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    September 18, 2014

    Root! Root! For Root Sports Houston!

    If Judge Marvin Isgur approves the bankruptcy plan proposed for CSN Houston, Houston sports fans will be able to watch the Rockets this season. They'll no longer be able to watch the Dynamo, or any of the Houston-centric sportscasts aired by CSN Houston, but the return of the World Poker Tour should ... More >>

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    September 17, 2014

    10 Things You Never Hear Houstonians Say

    "Everything is bigger in Texas." "If you don't like the weather here, wait." "Hey, y'all." There are certain phrases synonymous with Texas. Some of them you hear with regularity. Yes, we do occasionally quip about everything being bigger here and warn people not to mess with us. We even use y'all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    TMZ: Dwight Howard "Blows More Reds Than Communist Hooker"

    Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is a happy, free spirited guy to go with his tremendous talent on the court. He is also, apparently, a scofflaw, at least in Florida. According to a report by TMZ , Howard recently had his Florida license suspended for multiple traffic violations, mostly running ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Time, Goodwill Could Be Running Short for Harden

    It's amazing how quickly things can turn. One minute, you're at a podium in front of thousands of screaming fans telling them how you are going to bring them a championship. The next, you are taking the brunt of every fan's animosity while your team toils away in mediocrity. Ask Tracy McGrady. Few ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014

    Notable Dates on the 2014-15 Houston Rockets Schedule

    The NBA released its schedule for the upcoming season and, naturally, the first thing everyone looked for was when Lebron James would return to Miami (Christmas Day as it turns out), but we here in Houston were more interested in the Rockets, who will try to improve on their 54-win season and first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    Zapruder Analysis Of Andrew Wiggins' Painfully Awkward Sportscenter Interview

    When you're the number one pick in the NBA draft in late June, the summer months should be a time of celebration. For that player, years of youth basketball, high school basketball, the AAU circuit, and a hard fought few months in the college ranks have all culminated into the realization of millio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Rockets Sign 2nd Round Pick Nick Johnson (DUNK VIDEO)

    If there were a Hall of Fame for highly valuable second round picks, it would likely be located in Houston, perhaps as an annex to the Toyota Center. In the modern day edition of the NBA Draft, where the value of a draft choice has odd contractual ties to the round in which he is selected, no team ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Fantasy Crime League Update: St. Louis Rams LB Arrested With Former Houston Rocket

    It's crunch time now, the time where the true greats show why we revere them so. Yes, the NFL offseason is merely days away from ending, and while this year's police blotter has been more sparse than usual in terms of overall crime, the race to the finish is highly compelling. It's almost like we a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Tracy McGrady Records First Career Strikeout, Retires Immediately

    In the Seinfeld episode "The Burning" Jerry teaches the George the value of going out on a high note. "Showmanship, George. When you hit that high note, say goodnight and walk off," he explained. Apparently, former NBA star and Houston Rocket Tracy McGrady has been watching reruns because he pulled ... 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

    July 14, 2014

    LeBron James Goes Back To Cleveland: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    A simple letter posted to the internet. That's all it was this time. No made for television special, no Jim Gray, no "taking my talents to," no dry ice unveiling where were told "not three, not four, not five..." championships. In every way imaginable, LeBron James' announcement Friday that he wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    New Rules for the NBA Free Agency Rumor Mill

    On Friday, I was relaxed, enjoying the wrap up of a beach vacation with my wife, sitting under an umbrella with the clear, green waters of the southern Gulf of Mexico stretched out in front of me. And my spirits were high as I continued to watch reports of the Rockets preparing to sign Chris Bosh no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey: "By Playoffs, We Will Be Better Than Last Year"

    There's a picture on Daryl Morey's Facebook page that is almost exactly five years old. It's a picture from a July trip to Las Vegas for the NBA's Summer League, and presumably a night of unwinding in one of the casinos playing some blackjack. The caption to the picture says "Rockets win and then t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    LeBron Watch 2014: NBA Cities Everywhere Held Hostage

    This is what happens when you have a league imposed maximum salary on a player whose true worth is at least two to three times that amount --- in a league where that star player is worth about 25 to 30 incremental regular season wins--- and, when that player is a free agent, the league will stand st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    LeBron's Choice Opens Rockets to Snag Chris Bosh

    It was a rough break-up for LeBron James and Cleveland. That acrid stench of burning jerseys and the screams of angry fans were traumatic enough to keep the Miami Heat star up at night thinking about his home team, the Cavaliers. Now, he's kicking South Beach to the curb for Cleveland, according ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    Rockets' Dangerous Game of Dominoes and What Needs to Happen With Bosh, Parsons and LeBron

    Well, let the madness begin. After a ten day period that began with a Daryl Morey trip to Philadelphia to visit Kyle Lowry, followed by a brief courtship of Carmelo Anthony that fizzled about the time he got into his car to leave Americas Restaurant and head to the airport, the Houston Rockets now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Houston Rockets: An Open Letter To Chris Bosh

    Dear Chris, I hope you are having a nice summer, and I hope this letter finds you well. I saw a picture of you on Twitter this past weekend and in the picture you were petting an elephant. I don't know if you were on an African safari or at the San Diego Zoo, but you appeared to be enjoying yoursel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Houston Rockets: An Open Letter To Chris Bosh

    Dear Chris, I hope you are having a nice summer, and I hope this letter finds you well. I saw a picture of you on Twitter this past weekend and in the picture you were petting an elephant. I don't know if you were on an African safari or at the San Diego Zoo, but you appeared to be enjoying yoursel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Rockets Rookie Nick Johnson's Summer League Dunk Is Awesome (VIDEO)

    In the July background of the big free agents in the NBA vying to get their next massive taste of multimillion dollar nectar, and in many respects at the polar opposite end of it, is the NBA's Summer League. The Summer League takes place in separate sessions in Orlando and Las Vegas, and serves the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Slim Thug REALLY Wants the Rockets to Sign Carmelo Anthony

    Oh, what a funny business the NBA is. And nothing is funnier than the league's free-agency season, when Monopoly money is tossed at players who either a) deserve it; b) probably have photos of your GM doing unimaginable things; or c) happen to have the names Jeremy and Lin. You see, free agency is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    A Timeline of a Failed Attempt to Witness Carmelo Anthony's Historic Visit to Houston

    I awoke Wednesday morning to an email from my editor about a giant, shiny sign. And not just any sign, a photoshopped sign of Carmelo Anthony in a Rockets jersey lit on the screen outside of Toyota Center. The Rockets have rolled out the welcome mat for free agent Carmelo Anthony http://t.co/AxJRWa8 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    NBA Free Agency Day 2: Carmelo Anthony Gets Wined And Dined

    Rockets Free Agent-Palooza 2014 continued on Wednesday with a little controversy, some good food, and a lot of Melo. In a visit that may ultimately be most remembered for pissing off one of the players currently (for now) on their roster, the Rockets wined, dined, and wooed Carmelo Anthony, making ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Daryl Morey Speaks Out On Jeremy Lin, Carmelo Anthony Situation

    "That's my house, and that's my car. That's my dog in my back yard .... there's my kids, and that's my wife. Who's that man running' my life?" -- Toby Keith In the song "Who's That Man" by Toby Keith, the protagonist in the song is driving through the town and past the house that he used to live in ... More >>

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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 26, 2014

    NBA Draft 2014: Sean Pendergast Livefeed and Broken Tall Man Feet

    It was all going to be so simple. As has seemingly become annual tradition, the Cleveland Cavaliers have the first pick in this year's NBA Draft (just like 2011 and 2013), and by all accounts, up until about a week or so ago, they were set to draft Kansas center Joel Embiid. From there, it would h ... 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 >>

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    June 24, 2014

    LeBron James to Exit Miami Contract (The Decision II)

    Weren't we just here yesterday? Man, four years went by fast. When comparing the Cleveland 2010 and Miami 2014 situations for LeBron James, many qualitative doppelgängers are in place -- Post season run ending in a soul crushing fashion? Check. Frustration with a rickety supporting cast? Check ... More >>

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    June 17, 2014

    Top Ten Ways to Identify a Native Houstonian

    Houston is home to a booming economy. Houston is the fourth most populous city in the United States. Houston is cool. Houston is a lot of things, home to a lot different people and cultures. And while no string of facts and qualities can quite stitch together a complete story of this city that we l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Potential Houston Rocket Acquisitions Take a Hit

    While, for the Houston Rockets, landing Dwight Howard was most certainly not easy, for fans, following the pursuit of Dwight Howard was pretty simple. Last summer, Howard was an unrestricted free agent, requiring of a maximum salary deal (or as close to it as possible), and the teams that were in t ... 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 >>

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    June 4, 2014

    Houston Rockets Reportedly Will Decline Chandler Parsons' Team Option

    During his first handful of offseasons as general manager of the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey spent most of his time tweaking the roster, piling up small assets, and trying to work around the balky knees and feet (and massive contracts) of Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming. Then in 2012, Morey was able to ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    Donald Sterling's Punishment: Selling the LA Clippers for $2 Billion

    Ever since the audio surfaced of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's lambasting his girlfriend (who will now and forever be known as "V. Stiviano") for her inclination to post pictures of herself with African Americans, namely Magic Johnson, on her Instagram account, the saga of "What will ... More >>

  • News

    May 29, 2014

    USDA, PETA Go After Dude Whose Primate Hit Great Day Houston Host

    They claim Brian Staples is bad at the monkey business.

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    May 22, 2014

    How the CSN Houston Broadcast Map Dooms the Network

    It was just a little over 30 days ago that Houston Astros owner Jim Crane said he wanted the CSN Houston matter settled within 30 days. That didn't happen. The parties still await a ruling from a Judge Lynn Hughes on the Astros appeal of Judge Marvin Isgur's ruling that put the network into bankrup ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    Charles Barkley Versus the Women of San Antonio Is Turning Into the Most Compelling NBA Playoff Matchup

    Last night in San Antonio, the Spurs systematically dismembered the Oklahoma City Thunder by 35 points, 112-77. What had been a close game through one and a half quarters began to spin out of control for the Thunder just before halftime, leading to a second half that essentially amounted to a 24 m ... 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 >>

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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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    May 6, 2014

    Five Ds that Must Define the Rockets Development

    It would be nearly impossible, just days after one of the most heartbreakingly awful losses in team history, to try and grade the Rockets season. At this point, all I remember when Damian Lillard hit that three pointer was an entire sports bar in Austin letting out a collective "NO" and my friend sl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    The Four Winners, Four Losers in Rockets' Game 5 Win

    If there is one thing we have learned through five games between Houston and Portland, it is that these are two very evenly matched teams. In five games, there have been three overtimes. Take away Wednesday night's win for the Rockets by 10 points and the remaining four games were decided by a tota ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    We Might Be Surrendering to a World of Idiocracy

    For a full week, mainstream news has seized upon a single story and effectively beat it to death; the soap-opera saga of an impotent 80 year old who supports a mistress who looks like Mr. Ed in drag. It's trashy, gossipy, and titillating. It holds great popular appeal for the incredibly stupid and c ... 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 29, 2014

    Definitive Video Anthology Of the Donald Sterling Situation

    Donald Sterling is a miserable human being. I don't think I'm breaking any new news with that statement about the Los Angeles Clippers' longtime, largely inept, and very rich owner. Yes, it is technically my opinion, but it is an opinion widely shared around the NBA, and I'm certain it's shared by ... 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 23, 2014

    FPSF Adds Monster Houston Rap Supergroup

    Free Press Summer Fest is a little more than a month and a half away, but even though the already-packed festival lineup has been released, more names are getting added, including a Swishahouse trio that kick started the second Houston rap surge in 2005. Paul Wall, Slim Thug and Mike Jones himself ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    Five Reasons the Rockets Will Win the Portland Series Even After Losing Game 1

    Sunday night's overtime loss to the Trailblazers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs cost the Rockets the very home court advantage they fought for until the penultimate game of the season. It was as frustrating a loss as fans will see with poor play down the stretch, sloppy play most of the game ... More >>

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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 >>

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    April 15, 2014

    Rockets Secure Home Court in First Round with Win Over the Spurs

    In her first trip to Las Vegas, my wife decided to place her very first sports bet on the Houston Rockets. She and two of her friends put $100 each on the Rockets in their game against Minnesota on Friday night. Any win would net them $190 each and even a loss by one would keep them from losing. The ... More >>

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