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    July 2, 2014

    NBA Free Agency Day 1: Update On Five Houston Rockets Targets

    2014's NBA free agency class is technically as star studded as any in league history. I say "technically" only because there's a strong belief that the stars at the top of the list are, by and large, virtual locks to return to their incumbent teams. But for now, technically the likes of LeBron Jame ... 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 >>

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    April 30, 2014

    A Few People and Things You Can Blame for Rockets Playoffs Struggles

    It's a shame that this whole Donald Sterling mess is sullying what is the best first round of the playoffs in NBA history. It has certainly been the most competitive with multiple fascinating story lines and more than enough heart-stopping drama for fans from cities around the league. And while the ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    Rockets Down 0-2 to Blazers: Here Are Six Reasons It's OK to Panic

    Long before Portland took their largest lead of the game well into the fourth quarter of game two in the first round of the Western Conference at Toyota Center, the cracks were showing in the Rockets' foundation. Despite a blistering start with Dwight Howard absolutely dominating on the low post goi ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    Rockets Battle Injuries, Portland for Home Court Advantage in Playoffs

    Fortunes change quickly in the NBA. A 20-point lead, something rarely overcome in the low-scoring '90s, is now about four minutes of good shooting and defense away from a deficit. The same can be said of the standings. Even the shortest of losing streaks can take a team from home court advantage in ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    No Trades, No Problem: Asik, Still a Rocket, Helps Roll Lakers

    As Hollywood thrillers go, the game at Staples Center Wednesday night was a box office flop. The entire night was more slapstick farce than docudrama, though Lakers fans might argue it was a horror story. For the Rockets, that meant a 134-108 laugher over an injury and trade-depleted Laker team. The ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014

    Rockets Roll Kings, Continue Hot Streak Despite Injuries

    There are certainly plenty of things to be concerned about with the local professional basketball franchise. They still do not play consistent defense and probably take too many three pointers -- particularly given their mediocre percentage from beyond the arc this year. They feel a bit like a team ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    Brooks Helps Rockets Stay Afloat Through Wave of Injuries

    Patrick Beverley returned to the starting lineup in Monday night's 126-113 win over the tough Portland Trail Blazers, guiding the Rockets with 17 points and three assists in 29 minutes. Despite missing a month with a broken hand, the Rockets' defensive-minded floor general showed no ill effects. It ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Dwight Howard's Early Christmas Present: An MVP Level Performance In Detroit

    In a perfect world, good NBA teams would like to be able to manage the regular season the way that the San Antonio Spurs do every year. Play your superstars around 70 games, know exactly which games to rest them (and maybe even win a few of those, like the Spurs did against Golden State this past Th ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    Rockets Beginning to Roll with Come-From-Behind Win in Memphis

    Down 14 late and facing a tough division opponent on the road without your best player and with your second best not exactly lighting up the arena, it would not seem the odds would be in the Rockets favor to close out with a win, but that is exactly what they did Monday night in Memphis. After scori ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Sports Illustrated Cover Boys: The Rockets' Dwight Howard, Kevin McHale & Hakeem Olajuwon

    Seems like the Houston Press wasn't the only media outlet to find the Houston Rockets cover-worthy this season. For its October 28 NBA Preview double edition, Sports Illustrated chose to focus on Dwight Howard and his place with the Houston Rockets for its cover story. Entitled: The Post Man Rings ... More >>

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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 >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Gambling! 2013-2014 NBA Season Win Totals Are Out!

    Amidst the hoopla of "Johnny Football, Part Two" and the carnage of the box set of back breaking turnovers that Matt Schaub is assembling, the Rockets quietly opened training camp this week with arguably their best assembly of talent since the mid 90's. Indeed, a new age of Rockets basketball begi ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    Rockets on the Right Path With or Without Dwight Howard, But Landing Him Would Be Huge

    In three straight drafts, the former Seattle Sonics and eventual Oklahoma City Thunder completely altered the trajectory of their franchise and became the envy of the entire NBA, save perhaps Miami. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, taken in three consecutive NBA drafts, became the c ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    May 2, 2013

    Rockets-Thunder Game 5: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    The Rockets began this series with the Thunder by falling behind three games to none, with a deer-in-the-headlights Game 1 preceding two very winnable games in Games 2 and 3. No team in NBA history has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series, and to expect an 8 seed like the Rockets to become t ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Rockets Get Road Win Over Kings and We Have a Terrence Jones Sighting

    If I didn't know any better, I would think Kevin McHale was giving minutes to players just to develop them even regardless of the outcome (oh, right, he is), but weird rotations and injuries or not, the Rockets keep winning. In Sacramento Wednesday night, it was a brand new face and one strange lin ... More >>

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    April 1, 2013

    No Beard? No Problem. Rockets Beat Clippers for 40th W of the Season

    At the beginning of this season, I was talking to my friend David Hardisty over at ClutchFans.net. At the beginning of every season, we'll usually talk about what we expect from the season. The team had just traded for James Harden, but neither of us were optimistic. I pegged the Rockets' win total ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    Mr. Big: Hard Work Sends Greg Smith from D-League to Rotation Player on Playoff-Bound Rockets

    After a recent practice, Rockets players Greg Smith, Thomas Robinson, Dontas Montejunas and James Harden spent a few rare minutes working on their post up games with coach Kevin McHale. While Harden was there just to give the young players a hard time and get in some extra reps, Smith and Thomas spe ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    March 20, 2013

    Rockets Could Get a Lot Closer to the Playoffs Tonight

    It always shocks me that over the course of 82 games, teams could remain so close that it comes right down to the wire, yet, virtually every season, that is the case. With Portland and Dallas essentially falling off the map, there are five teams left fighting for the final four spots in the Western ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    Keep Hope Alive: Rockets Meandering Along Towards the Playoffs

    "It's the same old story, same old song and dance, my friend." - Aerosmith All year, I've repeatedly said that following the Rockets is like riding a roller coaster. There are some tremendous highs and some devastating lows, but no matter what happens, it's always exciting. This weekend was more of ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Rockets Crush Mavs: 44-Point Third Buries Dallas, Probably Ruins Playoff Chances

    It's never a bad thing when, in one night, you can absolutely destroy a Dallas sports franchise on the floor and, for all practical purposes, ruin their chances of making the playoffs. Given that the Rockets haven't beaten the Mavericks in nine straight tries leading up to last night's win at Toyota ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    January 24, 2013

    Royce White Close To Returning To The Houston Rockets

    After a standoff that's lasted since virtually the beginning of the 2012-2013 NBA season, and on the heels of a piece that ran on HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel on Tuesday night, it appears that Houston Rockets rookie forward Royce White will soon return to work under parameters contained in a ... More >>

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    January 9, 2013

    Beat LA: Rockets Take Out Injury-Riddled Lakers to Run Streak to Five

    The Rockets faced a depleted Lakers squad missing three key players including Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard Tuesday night at Toyota Center in a classic trap game. The first game of yet another five-games-in-four-nights stretch for the Rockets against a very short-handed team makes for situation Coach ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 15, 2012

    Royce White's Twitter Rant: 10 Ignorant Replies

    "Is he worth it?" In the sports world, it's the answer to that one simple question that ultimately determines the length of a player's shelf life in whatever league he plays in. Extrapolated in more detail and reworded, is the combination of a player's skill set, salary, and performance worth whate ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Rockets Rookie Royce White Battles Anxiety in the Brutal Spotlight of Pro Sports

    Imagine waking up in the middle of the night unable to breathe, feeling like you are suffering a heart attack. Your first instinct is to dial 911, but your hand is paralyzed, unable to move out of fear. You lay there, completely still, struggling with every breath without the power to speak. It's da ... More >>

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    June 29, 2012

    In Like a Lamb: No Moves, No Trades for the Rockets in 2012 Draft

    Pick two came and went. Then pick five. Then seven and eight and it began to dawn on Rockets fans: For all the talk of trades for Dwight Howard and moving up into the top ten of the draft, Houston, a team mired in mediocrity, would stand pat and roll the dice with picks 12, 16 and 18. In fact, there ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    NBA Formalwear: Chase Budinger's NBA Socks Worn Under His Suit At Tilman Fertitta's Charity Event

    On the evening of May 2, John Granato and I had the opportunity to broadcast a "very special edition" of our show on 1560 The Game live from local restaurant and casino mogul Tilman Fertitta's palatial (Understatement Adjective of the Year, by the way) estate in River Oaks. It was the annual "Gath ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Five Things for the Rockets to Consider This Offseason

    Another offseason is upon us in Houston. While other teams battle it out in the playoffs, Houston Rockets fans are left to wait until next year...again. With three straight lottery seasons and only one second round appearance since 1997, it's no wonder fans are fatigued and want to see things shaken ... More >>

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    March 9, 2012

    Comparing the Rockets Starting Lineup to the Best in the West

    The Rockets are mired in a five-game losing streak and slumping their way towards the NBA trade deadline next week. They lost two overtime heartbreakers to the Clippers and the Celtics and dropped an uninspired road loss the the abysmal Toronto Raptors. The Rockets aren't exactly free-falling, but t ... More >>

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    February 24, 2012

    Against All Odds, the Rockets Keep Winning

    "Scrappy, man. Just scrappy." I was talking with a buddy of mine the other day and that was the phrase that seemed to be uttered by one of us more than once about this current rabble of players assembled by the Houston Rockets. They just keep winning despite the fact they have no identifiable star a ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    NBA Lucky Sperm Club: Javale McGee's Video Resume (Including His Moronic Goaltending Last Night)

    Lucky Sperm Club. It's a term I often use for professional athletes who, if they weren't so genetically gifted, would be super-sizing french fries at the drive-through for the next 60 years. To be clear, the term is not meant for all physical freaks. Just the ones who display an IQ somewhere betwee ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Houston Rockets: Their Bench Is the Hottest Team in the Western Conference

    In my season preview for the Houston Rockets, I cited the current portion of the season as the "make or break stretch" for the team -- a six-game road trip against a bunch of pretty-good-but-not-great teams followed by a six-game homestand against mostly good teams. And once the season started, and ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    NBA Purgatory

    Neither the best nor the worst, the Rockets remain stuck in professional basketball's great midsection.

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    December 30, 2011

    Rape, Scandal, Greed and Cockfighting -- The 2011 Sports Year In Review

    2011: Penn State's horrible year​You know how, in the series 24, the way a season unfolds? How just when you think there has been some sort of resolution to the bad guys being bottled up, right then and there a new (often worse) layer is introduced, and ultimately in like Hour 22 Jack Bauer wi ... More >>

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    September 9, 2011

    O RLY? Rockets Sending Out Open House Invites, Season Ticket Offers

    O RLY, Kevin McHale?​There is a classic Internet meme characterized by a photo of a silly-looking bird with the phrase "O RLY?" written across it. The meme was designed to signify someone's response to an outrageous statement, usually posted on a bulletin board. For example, Nerd One might say ... More >>

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    June 3, 2011

    The Kevin McHale Era Begins in Rocketland

    New Rockets coach Kevin McHale was introduced to the local media today, and he and owner Les Alexander sought to tamp down expectations -- not that there were many -- that the team will immediately get a lot better. McHale says his goal is....making the playoffs. Which really isn't all that impres ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Our Lack of Internal Beauty

    ​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, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Kevin McHale Brings Back the Lurch Tradition of Rocket Coaches

    Rudy T​Kevin McHale​The Rockets have reportedly agreed with Kevin McHale that he'll be their new coach. Besides the fact that he's a Celtic, we will take a wait-and-see position on this. One thing we do note: The move augurs a proud return to the Lurch Era of Rockets coaching. Extremel ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Kevin McHale Is The Rockets New Head Coach

    Do not read the subhed​In what would have been classified as a fairly startling upset at the beginning of the search process, the Houston Rockets have chosen former Boston Celtic great/Minnesota Timberwolves coach and general manager Kevin McHale as the next head coach of their franchise. In ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Glee: A Dream To Some, A Nightmare To Others

    ​I have two confessions to make about this week's episode ("Dream On"), both of which are kind of embarrassing (but only slightly less embarrassing than actually admitting I watch the show on a regular basis in the first place).The first -- and I really have no idea how this got past me -- was tha ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Glee: A Dream To Some, A Nightmare To Others

    ​I have two confessions to make about this week's episode ("Dream On"), both of which are kind of embarrassing (but only slightly less embarrassing than actually admitting I watch the show on a regular basis in the first place).The first -- and I really have no idea how this got past me -- was th ... More >>

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