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    July 30, 2014

    Kevin Durant Praises LeBron James, Countdown to 2016 KD Sweepstakes Begins

    "I'm going to do what's best for me. It's hard to talk about that right now when I've got two years left in Oklahoma City. I'm just going to focus on that. I'm not going to make a decision based on what anybody else does." -- Kevin Durant, 7/29/14 LeBron James and Cleveland have given 29 other NBA ... 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 >>

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    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 >>

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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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    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 >>

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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 21, 2014

    UH Football Coach Levine Signs Five-Year Contract Extension

    This season the University of Houston will open a new football stadium and the Cougars' head coach will have a new contract to go with it. It was announced this week that Tony Levine, 41, will enter his third season as head football coach after he signed a five-year contract extension. UH finished ... 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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    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 20, 2014

    The Texans Have a New Coach and Have Cleaned House, Yet Rick Smith Is Still Around

    Why is General Manager Rick Smith still with the Texans when others have been dismissed?

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    March 17, 2014

    Ben Tate Signs With Cleveland (w/ Vine of Tate Barking)

    On Saturday, the inevitable finally happened. The Ben Tate Era in Houston ended. In one of the most easily forecasted transactions of the offseason, Tate finally agreed to become a Cleveland Brown. And while this move finally gets Tate out from underneath Arian Foster's shadow, and it finally giv ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    NFL Free Agency Day 3: Silence On Kirby Ends

    Three days of NFL free agency in the books, and here is your Houston Texans scorecard: * Two players cut * Five players left in free agency * One cockblocking on a veteran quarterback * Zero new players acquired * One player re-signed * A growing abyss between the AFC (which includes the Texans) an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Houston Texans: 2014 Free Agency Dashboard

    As the Texans make moves amidst a coaching regime change, I think it makes sense to look back at what has necessitated all of the movement that's gone on in the organization in the last few months. Certainly, indecisiveness and questionable decisions by the previous coaching staff contributed great ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    The Truth On the Matt Schaub Situation

    I understand the emotions of sports fans. Hell, I am a sports fan, I just happen to have a microphone, and a password to the Houston Press' blogging mechanism. I was there in the stadium for most of the soul crushing Matt Schaub pick sixes last season, including the third play of the San Francis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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

    September 4, 2013

    Five Reasons Brian Cushing's Deal With the Texans is the Right Thing to Do (and the Right Time to Do It)

    The Houston Texans and inside linebacker Brian Cushing agreed to terms Tuesday on a six-year extension to Cushing's current deal which came up at the end of the 2013-14 season. Had the Texans not signed him before the end of the season, Cushing would have become an unrestricted free agent. The Texan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Brian Cushing's Deal Is Done, Who's Next?

    Omar Little put it best -- a man's gotta have a code. There's a time to color outside the lines, and there's a time to adhere unflinchingly to your own internal set of rules, and when it comes to contract negotiations, the Texans live by a strict moral code: Any negotiations of contract extensions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Dwight Watch 2013: It's Almost Over...Don't Panic

    One thing that happens to fans quite often right at the end of a big trade or signing is they begin to worry. This is particularly true in Houston where trades getting rescinded by the NBA is an actual possibility. In this case, it is the massive free agent signing of center Dwight Howard. The leag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Rockets Likely to Deal Robinson Before the Draft to Free Up Cap Room for Howard

    According to a report from the Chron, the Rockets are very close to moving power forward Thomas Robinson, the fifth pick in last year's draft acquired from the Sacramento Kings at the trading deadline, in order to free up enough cap space to make a run at free agent center Dwight Howard. A deal of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    As It Turns Out, The Texans Could've Very Easily Kept Connor Barwin

    "I think Brooks (Reed) and Connor (Barwin) played well. Sometimes because they're not numbers, the perception out there is somebody is not playing well because they don't have sacks, but I can tell you that can be far from the truth.  I think they play well. I think they were productive. You're alw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    The Elvis Dumervil Fiasco: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Up until Friday afternoon, NFL free agency had been the usual fare of crappy teams overspending (what up, Miami and Cleveland?), great teams laying back and waiting for bargains (what up, New England and Green Bay?), and the Texans possibly getting played by Ed Reed (what up, Rick Smith?). There ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    NFL Free Agency 2013: Assessing The Texans' Damage

    "Wheels up! GM Rick Smith is on his way to pick up free agent S Ed Reed in #Texans chairman & CEO Bob McNair's private jet!" -- @HoustonTexans, Thursday morning The Texans' Twitter proclamation about Rick Smith's early morning travel schedule on Thursday served a dual purpose, providing a symbolic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    NFL Free Agency 2013: Your Texans Cheat Sheet (Cap Numbers, Restructure Candidates, and More!)

    Back in the day, when I used to have oodles and oodles of idle time on my hands during prime game-show watching hours (that's code for "back in college"), Wheel of Fortune was a staple of my game-show dance card. (For the record, Tic Tac Dough, Joker's Wild and Price is Right -- the Sopranos of game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    Joe Flacco Has A New Contract: Next Big Thing Or Next Cautionary Tale?

    On December 16, the Baltimore Ravens lost their third game in a row, 34-17 to the Denver Broncos in Baltimore to drop to 9-5 on the season and virtually clinch a relatively ho-hum four seed in the AFC. On that day, their starting quarterback, Joe Flacco, completed 20 passes on 40 attempts for 254 l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Texans Rewind: I Found a 2008 NFL Preview Magazine, Man Alive Was the Texans Defense Bad

    On our radio show on 1560 The Game this past Monday, John Granato and I were breaking down various aspects of both the Texans 26-13 win over the Panthers and the preseason in general. The topic was the defense, specifically Whitney Mercilus and the various ways that Texans defensive coordinator Wade ... 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 17, 2012

    CongraduLINtions, Houston: It's a Point Guard!

    Over the last few weeks -- and, frankly, for quite sometime before that -- the name Jeremy Lin has been twisted to fit any number of ridiculous puns (check out HPBasketball's Twitter feed on Tuesday for some hilarious examples), Linsanity chief among them as the young phenom brought crowds at storie ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    The Knicks Play Hide-and-Seek in Order to Keep the Rockets from Signing Jeremy Lin

    For every weird little occurrence in life, there seems to be an episode of Seinfeld to which you can circle back for an analogous situation. Even for something as innocuous as the Rockets' pursuit of Knicks restricted free agent guard Jeremy Lin. So here goes: Remember that episode of Seinfeld whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    It's CompLINcated: The Continuing Saga of the Rockets Pursuit of Jeremy Lin

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the Garden (or GAH-den if you are a New Yorker), it appears the New York Knicks, who appeared to have finally re-captured the imagination of basketball fans, are close to letting point guard Jeremy Lin go and join the Houston Rockets. I'm not going to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Stop Hurting Our Feelings, NBA Free Agents

    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 6, 2012

    Rockets Invent a New Type of Draft Pick Lottery Protection, So That's Something, Right?

    The Rockets finished the 2011-12 NBA season with perhaps the top point guard combination in the entire league. Kyle Lowry was a borderline All-Star at midseason and one of the top all-around players at the position, not to mention a massive bargain at $5.75 million per year. When Lowry went down w ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    Dragic Gone. Is It Time for Linsanity or Just Regular Old Crazy?

    According to ESPN, Rockets point guard Goran Dragic has agreed to a deal with the Phoenix Suns worth $34 million over four seasons. The Rockets had reportedly realized last week that Dragic wanted much more than they were willing to offer and decided to pursue other options. Some reports suggest the ... 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

    March 29, 2012

    The Texans Unleash Their Free Agency Assault...by Signing the Rams' Punter

    The offseason started out just fine for the Texans, with the team inking star running back Arian Foster to a five-year, $40 million contract. Since then, other than the re-signing of center Chris Myers, it's been a depressing parade of one guy after another either leaving or being asked to leave. ... More >>

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    March 21, 2012

    Texans Trade DeMeco Ryans -- The Players Speak Out

    Okay, this one I didn't totally see coming. After a somewhat tumultuous one-week period that saw the Texans lose outside linebacker Mario Williams and guard Mike Brisiel to free agency, and cut offensive tackle Eric Winston as a cap casualty, the Texans decided to shed more salary yesterday afterno ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    Crisis Averted, Texans Fan -- Peyton Manning Spurns Titans for Broncos

    In a Texans offseason that has seen some good (Arian Foster's and Chris Myers' multiyear contract extensions), some bad (Mario Williams' leaving, although the Texans have proven they can survive that), and some ugly (the dismantling of the right side of the offensive line), strangely enough, the Tex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Houston Texans Spring Cleaning Hits Winston, Leinart, Vickers

    If you're looking for more signs of the Texans continuing shift from also-ran to legitimate Super Bowl contender, you needn't look any further than the "Transactions" portion of any NFL related website the last two days. Whereas in past seasons (hell, as recently as last summer), the Texans were d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Value Added: Arian Foster vs. Mario Williams

    The Texans are facing an offseason unlike any other they have ever seen in their ten years of existence. For the first time ever, General Manager Rick Smith, Coach Gary Kubiak and owner Bob McNair have to figure out how to keep together a very good lineup of players and, gasp, even make it better. F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Texans Must Take Long-Term Approach to Free Agency

    A great irony of sports in 2012, particularly sports that are fiscally governed by some sort of salary cap, is that we as sports fans have all become so emotionally invested in the performance of our teams that we've become more astute in "advising" management of our teams on how to spend and alloca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Mario Must Go Edition

    ​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 >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Hey Texans, Has Anybody Checked On Wade Phillips?

    Anyone see Wade?​"I have so much more confidence. Generally, when you make any kind of change, you sort of hold your breath. You say, 'Boy, I hope this works out.' I'm not saying that here. It will work out. [Wade's] done it. He's been there. He's come in, he's looked at our film, we've talked ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Brett Favre -- "What Should I Do?" (Best Parody Video EVER)

    Will no one leave Brett Favre alone?​"[Andy Pettitte is] opting not to play right now but that might change, it might not. I told him, 'Don't Brett Favre us. You got to be all in and fully dedicated to play.' Do I need him? I need him, but I don't want him to play if his heart's not in it." - ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    Roy Oswalt: Don't Blame Him For Astros' Front-Office Incompetence

    Drayton McLane and Ed Wade are effing this up​In a way, it's probably all kismet. The stars were perfectly aligned (thanks to a little magic fairy dust from Drayton McLane applied to the pitching order), the scouts were in attendance, and the event had been hyped for awhile.Roy Oswalt was pitchin ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Game Time: Gary Kubiak's Contract Extension -- Move Along, There's Nothing To See Here

    ​A couple of years in, I'm finally starting to get the hang of this sports talk radio thing.  Basically, what you do is you fill four hours a day making issues in the sports world seem as though the fate of mankind rests on the outcome, choose the side which you think will save mankind, defen ... More >>

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