TAG: Houston Rockets

NBA / Oct 23, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Dwight Howard On Return To Full Health: “I’m Getting There”

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard’s goofy personality, oft-ugly post game, and contentious departures from the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers make it easy to forget that he’s still suffering ill-effects from 2012 back surgery. Recent praise from Houston Rockets teammate Trevor Ariza and franchise player development specialist Hakeem Olajuwon suggested Howard is finally close to full health, though, and the three-time Defensive Player of the Year confirmed that assessment yesterday. Read More »

Video / Oct 21, 2014 / 9:00 pm

GIF: Dwight Howard Rises For Hammer Dunk On Luol Deng And Chris Andersen

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

The only thing better than dunking on one opponent? Catching two. In the Houston Rockets’ exhibition against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, Dwight Howard rose for a power dunk on both Luol Deng and Chris Andersen. Read More »

Smack / Oct 21, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Daryl Morey Calls Viral Video Of James Harden’s Defense Unfair

James Harden

James Harden’s defense was porous far before the casual NBA fan realized it. The direction of popular opinion hedged its present destination at the beginning of last season, when videos of Harden falling asleep off-ball and getting roasted off-dribble by subpar wings began making the internet rounds. By the time 2013-2014 was over and enough talking head criticism and video footage had been compiled to call Harden the league’s worst defender, the amount of scrutiny was already over the top. When a new compilation of Harden’s defensive failings were compiled by an excellent YouTube user in April, even more fuel was added to the fire. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Oct 20, 2014 / 12:45 pm

GIF: Dwight Howard Spins For The Towering Slam

Dwight Howard

Before last night, Dwight Howard had yet to suit up in a Rockets uniform during preseason action. He only played 16 minutes in the first half during his first time out against the Warriors Sunday night, but an athletic dunk in the pregame layup-line, and a silky spin move and slam on Ognjen Kuzmic during the game, should make Rockets fans breathe easy after questions about his health have kept him out of preseason action since training camps opened. Read More »

NBA / Oct 17, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Hakeem Olajuwon Says Dwight Howard Will Have MVP-Caliber Season

Dwight Howard

After Trevor Ariza recently said Dwight Howard is more athletic than ever, Houston Rockets legend and player development specialist Hakeem Olajuwon has added even more fuel to optimism about Howard’s game. Citing improved health and a new work ethic, Olajuwon thinks that the player formerly known as Superman will have an MVP-caliber season in 2014-2015. Read More »

GIFs, Video / Oct 15, 2014 / 11:30 am

Watch Anthony Davis Dominate The Dwight Howard-Less Rockets

Kostas Papanikolaou, Anthony Davis, Joey Dorsey

Kostas Papanikolaou, Anthony Davis, Joey Dorsey (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

At one point during Anthony Davis‘ dominating performance during the Pelicans’ 117-98 win over a Rockets team missing James Harden and Dwight Howard, Pellies’ analyst David Wesley asked the question, “Man, how do you guard him?” It’s a question without many — or any — answers as Ant prepares to enter his third professional campaign in the bayou. Read More »

Latest News / Oct 10, 2014 / 2:15 pm

What Was & Could Have Been: Shaquille O’Neal Posts Photo With Yao Ming

Yao Ming, Shaquille O'Neal

Yao Ming is one of the biggest and most overlooked “what-ifs?” in league history. A rash of foot injuries limited the Chinese giant – physically and metaphorically – to just seven full NBA seasons before he called it quits in 2010-2011. But Yao’s fleeting career doesn’t make his peak any less dominant. The Houston Rockets superstar was among the very best players in basketball for a three-year stretch from 2004-2005 to 2007-2008, averaging a combined 21.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game while shooting 53 percent from the field, numbers good for an elite PER of 24.9. But Yao wasn’t even the league’s clear-cut best center then; an aging Shaquille O’Neal was still around. Read More »

Smack, Twitter / Oct 10, 2014 / 11:00 am

Patrick Beverley’s Funny Rejoinder When Vince Carter Tells Him To Chill

Patrick Beverley

Confession time: we love Patrick Beverley. The guy plays so freakin’ hard and makes it so difficult for opposing ball handlers to get comfortable, there just aren’t many like him in the NBA.* Except, he has a tendency to rub some players the wrong way, and Vince Carter told him to chill last night after Beverley celebrated drawing an offensive foul. Beverley’s response was just about perfect, though. Read More »

Smack / Oct 8, 2014 / 11:00 pm

Chandler Parsons Says Dallas Is “Nicer, Cleaner” Than Houston

Chandler Parsons

The three-year, $46 million offer sheet that Chandler Parsons signed with the Dallas Mavericks might have been the means of his departure from the nearby Houston Rockets. But according to Dirk Nowitzki’s latest running mate, the cleanliness of his new team’s town is another boon compared to his old one’s. In an interview at media day last week, Parsons said that Dallas is a “nicer, cleaner” city than Houston. Read More »

Smack / Oct 4, 2014 / 6:45 pm

Trevor Ariza Says Dwight Howard Looks More Athletic Than Ever

Dwight Howard

The Houston Rockets didn’t have a banner offseason. They let Chandler Parsons walk to cross-state rivals in restricted free agency, and sacrificed crucial depth by trading away Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin in efforts to land a player who ended up signing elsewhere. Those losses leave the Rockets a depleted version of the team that won 54 games in 2013-2014 but couldn’t advance beyond the first round of the playoffs, leading some to believe that Houston could regress this season in an increasingly loaded Western Conference. To ensure otherwise, Kevin McHale will rely even more on his superstar tandem of James Harden and Dwight Howard. And fortunately for the Rockets, Howard seems more than up to the task after a strong offseason. Read More »