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    July 25, 2014

    Athlete Twitter #FF: Philadelphia 76er Joel Embiid

    When you're the third pick in the NBA Draft, there are a ton of expectations. Even with the relatively mitigated risk of the rookie wage scale, fans in the city that drafted a player are expecting some sort of return on the team's investment in the player, and on their investment in season tickets. ... More >>

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    June 30, 2014

    Five Things to Know About Chandler Parsons' First Journey Into Free Agency

    There was a time when the summer silly season in the NBA, the time of year when free agency and player movement rule the day, was a non-starter here in the city of Houston. Sure, we'd all get really excited and delude ourselves into thinking "THIS could be the summer that a championship structure ... More >>

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    June 27, 2014

    Five Unfortunate Professional Athlete Names

    LJ hoes came back with #0. You can't make this up. pic.twitter.com/R1RVmQ8APf— George Spring(her) (@thegeorgeyoung) June 27, 2014 L.J. Hoes is back with the Astros after being called up from AAA Oklahoma City, and this time he has a fun new jersey number. We wrote last week about how the ... More >>

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    June 17, 2014

    Summer Of Johnny II: Johnny Manziel Spotted In Houston On The "Money Phone"!

    It's hard to really ascertain anything from OTA's. Players aren't wearing pads, depth charts for some of the scrubbier teams are still being formulated, players rehabbing from injuries aren't even taking part. So the whole structure is not really conducive to enlightenment. In Cleveland, Mike Pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    Kevin Love Sweepstakes, This Summer's Houston Rockets Storyline

    "We're going to have cap room to bring in a terrific free agent and I think next year we'll be a lot better than we were this year." -- Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, 5/5/2014 It seems crazy to think that after pilfering James Harden, a likely first team All-NBA shooting guard, from Oklaho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    NBA Playoffs Opening Weekend In Viral Video Form

    The first weekend of the NBA Playoffs is in the books, and Game 1 of every series has been played. If you're a hoops junkie, you have another seven weeks of this to look forward to. If you're the spouse of a hoops junkie, you have seven weeks to find a good divorce lawyer. You've been warned. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    2014 NBA Playoffs: Rockets-Blazers Preview and Predictions

    After six long months, now comes the payoff. From about the time that Yao Ming's feet stopped fully cooperating, through every single minor trade to flip a couple second round picks into a reserve player that could then be mixed into another trade for an eventual asset to land a superstar, through ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Rockets' "Meaningless" Finale Wasn't Meaningless For Gamblers

    I've said many times, we need a special corner of the sports media world for gamblers. A special channel, a special talk radio show, a special Tweetdeck. All of it. People who don't wager generally don't care about the same nuances of a sporting event as people that do. That much was obvious on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Rockets Try to Prove They Belong Among NBA Elite

    Over the last two months, the Rockets feasted on weaker opponents, which led to an eight-game winning streak and position among the top teams in the Western Conference. Then, with a five-game road swing on the West Coast and a pair of losses to the best teams in that stretch of the schedule, they fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    The Art of NBA Tanking: The Philadelphia 76ers Have No Shame

    Sports analytics is no longer the wave of the future. It is most assuredly here, however, as evidenced by the explosion in the growth and coverage of the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference at M.I.T. in Boston. During the basketball analytics portion of the event, this weekend, former Toronto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Examining the Remaining NBA Schedule: Can the Rockets Get to 56 Wins?

    I've often said that betting on NBA games each night is financial suicide the equivalent of day trading, with its volatility and roller coaster-style emotion, while season bets are more like gradual financial suicide investing, where the ebb and flow is a season long thing. So with anywhere from 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Road Warriors? Rockets Reach Pivotal Stretch Away from Home

    The Rockets have played fewer games on the road than any contender in the Western Conference, but that will change beginning tonight at they begin a five-game west coast road swing against the Lakers. Of their next 12 games total, eight are away from the friendly confines of Toyota Center where they ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    Rockets Sole Focus in Free Agency is Landing Howard, Adding Pieces to Compliment Him

    If free agent center Dwight Howard emerged from his late-night meal with the Rockets posse understanding one thing, it should be that there is no other target in the team's pursuit of a championship this offseason more important. A group that included team owner Les Alexander, general manager Daryl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    NBA Draft: Best Active Player Selected In Each First Round Draft Slot

    I've said it many times in this space -- we are all dorks. I don't mean we all have pocket protectors and pull our trousers up to an unreasonably high waist level (or even use the word "trousers" instead of the hipper, cooler "pants"), I mean that we all obsess over something, obsess to an extent t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    NBA Finals: Give Houston What It Wants, Rashard Lewis Vs T-Mac

    We interrupt this widespread panic over LeBron James's possibly being human (and this widespread panic....and this widespread panic....) for a request. Oh, wait a second...Gary Neal just hit another three...okay, continuing... We interrupt this widespread panic for a request.... Damn! Danny Green ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Blue Bell Hooks Up Girlfriend Of Selfish Ice Cream Hog With Year's Supply Of Ice Cream

    In the world we live in today, with social media and YouTube collaborating to make stars of practically anybody, fifteen minutes of fame can come in a variety of ways. Quirky athletic endeavors (every trick shot video shot in the last three years), aspiring lounge acts (every takeoff of "Call Me Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Seven ZERO Time NBA All-Stars Who Made More in Career Earnings Than Michael Jordan

    I once had a boss who told me "The only thing worse than being underpaid is being overpaid." Looking back, perhaps he was trying to send a message to me personally, but the general message was this -- making too much money makes one utterly expendable. That's a fine notion, and in most walks of li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Six Examples of How James Harden Follows in the Tradition of Great Rockets Hair

    When the Houston Rockets acquired James Harden in late October, general manager Daryl Morey finally found the superstar that he longed for. Houston would go on to post billboards around the city featuring Harden with the caption, "The Beard Has Landed!" So far, Harden has delivered, as he is one of ... More >>

  • News

    July 19, 2012
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    July 11, 2012

    Eight is Enough: Rockets Logjam at Power Forward Dissected

    As the Rockets head into summer league play with their ultra-young roster, a question has arisen among fans: what exactly are they going to do with eight power forwards? It's a valid question. They currently have eight guys who play the position -- some can split time at other spots, but more on tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    NBA Draft Preview Via Prop Bets

    I know some people are not all that fond of mock drafts. Me, I like mock drafts. In the same vein of enjoying takeout because I hate to cook, I like reading mock drafts, I just don't like constructing them myself. But somehow, some way I need to share some of my thoughts with you on this Thursday's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    NBA Draft: Recent Stinkhole History To Enlighten Rocket Fans

    Prior to Wednesday night's game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics, the 27th annual NBA Draft Lottery took place, or as Rocket fans like to call it "a tradition like no other." For those Rocket fans, their 0.5 percent chance of coming away with the top pick gave the draft lottery a decide ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Jerry "The King" Lawler Piledrives Clipper Fan: Old School WWE Wrestlers for Each NBA Playoff Series (w/ VIDEO)

    People laugh dismissively when I say it, but the more they can incorporate WWE performers and the general WWE "way" of entertainment, the more enjoyable other genres of sports will become. No, I'm not talking about the predetermined outcomes of matches (The NBA has already incorporated that aspect o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Rockets Mediocrity: Blame the Strategy of the Owner

    There's something unholy about a team playing out the string of games knowing it won't make the playoffs. It's even weirder when said team felt its season end with a thud after a horrid stretch of games that lasted right up until the second-to-last game of the year. Going one step farther, that game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Michael Jordan's $29,000,000 Mansion Is for Sale -- 6 Fun Facts

    With his divorce over five years old and his kids now all grown up and college age, I guess it's time for Michael Jordan to officially pull up stakes in Chicago and sell the old homestead. And it appears he's doing just that, as Jordan placed his Highland Park, Illinois, mansion on the market today ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Don't Call Scottie Pippen Bankrupt Or He'll Sue!

    Scottie Pippin in his not-so-glory days.​It's always a little disappointing when you find out that certain urban legends aren't true. It's why I've never visited the mythbusting Web site snopes.com. Why would I want to know the truth when it's just more fun to assume it's accurate? Along thos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Rockets Announce 2011-2012 Schedule -- 6 Things You Need to Know

    Kevin Martin: Not a big national-TV draw.​My excitement for the upcoming NBA season was moderately brimming before yesterday (due in large part to a $50 prop bet I placed a couple months ago on the season starting on or before Christmas -- CHA-CHING!), but two things happened yesterday. First ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    30 Seconds with La Dispute's Jordan Dreyer

    By fusing spoken word with an unrelenting punk-2.5 sound, La Dispute has won our allegiance. We gave singer Jordan Breyer the third degree in order to find out what we could from him in 30 seconds. Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? Jordan Dreyer: It's hard for me to say, really, be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    2011 NBA Draft -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Tough night for Dick Vitale​My fingers are still recovering from the lengthy (eight printed pages!) live blog I did last night here on Hair Balls, but the day after the draft necessitates some post-draft analysis. I've now had a day to sleep on it, and without further ado, a few post-draft tho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    2011 NBA Draft -- The Live Blog

    Keep coming back for the latest​The overwhelming consensus on the 2011 NBA Draft is that it's, by and large, a pretty underwhelming group of players, and it may quite possibly be completely devoid of future All-Stars. So why am I so excited about tonight's festivities? Because of all the thin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    For Vancouver: The Top 10 Sports Riots

    twitpic/Chris WaltsNot bad, Vancouver, but you got some work to do​Oh, behave, Vancouver. Last night, a number of poor sports, distraught by the Canucks' loss to the Boston Bruins in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals, went all kung fu on the British Columbia city. By past standards, Van ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    April 15, 2011

    The NBA's Top-Selling Jerseys List (And Seven Things It Tells Us)

    NBA jerseys: We CAN just all get along!!​I'll admit, I don't own any sports jerseys. I'm not a jersey-wearing guy, partially because the fit and feel of an authentic professional sports shirt are not optimal, but mostly because I'm over the age of 14. Full disclosure, I don't buy many jersey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    LeBron's Mom Smacks Around A Valet Guy

    Res ipsa loquitur, bitches​I've never been big into crime dramas, but for whatever reason, I've taken a real liking in the last year or so to shows like Law and Order and CSI. Even though the shows are pretty formulaic (like so formulaic that if there were such a thing as "Mad Libs: Sexual Pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Five Former Houston Rockets' Garage Sales We'd Like to Attend

    Pippen loved him some beanie babies.​With an NBA lockout looming this offseason, current players should take note of the financial misery of former Houston Rocket and future Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen. Once the right-hand man of Michael Jordan, Pippen has fallen into such difficult financial ... More >>

  • Music

    January 20, 2011
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    December 31, 2010

    Year in Review Appendix -- Five More Stories For The Road

    One more for 2010...​I love the last week of December. Between Gary Kubiak and the option to just pick out some category from the past year and recap it, it's ready-made content. Just add snark! So in the spirit of lazy "Year in Review" style posts (one of which I've already submitted today! ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    NBA 2010-2011 Preview -- Reconstructing LeBron

    Please, no more operations on Yao Ming​"What should I do?" -- LeBron James, over and over and over again his new Nike spot The fact that LeBron James is posing the question in his new Nike spot perhaps tells us that he is not completely devoid of self-awareness, as he appeared to be last summer. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    LeBron James: Hate Or Appreciate?

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Tracy McGrady And His Tired Legs

    Tip: Don't play in "tired legs" mode​"I have been working hard all summer to get ready for the upcoming season an am thankful that I landed in Detroit. I'm doing my workouts with my trainer Ben, and I am now able to finish full workouts that I wasn't able to do for the past two years. I do feel tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Game Time: Trevor Ariza Trade -- Instant Analysis

    Good trade for the Rockets​I was not writing for HoustonPress.com when the Trevor Ariza signing went down last year so you'll have to take my word for it -- I was very skeptical and surprised by the signing at the time. (Note: There are megabytes and megabytes of sound from me on the internal arc ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    Game Time: Kyle Lowry -- Party On, Daryl Morey

    The party starts​Anyone who went to a college with fraternities, sororities, or even just big-time football weekends knows what it's like to live on that row of houses or apartments where every Friday and Saturday is a parade of different keg parties.It's loud, it's raucous, and usually pretty dam ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Game Time: LeBron James -- Seven Scenarios For Thursday Night

    @dramaqueen​"Hello World, the Real King James is in the Building 'Finally'. My Brother @oneandonlycp3 gas'd me up to jump on board so I'm here. Haaaa" -- LeBron James (oh sorry...@KingJames on Twitter, and what is sadly his most interesting tweet thus far)I've always thought that when Twitte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    GAME TIME: NBA Draft: 8 Winners and 8 Losers

    As in most things in life, Calipari is both a winner and loser​"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2010 NBA Draft..." -- David SternI'm not going to lie, those words give me a tingly feeling every year that I hear them. It never gets old -- like reruns of The Sopanos or seeing that Bree Ol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    For Opening Day: The Worst Pregame Renditions Of The National Anthem Ever

    What so proudly we hailed... Can you pass the earplugs, please?​ You can be forgiven for not realizing Opening Day for baseball season was here already (yesterday, in fact). Maybe you've been too busy cursing the guy in your NCAA tournament pool that filled out his brackets using the coin-flip met ... More >>

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