Rockets Rumors & News

  • Rockets hold off Jazz 104-93 to move to 2-0 on young season

    Houston Chronicle "When the Rockets starters were together, they rolled with relative ease. Dwight Howard was too much to handle in the low post, especially early. James Harden was happy to work as a playmaker. Trevor Ariza poured in 3s for the second-consecutive game. When the Rockets 104-93 fourth-quarter..." October 30

  • Adam Silver Wants To Help Set Rules For Legalized Sports Gambling "In Adam Silver's opinion, the current gambling laws aren't stopping fans from betting on sports -- they're only restricting domestic opportunities. As sports gambling in New Jersey inches closer to a reality, Silver believes now is the time to start accepting the "inevitable" future. The NBA..." October 30

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Rockets pick up fourth year options on contracts of Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas, source said. Both signed through 15-16.

  • Dwight, Rockets get best of Kobe, Lakers in season opener

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets had brushed aside the Lakers so easily, you could almost hear Kobe Bryant’s blood boiling. The Rockets had done nothing for the first six minutes of the second half and still had no difficulty pushing the lead back to 16 with James Harden dominating. With the lead up to 26,..." October 29

  • PSD’s 2014-2015 NBA Western Conference Preview
    PSD Staff, Featured Content Team

    The Western Conference is filthy. In the Eastern Conference their are two elite teams and everyone else, the west has seven teams that, with a bit of luck, could win the NBA championship. The regular season and playoffs are going to be battle of attrition with furious competition and a list of teams and fan bases ready for long playoff runs. October 29

  • Howard: L.A. exit wasn't due to fear of Kobe

    ESPN Los Angeles "Dwight Howard said Tuesday that Kobe Bryant's presence with the Los Angeles Lakers had nothing to do with his decision to leave the team and sign with the Houston Rockets last year. "I didn't leave L.A. because I was afraid of Kobe Bryant," Howard said Tuesday, according to the Houston..." October 29

  • Dwight elbow to Kobe's face causes scuffle

    ESPN Los Angeles ""They don't like each other, simple as that." That's how Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott summarized Tuesday's fourth-quarter skirmish between Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard during the Houston Rockets' 108-90 win at Staples Center. The verbal altercation between the ex-Lakers teammates..." October 29

  • Byron Scott doubts Dwight Howard's drive

    ESPN Los Angeles "Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard clashed during their one-season stint as Los Angeles Lakers teammates in 2012-13. And Byron Scott believes he knows why. "My outside perspective is Kobe is a real serious guy and wants to win championships," Scott, the Lakers' first-year head coach, said after his..." October 28

  • Odds say Rockets' Kevin McHale will be 1st coach fired this season "Here are the latest odds from Bovada on who will be the first head coach to be fired in the 2014-2015 season, headlined by Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale: Kevin McHale (HOU) 7/4 Flip Saunders (MIN) 2/1 Monty Williams (NO) 4/1 Jason Kidd (MIL) 7/1 Scott Brooks (OKC) 8/1 Byron..." October 28

  • Rockets GM Daryl Morey builds beyond nerd stereotypes

    USA Today "When the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets tip off at Staples Center Tuesday night to open the NBA season, on display will be examples of how difficult it is to build a winning franchise — and keep winning​. The Lakers' Kobe Bryant is coming off a torn Achilles tendon and broken bone in..." October 28

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    Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

    Rockets releasing Jeff Adrien, w/ second cut possibly Francisco Garcia or Ish Smith, sources tell RealGM. It'd solidify Tarik Black's spot.

  • Rockets Waive Adrien, Clark, Covington, Richmond and Smith "Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has waived Jeff Adrien, Earl Clark, Robert Covington, Akeem Richmond and guard Ish Smith. The Rockets roster now stands at 15. Adrien (6-7, 245, Connecticut), who spent last season with Charlotte and Milwaukee, averaged..." October 27

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Dwight went through Sunday practice, but playing catch up. McHale: “He’s going to have to be sharp, but it (time out) does affect you."

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    Art Garcia @ArtGarcia92

    Houston Rockets awarded Earl Clark on waiver claim. How's that for breaking news?

  • James Harden learning to be a leader

    Houston Chronicle "James Harden might have wanted all that has come his way – even the derision that comes with his place as one of the NBA's most visible players since that too is part of the deal – but the transition was as stunning as it was swift. When Harden arrived in Houston two years ago, he was ready to..." October 24

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    Jenny Dial Creech @jennydialcreech

    Dwight Howard has a laceration in his forearm that required stitches. He is fine, but is going to sit out tonight vs. Spurs.

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    Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

    The Houston Rockets met with free agent Kenyon Martin today -- to discuss a possible coaching staff role, league sources tell RealGM.

  • Josh Powell Waived By Rockets

    Real GM Basketball "Veteran forward Josh Powell has been waived by the Houston Rockets, a league source told RealGM. Powell had a non-guaranteed contract for 2014-15 as part of the multi-year deal he signed late last season. Despite the likelihood of his release, Powell entered training camp as one of the Rockets’..." October 23

  • Rockets sign Geron Johnson, waive Akil Mitchell

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets signed guard Geron Johnson and requested waivers on forward Akil Mitchell, the team announced Thursday. Johnson, a 6-3 guard, played in 97 games for the University of Memphis and averaged 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game." October 23

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    The NBA draft lottery reform has been voted down at Board of Governors meeting, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. System stays.

  • Nick Johnson, Clint Capela sent to D-League?

    The Dream Shake "Well, Houston's bench seemed to get a little simpler over the weekend. When the Rockets were down in the RGV for their preseason game against the Warriors, Kevin McHale addressed the team's relationship with their D-League affiliate, as reported by Jonathan Feigen on the Houston Chronicle's..." October 21

  • Why the NBA's draft lottery reform is a slippery slope

    Yahoo! Sports "Everyone understands the reasons the Philadelphia 76ers want the NBA to wait on implementing a plan to reform the draft lottery: They need one more season to complete a most brazen two-year tanking cycle. The Sixers didn't invent the idea of gutting a roster to short-circuit a path to the No. 1..." October 21

  • Daryl Morey calls James Harden defense video 'completely unfair' "Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told USA Today's Sam Amick that the infamous James Harden YouTube video was not a proper reflection of the star guard's game: "For whatever reason, it has taken on a life of its own," Morey says about the criticism about Harden's defense. "You've..." October 21

  • Olajuwon: Howard should have MVP-caliber season "At least one former MVP doesn’t think it should have taken a broken bone in Kevin Durant’s foot to throw the 2015 MVP race wide open. According to Hakeem Olajuwon, Dwight Howard was already prepared to kick the door down. “He’s healthy. He’s strong. He’s ready,” said Olajuwon, who won the..." October 19

  • NBA May Base Teams in Europe If Arenas Meet League’s Standards

    Bloomberg "The National Basketball Association will consider basing teams in Europe if the arenas are up to league standards, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. The NBA would have to weigh the benefits of increasing the size of the 30-team league against possible costs, such as spreading television..." October 16

  • James Harden, Dwight Howard out tonight vs. Suns

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard James Harden said he would probably sit out tonight’s preseason game against the Phoenix Suns to rest his sore left hip. Harden left practice Oct. 3 after a hard fall, but played in two games since, showing no signs of trouble with the injury. With the Rockets playing a..." October 13

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    Jenny Dial Creech @jennydialcreech

    Harden has a bruised hip and sat out of practice today to rest.

  • Joey Dorsey, Jason Terry back at practice after injuries

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets welcomed back center Joey Dorsey to practice on Saturday Dorsey missed the beginning of camp because of an ankle injury. He has been playing in Europe for the last three years and has been itching to get back on the court. “When the injury happened, I just put my head in my..." October 12

  • Report: Referees to focus on illegal screens, verticality this season

    Pro Basketball Talk "It’s one of the fun questions at the start of every NBA season: What are the referees going to focus on and call the first half of the season. Every year the NBA referees are given new points of emphasis, and we get these calls for the first half of the season. Then between a combination of..." October 12

  • Rookie Kostas Papanikolaou starting to find his comfort zone

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets forward Kostas Papanikolaou is getting more and more comfortable with every minute he plays in the preseason. He finished Thursday night’s win over the Grizzlies with nine points, four rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes of play. He said he still was hoping to see defensive..." October 11

  • Terrence Jones looking forward to big power forward matchups

    Houston Chronicle "When Terrence Jones talked in camp about improving his physical presence in the paint, he had a certain player in mind. One of the league’s power forwards Jones wanted to improve against was Memphis’ Zach Randolph. “He is a big, physical body – one of the most physical fours in the west,”..." October 10

  • How Mavs Snagged Parsons

    ESPN Dallas "Any mention of the Texas Triangle, in NBA circles, has always had a very specific meaning. Until this past summer. No longer does the term exclusively reference the most dreaded three-stop road trip that the schedule can serve up, thanks to the Lone Star State love triad that dribbled its..." October 08

  • Rockets plan on recruiting Kevin Durant with James Harden "The Houston Rockets have been the heroes and zeroes of free agency for years now. When Daryl Morey took over the Rockets and it was obvious the Yao Ming-Tracy McGrady pairing wasn't destined for health and prosperity, the plan to start clearing cap space and acquiring assets to move in exchange..." October 07

  • Playoff loss an impetus for Rockets to get more physical

    Houston Chronicle "When Rockets guard James Harden went down hard in practice Friday afternoon, he didn’t mind. When he sat in the training room icing his hip, it was fine with him. When his teammates are going up against him in scrimmages the way they would an NBA Finals opponent, he is happy to take..." October 06

  • Rockets' Dwight Howard goes back to his roots with eye on dominating

    Yahoo! Sports "Looking back, Dwight Howard should've resisted the natural inclination to rush himself into that Los Angeles Lakers' season. He wanted to be on the floor so badly that opening night, restore his reputation and validate Hollywood's vision of a Showtime return. Back surgery had come and gone within..." October 05

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    James Harden left practice with a sore left hip after a fall.Went to ice, treat it.

  • Rockets to exercise team options on Donatas Motiejunas, Terrence Jones

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA rookie-scale contracts give first-round picks two guaranteed seasons followed by two years with team options. Unlike most team options, these must be exercised a full year in advance. So, a team decides on a third-year option before a player’s second season and on a fourth-year option..." October 03

  • Rockets plan to pick up options on Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas

    Houston Chronicle "Though Rockets coach Kevin McHale called the Rockets’ power forward position open, saying he needs to see more physical defense and rebounding from the position, a vote of confidence for his returning power forwards, Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas, is expected before the season..." October 01

  • Updated NBA season win totals released "The Westgate LV SuperBook released its updated list of 2014-15 NBA regular season win totals on Monday with LeBron James and his new-look Cavaliers topping the list. Here's a look at the odds for every team at the book: HAWKS 40.5 CELTICS 26.5 NETS..." October 01

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    James Harden said hopes to play in 2016 Olympics in Rio.

  • James Harden: "At times, my defense was pretty bad"

    The Dream Shake "At Houston Rockets media day, James Harden sat down for his interview and predictably the discourse shifted to his defense. After a World Cup in which Harden asserted himself in a larger role, Harden still came under fire for a perceived lack of effort on the defensive end. Here's what Harden had..." September 30

  • Rockets GM Daryl Morey fires back at Mavericks owner Mark Cuban

    Yahoo! Sports "For months, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has unleashed a barrage of slights and snipes onto the Houston Rockets, framing the regime of general manager Daryl Morey in the most unflattering of ways. It has been an undermining, calculated campaign. Just understand this, though: No longer does it..." September 29

  • Rockets sign forward Akil Mitchell

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets signed power forward Akil Mitchell, a participant on the team’s Orlando and Las Vegas Summer League squads, the team announced Friday. Mitchell held career averages of 6.9 points on 51.9% FG shooting, 6.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists as a Virginia Cavalier." September 26

  • Rockets Acquire Jason Terry and 2nd Round Picks "Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has acquired Jason Terry from the Sacramento Kings. In addition to the veteran guard, the Rockets will acquire Sacramento’s 2015 2nd round pick if it falls between 31 and 49, and New York’s 2016 unprotected 2nd round pick...." September 17

  • Dwight Howard -- LICENSE SUSPENDED "Dwight Howard might be color blind -- 'cause officials in Florida say he ran 10 RED LIGHTS in 2-and-a-half years -- and now his license has been suspended ... TMZ Sports has learned. According to official records, the NBA superstar was captured by those red light cameras in Orange County, FL..." September 16

  • Rockets deal for Terry about more than hope to add Jet-propulsion to bench

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets’ trade for Jason Terry will not be complete until Alonzo Gee and Scotty Hopson, players headed (likely briefly) to the Kings, are eligible to be traded. The logic that drove the deal for the Rockets, however, is clear well before the press conference in which he holds up a Rockets..." September 04

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Sacramento is finalizing a deal to send guard Jason Terry to the Houston Rockets, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

  • James Harden Says Kobe Will Be ’20-Year Old Kobe’

    Lakers Nation "What level Kobe Bryant will return to this season is one of the biggest questions heading into this season, not only for the Lakers, but for the NBA as a whole. Bryant is one of the greatest players of all-time, but coming off two major injuries and having just turned 36, no one knows how good..." August 31

  • Pacquiao expressing interest in Metta World Peace for his new Filipino team "Manny Pacquiao has expressed interest in recruiting former NBA All-Star Metta World Peace to the Filipino boxing champion's newest venture -- professional basketball. Pacquiao has become player/coach of the newly formed Kia Sorentos in the Philippine Basketball Association, adding to his other..." August 30

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Limited interest. Chance of anything "unlikely." RT @javyeffbaby: @Jonathan_Feigen anymore news on Rockets trying to acquire Ramon Session?