TAG: Houston Rockets

NBA / Sep 30, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Harden Admits: “I’m Not A Really Good Defender”

James Harden

It’s been a so-so summer for James Harden. He helped lead a dominant USA Basketball team to a gold medal at the FIBA World Cup in Spain. But he also had to re-live Damian Lillard‘s series-clinching shot at the buzzer all summer long. There was more ribbing about his defense from peers and some bad sequences even at the World Cup, but he admitted during media day he sees the tweets GIFS and comments, and while he doesn’t pay attention, he does confess, “I’m not a really good defender.” Read More »

Smack / Sep 29, 2014 / 1:15 pm

Houston’s Daryl Morey Fires Back At Mark Cuban’s Chemistry Comments

Mark Cuban

The back-and-forth between inner-state rivals the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks got amped up over the summer when Chandler Parsons signed with the Mavs at the club, naturally, and Houston didn’t match. After Mavs owner Mark Cuban said in August Rockets general manager Daryl Morey didn’t compose his roster with any idea about chemistry , Morey fired back at Cuban telling Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski “Hey, if Mark believed so much in chemistry, he wouldn’t have busted up a title team for cap room.” Read More »

Video / Sep 24, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Dwight Howard Can Still Jump Very, Very High

Dwight Howard (photo. DwightHoward Instagram)

Dwight Howard (photo. DwightHoward Instagram)

Dwight Howard’s red cape and blue suit are gone. He’s not considered basketball’s Superman anymore, a reality owed as much to his persona wearing thin on the public as his still All-Star yet clearly deteriorated play on the court. There have been flashes of the dominant presence that was once considered the second best player in the league – Howard’s playoff performance against the Portland Trail Blazers last spring are the most memorable ones – but they’ve been all too fleeting. Read More »

Smack / Sep 23, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Bruce Bowen Blames James Harden’s Defense On Houston’s Coaches

James Harden, Kevin Durant

It’s become commonplace to yuk it up every time we catch James Harden sleepwalking on defense. It’s such easy fodder for a guy who believes he’s the best all-around player in the NBA. In the same Q&A where Bruce Bowen talked about Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter settling and why it’s unfair he’s been labeled a “dirty player, San Antonio Express-News scribe Dan McCarney also asked Bowen about watching Harden’s defense. Bowen’s answer might surprise you. Read More »

NBA / Sep 22, 2014 / 4:30 pm

10 Biggest Questions Entering The 2014-2015 NBA Season

Derrick Rose

With the new season just over a month away, we tackle the biggest questions facing the NBA in 2014-2015. Will LeBron James lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a title? Will the Houston Rockets regret letting Chandler Parsons get away? Will Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher help the re-built New York Knicks to the playoffs? Find out the answers to those pressing queries and more with our 10 biggest questions entering the 2014-2015 season. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, NBA / Sep 19, 2014 / 2:00 pm

Rumor: Rockets Let Parsons Out Of Contract As Part Of Dwight Howard’s Deal

Chandler Parsons, Dwight Howard

When the Rockets declined their fourth-year option on Chandler Parsons in early June, the reaction was split whether they were making a mistake. Dallas’ three-year, $45 million offer sheet lured him away from Houston permanently, and many blamed GM Daryl Morey for making an unusual (for him) tactical mistake. But a new report makes it seem like Houston’s decision to forego Parsons’ fourth year, that would have meant paying him less than $1 million before he became an unrestricted free agent next summer, might have been tied to Dwight Howard‘s decision to sign with Houston in the summer of 2013 since agent Dan Fegan represents both players. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Sep 18, 2014 / 9:15 pm

Monty Williams: “People Don’t Know How Hard Harden Works”

James Harden

The legend of post-practice one-on-one games between Kevin Durant, Paul George, and James Harden in the early stages of Team USA training camp is well-known. Long, intense, and highly competitive, these battles featuring three of the league’s brightest young stars goes to show just how much time and effort NBA players spend on their craft. Unbeknownst to most but apparently commonplace, though, is that Harden was getting in extra work before training camp practices, too. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, NBA / Sep 11, 2014 / 11:15 am

Parsons Says He “Definitely Wanted To Be In Spain”

Chandler Parsons

New Mavericks wing Chandler Parsons was throwing out the first pitch of a Rangers game this month rather than suiting up for USA Basketball as they take on the world’s best in the FIBA World Cup in Spain. In a conversation with NBA.com’s Jeff Caplan, Parsons admits he “definitely wanted to be in Spain,” but thinks “it’s a blessing in disguise not making the USA Team.” Read More »

Video / Sep 8, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Watch James Harden Fall Off Segway, Miraculously Avoid Knee Injury

James Harden

James Harden (photo. MakNBA)

You’d think the only thing more amusing than James Harden riding a Segway would be Harden falling off of one. And you’d be right, especially considering the Houston Rockets superstar somehow avoided injury in the process. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Aug 27, 2014 / 8:45 pm

Jerry Colangelo Calls James Harden A “Natural Leader”

James Harden

There’s precedent for members of Team USA to use their summer with the national program as a springboard to a career season in the NBA. Carmelo Anthony in 2008-2009 and Kevin Durant in 2010-2011 are the most notable examples, and Anthony Davis appears to be next in line. But the void left by this summer’s rash of late departures from USA Basketball – Durant, Paul George (injury), Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge – needs to be filled by more than a single player. And by all accounts heard and seen leading up to the FIBA World Cup, James Harden has taken a major step forward, too. Read More »