Rockets Rumors & News

  • Rockets to discuss potential contract with Chinese prospect Zhou Qi

    Houston Chronicle "Zhou Qi, a Rockets second-round draft pick last June, is in Houston to train with the Rockets staff and potentially begin talks he hopes could lead to a contract with the team for next season, his agent Tony Leng said on Thursday. Zhou, a 7-foot-2, 218 pound forward/center, averaged 16 points..." April 28

  • NBA announces eight new awards to be voted on by fans

    Sportsnaut "If you were wondering how the NBA plans to fill a prime-time awards show, we got part of the answer today. TNT announced eight new awards to be voted on by fans through social media: Assist of the Year, Best Style, Block of the Year, Dunk of the Year, Game Winner of the Year, Performance of the..." April 28

  • Why is DeMarcus Cousins wearing Rockets gear?

    Sportsnaut "The New Orleans Pelicans made a big trade for DeMarcus Cousins this season, but it appears they might have given up quite a bit just for a one-season-plus rental. Why is this? See for yourself. That’s Cousins wearing Houston Rockets shorts, for reasons that are at this point quite..." April 27

  • JJ Watt offers to help pay Rockets owner’s fine

    Larry Brown Sports "Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander has enough money in his fortune where a $100,000 fine should mean very little to him, but there are some powerful people ready to help him take care of it anyhow. Texans star JJ Watt sent a tweet on Wednesday, a few hours after the NBA announced Alexander’s..." April 27

  • Rockets dump Thunder to claim series in five games

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Rockets guard Patrick Beverley was the last member of the Houston organization to make his way to the postgame podium to outline the defensive strategy employed against Russell Westbrook, a plan of attack that involved first throwing any number of bodies at the Oklahoma City Thunder..." April 26

  • Rockets owner fined $100K for confronting referee during Game 5

    Sporting News "Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has been fined $100,000 by the NBA for leaving his courtside seat to confront an official during live action of Tuesday's Game 5 against the Thunder, the league announced Wednesday. Apparently upset over a no-call, Alexander took it upon himself to complain to..." April 26

  • NHL player calls out Russell Westbrook for dodging handshake line

    Sportsnet "The Houston Rockets’ tumultuous series win over the Oklahoma City Thunder served up a bevy of highlight-reel moments, but it seems the theatrics also cost Russell Westbrook a high-profile fan. Houston finished off the Thunder with a fiery 105-99 win on Tuesday, punctuated by some fireworks from..." April 26

  • NBA investigating Rockets owner for approaching ref during Game 5 vs. Thunder

    CBS Sports "Owners have been known to get heated while watching their teams play (Mark Cuban, Steve Ballmer, we're looking in your direction), but as the leader of the franchise it's their job to keep things under control. Rockets owner Les Alexander did the exact opposite during Tuesday's Game 5 against..." April 26

  • Patrick Beverley: ‘If the NBA won’t protect the players… I have to protect myself’

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA fined Patrick Beverley $25,000 for confronting a fan after the Rockets’ Game 3 loss to the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Friday. But he’s not going down quietly. Beverley on the run-ins, which began when he fell into the crowd in the second quarter after being fouled, via Jonathan..." April 25

  • Rockets will offer fans $1 beer for Game 5 vs. OKC

    Larry Brown Sports "Toyota Center could get very rowdy in a potential closeout game on Tuesday. Houston Rockets CEO Tad Brown said Monday that the team will be selling $1 beer for Game 5 against the Oklahoma City Thunder along with hot dogs, nachos, and soda for the same price, per Calvin Watkins of ESPN." April 24

  • Westbrook: Rockets 'who don't play' were the ones laughing at Roberson

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Rockets bench made a big production when an intentionally fouled Andre Roberson kept missing free throws in the Thunder’s Game 4 loss to the Rockets yesterday. Russell Westbrook stuck up for his teammate. Westbrook: I didn’t see it. I didn’t see it at all. Probably the guys that..." April 24

  • Daryl Morey tweets photo showing apparent missed foul call on Steven Adams

    Larry Brown Sports "The 140-character stun grenades of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey have struck yet again. Morey tweeted out a photo on Monday showing Steven Adams putting James Harden in a chokehold of sorts in an apparent missed foul. The Rockets won Game 4 against the Oklahoma City Thunder on..." April 24

  • James Harden reveals he is playing through ankle injury

    ESPN "Houston Rockets star guard James Harden said he has been hobbled by an ankle injury that occurred in Game 3 of this first-round series against the Thunder. Harden made the revelation to ESPN's Lisa Salters after the Rockets' 113-109 Game 4 victory on Sunday afternoon. Harden went 5-for-16..." April 24

  • Patrick Beverley: I accept fine, but NBA should address fan behavior

    ESPN "Houston Rockets forward Patrick Beverley says he didn't feel protected by the NBA after a second-quarter incident with a fan in Oklahoma City on Friday night, so after the game he needed to "address the situation before it gets out of hand." On Sunday, Beverley was fined $25,000 by the NBA for..." April 23

  • Rockets' Beverley fined $25K for incident with Thunder co-owner's son

    Bleacher Report "The NBA fined Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley $25,000 for an incident with a fan after his team's defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night, the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen reported Sunday. ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne also reported the news. Shelburne noted..." April 23

  • Thunder hang on for first win in series against Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook didn't have to do everything himself Friday night. The Oklahoma City star turned in another triple-double performance in a 115-113 Game 3 win over the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena, but it wasn't just the Westbrook show over the final 12..." April 22

  • NBA looking into incident between Patrick Beverley and fan

    ESPN "The NBA is investigating an incident between a fan and Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley after Game 3 of the Western Conference playoffs on Friday night, multiple league sources told ESPN. In one postgame video, Beverley is seen exchanging words with a fan under the basket for about 10-15..." April 22

  • Gordon, Williams help Rockets top Thunder, Westbrook

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook delivered a historic performance in line with so many others produced during the regular season, but there was a measure of late inefficiency that accompanied what he did that proved haunting. Westbrook posted a triple-double of 51 points, 10..." April 20

  • The NBA Players Who Are Too Busy Complaining To Get Back On D

    Five Thirty Eight "As someone who each week watches about a dozen NBA games for a living, I have my fair share of pet peeves. Like many fans, I lose my patience with the glitchy League Pass whenever I’m forced to stream a game on my laptop. By the ends of close games, I’ve often lost interest during the 15-minute..." April 20

  • Assistant coach with Rockets has overcome checkered history

    The Oklahoman "John Lucas II is indelibly linked with Houston and the Rockets. Lucas grew up in Durham, N.C., went to the University of Maryland and played on great Lefty Driesell teams, then was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1976 NBA Draft. Lucas played 14 NBA seasons, including three stints with the Rockets,..." April 20

  • Rockets GM Daryl Morey implies Russell Westbrook tells his teammates to let him grab rebounds

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nylon Calculus posted its annual Anti-Awards, a fun feature that gives statistical dishonors like “The Matt Bullard Award” for “the player 6-foot-10 or taller with the lowest total rebound percentage. (Minimum 500 minutes).” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted at Bullard, who played for..." April 19

  • This Is The NBA Draft Order And Lottery Odds After Tiebreakers Were Decided

    Dime Magazine "The NBA Draft Lottery isn’t until May 16, but the ping-pong ball fun got started on Tuesday when the league broke all the necessary tiebreakers for the lottery odds and 16 non-lottery spots in the draft. In total, there were five ties broken on Tuesday by way of the all powerful ping-pong ball..." April 18

  • Here Is The BIG3 Basketball League’s Full 10-City Schedule For The Summer

    Uproxx "The BIG3’s full 10-week, 10-city schedule has been released, as the fledgling basketball league filled with former NBA stars like Allen Iverson, Jason Williams, Stephen Jackson, Chauncey Billups and many more will begin in late June with their inaugural games at the Barclays Center in..." April 18

  • Beverley, Harden carry Rockets to rout of Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Postseason series tend to morph over time as teams scheme, adjust and then re-adjust to fit the terms of engagement. But what the Houston Rockets managed on Sunday night ran contrary to what anyone could have anticipated. Buoyed by the all-around tenacity of guard Patrick Beverley..." April 17

  • Russell Westbrook: Friendship with James Harden on hold during game

    ESPN "Russell Westbrook and James Harden are close. Their relationship goes back way before their Oklahoma City days, when they were teammates from 2009 to '12. But their friendship takes a back seat when they step on the court this week. At least in Westbrook's eyes. "When I get on the floor, I..." April 17

  • Steven Adams: Thunder bigs ‘played trash’ in loss to Rockets

    Larry Brown Sports "If the Oklahoma City Thunder don’t clean things up in a hurry, the Houston Rockets are going to make very quick work of them in the Western Conference quarterfinals. According to starting center Steven Adams, the improvement needs to start with him. Following his team’s 118-87 loss, Adams put..." April 17

  • Did Billy Donovan tell Mo Cheeks he “can’t play Kanter?” Sure looks like it.

    Pro Basketball Talk "Enes Kanter came off the bench for the Thunder Sunday and played 16:29 minutes, scoring eight points and grabbing three rebounds. That’s five minutes, six points and almost four rebounds off his average. Kanter is a good offensive big man, but it’s no secret he gets exposed when he has to move..." April 17

  • NBA GMs looking to tweak contract buyout and waiver process

    Fanrag Sports "A majority of general managers in the NBA are urging the league to begin a dialogue on possible tweaks to the in-season contract buyout and waiver process, according to a report from The Vertical. Among front office and personnel, there’s an ongoing worry regarding the buyout process. The..." April 13

  • Harden's triple-double helps Rockets edge Timberwolves

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- As far as postseason tune-ups are concerned, the Houston Rockets opted not to nitpick at every blemish of their performance on Wednesday night, choosing instead to focus on readying for what should be a riveting showdown. James Harden recorded his 22nd triple-double and the..." April 12

  • Clippers beat Rockets for sixth straight win

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- As the regular season closes, the Los Angeles Clippers are the hottest team in the NBA. With all their stars finally healthy, they are executing in a manner that could carry them far in the postseason. Chris Paul scored 19 points and registered nine assists, and Blake Griffin..." April 11

  • Only one of Warriors’ Big Four missed the cut in NBA’s 15 most popular jerseys

    Fox Sports "When it comes to selling merchandise, popularity matters. That’s the case in the NFL and MLB, and it’s certainly true in the NBA. That’s part of the reason Stephen Curry has dominated jersey sales for quite a while now. His reign of having the most popular jersey in the league continued this..." April 11

  • James Harden says wins should be top factor in MVP race

    ESPN "Houston Rockets star guard James Harden said Sunday that wins should matter when it comes to the Most Valuable Player award. On the season, Harden's Rockets have 54 victories, good for the third-best record in the tough Western Conference. The other major candidate for the MVP award, Oklahoma..." April 10

  • Harden's triple-double helps Rockets drub Kings

    The Sports Xchange "SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- As the clock ticked off the final seconds of the first quarter Sunday, Houston Rockets guard James Harden methodically dribbled, measuring up the space between him and a defender. Then, as the clock hit the final two seconds, Harden stopped the dribble, rose up and..." April 09

  • Daryl Morey says basketball has lost its focus on winning, cites MVP race

    Larry Brown Sports "As the regular season winds down, Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey is once again sounding off on the race for the Most Valuable Player Award. Morey tweeted on Saturday that the sport of basketball has lost its focus on winning and cited the 2017 MVP race, among other things. With Houston at..." April 09

  • Patrick Beverley calls Rockets out for lack of intensity

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Rockets are locked into the No. 3 seed in the West, but the always fiery Patrick Beverley still isn’t pleased that they’re easing off the gas. After the Rockets lost at home to the Detroit Pistons by the final of 114-109 on Friday, Beverley called out his teammates for a perceived..." April 08

  • Ryan Anderson says he's stronger, ready to get in playoff shape

    Houston Chronicle "Ryan Anderson's voice echoed in his corner of the Toyota Center practice court as he raved about everything from the Houston weather to his tutelage of rookie Troy Williams on the art of the high-flying tip-dunk. For the Rockets, the remaining four games of the regular-season will be tune-ups..." April 07

  • Backups jump-start Pistons over Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy deemed his decision to ride with a crew of reserves down the stretch of the fourth quarter on Friday night a reward for their enthusiasm. In the end, that decision paid surprising dividends. Stanley Johnson drilled a go-ahead 3-pointer..." April 07

  • NBA ProJects $101MM Salary Cap Next Season

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s latest salary cap projection for the 2017/18 season is now $101MM, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. That’s an increase of nearly $7MM over this season’s cap of $94.1MM but lower than previous projections. The tax level is projected to rise $8MM to $121MM next season,..." April 07

  • Harden, Rockets hold off Nuggets, clinch 3rd seed

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- The Houston Rockets on Wednesday night clinched what long ago seemed inevitable, but that formality didn't undermine the pleasure they took in the feat. James Harden recorded his 61st double-double and delivered a timely scoring flurry to carry the Rockets to a 110-104 victory and..." April 06

  • Ryan Anderson to return from ankle injury on Friday

    Sportsnaut "Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson is set to return from an ankle injury on Friday against the Detroit Pistons, reports Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. Anderson had been sidelined for five games, during which the Rockets were 2-3. Houston has already locked up the third seed in the..." April 06

  • Newcomer Troy Williams remains in Rockets starting lineup

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets will not have to wait long to get a better look at rookie Troy Williams. Williams will remain in their starting lineup Wednesday against the Nuggets after his stunning performance on Sunday just hours after his call-up from the NBA Development league. "It's a great feeling to..." April 05

  • Rockets' James Harden 'happy to be OK' after flu

    ESPN "After sitting out a game while battling the flu, Houston Rockets guard James Harden will return to the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets. Harden missed Sunday's game at Phoenix with the flu. The Rockets were off the past two days. "I really couldn't move, couldn't talk,..." April 05

  • Magic Johnson: Mike D’Antoni is the Coach of the Year

    Larry Brown Sports "It sure took some time, but L.A. Lakers new president of basketball operations Magic Johnson has finally converted to the Church of D’Antoni. Speaking with reporters in Houston on Tuesday, Johnson said that Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni is this season’s Coach of the Year and credited..." April 05

  • Magic Johnson: Mike D’Antoni is the Coach of the Year

    Larry Brown Sports "It sure took some time, but L.A. Lakers new president of basketball operations Magic Johnson is now finally converted to the Church of D’Antoni. Speaking with reporters in Houston on Tuesday, Johnson said that Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni is this season’s Coach of the Year and..." April 04

  • ESPN replacing Sage Steele with Michelle Beadle as 'NBA Countdown' host

    Sporting News "As the NBA playoffs approach, ESPN is making a key personnel change. Network veteran Sage Steele is out. Michelle Beadle is in, the network announced Tuesday. Beadle, who rose to popularity as personality on ESPN2's "SportsNation," will become the full-time host on "NBA Countdown," leading..." April 04

  • Beverley, Troy Williams lead Rockets over Suns

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- When Houston coach Mike D'Antoni found out that star James Harden would miss Sunday's game with the flu, he wasted no time putting heavy expectations on backup Patrick Beverley. "Coach walked up to me and said, 'I need a triple-double out of you tonight,'" Beverley said...." April 03

  • Warriors rally past Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- James Harden came within two assists of his 21st triple-double of the season Friday night. But when all was said and done, he and the Houston Rockets came up nine points short of a 52nd win, and that's all that mattered to the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors..." April 01

  • James Harden's MVP pursuit puts Houston Rockets into a tough spot

    USA Today "Every year, there’s a different version of this same story. As the NBA’s elite teams gear up for the postseason, there’s an individual award hanging in the balance or a team-wide regular-season record to chase that, in the end, matters far less than the prospect of winning a championship. And..." April 01

  • Draymond Green had a bizarre reason for punching James Harden’s injured wrist

    Fox Sports "Draymond Green long ago lost the benefit of the doubt when it comes to plays that could be considered “dirty.” A few hits to the groin will do that for you. So when the Warriors forward appeared to punch James Harden on the Rockets guard’s injured wrist Friday night in the Warriors’ win over..." April 01

  • Lillard leads streaking Blazers to win over Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- The surging Portland Trail Blazers like the way they are playing. And there was little to dislike Thursday night at Moda Center, where they won their season-high fifth game in a row in mostly businesslike fashion, defeating the Houston Rockets 117-107. Portland got..." March 31