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NBA Finals

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    October 28, 2014

    Gambling! NBA Season Win Total Best Bets

    The 2013-2014 wagering year was a strange one for me, personally. By the way, for your information, the "wagering year" is defined as the last week of August (early season college football bets, season win total and futures bets in college and NFL) through late June (NBA Finals, the occasional Tig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    The Sports Hate Between the Rockets and Mavericks May be Approaching Football Levels

    As the horn sounded ending the first game of the NBA preseason between the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks, former Rocket fan favorite (ample stress on the word "former") Chandler Parsons, now a centerpiece for the Mavs, made his way over to the Rockets' bench area to exchange salutations w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Five Things We Can Ascertain From Daryl Morey's Monday Interview

    Sometimes things don't go quite the way we planned them. Houston Rockets fans learned this all too well in the past four days. At lunchtime on Friday, it was all right there. A few more simple (albeit expensive) steps left to execute, and the Rockets would have the best starting five in the NBA, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    Rockets Asik Trade to New Orleans, and So the Dominos Begin to Fall

    If we learned anything from last summer's pursuit of Dwight Howard, it's that these things happen in stages. It starts with a hope, a dream, and lots of time spent on ESPN's Trade Machine. Then, it continues with sportsbooks posting odds on the likelihood of success. It continues with the major out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Never Forget, LeBron: Zapruder Analysis Of Dan Gilbert's Irate 2010 Letter

    So LeBron James is unofficially officially going to be a free agent come July 1, according to his agent, Rich Paul. If history is any indicator, this means that LeBron is ready to embark on a series of sales pitches, looking to be wowed, trying to find the next place to continue to build his resume ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Carmelo Anthony's Odds On Becoming A Houston Rocket

    By the time you read this, provided that he hasn't been abducted by aliens or that he isn't using Elvis Dumervil's fax machine, Carmelo Anthony has provided the New York Knicks with the requisite notice that he will opt out of the final year of his deal, pushing aside $23.3 million to evaluate his o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    2014 NBA Finals: Prop Bets And Prediction

    Career legacy against transcendent window. That's the struggle that the 2014 NBA Finals ultimately boils down to. The San Antonio Spurs, miraculously recovering from an all-time collapse in Game 6 of last year's Finals to make another run at the fifth championship of the Popovich/Duncan Era, and i ... 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 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

    December 26, 2013

    Unveiling the King of Content 2013: The Honorable Mentions

    Relevance. It can be measured any number of ways, it just depends on the medium. In television, it's measured by viewership. In radio, it's measured by listenership. In stripping, it's measured in one dollar bills. Quantity might not necessarily mean quality (except in stripping), but typically it ... 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 17, 2013

    Zapruder Analysis Of Dwight Howard's Analysis Of His New Teammates

    We interrupt the obsessive Matt Schaub/Gary Kubiak coverage for some Rockets banter... You guys are cool with this, right? I'm not sure if you remember, but our NBA team in town is relevant again! (I'm saying this next paragraph in that prodding, "trying to remind you" voice tone.) Remember? The ... More >>

  • Film

    October 3, 2013
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    NBA Finals: One More Chance to Sop Gambling Gravy Off the Heat's Crazy Streak

    From February 3 through March 25, the Miami Heat didn't lose a single NBA basketball game. During that streak, they recorded 27 wins in a row, the second best run at the Lakers' 33-game winning streak of the early '70s in league history, and a two-month salvo that sent the Heat into the post-season ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    NBA Finals: Game 4, Tony Parker Is Gonna Play!

    For a series that's featured two blowout wins in three games, including a Game 3 that was pretty much over midway through the third quarter, there have been some pretty compelling storylines in these NBA Finals. We've had the disappearance (or maybe better worded, the sporadic appearances) of LeBro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    NBA Finals: Turning Point, LeBron Returns Tiago Splitter To Sender (w/ VIDEO)

    I may or may not have disclosed this before in this space, and if I have, my apologies, but I am rooting for LeBron in these NBA Finals. I'm over the animosity of Decision 2010 (Really, why did I get so worked up over Cleveland getting shat upon anyway?), I root for greatness, I root for dominance, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    NBA Finals: Chris Bosh's Jump Shot Is Margot Kidder

    I'm not normally a superhero movie guy, but I will admit that the recent wave of superhero films the last five or six years has sucked me in. The Iron Man trilogy, the new Batman trilogy, the Avengers, I loved all of these movies. I'm especially excited for the new Superman movie, Man of Steel (com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    LeBron James Is Your Non-Unanimous 2012-13 MVP, And I'm Fine With That

    I am mesmerized by LeBron James. I'll admit, he's converted me. I am a fan. This is coming from someone who wrote four straight posts around the time of "The Decision" in July 2010 about what an asshole LeBron was. This is coming from someone who openly rooted against him every time he was on my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Clearing Up the Western Conference Playoff Picture

    I always find it amazing that after an entire season, spots in the playoffs and seeding can come down to the final few games. This year in the Western Conference it is no different. The east has been settled for over a week and there is only limited jockeying for position. But the west is deeper and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    NBA All Star Weekend: 5 Observations And A Plea For More Barkley

    In the spirit of full disclosure, I feel like I should tell you that I chose not to stick around Houston for the NBA All Star Game and it's peripheral festivities (up to and including the transformation of the Galleria into some kind of three-story clown car on Saturday) this past weekend. As a br ... 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

    December 25, 2012

    NBA Season Jump Starts with Spate of Christmas Day Games Including the Rockets

    In 2011, Christmas Day was the literal start to the NBA season thanks to a lockout that kept the season from starting for nearly two full months. Most every other year, the season starts in October, but for the casual fan, it doesn't really get going until Christmas Day. With the NFL taking the day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Phil Jackson Words Ring True for Underground Houston Rap

    Context: That's The Fury God doing one of those radio-station freestyles that radio stations like to ask rappers to do. It happened right before he performed at The Box's recent Los Magnificos Custom Car Show, alongside four other underground acts. Why It's Important: Because it might maybe possib ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Twin Towers: A Fascinating Tale of the '80s Rockets and What Never Was

    On June 5, 1986, I was barely 17 years old and on my way home from a music lesson. While cutting through a nearby neighborhood, my car, an amazingly awful pumpkin orange Datsun B-210 I bought from a friend for 500 bucks, broke down...again. Fortunately, I was only about two blocks from a schoolmate' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Ask A Rapper: D-Risha Discusses Sports' Worst "Decisions"

    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. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? E-mail sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    Which Houston Rapper Bet "Whatever" On the NBA Finals?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Mac, Mug, Killa Kyleon, TroubleSum, Propain, hasHBrown, Yung Truth, O.N.E., Chingo Bling, more. Not Invited: Steve Francis and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    NBA Finals: Series Prediction and a Few Prop Bets

    Finally, it's here! If you had allowed David Stern to sit in a room with all 16 playoff teams on the wall by conference, and allow him to pick his dream matchup for the NBA Finals, it's without a doubt the Miami-Oklahoma City matchup we're getting here. LeBron versus Durant, big market versus small ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    NBA Playoffs: "Good Job, Good Effort" Kid Has Been Located

    Well, that didn't take long. On the heels of the Boston Celtics' 94-90 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, there were two stars usurping the spotlight after the game. One was Boston forward Kevin Garnett, whose 26 points and 11 rebounds led the Celtics to the huge upset. The other wasn't a pl ... 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 >>

  • News

    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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    July 18, 2011

    Women's World Cup: Five Other Seeming "Game-Winning" Scores That Weren't

    The USA's run in the Women's World Cup seemed to be finishing in grand style when Abby Wambach put in an extra-time header to give the team a 2-1 lead. It didn't last, and Japan won in overtime. Wambach's late goal joins a storied list of scores that seemingly iced a game or a series, only to be o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    NBA Finals -- LeBron James Hits Rock Bottom

    Snipes would play LeBron, but he's done his own disappearing act​"He struggled. Point blank, period. He struggled out there. ... I want to see him aggressive again. He can turn it up, his aggression, a notch." -- Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, talking about his teammate LeBron James after Tue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    NBA Finals Game 2 -- Anatomy of a Meltdown

    On the "Play-by-play" Web page for Game 2 of the NBA Finals, it simply reads "Dwyane Wade makes 24-foot three point jumper (Mario Chalmers assists)," one simple play out of a few hundred plays during the course of an NBA basketball game. But if you were watching the game, you knew that Dwyane Wade' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Rick Perry V. Florida Governor Rick Scott: Who Makes The More Pathetic NBA Finals Joke?

    Meeting of the titans​The NBA Finals start tonight (the Rockets are not involved, if you haven't been keeping up). It's the Dallas Mavericks against the Miami Heat, and that means a silly little bet between Governor Rick Perry and Florida Governor Rick Scott, two of the more Tea Party-esque go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2011

    Top 5 Sporting Events in Memorial Day History

    Ernie Banks' immortal words used to mean something each Memorial Day.​A month from now (hell, even a second after it concludes), nobody is going to remember and/or care about the Houston Astros' Memorial Day clash with the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field. Overall, it's a pretty lame sports day ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    The Chris Bosh 2010-2011 Experience (in Quotes -- PLAYOFF Addendum)

    Chris Bosh is no Never-Nervous Pervis.​"Was I effective today? It's common sense. I think it's evident. I just have to get it where I'm effective. I have to get it where big guys get it. Then, I feel I can start helping out this team more. I'm effective down in the low-post area. That's where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    NBA Playoffs Schedule Maker, a Mother's Day FAIL

    Could have been the best Mother's Day match-up of all time.​It's not easy for a sport's postseason that lasts practically as long as the entire college football regular season to be compelling from beginning to end, but so far this NBA postseason is doing as good a job of just that as it's eve ... 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

    July 29, 2010

    Houston's Top Ten Sports Moments: Another View

    The bosses came out their Top 10 Greatest Houston Sports Moments today, so I thought I would share mine.1. September 25, 1986: The magic number for the Houston Astros to clinch the NL West is one game. The Astros are playing a midweek day game against the San Francisco Giants, the team that just ... 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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    June 18, 2010

    Game Time: Kobe Bryant: One Down, One To Go (And Neither of Them Are You, LeBron)

    You, Senator, are no Michael Jordan​ "I've got one more than Shaq." -- Kobe BryantThe accolades would seem to indicate that respect has not been an issue for Kobe Bryant -- the respect of fans, the respect of his peers, the respect of the media.In his career, Kobe Bryant has been selected to the A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    Game Time: For Sale -- NBA Two Guard, 30 Y/O, Excellent Condition, Trades Accepted

    ​First, I want to thank everyone for their reaction, positive or otherwise, to my post yesterday which chronicled the high points of the era of Tracy McGrady's Expiring Contract I seem to learn something with every new post that I generate here on Hair Balls, and yesterday I learned that there are ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    The H-Town Countdown: We Interrupt This Countdown to Bring You Some Basketball/Rap Metaphors

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to sheaserrano@gmail.com.​You know how at the end of each American Idol season they drag the fin ... More >>

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    December 25, 2009

    Game Time: The Decade's Five Most Lucrative Miracles

    ​First, I want to wish everybody out there a very happy holiday, and thank all of you who have read my stuff here on HoustonPress.com since I started up a couple months ago, especially those of you who leave comments (even if you think what you've just read is utter drivel, and you're telling me ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    Game Time: Five NBA Games That Need "Dollar Beer Night"

    Back in the day, Arco Arena in Sacramento used to rock pretty good. Even when it was hosting a perennially lottery-bound squad, and the Sacramento brass was drafting the likes of Pervis Ellison first overall in 1989 and Bobby Hurley in the 1993 lottery, fans would still show up and represent.Ultim ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    Game Time: Woke Up This Morning, Got Myself LeBron

    ​Those of you who listen to my show know that I am fond of placing the "occasional" friendly wager. While handicapping the day-to-day and week-to-week ebb and flow of a football, basketball, or (if you're really sick) baseball season can be enjoyable and, at times, lucrative (especially when betti ... More >>

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