Rockets Rumors & News

  • J.B. Bickerstaff in talks to join David Fizdale’s staff in Memphis

    Pro Basketball Talk "Now that former Heat assistant David Fizdale has accepted the Grizzlies’ head coaching job, he’s starting to put together his staff. One name to keep an eye on, according to John Martin of ESPN 92.9 in Memphis: J.B. Bickerstaff, who served as the Rockets’ interim coach this season after the team..." May 29

  • D'Antoni hire raises questions about Howard's future in Houston

    The Score "The Houston Rockets knew the consequences of hiring Mike D'Antoni as their head coach. Put aside the X's and O's. D'Antoni carries a long history of breathtaking offenses and iffy defenses - a style that should fit James Harden perfectly. The bigger question of the D'Antoni hire points to the..." May 27

  • Rockets to hire Mike D'Antoni as head coach

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets have opted to make former Suns, Knicks and Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni their next coach, a person with knowledge of the decision said on Thursday. The team began contract negotiations with D'Antoni on a four-year deal, the last at the team's option. D'Antoni, the 76ers associate..." May 26

  • Adam Silver: Officials get it right ‘roughly 90 percent’ of the time

    ESPN "Commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA doesn't have a choice on whether to be as transparent as possible in determining whether key crunch-time plays were officiated correctly "with so many cameras focused on the action, with so many other kinds of services providing that same information to our..." May 26

  • All NBA-Teams Announced; Will Anthony Davis Get His Extra $24 Mil

    Black Sports Online "The answer to the Anthony Davis question is no. He had to make at least All-NBA 3rd team to make his extra $24 million and he did not. While he isn’t hurting for cash, you can’t make up $24 million. Damian Lillard though….. Anything else surprise you about the teams? Here is a..." May 26

  • Jason Terry Talks Dwight Howard 's Trip to Free Agency

    The Sports Daily "Count Houston Rockets guard Jason Terry as one of the few people who don’t buy into the notion of Dwight Howard opting for free agency this summer. Most believe it’s going to happen. Howard has a player option and the Rockets were the league’s biggest disappointments last year. It doesn’t help..." May 26

  • Leonard, Green, Jordan, Bradley, Paul On All-Defensive Team

    Pro Basketball Talk "There wasn’t much consensus among All-Defensive voters, except for this. Kawhi Leonard is really good. The back-to-back reigning Defensive Player of the Year was the only player to appear on every ballot, and he made the first team on all 130. He leads a pretty well-selected group: First..." May 25

  • Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

    College Spun "During the Western Conference Finals, NBA fans can find Craig Sager doing his normal job, handling sideline duties for TNT. Sager, who was given just a few months to live back in March, continues to work the job he loves, even driving hours from chemotherapy treatments to make sure he’s in time..." May 24

  • Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

    The Undefeated "The mission was to find black folks who spend anytime talking about advanced analytics, whose conversations are framed by — or even casually include references to — win shares or effective shooting percentage, WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) or points per 100 possessions. It’s a failed..." May 24

  • Rockets to interview Adrian Griffin for head coaching job

    Sportando "The Houston Rockets will interview Adrian Griffin too for the coaching job. " May 21

  • Rockets to interview Spurs assistant Borrego

    Today's Fastbreak "Apparently the Houston Rockets are having some difficulty deciding on a head coach, because now ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that the team plans on interviewing San Antonio Spurs assistant James Borrego for the gig. This after all signs pointed to Mike D’Antoni and Stephen Silas being the two..." May 21

  • Houston Rockets hire Mike D’Antoni as head coach, Stephen Silas as assistant

    Sportsrageous "The Houston Rockets’ coaching search is nearing to an after two candidates, Mike D’Antoni and Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Stephen Silas, are left to compete for the head coach vacancy. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical, Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander and general..." May 20

  • Raptors assistant Rex Kalamian interviews for Rockets head coaching job

    Toronto Star "Rex Kalamian’s talents have caught the eye of the Houston Rockets. The Raptors assistant was interviewed by Rockets owner Leslie Alexander and general manager Daryl Morey here Thursday afternoon, league sources confirm. first reported the news. Kalamian is in his first year on..." May 20

  • Dwight Howard maintains he did not demand that Stan Van Gundy be fired in Orlando

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s been four years since one of the most hilariously awkward NBA exchanges of all time. It involved Stan Van Gundy and Dwight Howard, and Howard has told his side of that story for the first time. Recall that Van Gundy, then coach of the Orlando Magic, told the media that he knew Howard, his..." May 19

  • Report: Howard not expected to return to Rockets if they hire D'Antoni

    The Score "It's looking increasingly unlikely that Dwight Howard will be wearing a Houston Rockets uniform next season. The 30-year-old center can opt out of his contract with the Rockets and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and while doing so wouldn't preclude his re-upping with the Rockets,..." May 19

  • Dwight Howard Didn’t Like General Manager Daryl Morey Dictating His Role In Houston

    Uproxx "Something went badly wrong with this year’s Houston Rockets. The same group that went to the Western Conference Finals last season was a disaster from the jump in 2015-16, firing Kevin McHale two weeks into the season and battling recurring rumors of tension between James Harden and Dwight Howard...." May 19

  • Dwight Howard Says He Doesn't Take Jumpers Because Of A Crippling Fear Of Missing

    Deadspin "Probable free agent Dwight Howard continued his soul-baring redemption tour, sitting down with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan for an extensive interview. Anything about Howard that you’re interested in—his relationships with Stan Van Gundy, Kobe Bryant, and James Harden or his exits from Orlando, L.A.,..." May 19

  • James Harden accused of assaulting photographer, breaking finger

    Larry Brown Sports "Houston Rockets superstar James Harden is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department for allegedly attacking a photographer. TMZ reports that Harden is accused of shoving a photographer who walked up to him in Hollywood and asked for the four-time All-Star’s opinion about Donald..." May 19

  • Dwight Howard Q&A: Superman returns?

    ESPN "Dwight Howard IS ready to "reset." The 32-year-old center has seen his public image and reputation sour in the back half of his 12-year career. Now, with an opportunity to opt out of the $23.2 million final year of his contract with the Houston Rockets looming on July 1, he says he is looking..." May 19

  • Jeff Van Gundy no longer candidate for Rockets job

    Pro Basketball Talk "Favorite to out of consideration – the story of Jeff Van Gundy and the 2016 Rockets’ coaching search. Van Gundy was reportedly viewed favorably by Houston general manager Daryl Morey, less so by owner Leslie Alexander. And that’s how it works. The owner is in charge. Attention now turns to..." May 18

  • Mike D'Antoni to interview with Rockets owner Leslie Alexander

    ESPN "Veteran NBA coach Mike D'Antoni has landed a second interview with Houston and is an increasingly serious candidate for the Rockets' coaching vacancy, according to league sources. Sources told that D'Antoni, who is currently serving as associate head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers,..." May 18

  • Jason Terry: Dallas Mavericks would be 'great fit' for Dwight Howard, but ...

    Sports Day "Soon enough, the Mavericks will be on the hunt for free agents. And if he opts out of his current deal, Dwight Howard could be on the market. So how would the big man fit in with Dirk Nowitzki and coach Rick Carlisle? Former Mavericks guard Jason Terry says Dallas would be a "great fit" for..." May 18

  • Tales from the NBA draft lottery

    ESPN "For a moment in the closed-off lottery drawing room, there is real suspense. The machine with the 14 pingpong balls inside flips on, the balls fly around, and a timekeeper with his back to it waits 20 seconds before raising his hand, the signal for the operator to suck up the first ball. Those..." May 18

  • Count Kevin Durant out (and maybe Dwight Howard in?) for Blazers plans

    Oregonian "Marc Spears of the ESPN's The Undefeated joined the Bald Faced Truth radio show (12-3p on 750-AM and 102.9-FM) to talk about the NBA playoffs, the coaching hires, and why he thinks Kevin Durant is going to stay in Oklahoma City... and how Dwight Howard would be an interesting fit in..." May 17

  • Kenny Smith discusses interview with Rockets on TNT pregame show

    Larry Brown Sports "Kenny Smith interviewed for the Houston Rockets’ head coaching vacancy but will remain in his position as an analyst for TNT instead. The former Rockets point guard discussed his interview with Houston during TNT’s pregame show Monday prior to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. “Some..." May 17

  • Are the Charlotte Hornets a good fit for Dwight Howard?

    iSportsweb "Dwight Howard, a 30-year-old former Defensive Player of the Year, may be on the market this off season following a disappointing stint with the Houston Rockets. The former All Star is expected to decline his player option and become a free agent, and many teams are putting their name in the pot in..." May 16

  • Report: Kenny Smith no longer in running for Rockets' job

    The Score "Kenny Smith's interview for the Houston Rockets head coaching vacancy was a good first date, but he isn't getting a call back. The Rockets have reportedly informed Smith that they were very impressed with his interview but he is no longer in the running for their head coaching job, sources told..." May 16

  • Rockets Top Goal is to Sign Al Hoford

    Sporting News "After nine years, and with the kind of season the Rockets had, there was little wonder that rumors about Morey’s job security were abounding earlier this spring. But his contract runs through the 2017-18 season, which essentially gives Morey another year to retool his roster. It’s not a great year..." May 16

  • Rockets coaching search: Jeff Van Gundy gaining traction as top choice

    CBS Sports "The man who famously (and dismissively) once referred to Phil Jackson as "Big Chief Triangle" while coaching the Knicks could be gaining momentum as the Rockets' top choice: current ABC/ESPN broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy. Houston interviewed Charlotte assistant Stephen Silas last week, and Silas --..." May 16

  • Jeff Van Gundy a finalist for Rockets' coaching job

    Larry Brown Sports "Jeff Van Gundy could be returning to the sidelines next season after spending the last nine years in the broadcast booth, and the job he is eyeing is a very familiar one. Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times reports that the Houston Rockets are getting close to deciding on a head coach, and..." May 13

  • Kenny Smith Calls BS On Dwight Howard 'You're Wrong About Magic Johnson'

    TMZ "Sorry Dwight Howard, Kenny Smith doesn't believe you. The Jet had a front row seat when Howard appeared on "Inside the NBA" and claimed Magic Johnson told him he'd NEVER make it to the NBA back when he was in 10th grade. Magic completely denied the allegation ... and Kenny says it's not..." May 13

  • Dwight Howard tops Dallas Mavericks’ free-agent wish list

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Once again this summer, the Dallas Mavericks will take another swing at landing a big-fish free agent. It seems like the Mavericks have been striking out forever when it comes to signing a big-name free agent. At the top of the Mavericks’ wish list this year is Houston Rockets center Dwight..." May 12

  • Dwight Howard addresses future, talks on-court persona

    ESPN "Dwight Howard, in an interview Tuesday night on TNT, said that he hasn't decided on his future and that he struggles with his on-the-court persona. Howard, who played the past three seasons with the Houston Rockets, has a player option worth $23.2 million for the 2016-17 season. It's expected..." May 11

  • Rockets Player Patrick Beverley Trades Shots With ESPN Hosts on Twitter

    Complex "Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley got himself involved in a Twitter beef on Wednesday with Jemele Hill and Michael Smith, hosts of the ESPN show His & Hers. It all started after Beverley tuned in to the show—seemingly as Hill and Smith chatted about the Rockets' future—and he had this to say..." May 11

  • Barkley bemoans current NBA: 'Worst I've ever seen'

    The Score "Another day, another retired player complaining about today's game. Charles Barkley made an appearance Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show to deliver a take down of the modern game. "The NBA is watered down," Barkley said. "The NBA is the worst I’ve ever seen it." Keep in mind Barkley was..." May 11

  • Trail Blazers interest in Dwight Howard would be foolish, per ex-NBA coach

    Oregonian "Long-time NBA coach Herb Brown joined me on the radio show (weekdays 12-3p on 750-AM and 102.9-FM) to talk about the NBA playoffs, the job that Portland coach Terry Stotts has done, and Dwight Howard to Portland rumors. "I think you're courting disaster. He's not a finisher inside. He doesn't..." May 11

  • Dwight Howard Tells Inside The NBA Why People Don't Like Him

    Deadspin "Dwight Howard and his Rockets got bounced by the Golden State Warriors a few weeks ago, and since then, he’s been quiet about whether or not he’ll opt out of his contract and leave to test free agency. He’s been linked to four teams, but after the ignominious way his team appeared to quit in the..." May 11

  • Report: Rockets to interview Kenny Smith for coaching job

    Sportsnaut "The Houston Rockets are interviewing people for their head coaching vacancy, and at least one of the interviewees is an outside-of-the-box candidate. ESPN’s Calvin Watkins is reporting that the team will interview former Rocket and current TNT analyst, Kenny Smith. The prime candidate should..." May 09

  • David Blatt interviewing for Rockets coaching job

    Sportsnaut "The Houston Rockets have left no stone unturned in search for a viable full-time head coach to replace the recently departed J.B. Bickerstaff, who took over the role on an interim basis after Kevin McHale was fired early in the 2015-16 campaign. Everyone from journeyman Mike D’Antoni to former..." May 09

  • Jeff Hornacek, Hornets' Stephen Silas to interview with Rockets

    ESPN "The Houston Rockets have scheduled interviews with former Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek and Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Stephen Silas, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst. The Rockets have already interviewed four candidates for their head-coaching vacancy this week: J.B..." May 06

  • Rockets reportedly interested in Shaka Smart, Bill Self

    Larry Brown Sports "With a mismatched, underperforming roster, the Houston Rockets will search far and wide for the right man for their head coaching job, even if he has to come from the ranks of college basketball. According to a report by Marc Stein of ESPN on Wednesday, the Rockets have interest in both Shaka..." May 05

  • Tim Donaghy: '100 percent' of NBA refs gamble

    Fox Sports "Whether you believe all his claims or not, few (if any) know the inner workings of the NBA and the role referees play in determining outcomes of games better than Tim Donaghy does. The disgraced former ref worked in the NBA for 13 seasons, until an FBI investigation revealed that he had bet on..." May 05

  • Sources: J.B. Bickerstaff withdraws from consideration for Rockets job

    Yahoo! Sports "After a meeting with ownership and the front office on Monday, Houston Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff has informed team officials he’s no longer a candidate for the head-coaching job, league sources told The Vertical. The Rockets are beginning to line up candidates in what promises to..." May 05

  • Report: Rockets considering Kenny Smith for head coaching vacancy

    The Score "A dark-horse candidate has emerged in the Houston Rockets' coaching search. Former Rocket and current TNT broadcaster Kenny "The Jet" Smith has drawn the interest of Houston management and is being considered for a head coach interview, ESPN's Marc Stein reports." May 05

  • NBA to ban alcohol and gambling advertisements on jerseys

    Sportsnaut "The NBA will soon allow advertisements on jerseys but according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the companies eligible for advertisements will be limited. Rovell also added that the NBA can veto any other possible company. There are no big surprises here, but a few things do stand..." May 04

  • Ex-Rocket Reid: 'Harden looks after Harden'

    The Score "The hand-wringing over a failed Houston Rockets season continues along the Gulf Coast, and former Rockets star Robert Reid chimed in Monday, pointing the finger at James Harden. "Harden is a tremendous player, but he's not bringing it for the team," Reid told KHOU-TV. "I'm sorry, I'm just going..." May 03

  • Why NBA Players Lie About Their Height

    Wall Street Journal "Kevin Durant is 6-foot-9. That’s his height by all official accounts—the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder, his Wikipedia page—and that’s how Durant will be described throughout the basketball playoffs. As it turns out, though, there is one person who disagrees. His name is Kevin Durant. This..." May 03

  • Morey: Other teams planted stories about Rockets' chemistry issues

    The Score "To an outsider, it seemed like a pretty miserable season to be a Houston Rocket. On top of seeing their on-court product fall off a cliff after last season's improbable run to the Western Conference finals, the Rockets (perhaps not coincidentally) haven't much seemed to enjoy each other's..." April 30

  • Anonymous Rockets Player on the Real Problem Between Harden and Howard

    Black Sports Online "The Houston Rockets season ended on Wednesday night as they were blown out by the defending champion, Golden State Warriors. The 2015-2016 Rockets season was plagued by dysfunction, bitterness and lack of purpose. According to Yahoo Sports The Vertical, at the center of it all is the relationship..." April 29

  • Rockets reportedly receive permission to interview Luke Walton

    Larry Brown Sports "Despite all the issues they’ve had to deal with this season, the Houston Rockets coaching job is actually a fairly attractive one. No surprise, then, that one of the hottest potential candidates is on their radar. According to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, the Rockets have received..." April 28

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