video)

    So, this James Harden kid is pretty good. He torched the Detroit Pistons for 37 points, 12 assists (a career high), six rebounds and four steals on opening night and it appears he is everything advertised and more. No doubt he isn't going to go off for that kind of game every night, but he has insta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    The Young Ones: Rockets Season Will Be Infused With, Complicated By Youth

    Back in the late '90s, when the Rockets had real championship aspirations, the team was consistently one of the oldest in the NBA. They routinely filled the end of the roster with guys like Charles Jones, who Rockets TV play-by-play man Bill Worrell affectionately called "Old Man River." By contrast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Comment of the Day: The Rockets' Obscenely Huge New Videoboard

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    Six Houston LINdmarks That LINd Themselves to Further LINsanity

    When being interviewed over the last week, newly acquired Rockets guard Jeremy Lin admitted that the use of his last name for Lin-based puns got a little old in New York. In fact, he banned the use of them among friends, but he did admit that of all the ones he had seen, his favorite was probably Su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    Comment of the Day: It Was Linevitable

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    CongraduLINtions, Houston: It's a Point Guard!

    Over the last few weeks -- and, frankly, for quite sometime before that -- the name Jeremy Lin has been twisted to fit any number of ridiculous puns (check out HPBasketball's Twitter feed on Tuesday for some hilarious examples), Linsanity chief among them as the young phenom brought crowds at storie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    The Knicks Play Hide-and-Seek in Order to Keep the Rockets from Signing Jeremy Lin

    For every weird little occurrence in life, there seems to be an episode of Seinfeld to which you can circle back for an analogous situation. Even for something as innocuous as the Rockets' pursuit of Knicks restricted free agent guard Jeremy Lin. So here goes: Remember that episode of Seinfeld whe ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    It's CompLINcated: The Continuing Saga of the Rockets Pursuit of Jeremy Lin

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the Garden (or GAH-den if you are a New Yorker), it appears the New York Knicks, who appeared to have finally re-captured the imagination of basketball fans, are close to letting point guard Jeremy Lin go and join the Houston Rockets. I'm not going to ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    CultureMap Makes a Gaffe, Doesn't Think It's a Gaffe, But Quietly Changes Story

    The joke wasn't even that funny. New York celebrity chef David Chang, hearing that Jeremy Lin would likely come to Houston to play for the Rockets, at least for three years, tweeted yesterday, "@momofuku is looking to sign a three year lease in Houston, Texas." As Eater National reported today, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Rockets Invent a New Type of Draft Pick Lottery Protection, So That's Something, Right?

    The Rockets finished the 2011-12 NBA season with perhaps the top point guard combination in the entire league. Kyle Lowry was a borderline All-Star at midseason and one of the top all-around players at the position, not to mention a massive bargain at $5.75 million per year. When Lowry went down w ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    Dragic Gone. Is It Time for Linsanity or Just Regular Old Crazy?

    According to ESPN, Rockets point guard Goran Dragic has agreed to a deal with the Phoenix Suns worth $34 million over four seasons. The Rockets had reportedly realized last week that Dragic wanted much more than they were willing to offer and decided to pursue other options. Some reports suggest the ... More >>

  • News

    March 8, 2012

    Bet on the Rockets

    What will the second half bring?

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    February 28, 2012

    Houston Rockets Second-Half Preview in Gambling-Speak

    The Rockets kick off the second half of the 2011-2012 season tonight. I'm not sure how many of you care about this. The acres of empty seats at Toyota Center lead me to believe that fewer of you care than Kevin McHale, Daryl Morey and Leslie Alexander would have hoped for. Television ratings indicat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Jeremy Lin vs. Yao Ming: The Breakdown

    NBA executives are beaming these days with the Tim Tebow-like mania for the Knicks' Jeremy Lin, a Harvard grad whose family comes from Taiwan. Not only is Lin getting hysteria in the States, but he is reawakening visions of opening the lucrative Chinese and Asian market back to the NBA, dreams whic ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Linsanity: Little-Known Jeremy Lin Helping Knicks Hurt the Rockets

    Daryl Morey's incessant shuffling of second-rate players over the past few seasons, constantly tweaking and tinkering looking for "assets," came to an almost comical head last week when a player the Rockets cut in the offseason to make room for Jonny Flynn, who they acquired from Minnesota, came to ... More >>

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