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Dikembe Mutombo joins Hawks legends with jersey retirement

ATLANTA — As the halftime buzzer sounded for Hawks-Celtics on Tuesday night, Dikembe Mutombo found himself in a waiting room adjacent to Philips Arena's home tunnel, preparing to re-enter the court area in dignitary-like fashion. He was accompanied by a powerful entourage: NBA commissioner Adam Silver, Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler and CEO Steve Koonin, Atlanta mayor Kasim...
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Grizzlies-Rockets Preview

A coaching change hasn't altered the Houston Rockets' fortunes yet, but they're showing some improvement defensively. That could continue with Patrick Beverley back. The guard is slated to return from his latest injury as the Rockets try to avoid their second loss in less than a week to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. After reaching the Western Conference finals last...
Via AP on Fox
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Ty Lawson pleads guilty to drunk driving charges

Houston Rockets point guard Ty Lawson pleaded guilty to charges regarding a DUI, which he was arrested for in January, according to Lawson was pulled over in Denver—when he was with the Nuggets—and the police said that they smelled alcohol on him. He then went on to fail a sobriety test. Lawson was originally charged with drunken driving and speeding, but pleaded guilty...
Via Crossover Chronicles
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin McHale’s wife trashes Rockets, Kardashians on Twitter

Kevin McHale didn’t need to be fired. The Houston Rockets started 4-7, sure, but with several new additions to their bench (among other distractions) the coach probably could’ve used a bit more rope to tie the team’s knot. Alas, McHale now is unemployed, and it seems his wife, Lynn, was none too pleased about it. She took to Twitter on Thursday to take shots at Rockets general...
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Rockets' Lawson pleads guilty to charges in drunken driving arrest

Ty Lawson was arrested and charged with drunken driving, speeding and other offenses last January.   Bill Baptist NBAEDENVER -- Houston Rockets point guard Ty Lawson has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his drunken driving arrest in Denver.Court records show the former Denver Nuggets guard was charged with drunken driving, speeding and other offenses last January, but pleaded...
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Bill Simmons rethinks feelings about the James Harden trade

Ever since the Oklahoma City Thunder traded superstar James Harden to the Houston Rockets in 2012, one of the biggest critics of the trade has been former ESPN columnist and famed basketball fanatic Bill Simmons.Well, at least until now. Jeremy Lamb has a higher PER than James Harden. And Harden quit on Kevin McHale. I am ready to re-think my feelings about the Harden trade....
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Corey Brewer, James Harden Come Through In The Clutch For Rockets First Win Under J.B. Bickerstaff

Heading into the fourth quarter down by 15 it looked like another ho-hum night for James Harden and the Houston Rockets. The Rockets star was just 4 of 14 prior to the final period, but suddenly remembered how to play like the high-priced star that he is. His 17 fourth quarter points fueled the comeback, but the comeback wasn't complete till Corey Brewer hit a last second three-pointer...
Via FatManWriting
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Barkley: ‘Analytics geek’ Daryl Morey ‘screwed’ Kevin McHale

Charles Barkley, not known to mince words when expressing his opinion, didn’t hold back while blasting Daryl Morey over the firing of Kevin McHale, suggesting the Houston Rockets general manager fired the head coach in an effort at “covering his own ass.” Barkley, appearing on Colin Cowherd’s radio program Wednesday, acknowledged he and Morey have had their beefs in the...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockets plan to stick with interim coach for entire season

The Houston Rockets made the biggest early-season move when they fired head coach Kevin McHale, but the team plans to give J.B. Bickerstaff the reins for the rest of 2015-16 season. In an interview with ESPN’s Calvin Watkins, Rockets owner Leslie Alexander confirmed Bickerstaff will be evaluated at the end of the year. ESPN: Can J.B. win this job? Alexander: Of course he...
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WATCH: Dwight Howard gets rejected by rim, takes a spill

Houston Rockets big man Dwight Howard ran into an opponent he could not overpower in Wednesday’s game against the Trail Blazers—the rim. Howard tried to throw down an alley-oop and it looked as if he had an easy bucket. However, he couldn’t get the ball over the rim, and that’s when the epic fail happened. Howard was stuffed by the rim and then fell down on the court.
Via The Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Corey Brewer sends Rockets to OT with clutch 3-ptr (Video)

Houston Rockets guard Corey Brewer came through in the clutch by hitting a three-pointer on the run with 0.9 seconds left in regulation to send Wednesday night's game against Portland into overtime. Down 99-96 with under six seconds left, Harden took the inbounds pass and dribbled to midcourt, then threw cross-court to Brewer. Brewer caught the pass on the fly and immediately put...
Via Holdout Sports
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How the Rockets broke their four-game losing streak

The Houston Rockets ended their four-game losing streak and gave interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff his first win as an NBA bench boss Wednesday night. How did they beat the Portland Trail Blazers, roughly 13 hours after the dismissal of Kevin McHale as head coach? They dominated overtime, but in order to get to the extra stanza, they needed this from Corey Brewer: COREY BREWER...
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QUIZ: Every Houston Rockets player to make an All-Star team

The Houston Rockets have had 16 players voted to the Western Conference All-Stars since the 1967-68 season. How many can you name? The years given indicate the first season a player was voted to the All-Star team, with an ellipsis indicating more than one appearance.
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The Rockets fired the wrong big man

So here’s your deal: there are just some dudes that get you fired. Think of it like this … from youth to adulthood, we all have that one or two dudes we know that if we hang out with them, nothing good happens in the end. It might be the best fun you’ll have at times, but then you sleep in too late and miss class or are late to work and all hell breaks loose. The Rockets have...
Via Bloguin Best
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Kevin McHale's dismissal more surprising than Rockets' slow start

Firing season is upon us with the Houston Rockets parting ways with Kevin McHale as head coach. Despite the team's poor start, the firing was slightly shocking given McHale's recent three-year extension and Houston's surprising run to the Western Conference Finals amid a slew of injuries to key rotation members. But the NBA, like most sports leagues, thrives off a "what have you...
Via RealGM - NBA
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Rockets Fire Head Coach Kevin McHale

With high expectations and a 4-7 record, the Rockets will turn to J.B. Bickerstaff as the interim head coach.
Via CLNS Radio
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockets hold players-only meeting to discuss losing streak

The Houston Rockets played their fifth game in seven days on Monday night, and the end result was their fourth consecutive loss. A lack of chemistry between James Harden and Ty Lawson is just one of many issues the Rockets are dealing with, and the players tried to address some of them this week in...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Reeling Rockets hold players only meeting

The Rockets are just 4-7 to start the season. Bill Baptist Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty ImagesNo one on the Houston Rockets could have predicted a 4-7 start to the season, but the players are taking steps to get the ball rolling in the right direction. On Tuesday, the Rockets held a players only meeting, according to Rockets beat writer Calvin Watkins: Ty Lawson said the Rockets...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

How to beat… the Houston Rockets

The Celtics are fresh off their latest “best win of the season,” in which they pulled away from the “yes they’re shorthanded but still pretty damn good” OKC Thunder. But that was last night, and tonight they have to figure out a way to beat a Houston Rockets team off to a weirdly sub-par start. If the Celtics want to make a big statement and win this back-to-back, they’ve...
Via Red's Army
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Ty Lawson has 'nothing bad to say' about Nuggets in return

One major conversation point ahead of the Rockets' game against the Nuggets is, naturally, that Friday marks Ty Lawson's return to Denver.There's no ignoring that the relationship between the Nuggets and the 28-year-old point guard crumbled ahead of the trade in July that sent him to Houston. But when asked about the return to Pepsi Center playing for a different team, Lawson told Christopher...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Rockets’ Patrick Beverley Arrested Wednesday Morning, Expected to Play vs. Nets

Be careful driving on toll roads. Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley was arrested early Wednesday morning for “Operating a Motor Vehicle on Toll Road When Prohibited,” a Class C misdemeanor. There was a discrepancy over Beverley’s EZ-Pass. Beverley paid applicable fines and was released by the afternoon. The Rockets released a statement regarding the situation: Patrick...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

James Harden struggling under the bright lights

James Harden had the best year of his NBA career last year. Considered the top shooting guard in the league, Harden proved last year that he is almost impossible to guard one on one. Harden was second in the league in scoring last year and led a injury-riddled Houston Rockets team to 56 wins and the second best record in the extremely competitive Western Conference. Harden had a...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Curry trolls Rockets’ Lawson over criticism of defense

Stephen Curry, along with the entire Golden State Warriors roster, are refusing to let any perceived slight go unchallenged as they embark upon a defense of their NBA title. The latest victim of the team’s prideful, trolling ways is new Houston Rockets point guard Ty Lawson, who criticized Curry’s defense during last season’s Western Conference Finals showdown between his...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
27 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA Season Preview: Houston Rockets

Here's the next installment of our team-by-team season preview series on the Houston Rockets. 2014-15 Record: 56-26 Notable Acquisitions: Ty Lawson (Trade), Sam Dekker (Draft) Notable Departures: Josh Smith Temperature Check: The Rockets made what could turn out to be the move off the offseason when they dealt for the troubled Lawson. Always seeming to be missing a third piece...
Via RealGM - NBA
28 days ago  |  Discuss

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