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    February 21, 2014

    The Morey Chronicles: The Trade Deadline Deal Streak, 2008-2014

    Seven trade deadlines, seven deadline day trades! Yes, the streak is still alive! It was looking dicey for a little while, but with the clock winding down toward 2:00 p.m. CST on Thursday afternoon, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was able to reach back, work the phones, and convince reserve po ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014

    Pro-Manziel Billboards by Local Attorney Eerily Familiar

    Back in 2006, local furniture purveyor Jim "Mattress Mac" McInvale -- before he was doling out $7 million in refunds over a Super Bowl "bet" -- was a big fan of Vince Young. So much so, he took out a full-page ad in the Chronicle extolling the virtues of Young and encouraging (to just this side of d ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    Countdown to 2013 King of Content: 5. Royce White

    I know right about now, after he assembled a roster that includes the acquisition of arguably the two best players in the league at their respective positions within nine months of each other, that to say "Hey, not all of Daryl Morey's moves have been that great" sounds like blasphemy. But, it's wo ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    #BeWell: Former Rocket Royce White Cut By The Philadelphia 76ers

    About a month or so ago, ESPN.com put out their list of the top 500 players in the NBA. As the league in season has only 450 players cumulatively on all the rosters, to get to 500 you had to have some real scrubs on that list. And they did. Among the names dotting the latter portion of the 400's we ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013

    Trent Richardson Traded To The Colts: The Death Of The Highly Drafted Running Back

    In both Major League Baseball and the NBA, trades are fairly commonplace, not only during the offseason, but in season as well. The trade deadlines in each sport are well known by fans and generally viewed as important dates on the respective calendars for each sport. That's where the NFL has alway ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    More Daryl Morey Showing Off, Rockets Bring Back Marcus Camby

    Two years ago, with the curtain falling on the Rick Adelman Era here in Houston, the Rockets were closing out a 2010-11 NBA season where Chuck Hayes -- all six-foot-six (listed) of him -- had started 63 games for them at the center position. Now, we all love Chuck Hayes. We all love Chuck Hayes so ... More >>

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    July 11, 2013

    Dwight Watch 2013: It's Almost Over...Don't Panic

    One thing that happens to fans quite often right at the end of a big trade or signing is they begin to worry. This is particularly true in Houston where trades getting rescinded by the NBA is an actual possibility. In this case, it is the massive free agent signing of center Dwight Howard. The leag ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    NBA Draft is Tonight, But Rockets Real Draft Begins Monday

    Hours before the start of the NBA Draft, one of the most anticipated nights for basketball fans, a large majority of those following the Rockets are yawning. At the moment, the Rockets do not have a pick in the first round of the draft -- though that may change -- and despite the fact that starting ... More >>

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    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 >>

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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 23, 2013

    NBA Retro Zapruder Of The 1985 NBA Draft Lottery

    In the 80's hit movie Stand By Me, there's a scene where the four main characters, teenage boys (including a young Corey Feldman!), are sitting around a campfire and one of them (Gordie) tells a story about a fat kid named Lard Ass participating in a blueberry pie eating contest at the county fair. ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    The Rockets Are Back In The NBA Playoffs! Their Complete Rebuilding Anthology

    With four games to go in the 2011-2012 season, the Rockets were coming off a 117-110 loss to Dallas, a loss in which Dirk Nowitzki provided a stark reminder to last season's Rockets team that they were devoid of a superstar caliber player by dropping 21 points on them in the fourth quarter. To call ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    March Madness: Further Evidence The 2013 NBA Draft Is Going To Be Terrible

    When it comes to rebuilding a professional sports team, the ultimate sign of the desperate fan is to take one possible outcome that has worked for a few teams before, apply it as gospel, and then shout from the rooftops that "[fill in name of favorite team here] needs to [do that thing that's worked ... More >>

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    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 >>

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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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    October 30, 2012

    James Harden Is A Houston Rocket: So, Now What?

    I haven't used a Sopranos analogy in a long time, and frankly, since the series has been defunct for more than five years, I have no idea how much longer the Relevancy Police are going to allow me to do so, so if I may: Remember in the first half of Season 6 of The Sopranos, when Tony got shot in t ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 2, 2012

    Why the Rockets Have to Suck Before They Can Improve

    For quite some time, I have resisted the sentiment that to improve in the NBA, you must first have a substantial downturn. I don't like the idea of losing on purpose. Calling it "tanking" only makes it worse. The entire concept feels like the exact opposite of what players, coaches and fans are taug ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    June 22, 2012

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey Meets With The Media To Discuss The Draft (And Mention The Aborted Pau Gasol Trade A Few Times)

    While the NBA Playoffs have been rolling toward their exciting conclusion in Miami and Oklahoma City, back here in Houston, the Rockets have been busy trying to figure out how they can somehow come out of the next few months of NBA player activity with a team that at least feels like a threat to mak ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    NBA Commish David Stern Asks Jim Rome "Have You Stopped Beating Your Wife Yet?"

    "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" -- NBA Commissioner David Stern in what I hope was a rhetorical question to Jim Rome, 6/13/12 Since the first NBA Draft Lottery in 1985 gift-wrapped Patrick Ewing to the downtrodden New York Knicks, there have been conspiracy theorists galore that have sur ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Tough Week: Rockets Go from Sixth Seed to Out of the Playoffs

    Remember all the warm, fuzzy feelings last week when the Rockets came home from a 4-0 road trip, knocking on the door of a good seeding in the Western Conference playoffs? It appeared this scrappy, tough team was going to defy odds and make the playoffs with no stars and their entire starting backco ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    Houston Rockets 2009 Draft Lottery Posse -- Final Scorecard

    I've mentioned this in previous posts, but one of the most amazing and envy-inducing pictures I've ever seen is a picture on Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's Mobile Uploads page on his Facebook account. It's a shot of a blackjack hand, split three times (for four hands total), with a blackjack ... 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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    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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    January 11, 2012

    Our Rockets Season Preview: Ready For Some More Mediocrity?

    It hasn't been making a lot of waves here, given the excitement over the Texans' playoff games, but the NBA season has begun. Of course, if you're a Rocket fan, you know what that means: A team not good enough for the playoffs but not bad enough to get a franchise pick in the draft. Our Sean Pende ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Kris Kardashian Humphries Re-signs with the Nets

    So happy together.​It's Wednesday, December 21, and from a daylight standpoint, it's the shortest day of the calendar year and equally short on newsworthy events around the sports world (unless you count former Philadelphia newspaper columnist and part-time Jabba the Hutt stand-in Bill Conlin ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    5 Quick Thoughts On The Great Carson Palmer Heist

    Carson Palmer: Now rehabbing his rep​It's weird, as great as the National Football League has been, the one thing that the NBA and, to an even greater extent, Major League Baseball have had over the NFL for as long as I can remember is a compelling trade in-season trade deadline. In-season fo ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    NBA Draft Rewind -- 1986, The Worst Draft Ever

    Plus the shorts sucked​As much as those who construct teams in sports would like to think that they have a formula and a blueprint that they can go execute with any team in any market and be successful, the fact of the matter is that even for the best personnel men in the best-run organization ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    June 20, 2011

    2011 NBA Draft -- A Reminder of the Rockets' Purgatory

    NBA Draft: Do Rocket fans have anything to look forward to?​In the second season of The Sopranos, after getting shot in the abdomen and nearly dying, Christopher has dreams while in a coma about going to a place where people die every day the same painful way they died on earth. Convinced that ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Rockets Trade -- Hasheem Thabeet Scouting Report (It's Not Good)

    Your newest Rocket is tall​The NBA trade deadline came and went today and the Rockets managed to muster up some activity. The good news is (stop me if you've heard this before) General Manager Daryl Morey appears to have gotten the best of both deals. The bad news is the Rockets are no closer ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    June 24, 2010

    Game Time: NBA DRAFT -- Worst Lottery Picks Of The Last 15 Years

    cutline​As "must see" events on the sporting calendar go, the annual NBA Draft is highly underrated. If you ask the average sports fan his or her five most watchable sports nights of the year you'll probably get canned answers like the Super Bowl, a Game 7 in the MLB or NBA playoffs, and any inte ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Game Time: If You Want To Hear Richard Justice Getting Fired, Click Here

    ​If you are a celebrator of Christmas, you know what I mean when I say "that Christmas morning feeling" -- the giddy sensation when you wake up on December 25th, knowing that you made it through the 362 day grind since the last Christmas morning and today is the day that you get to open your p ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Game Time: Mark Down "April 6," Because I'm About To Talk Nice About Duke

    ​With 7:10 left in last night's men's college basketball championship game, Duke senior guard Jon Scheyer hit two free throws to put the Duke Blue Devils up 56-51. I turned to the person next to me at the establishment where I was watching this instant classic unfold and said, "Well, go ahead and ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    Game Time: Jedi Master Obi Wan Morey Strikes Again

    At some point, other NBA general managers are going to just stop taking Daryl Morey's calls. Nobody enjoys being made a fool of, no one aspires to be the target of an atomic wedgie on the playground, and no one wants to be the Imperial Stormtrooper that gets snowed by Obi-Wan Kenobi on the way into ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    Why Wait On Prospects? Morey Opts For Star As Rockets Acquire K-Mart

    ​Daryl Morey, as always, had us all fooled.We assumed the Rockets' general manager had little on the table for the dead carcass of Tracy McGrady, save the Bulls' and Knicks' offers centered around future draft picks that could later be used as assets to trade for a star. The offers weren't bad ... More >>

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    October 6, 2005

    When Steve Met Tracy

    The Rockets' past and future face off at the Clutch City Classic

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    May 5, 2005
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