Rockets Rumors & News

  • James Harden’s 50 points lifts Rockets past winless 76ers

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff wanted to see something different. His team had lost three games in a row and seven of its last eight. So with the winless Philadelphia 76ers in town – another team desperate for a win – Bickerstaff switched things up. Point guard Pat Beverley got his first..." November 28

  • 76ers officially suck worse than any team has ever sucked before "A franchise record-breaking night almost turned into a record-stopping night, but in the end, as usual of late, the 76ers couldn't find ways to hold a lead late in the fourth quarter Friday night and dropped a 116-114 decision to the Houston Rockets. The Sixers are now 0-17, tying the NBA..." November 28

  • Ty Lawson’s limited minutes in Rockets’ rotation not by design

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard Ty Lawson had less playing time on Wednesday, just 2:45, than in any game in his career. For the first time in his career, he went scoreless for a second consecutive game. Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Lawson’s limited playing time was not planned, but about the..." November 27

  • Memphis Grizzlies Cruise to 102-93 Win Over Houston Rockets

    Grizzly Bear Blues "The Memphis Grizzlies have been on fire. The Houston Rockets have been entirely dysfunctional. The result? The Grizzlies go down into Houston and roll to a 102-93 victory for their sixth win in seven games. Here's my three takeaways from the win over the Rockets: 1) Jeff Green Was Awesome..." November 26

  • Dwight Howard ready to play in back-to-backs for first time this season

    CBS Sports "Dwight Howard has been taking it easy this season. The Houston Rockets center has played in just nine of the Rockets' 14 games this season, missing all of their back-to-backs for "rest" purposes. But with Houston sitting at 5-9 with its defense a flaming disaster, and Howard responding well to the..." November 25

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Dwight Howard said will be permitted to play both games in upcoming back-to-back.

  • Pat Beverley sits out practice but could be cleared to face Memphis

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard Pat Beverley did not practice on Monday as planned, but holding him out for one more day was not viewed as a setback. If anything, Beverley sat out to keep from doing too much after putting in extra work over the weekend. “He had a really, really good day yesterday, so we backed..." November 24

  • Pat Beverley sits out practice but could be cleared to face Memphis

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard Pat Beverley did not practice on Monday as planned, but holding him out for one more day was not viewed as a setback. If anything, Beverley sat out to keep from doing too much after putting in extra work over the weekend. “He had a really, really good day yesterday, so we backed..." November 23

  • Report: Rockets to test to see if Dwight Howard can play back-to-backs

    Pro Basketball Talk "Since Bernie Bickerstaff took over the Houston Rockets they have one overtime win and two losses — but they are losing by less, so that’s improvement, right? One thing that might help is more Dwight Howard, the Rockets’ defense is 1.9 points per 100 possessions better this season when he is on..." November 23

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Bickerstaff said Dwight Howard is scheduled to be evaluated this week in hopes he will be cleared to play back-to-backs.

  • Kristaps Porzingis dominates in Knicks victory over Rockets

    New York Post "Alert NASA, for a very tall flying object wrecked Houston on Saturday night. The Knicks’ 7-foot-3 rookie phenom, Kristaps Porzingis, in an even more spectacular outing than Tuesday’s, inflicted major damage to the struggling Rockets in leading the Knicks every which way in a 107-102 victory at..." November 22

  • Gasol’s triple-double powers Griz to 96-84 win over Rockets

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "Grizzlies center Marc Gasol didn’t have his bash brother alongside on this night. But that didn’t stop the 7-footer from working over the Houston Rockets. With Zach Randolph’s sore right knee making him a late, unexpected scratch Friday night, Gasol put together a triple-double that led the..." November 21

  • No timetable for Donatas Motiejunas’ return

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets have not offered a timetable for Donatas Motiejunas’ return to the court, largely because they don’t have one. But they do hope to have a timetable to get a timetable. Motiejunas, who continues to work out on his own after each day’s practice is completed without him, is scheduled..." November 20

  • Rockets interested in Hornets head coach Steve Clifford

    At The Hive "If you're like me, you woke up to the news Wednesday morning that the Houston Rockets have fired they're head coach, Kevin McHale, just one year removed from a trip to the Western Conference Finals. McHale's Rockets had sputtered to a 4-7 start after having as high of expectations as just about..." November 19

  • Bickerstaff: Motiejunas Will Return "Sometime in December"

    The Dream Shake "Houston Rocket Donatas Motiejunas will return "sometime in December" according to an interview with J.B. Bickerstaff on Wednesday morning." J.B. Bickerstaff on Wednesday morning. Sports radio 790: He's working extremely hard. He's in the gym three different times a day. He's in the weight..." November 19

  • Rockets use overtime to top Trail Blazers, end losing skid

    Houston Chronicle "There was a new coach, a new starting lineup, a renewed interest in actually trying. But the real change came when things seemed most familiar. The Rockets had seemed as hopeless as they had been through 11 games that cost Kevin McHale his job and elevated J.B. Bickerstaff to interim head coach..." November 19

  • Danny Ainge Says He’s Already Offered Kevin McHale A Job With Celtics

    NESN "Since taking over as the Boston Celtics’ president of basketball operations, Danny Ainge has proved himself a man of opportunity. Apparently he was at it again Wednesday. Ainge told the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett he already has reached out to Kevin McHale about joining the Celtics in some..." November 19

  • Rockets To Start Jason Terry Instead Of Ty Lawson

    Real GM Basketball "Jason Terry will be the Houston Rockets' starter at point guard moving forward with Ty Lawson coming off the bench. "This was not a point the finger at Ty (Lawson), this is not a blame Ty," J.B. Bickerstaff said. "This was try to get Ty on the floor more without James (Harden) so the ball can..." November 19

  • J.B. Bickerstaff, son of an NBA lifer, gets shot of a lifetime with Rockets

    Yahoo! Sports "It was nearing midnight in the East now, and J.B. Bickerstaff, on his drive home, spoke softly so his young daughter wouldn’t awake in the backseat. This had been a long, surreal and sobering day, punctuated with a crazy shot and a magnificent overtime victory. At the end of a night that had..." November 19

  • George Karl on Kevin McHale’s firing, ‘I better keep my mouth shut’

    Sacramento Bee "After spending last week fending off rumors his job was in jeopardy, Kings coach George Karl was mum on the news of the first coach to lose his job this season. Houston fired Kevin McHale on Wednesday morning, a move that drew criticism from many big names around the NBA, including McHale’s..." November 19

  • Bickerstaff given tough assignment with dysfunctional Rockets

    Houston Chronicle "You can kill the coach before a six-month season has even blinked. You can coldly kick Kevin McHale out of Toyota Center and tell everyone in the NBA that one of the most-respected names in the league had lost touch with these supposed-superstar Rockets after just 11 games. Leslie Alexander..." November 19

  • Rockets' Ty Lawson says he's 'good' with coming off the bench

    CBS Sports "The Houston Rockets fired Kevin McHale on Wednesday, and that wasn't the only change they made. When they started their game against the Portland Trail Blazers, prized offseason acquisition Ty Lawson was on the bench, with veteran Jason Terry starting in his place. Lawson played 20 minutes and..." November 19

  • Kevin McHale admits ‘It wasn’t working’

    Houston Chronicle "Kevin McHale said on Wednesday that he thought he could have turned the Rockets around but didn’t blame the team for letting him go. “We were starting to address some of the issues that were the reason I was let go,” McHale said." November 18

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    Chris Mannix @ChrisMannixSI

    Tom Thibodeau could be a long term candidate in Houston. Ex-JVG assistant was in camp last month. Relationship w/Harden from Team USA.

  • Rockets Players Frustrated with James Harden

    USA Today "Kevin McHale was fired by the Houston Rockets, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't announced the firing. J.B. Bickerstaff will take over on an interim basis and Chris Finch will be the associate head..." November 18

  • Jeff Van Gundy, Tom Thibodeau Could Be Longer Term Candidates For Rockets

    Real GM Basketball "The Houston Rockets have fired Kevin McHale and have given the job to J.B. Bickerstaff on an interim basis. While Bickerstaff will be given an opportunity to prove himself in the job and stabilize the Rockets, there are several elite coaches that could become future candidates." November 18

  • Rockets reportedly fire head coach Kevin McHale

    SB Nation "Just months after leading them to the Western Conference Finals Kevin McHale has been fired by the Houston Rockets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The decision comes on the heels of Houston's 111-95 home loss to the Celtics on Monday, a defeat that dropped the Rockets to 4-7 on..." November 18

  • Champions League set to debut in 2016 with former NBA players, 16 teams

    USA Today "When it comes to jobs that are hard to land, it doesn’t get much tougher than the NBA. At most, there are 450 roster spots to be had by the world’s best players. Consider there were approximately 5,600 Division I men’s college players in 2014 in America alone, and you start to understand it’s..." November 18

  • Report: Sam Dekker to have back surgery, out for three months

    SI "Houston Rockets rookie Sam Dekker will undergo back surgery on Friday and is expected to miss three months, ESPN's Jeff Goodman reports. Dekker was selected with the 18th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft after three years at the University of Wisconsin. He played in six minutes over three..." November 18

  • Celtics limit Harden in dominant win over Rockets, 111-95

    CSN New England "We all knew the Houston Rockets were struggling this season, but damn … they can’t be this bad can they? The Boston Celtics, fueled by a third quarter incident involving Amir Johnson and Houston’s Terrence Jones, put together a dominant performance on their way towards a 111-95 thumping of the..." November 17

  • Rockets call players-only meeting in effort to correct slow start

    Sporting News "The Rockets were two games away from playing in the NBA Finals last season. Early this season, they are struggling to stay above .500. The Rockets fell to 4-7 after a 111-95 loss to the Celtics in which they trailed by as many as 29 points. They have now lost four games in a row, the..." November 17

  • James Harden, Rockets showing no heart in awful start to season

    Houston Chronicle "Thank gosh for T.J. Yates and Carlos Correa. Because without Monday's winning duo, the insult to Houston a.k.a. the Rockets would be at the sad center of our Tuesday sporting lives. James Harden's sorry 4-7 "team" still got the second Sports cover of today's Houston Chronicle. But the Texans'..." November 17

  • Billy Hunter files amended wrongful-termination complaint against NBPA

    The Score "Former NBPA boss Billy Hunter continues to seek damages from the union for the circumstances surrounding his termination in 2013. Hunter's attorneys filed an amended complaint in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, seeking a jury trial on four breach-of-contract claims, reports Ken..." November 17

  • James Harden Inks Deal With Stance For His Own Sock & Underwear Line

    Black Sports Online "James Harden is racking in the endorsements. Fresh off his monster Adidas deal, Harden just inked another deal with the NBA official sock provider Stance, getting his own line of socks and underwear. Today Stance announced James Harden has joined its Stance roster as a Punk & Poet. As part..." November 17

  • Rockets coach Kevin McHale says he might change starting backcourt

    CBS Sports "After losing their fourth game in a row, the Houston Rockets are searching for answers. One of them might be a change to the starting backcourt. While Ty Lawson, acquired by the Rockets in the offseason, was an obvious upgrade in terms of talent, there were doubts about how well he'd fit with..." November 17

  • Felton carries short-handed Mavs past Rockets

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Raymond Felton showed a lot of swag and veteran leadership Saturday night at the Toyota Center. Looking every bit like a go-to player, Felton poured in 15 of his season-high 23 points in the frantic fourth quarter as the Dallas Mavericks hung on to beat the Houston Rockets 110-98 in front of a..." November 15

  • Danilo Gallinari scores 27 points in Nuggets' win over Rockets

    Denver Post "Kenneth Faried had just turned in one of his trademark multiple efforts on offense, turned and was fouled. The crowd stared. Faried turned to them, and waved for them to get up. Because he was turning it up in the Pepsi Center. Remember when the Nuggets couldn't win at home? They, too,..." November 14

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    Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

    Dwight Howard said he'll play tonight at Denver. But won't play Saturday vs Dallas.

  • Catching Up With Tracy McGrady "Tracy McGrady reached heights during his NBA career that most players can only dream of. A two-time scoring champion and seven-time All-Star, T- Mac made a huge impact on the game. And a large potion of his success came with his favorite childhood team, the Orlando Magic. McGrady recently..." November 13

  • Nets stun Rockets to pick up their first win in eight tries

    New York Post "Who says the NBA is predictable? After losing their opening seven games of the season, the Nets picked up their first victory in stunning fashion Wednesday night, claiming a 106-98 win over the Rockets in front of a sellout crowd of 18,155 at Toyota Center. “Obviously it’s good to get that..." November 12

  • Rockets' Patrick Beverley arrested over unpaid toll fines, returns to lineup

    Sporting News "There are no free passes when it comes to paying highway tolls — just ask the Rockets' backup point guard. Patrick Beverley missed the team's shootaround Wednesday morning after being arrested on an open warrant related to Beverley not paying $321 in fines and fees for toll violations,..." November 12

  • Rockets assign K.J. McDaniels to D-League affiliate

    The Score "The Houston Rockets assigned shooting guard K.J. McDaniels to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League on Wednesday. McDaniels has demonstrated athleticism and skill on both ends of the floor, but the Rockets currently have no room to create playing time for him. " November 11

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    Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

    Pat Beverley missed the shootaround for personal reason. He should be available for tonight's game vs. Brooklyn.

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    Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26

    Pat Beverley returns to #Rockets practice

  • Rockets GM not worried about James Harden dating Khloe Kardashian

    Larry Brown Sports "Fans may be concerned about James Harden dating Khloe Kardashian, but apparently the Houston Rockets are not messing with their MVP candidate’s love life. Rockets GM Daryl Morey joined “The Doug Gottlieb Show” on CBS Sports Radio Monday and was asked whether he was concerned about Harden dating..." November 10

  • Drummond, Harden named Players of the Week "The Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond and the Houston Rockets' James Harden were today named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 8. Drummond helped the Pistons to a 2-1 week behind averages of 22.0 points (fourth..." November 09

  • Khloé Kardashian and James Harden -- TOGETHER AGAIN

    TMZ "Khloe Kardashian and James Harden made their first public appearance together since Lamar Odom's medical emergency. Khloe and James arrived together at Lure nightclub in Hollywood around midnight Sunday and stayed for 2 hours. They left separately. " November 09

  • Source: Rockets waive Chuck Hayes as Terrence Jones, Patrick Beverley return

    Yahoo! Sports "The Houston Rockets released forward Chuck Hayes on Sunday, a league source told Yahoo Sports. The waiving of Hayes clears the way for Houston forward Terrence Jones to return on Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Guard Patrick Beverley will be back on..." November 09

  • James Harden leads Rockets past Clippers

    Houston Chronicle "After torching the Clippers from start to finish, James Harden needed just one more possession to go to work. The Clippers had done everything they could to get the ball out of Harden’s hands, intentionally fouling centers and trapping Harden and pushing through a late 9-2 run to a tie game...." November 08

  • NBA says refs missed goaltending call at end of Clippers-Rockets game

    ESPN "The NBA ruled Sunday that Houston center Dwight Howard should have been whistled for goaltending at the end of the Rockets' 109-105 victory Saturday over the Los Angeles Clippers. Down two points, Clippers forward Blake Griffin had a potential game-tying shot bounce off the rim with about 18.8..." November 08