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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    March 26, 2014

    Kevin Love's Match.com Video For Good NBA Teams (Like The Rockets)

    Let's preface this post by saying that I shed no tears for Kevin Love. The Minnesota Timberwolves' fifth year power forward is highly compensated for his services (over $14 million this season), lives a very comfortable life, and for a guy who has never led his team to even a 40 percent winning per ... More >>

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    March 10, 2014

    Rockets Are the Hottest Team in Basketball for Good Reason (for Once)

    Whenever an NBA team goes on a winning streak, even if that streak is four or five games, declarations are made. Some are long term, often with little evidentiary basis, but most are the of the moment variety. That team gets the designation of hottest team in the league. The NBA can be hyper competi ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    March 3, 2014

    The Art of NBA Tanking: The Philadelphia 76ers Have No Shame

    Sports analytics is no longer the wave of the future. It is most assuredly here, however, as evidenced by the explosion in the growth and coverage of the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference at M.I.T. in Boston. During the basketball analytics portion of the event, this weekend, former Toronto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Early NBA All-Star Present: Charles Barkley's Attempt To Pronounce "Valanciunas"

    It's been a while since I've said this, but I'm actually looking forward to the NBA's All-Star weekend. I'm always a sucker for the actual All-Star Game itself on Sunday, but this season Friday and Saturday are shaping up to be relatively compelling, too. The Slam Dunk Contest actually has three Al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    Dwight Howard is Exactly the Athlete We All Want, So Why Do So Many Dislike Him?

    The Rockets and Washington Wizards had a rain delay on Saturday night. Yes, a rain delay. The roof at the Verizon Center in D.C. had a fairly serious leak during a rainstorm. As a result, both teams were forced to wait out the weather. During that time, Dwight Howard did something rather remarkable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Did the Rockets Learn Their Lesson in Consecutive Losses?

    The Rockets were on a roll. They were winners of their last five (8 of 9 total) including an impressive victory in San Antonio. Despite some nagging injuries to Chandler Parsons and James Harden, and an injury that would sideline Jeremy Lin until this week, they seemed to be clicking. For the first ... 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    Whodunnit? The Great Chris Duhon Attempted Vehicular Manslaughter Case

    When someone is involved in a car accident, there is a certain etiquette to how you treat the story. On Saturday night, former Duke/Chicago/New York/Orlando/Laker point guard Chris Duhon was involved in a car accident inside an Orlando parking garage. Well, it wasn't so much an accident as it was 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

    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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    NBA Finals: Give Houston What It Wants, Rashard Lewis Vs T-Mac

    We interrupt this widespread panic over LeBron James's possibly being human (and this widespread panic....and this widespread panic....) for a request. Oh, wait a second...Gary Neal just hit another three...okay, continuing... We interrupt this widespread panic for a request.... Damn! Danny Green ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Chandler Parsons' Curious Case Of (Ahem) "Food Poisoning"

    Twice an hour during my afternoon radio show, longtime Houston reporter extraordinaire David Dalati comes on and gives an update on things going on around the world of sports -- basically, standard sports-flash type stuff with some interview nuggets from David's tireless efforts of the day mixed in. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    For Valentine's: The Five Best Recent Rockets Bromances

    Over the years, the NBA went from a league where practically every player hated each other, to a league where they Tweet to tell how much they miss one another. Since NBA All-Star Weekend is coming to Houston, some former and present Houston Rockets may get to rekindle the flame of the bromance the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Next Five Games Will Test Young Rockets Starting Tonight Against the Lakers

    With a serious tragedy behind them and injured players starting to return to the line up, the Rockets dive into a string of games against contenders and Texas rivals this week that will add yet another test to the young team's season. First up is the LA Lakers, in town tonight at Toyota Center. Des ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    6 Thoughts On Tracy McGrady's Exporting Himself To China For The 2012-13 Season

    No one wants to spend their twilight years alone. It's often said that when the years are winding down, people want to be around their loved ones, around people who appreciate them and would do anything for them. If that is indeed true, then Tracy McGrady's signing a one-year contract with Qingdao ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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
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    June 14, 2012
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Five Things for the Rockets to Consider This Offseason

    Another offseason is upon us in Houston. While other teams battle it out in the playoffs, Houston Rockets fans are left to wait until next year...again. With three straight lottery seasons and only one second round appearance since 1997, it's no wonder fans are fatigued and want to see things shaken ... 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 >>

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    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.

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Rockets Announce 2011-2012 Schedule -- 6 Things You Need to Know

    Kevin Martin: Not a big national-TV draw.​My excitement for the upcoming NBA season was moderately brimming before yesterday (due in large part to a $50 prop bet I placed a couple months ago on the season starting on or before Christmas -- CHA-CHING!), but two things happened yesterday. First ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    October 5, 2010

    The Quotable Tracy McGrady: "It's About Winning."

    Blame Canada....or PEDs​Well, apparently I've pissed off Canada.In a post that was largely meant to illustrate the cavalcade of clown that is Les Miles and make a salient point or two about the Houston Texans, the biggest reaction to yesterday's "5 Winners, 5 Losers" came from north of the border, ... 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 29, 2010

    Game Time: NBA Free Agency -- So Is Dwyane Wade Gonna Hold It For You While You Pee Too, LeBron?

    A Vogue cover, but no ring​Nothing worth chasing in life comes easy, so to say that by pooling their collective talents together to try and chase an NBA title in Miami that LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade are taking the "easy way out" isn't entirely fair.Actually, to be fair, with a ring ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    Game Time: Celtics, Feel Better -- Five Officiating Decisions That Were WAY Worse Than Kendrick Perkins' Second Technical

    Sorry about that fifth down.....​It's funny, because I'm from New England, people automatically assume that I am a fan of all the Boston teams. To wit, last night as the Celtics were imploding in Orlando, my iPhone was blowing up with text messages asking if I was starting to get worried about th ... 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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    November 6, 2009

    Game Time: The Cable Guy

    ​For most of his tenure in Oakland, Tom Cable has been your run-of-the-mill, overmatched, "dead man walking" NFL head coach. When he was hired last season in the wake of Lane Kiffin's firing, the things that jumped out at me about Cable were:-- His only head coaching experience consisted of four ... More >>

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    April 8, 2009

    Rockets-Magic: Landry makes triumphant return

    Photo courtesy of Jeff BalkeIt was just over three weeks ago that Carl Landry was running for his life, attempting to dodge bullets from assailants who sideswiped his car, punctured his left calf and chased him until he hid between a house and a fence, waiting for emergency help while blood gu ... More >>

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    April 8, 2009

    Rockets-Magic: Landry Makes Triumphant Return

    It was just over three weeks ago that Carl Landry was running for his life, attempting to dodge bullets from assailants who sideswiped his car, punctured his left calf and chased him until he hid between a house and a fence, waiting for emergency help while blood gushed out of his leg. On Tuesday n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2009

    Rockets-Mavs: Brooks Delivers Opening Statement

    Aaron Brooks knows what many of you think. You fear the Rockets' new starting point guard is too small to defend big guards, like Dallas' 6-foot-4, future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd on Friday night. You expect him to be worked over in the post. You wonder if he's too young to lead a veteran playoff ... More >>

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    May 30, 2008
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    February 16, 2006

    Baller's Ball

    Where to party this All-Star Weekend

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    October 6, 2005

    When Steve Met Tracy

    The Rockets' past and future face off at the Clutch City Classic

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
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    August 26, 2004

    Baller's Ball

    Ex-Rocket Steve Francis returns for the Summer Fiesta Slam Fest

  • News

    July 15, 2004

    Peace -- For Now

    A caravan to Cuba isn't hassled. Yet.

  • News

    September 4, 1997

    Do You Believe in Magic?

    Hundreds of Houstonians do. For them, Magic: The Gathering isn't just a card game, it's a way of life. And at times, it can be a lucrative one.

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    December 26, 1996
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    May 9, 1996
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