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Omer Asik

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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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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    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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    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 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 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 >>

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    February 13, 2014

    5 Things the Rockets Must Do Post All-Star Break to Be a Serious Contentder

    The Rockets came within a whisker of losing to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at Toyota Center. Riding a six-game winning streak and heading into All-Star break, it wouldn't have been all that surprising to find the Rockets going down to an inferior opponent. The game before a break can b ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014

    Rockets Tie Third Best Record Through 50 Games in Franchise History with Win Over Suns

    The Rockets matched the franchise record for wins through 50 games at 33 by beating the Phoenix Suns 122-108 at Toyota Center on Wednesday night. The win allows them to keep pace in the ridiculously competitive Western Conference where, despite their accomplishments, they still remain in fifth place ... More >>

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    February 4, 2014

    Rockets on Pace for a Good Season Despite Setbacks

    Before the NBA season began, I got my opportunity to look into the crystal ball and see how the Rockets would fare this year. With the addition of Dwight Howard and a cast of young, talented players, there were plenty of optimists suggesting the team would soar to the top of the Western Conference. ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Rockets Rolling Into All-Star Break Despite Injuries

    The Rockets completed a pair of back-to-back wins against the Spurs and Mavericks Tuesday and Wednesday, completing a run of 7 wins in their last 10 games. Their only losses in that stretch were a pair against the Grizzlies and one complete fluke loss to Oklahoma City in which they managed the bigge ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014

    Rockets Roll Kings, Continue Hot Streak Despite Injuries

    There are certainly plenty of things to be concerned about with the local professional basketball franchise. They still do not play consistent defense and probably take too many three pointers -- particularly given their mediocre percentage from beyond the arc this year. They feel a bit like a team ... More >>

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    January 21, 2014

    Terrence Jones Turns a Rockets Weakness Into a Strength

    Back in July 2012, I wrote a story about how the Rockets were loaded with power forwards, many of them undersized for the position. In addition to players already on the rosters like Luis Scola and Patrick Patterson, there were new guys like Donatas Montejunas and Royce White (God help us) and even ... More >>

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    January 17, 2014

    Rockets Record-Setting Jeckyll and Hyde Nature On Display in Loss To Thunder

    Beat San Antonio. Lose to Atlanta. These are the kinds of wild mood swings we have come to expect from our Houston Rockets this season. But Thursday night was something entirely different. In fact, it's difficult to describe just how dramatic the difference between the first and second halves of the ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Dwight Howard's Early Christmas Present: An MVP Level Performance In Detroit

    In a perfect world, good NBA teams would like to be able to manage the regular season the way that the San Antonio Spurs do every year. Play your superstars around 70 games, know exactly which games to rest them (and maybe even win a few of those, like the Spurs did against Golden State this past Th ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Rockets Beat Bulls at Start of Tough Stretch to End 2013

    Sitting on the bench in the waning moments of the Rockets 109-94 win over Chicago on Wednesday night, even the injured players -- one of whom may not be a Rocket by this weekend -- were smiling. It was the kind of victory that helps to wipe out some of the bitter taste left after the loss against Sa ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    The NBA's Weird Trade Rules Impacting How, When Rockets Deal Omer Asik

    Timelines in sports are a strange thing. While fans think of trade deadlines as ways to get excited about rumored swaps that include their favorite teams, mostly they are set by leagues based on paychecks and other mundane concepts. In the NBA, that includes all sorts of weird dates that are based o ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    Rockets Beginning to Roll with Come-From-Behind Win in Memphis

    Down 14 late and facing a tough division opponent on the road without your best player and with your second best not exactly lighting up the arena, it would not seem the odds would be in the Rockets favor to close out with a win, but that is exactly what they did Monday night in Memphis. After scori ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    Dear Omer Asik: Ask Andre Johnson How to Handle Being Disgruntled

    It's never ideal when a athlete, upset by any number of issues, decides it is time to move on. It makes the player look like a whiner and limits the teams options. After all, once it is known a player wants out, it severely hamstrings the team's ability to find a trade partner willing to give back m ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Linsanity Not Enough to Prop Up Ailing Players, Defense

    Two games. Three overtimes. One win. After gutting out a win over Toronto in Houston, the Rockets lost in a single overtime to Philadelphia. In both games, Jeremy Lin was on fire, shooting a combined 20-38 from the field, 12-21 from three-point range, dishing 14 assists and scoring 31 and 34 points ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    Best of HoustonĀ® 2013: Rest of the Best - Houston Rockets Edition

    Were you so inclined to look up the Best Rocket category from previous Best of HoustonĀ® issues, you would find these honorees for the last 10 years: Yao Ming (2003-2004, 2006) Tracy McGrady (2005) Shane Battier (2007, 2009-2010) Rafer Alston (2008) Luis Scola (2011) Chuck Hayes (2012) Let's start ... More >>

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    November 12, 2013

    Your 2013-14 Noobs Guide to the Houston Rockets

    Maybe you haven't been watching the Rockets for a while. Maybe their abject mediocrity over the last, oh I don't know, 15 years, has left you complacent. Maybe you grew up during a time when the Rockets weren't winning titles and contending for championships. Or maybe you just didn't care that much. ... 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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    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 >>

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    October 16, 2013

    Rockets Chemistry Experiment Seems to Be Working

    The Rockets finally made it back home from a trip to Asia last week that saw them twice dismantle the Indiana Pacers, a team that took the World Champion Miami Heat to the brink of elimination in last years Eastern Conference playoffs. This was without last year's starting center, Omer Asik, who has ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Gambling! 2013-2014 NBA Season Win Totals Are Out!

    Amidst the hoopla of "Johnny Football, Part Two" and the carnage of the box set of back breaking turnovers that Matt Schaub is assembling, the Rockets quietly opened training camp this week with arguably their best assembly of talent since the mid 90's. Indeed, a new age of Rockets basketball begi ... 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 10, 2013

    Dwight Howard is Here, But Rockets Still Have Work to Do: Three Questions to Answer

    It's been Dwight Central around here for the past week since the free agent center decided to lace up his sneakers for the Rockets this season. Howard is in town -- buying people lunch, apparently -- to sign his contract with the team and will no doubt begin offseason workouts with the team. As fu ... 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 7, 2013

    Rockets Report Card: Handing Out the Grades With the Season Over

    At the beginning of the season, even after the trade for James Harden, I was convinced this was not a playoff team. Right before the season started, I wrote this in a blog post, "With youth comes athleticism, energy and excitement. It also brings inexperience, inconsistency and the occasional train ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    After a Successful Season, Big Questions Loom for Young Rockets

    It's difficult to believe anyone outside of the most hardcore fans truly believed the Rockets would be a playoff team this year. Most, including myself, assumed they would finish under .500 and back in the lottery. Even with James Harden, an unproven starter, added before the season, it was tough to ... More >>

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    May 3, 2013

    Key to Game Six: Rockets Must Keep on Keeping On To Stay Alive

    In many ways, the pressure is squarely on the shoulders of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Sure, Friday night's game six is yet another elimination game for the Rockets, but no one expected them to make the playoffs when they started the season. After slipping to the eighth seed, no one expected them to ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013

    Holy Hack Asik, Batman! Rockets Win in OKC to Force Game Six

    The Thunder had no answer. They tried shooting threes. They tried running. They tried hard fouls. They tried flopping. Ultimately, down much of the game to the visiting Rockets, the Thunder tried fouling Rockets center Omer Asik on every possession. Asik, who shot only 52 percent from the charity st ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013

    Rockets-Thunder Game 5: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    The Rockets began this series with the Thunder by falling behind three games to none, with a deer-in-the-headlights Game 1 preceding two very winnable games in Games 2 and 3. No team in NBA history has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series, and to expect an 8 seed like the Rockets to become t ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    Put the Brooms Away: Rockets Stave Off Elimination with Clutch Win

    Like every game except the first one in the series, the Rockets and Thunder went right down to the wire in game four. In every other game, the Thunder got the big shot or the turnover needed to win the game. Monday night, it was finally the Rockets' turn. Chandler Parsons did what only two other p ... More >>

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    April 1, 2013

    No Beard? No Problem. Rockets Beat Clippers for 40th W of the Season

    At the beginning of this season, I was talking to my friend David Hardisty over at ClutchFans.net. At the beginning of every season, we'll usually talk about what we expect from the season. The team had just traded for James Harden, but neither of us were optimistic. I pegged the Rockets' win total ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Rockets Make Winning Plays Late, Beat Spurs 96-95 on Harden's Late Jumper

    It's been a while since Rockets fans have experienced something like this. For those of us who have followed the Rockets for 20 or 30 years, we can remember plenty of times they rose up to make big shots against the rival San Antonio Spurs...and quite a few that went the other direction. But, Sunday ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013

    Rockets at Midseason: The Grades Are In

    With the All-Star break on us, it seems logical to talk about where our local NBA team stands at the season's figurative midpoint. I say "figurative" because the Rockets passed their actual midpoint in January at which point they were 21-20 coming off the last game of a season-long seven-game losing ... 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 26, 2012

    Rockets 120, Bulls 97: Offensive Juggernaut Routs Another Defensive Powerhouse

    Don't look now, but the team no one can see on Houston TV is looking pretty damn good right about now. Winning their fourth game in a row, which included routs over the Knicks and the Grizzlies, the Rockets beat one of the best defensive teams in the league, the Chicago Bulls, by 23, at one point le ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    Linsanity Finally Shows Up, Rockets Lose Anyway

    Jeremy Lin reminds me of an NFL quarterback. He probably didn't deserve the mounds of praise heaped on him during his transcendant run last year in New York and he hasn't deserved the beating he's taken on message boards and radio call in shows during his struggles in Houston. He didn't get signed t ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    Rockets' Ups and Downs Continue Despite Coach's Return

    Check out pics from Saturday's close game against the Mavs in our slideshow. Kevin McHale was emotional at times when he met with the media upon his return to the team on Saturday night after an extended absence due to the illness and tragic death of his daughter. He kept in touch with the players ... 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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    September 5, 2012

    Comment of the Day: The Rockets' Obscenely Huge New Videoboard

    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 or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

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    July 24, 2012

    Rockets Make Very Tiny, Almost Inaudible Splash with Asik Signing

    My friends over on the ClutchFans.net bulletin board are fond of the phrase "making a splash" when discussing the team's moves in free agency and when they make trades. When a trade or signing is of a more minor variety, that phrase becomes a joke, often posted on the board in an almost unreadably s ... 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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