Reflecting back on the Houston Rockets’ 1996 blockbuster trade for Charles Barkley

In this week’s episode, I looked back on one of the most controversial moves in Houston Rockets history: the 1996 trade that sent budding stars Robert Horry and Sam Cassell to Phoenix for future Hall of Famer Charles Barkley.  Many feel now that the deal was ill-advised, prematurely breaking up a team that had won consecutive NBA championships.  However, as I explain in Episode...
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15 hours ago

Report: John Wall was ‘rankled’ by James Harden’s extension

The Washington Wizards, specifically John Wall, have been in the news of late, and it’s not over anything good. Recently, Wall said that he and Bradley Beal didn’t like each other on the floor, which typically doesn’t get out in the open that easily. But for whatever reason, Wall opened that up, and it’s caused quite the stir. But something from The Ringer’s Kevin O...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Harden organizing players-only minicamp with Rockets

For the second consecutive year, James Harden is looking to get a jump on preparing for the upcoming season with a players-only minicamp. According to Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston, Harden has rounded up his Houston Rockets teammates for some pre-camp workouts beginning next week. Corey Brewer says Harden has been responsible for all the planning and organization. “James is...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockets GM Daryl Morey defends ‘polarizing’ James Harden

James Harden is the NBA’s version of an enigma wrapped in a riddle. Obviously one of the most gifted offensive players in the NBA, the Houston Rockets superstar’s renowned deficiencies on the defensive endof the court -- along with his inability to make his teammates better -- has prompted as many differing opinions about him as his impressive points-per-game average. ...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

James Harden’s’ new signature shoe looks like garbage

Houston Rockets star James Harden has been talking up his first signature shoe from Adidas, and in retrospect, that was probably a bad idea. Photos of the aforementioned Adidas Harden 1 “Triple Black” recently hit the Twitterverse, and the shoe is pretty ugly looking. To me, the shoe looks like a poorly-crafted “Lugz” boot that was soaked in a vat of mud, for a long time...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

James Harden signature adidas shoes get mocked

  James Harden is finally getting his own signature shoe from adidas. That’s the good news. The bad news is the shoes are getting roasted by folks online worse than the Steph Curry shoes from Under Armour. Sneaker Watch posted photos Monday of the all new adidas Harden 1 in “triple black,” and the reviews based on aesthetics are not positive. Here’s a look at them:...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucks reportedly finalizing deal with Jason Terry

The Milwaukee Bucks are reportedly set to bring in veteran guard Jason Terry. ESPN’s Marc Stein reported Thursday that the 38-year-old was in “advanced talks” with Milwaukee, who are seeking veteran leadership in the locker room. Terry and coach Jason Kidd played together in Dallas as well. On Friday, Stein confirmed that the deal was close. The Bucks, league sources tell...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Rockets: Liftoff or Failure to Launch?

Last year, the Rockets finished the regular season 41-41, snuck into the playoffs as the eighth seed ahead of the Jazz, and got smoked in the first round by the Warriors. Not exactly what was expected from a team that had finished the previous season 56-26 with legitimate MVP candidate James Harden leading them to the Conference Finals. After standing pat last offseason expecting...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Hakeem Olajuwon once ate 100 McDonalds McNuggets

In addition to being one of the greatest basketball players in NBA history, Houston Rockets and NBA legend Hakeem Olajuwon was prolific in another area — eating Chicken McNuggets. Indeed, Greg Rajan of the Houston Chronicle shared a humorous anecdote from Olajuwon while filming a McDonald’s commercial. Great Hakeem Olajuwon story from early in his #Rockets career. pic.twitter...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jason Terry on the history of Pro-Ams in the Pacific NW

The Pacific Northwest has a rich history of basketball, and few have a better understanding of it than Jason Terry. Jet pays homage to Seattle legends like Doug Christie and Jamal Crawford and their impact while reminiscing on battling against Portland stars like Terrell Brandon and Damon Stoudamire while bumping E-40 down the I-5.
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jason Terry talks about the origin of his infamous tattoo

Babe Ruth might have called his own shot, but he's got nothing on the Jason Terry, who famously got a Larry O'Brien trophy tattooed on his arm prior to the Mavericks pulling off one of the bigger upsets in NBA Finals history. Here, the Jet tells us how the idea for his ink came about.
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

James Harden’s Houston Rockets are different, but not much better under Mike D’Antoni

It could be argued that no current NBA roster is built around one single player like the Houston Rockets are with James Harden. Harden led the NBA last season in minutes played, attempted field goals and free throws (both made and attempted) and will now have the Rockets’ roster even more overtly geared toward his uniquely gifted skill-set under new head coach Mike D’Antoni....
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jason Terry on how you make and beat a super team

Few people have a better understanding of what makes a super team in the NBA better than Jason Terry. Jet sat down with the fellas in Las Vegas and broke down the history of great teams in the NBA and what the Golden State Warriors have in front of them. How do actually beat a superteam? Jet has the answers there too. Remember 2011?
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

How The Rockets Reshaped Their Weird Roster

One word that may best describe the Houston Rockets during Daryl Morey's tenure as general manager is, simply, "weird" - a quirky, personality-filled roster that belies the organization's data-driven, mostly levelheaded approach to team-building at the peak of the analytical era in sports. A front office whose methodology shouldn't be all that controversial (design a game plan with...
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July 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Houston Rockets: How To Make The Offseason 'Win' Work On The Court

With a frenetic summer signing period finally slowing down, we have finally have a chance to evaluate how everything has come together for teams across the league. Five franchises in particular stood out because of the collection of talent they acquired both in the draft and free agency. In this series, we'll look at not only why these teams "won" their summers, but the work that...
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July 26, 2016  |  Discuss

How The Houston Rockets Will Replace Dwight Howard

The Houston Rockets are putting all their eggs in Clint Capela’s basket. Yes, that’s the 22-year-old Swiss center who played 19 minutes per game last season.As it stands, Capela should walk in to a starting role on day one of training camp. Having let Dwight Howard go without a fight, the Rockets failed to land top free agent centers Al Horford or Hassan Whiteside. Middle-tier...
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July 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Why Yao Ming was called by the wrong name his entire NBA career

2016 Hall of Fame inductee Yao Ming is without peer -- a 7-6 giant from afar who was a large part in turning the NBA into a truly global product. While he wasn't the first NBA player from China -- that distinction goes to Wang Zhizhi -- he was the first to become a true superstar. On the court, Yao helped lead the Houston Rockets to multiple playoff berths, and he made the All-Star...
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July 19, 2016  |  Discuss

James Harden Takes Shot At Former Teammate Kevin Durant In Open Letter To Rockets Fans

Once upon a time, Kevin Durant and James Harden were teammates on an Oklahoma City team that reached the NBA Finals. A lot has changed in a few short years. Harden, after that run in 2011-2012, left the franchise to play for the Houston Rockets. Durant, as-of last week, is now a member of the loaded Golden State Warriors. Clearly, they aren’t on the same page when it comes to how...
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July 12, 2016  |  Discuss

James Harden calls out ‘super-team’ strategy in letter to Rockets fans

The growing trend in the NBA seems to be building a super team if you can, as Golden State has just done in adding Kevin Durant to its already potent offense featuring Steph Curry. Superstars teaming up with each other has been a point of discussion and debate recently as a result. In an open letter to Houston Rockets fans, James Harden made it perfectly clear he is invested in building...
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July 11, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Houston Rockets introduce Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon The Houston Rockets introduce free agent signing Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon on 7/9/2016 (two different cameras used because the battery died on my first camera halfway through)
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July 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Charles Barkley responds to backlash from Durant criticism

The outspoken Charles Barkley has taken to the airwaves to defend his contention that Kevin Durant is trying to “cheat his way into a championship” by joining the Golden State Warriors and creating a superteam. The NBA on TNT analyst has received some blowback for his harsh criticism of Durant, mainly stemming from the conjecture that he pulled the same stunt when he joined...
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July 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Grading The Deal: Rockets Sign Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon

The Houston Rockets are perennially aggressive in free agency and three seasons after signing Dwight Howard in what was at the time one of the most consequential signings in NBA history, they spent $80 million on Ryan Anderson and $53 million on Eric Gordon. Houston is loading up on shooters to surround James Harden within Mike D'Antoni's system and must be assuming the defensive...
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July 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Should Dwight Howard get a max deal?

After a tumultuous three-year stint in Houston, Dwight Howard decided to opt-out of the final year of his contract worth $23.2 million to become an unrestricted free agent. Howard's resume as a rim defender, rebounder and finisher makes him a lock for the Hall of Fame, but with three toxic relationships in Orlando, LA and Dwight worth the risk of another max deal?...
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June 29, 2016  |  Discuss

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