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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 11, 2014

    Rockets Release Greg Smith, Sign Former Longhorn Dexter Pittman

    The Houston Rockets' magic number (combined Rocket wins and Portland losses) to clinch home court in the first round of the playoffs and lock up the fourth seed (and a likely first round tussle with those Trail Blazers) is two. So let's start there. With four games to go in the regular season, an ... More >>

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    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 >>

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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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    January 31, 2014

    Harden, Howard Named to Western Conference All-Star Team

    Every professional league has its quirks when it comes to naming all stars. In the NBA, that quirk is allowing fans, including Internet voters, to name the starters. Coaches then pick the reserves. Every year, there is at least one bizarre snub by fans or oddball choice. This year in the Western Con ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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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    July 15, 2013

    Get Your Week Started Off Right! Dwight Howard Rally POV Instagram Video!

    It's official, Rocket fans! You can now rejoice (as if you haven't been rejoicing all weekend)! Dwight Howard is a Houston Rocket! Rocket ticket agents can finally say his name without fear of reprisal, Daryl Morey can openly speak about him without sustaining a $150,000 parking ticket, and Jason ... More >>

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    July 8, 2013

    Sorry Lakers, Dwight Howard Just Wasn't That Into You

    Just before the lockout-shortened 2011-2012 NBA season, the Houston Rockets completed a three team trade that would have sent then-New Orleans point guard Chris Paul to the Lakers, Lakers forward Pau Gasol to the Rockets, and an appetizer sampler of Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, and other odds and ends ... 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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    April 15, 2013

    The Best of Coachella, Weekend One

    Ed. Note: Rocks Off proudly presents to our readers coverage of Coachella's first weekend courtesy of our sister papers LA Weekly and OC Weekly. Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad-ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor cape draped o ... 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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    January 3, 2013

    Rockets Continue to Pummel the Bad Teams with Win Over the Hornets

    The New Orleans Hornets are one of the worst teams in the NBA without their star guard Eric Gordon and they weren't with them Wednesday night when they visited the Toyota Center. The result was a 104-92 win for the Rockets that was perhaps closer than it should have been at times. James Harden had ... More >>

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    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 >>

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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 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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    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 >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Houston Rockets 2012: Tales from the Stinkhole, Volume 2 ("At Least We're Not Charlotte")

    The plight of the Rocket fan has been well documented in this space. One playoff series win in the last 15 years. Both of the other Texas franchises winning NBA titles within the last five years. Three straight finishes in the highest spot outside of the playoffs (the proverbial "stinkhole"). No luc ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012

    Rockets Sweep Road Trip, Bear Down on the Playoffs

    Photo by Groovehouse This Rockets team, it just sneaks up on you. It's loaded with second- and third-tier players, most of whom would be backups (albeit rotation players) on good teams. They struggle with interior defense and have an unproven coach who was once a hated rival. They lost their entire ... 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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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    May 2, 2011

    Last Night: Master P's Birthday Party At House Of Blues

    Photos by Marco TorresSilkk the Shocker (left) and Master P​Master P's Birthday/No Limit Records 20th anniversary party House of Blues May 1, 2011 Apparently, there is a limit after all... and that limit is 20 minutes. That is exactly how long Percy Miller, aka Master P, graced us with his p ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Top 5 Contest Options for Houston Sports Teams

    If you can keep from getting injured, you might walk away with some new kicks.​During halftime of a recent New Orleans Hornets game, a fan participated in a common giveaway contest. He had to make a layup, a free throw, a three-pointer and a shot from halfcourt under a time limit to win a priz ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Remember Doughbeezy's Reggie Bush and Kool-Aid?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​Doughbeezy Reggie Bush and Kool-Aid (Self-released, 2010) Doughbeezy is, at the moment, one ... 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 >>

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    December 14, 2010

    One Guy's Thoughts On The Sports Year: 25 Things To Remember

    So with the end of the year fast approaching, I thought I would take some time to revisit some of the highlights, and lowlights, of this past sports year. Your list is probably different, but these are the things that caught my attention this year. maxim.com Thanks for everything, Jenn​1. ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Houston Rockets: Seven Games In, Yao's Foot And Hope For The Season Are Failing

    What's Einstein's definition of insanity again?​The season is still very young for the Houston Rockets. And Luis Scola has been reliable. And that's about where the positive thinking stops.Houston desperately needs a winning pro sports team. We're a mostly accepting and supportive bunch, tending t ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Rocks Off's All-Star Team Of Rap Ballers

    hoopedia.nba.com​Basketball and hip-hop have crossed paths for decades. In the words of self-proclaimed No. 1 draft pick Drake: "I swear sports and music are so synonymous/ 'Cause we want to be them, and they want to be us." To mark the start of NBA training camp, Rocks Off assembled an all-s ... More >>

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    September 20, 2010

    Houston Texans Turn The Corner -- 5 Winners, 5 Losers

    Neil Rackers -- He's no Kris Brown​I shouldn't enjoy carnage as much as I do, but I have to admit that a few hours after Neil Rackers' 35-yard field goal sailed through the uprights, sending the Houston Texans to an improbable 30-27 overtime win over the Washington Redskins yesterday afternoon, My ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    Brian Tuohy's The Fix Is In: Nothing In Sports Is As It Seems

    OTOH, maybe the fix isn't in​As hard as it might be to believe, every Super Bowl since 1996 has been fixed. No, not fixed by gamblers or players trying to throw the game. But instead fixed by the NFL. Sure it sounds a bit far-fetched, but that's the allegation made by Brian Tuohy in his book, The ... More >>

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    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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    June 30, 2010

    Game Time: NBA Free Agency -- Watch Me Compare Daryl Morey to Bobby Baccala

    Like Baccala, Morey's got an unpopped cherry​Okay, let me get this out of the way... Daryl Morey knows what he's doing. In Daryl we trust! In Morey we trust! Daryl Morey is the NBA GM version of William Wallace with an undergrad degree from the Jedi academy and a PhD in ninja skills! I love Da ... More >>

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    June 22, 2010

    Game Time: LeBron James -- A Lesson In Sales

    Debase yourself, Cleveland​The older you get, the more you realize that ultimately every decision in life has a "sales" element to it. Getting married, getting divorced, having kids, purchasing a house or a car, choosing a movie, picking an appetizer,...whatever decision it is, there's some level ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Remember Pimp C's Sweet James Jones Stories?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Pimp C Sweet James Jones Stories (Asylum, 2005) ​We're not sure where we saw it, but we once read a l ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    Game Time: Kentucky Derby -- Ten "Two Minute Events" More Exciting Than Horses Galloping

    Between-race entertainment at the Derby​I love horse racing. Actually, to be clear, I love the act of going to the racetrack -- any racetrack -- and sitting in the bleachers (do they call them "bleachers" at a racetrack?) with three or four of my buddies, drinking about twelve beers, eating roughl ... More >>

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    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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    April 16, 2009

    Rockets Left To Wonder What Could Have Been

    (Note: This was written by Ben DuBose.)The next time someone tells you that early-season games in sports like basketball and baseball don't matter, refer them to the case of the 2008-09 Houston Rockets.The No. 5-seeded Rockets were one game from having a dream path to the Western Conference Finals, ... More >>

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    April 14, 2009

    Rockets-Hornets: Point Guards Finally Get Defensive

    (Note: This is written by Ben DuBose. We're working on that byline  glitch, honest.) At least for one night, the Rockets answered their only remaining defensive questions in a resounding way. Since dealing incumbent point guard Rafer Alston at the February trade deadline, skeptics have wondered ... More >>

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    December 2, 2008

    One-Fifth of the Way In, Whither the Rockets?

    With about 20 percent of the season concluded, the Rockets' 11-7 record appears at first blush to be maddeningly inconsistent. But I think it's a lot easier to explain than it may seem. One way to measure the future success of the team based on its current record is to look at "bad losses" - ... More >>

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    December 2, 2008

    One-Fifth of the Way In, Whither the Rockets?

    With about 20 percent of the season concluded, the Rockets' 11-7 record appears at first blush to be maddeningly inconsistent. But I think it's a lot easier to explain than it may seem. One way to measure the future success of the team based on its current record is to look at "bad losses" - eith ... More >>

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