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    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

    April 8, 2014

    How Home Court Could Help Rockets Make a Deep Playoff Run

    Every team wants home court advantage. It is a fairly good predictor of which team will win a series (something like 64 percent of teams with the home court win that series). But, for the Rockets, who are close to tying up the fourth seed and a first-round home court advantage over either the Trailb ... 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

    February 24, 2014

    Comeback Against Suns Helps Rockets Avoid Road Disaster

    Two games and three quarters into their longest road trip of the season, the Rockets appeared headed for a 1-2 start to the five-game West Coast swing. They had just been lit up for 77 points in the second and third quarter and were down 11 in Phoenix, with former Rocket Goran Dragic punishing his o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Rockets Trade Brooks to Denver, Lose to Warriors in OT

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey did it again. In each of his eight years with the Rockets, he has made a trade prior to the league's trade deadline. Leading up to Thursday, it appeared less and less likely a deal would get done, primarily because the names most frequently mentioned in trade rumors -- Omer As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    Countdown to 2013 King of Content: 4. Dwight Howard

    The reconstruction of the Rockets from the wake of the Yao Ming's Feet Era is still not totally complete. With Omer Asik's remaining a Rocket (which I would prefer he do, by the way), the chances for at least one more move by Daryl Morey are high. I mean, it's Morey. He's addicted to moves. (Trust ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Gambling! NBA 2013-2014 Season Win Total Futures Bets!

    In the wagering world, there's a reason (well, several, but one big one) why football betting is so popular. Since 98 percent of the action occurs on Saturday and Sunday, there's a built-in moderation and containment to football's action where (a) it largely doesn't infringe on the average Joe's w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    BAZINGA! Rockets Fan, Actor Jim Parsons Sends Video Message to Dwight Howard

    Maybe Dwight Howard wasn't interested in Slim Thug's pitch of strippers and cheap cribs. If not, maybe he'll listen to an Emmy winner and a serious basketball fan. Jim Parsons, who grew up in Houston and performed in local theater groups before moving to LA and making it big on Big Bang Theory, is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Dwight Watch 2013: Kolache Factory Ups The Ante For Dwight Howard

    The road back to relevance for the Rockets has not been easy. In today's NBA, there are very few good answers to the question, "What do we need to do to put ourselves in position to win an NBA title?" Say what you will about Dwight Howard. He's flawed, he's immature, he's offensively challenged, he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Goooooooal Tending: Rockets Beat Suns, Make Playoffs on Bizarre Final Play

    "What a long strange trip it's been." -- The Grateful Dead It is fitting in a season as crazy as this one that the young Rockets' road to the playoffs would ultimately come down to a game, a play and a call like the ones that occurred Tuesday night at Toyota Center. All season, the Rockets have don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: SHO, Astros and Croquet?

    Hey, boys and girls, it's the weekend again. I bet you didn't think you'd make it here from Monday, did you? We assume the next few days are all filled up with plans for antiquing, buying groceries, working in the garden, eating sensibly and going to church for Easter. HA HA HA! We're kidding. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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 18, 2013

    Oh, You Mean There Is Actually A Game During NBA All-Star Weekend? (Plus, Can You Name The Rappers In Our Courtside Photo?)

    After a weekend of human gridlock at the Galleria, traffic snarls, bottles poppin', and all the parties you could handle, NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston came to a close on Sunday with the Western Conference defeating their Eastern foes 143-138, the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul getting the game' ... 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

    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

    January 30, 2013

    Rockets Confounding Season of Ups and Downs Continues with a 45-Point Win in Utah

    For all their inconsistency this season, there is a certain amount of relative consistency to the Rockets season. Whenever they lose a few, they come back and win a few, or vice versa. The league's youngest team will struggle to shoot with any consistency and turn the ball over like playground balle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Rockets Crash Back to Earth With Losses to Division Rivals

    Check out our slideshow from the Thunder game! This was not the best weekend ever for Houston sports fans. The Texans...well, let's just leave them to their misery and inevitable playoff floundering and talk about the other team that went from boom to bust, the Houston Rockets. Of course, there wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Hornets to Become the Pelicans? Dear NOLA, Blame Utah

    The city of New Orleans has been forced to suffer many indignities when it comes to sports. Whether it was the long period of disastrous play by the "Ain'ts", so bad that fans came to games at the Super Dome with paper bags over their heads; or the fact that the team currently known as the Hornets e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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 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

    March 16, 2012

    Five Questions Answered About the Rest of the Rockets' Season

    A buddy of mine texted me when news came of the Rockets trade of Johnny Flynn -- the guard with a name like a `40s-era movie star -- and Hasheem Thabeet to Portland for Marcus Camby and a draft pick. "This team was one Marcus Camby from being a championship contender." I responded, "Six years ago." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 7, 2012

    One Man's NBA All-Star Reserve Selections

    Go ahead and chalk up the NBA All-Star Game taking place in a few weeks (Sunday, February 26, to be exact) in Orlando's Amway Center as the next "feels weird" moment of the NBA season. It feels like the season just tipped off a few weeks ago and yet here we are, about 20 games in, deciding who the b ... 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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    December 22, 2011

    NBA Season Win Totals and My Rockets Prediction

    Bet the over on wins​Last add on my post from yesterday about Kris Kardashian Humphries re-signing with the Nets: For those of you who think I was a little too hard on Big Humph (and by my count, there were exactly none of you who felt that way), just know that according to results of a rece ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Pau Gasol Thoughts, My Texans Prediction and Other Weekend Best Bets

    Pau Gasol: The closest he'll get to Rocket red.​On November 23, the Texans signed quarterback Kellen Clemens to take over third-string duties. On December 4, the Texans signed Jake Delhomme and two days later they cut Clemens. I never thought there would be a less satisfying era for a Houston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    So How Much Do You Really Know About the Astros and the DH?

    ​There has been a strange uproar over the Astros' possible move to the American League. There's been whining over start times, bitching about Bud Selig, and much, much discussion about the designated hitter not being real baseball. And while people are upset, it needs to be noted that the As ... 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Comment of the Day: The Only Way to Ride Out A Flood

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    ESPN's Doris Burke's Difficult Week (w/ VIDEO)

    Doris Burke and a moment of Zen​Of all of the on-air personalities who put their fingerprints on a sporting event -- studio host, play by play, color analyst, sideline reporter -- I've always thought that the sideline reporter has the hardest job out of all of them. It starts with the inhe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Delo's Hood Politics Vol. 2 Best Local Mixtape Of 2011

    ​On his first tape, Hood Politics Vol. 1, Missouri City product Delo did one great thing ("Ghetto Boy"), one excessively beautiful thing ("Ain't My Style"), six good things ("Dream On," "Tell Me Mamma," "16 David," "Can I Live," "Hold On," "Money & Blood"), two bad things ("I Got Wings," "Hwy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Top Five Athlete-Rapper Team-Ups

    ​Speak of the devil... Give an NBA player a mike and he'll give you one of the worst performances of all time. Put the same athlete in the company of a decent rapper and the result might surprise you. If you're still haunted by the bitter taste of our worst rapper-athlete collaborations, here ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Houston Rockets -- Chuck Hayes Needs To Ease Up

    Chuck Hayes, ripping off the dunk-seeking consumer​"He is as good as any defender in this league in the low post. I'm going to start talking to the coaches at the end of the year when they have the (All-NBA) defensive team. If he's not on one of the defensive teams, there's something wrong. . ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    The 7 Basic WWE Metaphors For Real Life Situations (w/ video)

    Let's get ready to....examine life!!!​I'm working on my 2009-2010 NBA Preview which should be done by tomorrow. I hope that some of you will cut me slack given that a whopping three games will be in the books by the time it gets posted here on Hair Balls, including the Rockets opener against the L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Houston Rockets: In Yao We Must Hope, Pray And Trust (Or Use As Drinking Game Material)

    Power walkers are tough to pick out of size 18s.​'Melo ain't coming. Rockets Nation has to resign itself to that fact.But that should be all right. With the current roster, we're young, we're quick, and we don't have a scorer (we'll discuss Kevin Martin later). But you heard the young and quick pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    The Week In TV: What Do You Watch During The Summer?

    With Treme off the air, what are you going to watch the rest of the summer?​Blah blah basketball blah blah soccer blah blah I miss real shows. This was the week in TV Land: • Treme wrapped its first season last night with an episode that was probably among its best so far, though it also hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Commiserating The Lakers Win With Five Predictions About Bun's Forthcoming LP, Trill OG

    ​Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. We'll incorporate the number five in there somewhere. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Ack. The Lakers won the NBA Championship las ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Game Time: Ken Griffey, Jr.: Baseball's Tracy McGrady?

    Not as good as Tom Gordon. Who?​I'm not sure if the back-burnering of Ken Griffey, Jr.'s sudden retirement yesterday speaks more to the magnitude of the Jim Joyce/Armando Galarraga aborted perfect game fiasco or just how far the perception of Griffey as a sure-fire lock of a future Hall of Famer h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Protests Against Arizona's Law At The Astros Game: One Way To Spend Cinco De Mayo

    A team spokesman walks a tightrope in responding to the planned protests​Haven't found the perfect way to celebrate Cinco De Mayo yet? Some organizations have what they think is the perfect way to kick it off.Several Latino groups, including LULAC and Houston's Youth Coalition, will be protesting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Happy Hour Scene: Darkhorse Tavern

    ​ It was sometime during our field sobriety test that we remembered how much we absolutely love Washington Avenue. We were thinking a lot of things when the officer asked us to step out of our vehicle, but chief among them was all the fun that we'd have at jail and who would be calling Tyler F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    In Make-Or-Break Year, Rockets' Landry Looks To Fill Low-Post Void

    Photo by Jeff Balke​There's a popular belief in NBA circles that the third year is when a player makes the transition to stardom, if he's going to make it. Among point guards, that worked for Chris Paul and Deron Williams, and much has been said about Aaron Brooks making a similar - though sma ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 1, 2004

    African Hideaway

    Addisaba has an air of foreign intrigue — and awesome kifto and yedoro wot

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