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NBA / Nov 5, 2014 / 5:45 pm

Chandler Parsons Says “I Don’t Pay Any Attention” To Trevor Ariza, But He Should

Trevor Ariza, Chandler Parsons

Over the summer the Houston Rockets let prized wing Chandler Parsons sign with the Dallas Mavericks for a three-year, $46 million contract they didn’t want to match. Instead of matching that offer sheet, they signed free agent Trevor Ariza, and many thought they’d suffer this season for the purported downgrade. Through the season’s first eight days, though, Houston is undefeated and Ariza has turned into the perfect amalgamation of efficiency. Parsons, meanwhile, says he doesn’t pay attention to him. 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 »

2014 Free Agency / Jul 18, 2014 / 3:15 pm

What’s all the Fuss About Rockets GM Daryl Morey?

Daryl Morey

So often we toss around terms like genius and savant without stopping to check the accuracy of such hyperbolic qualifying nouns. We take brilliant men and women and put them on a pedestal without continuing to make sure their performance in a given field matches the effusive praise. Incidentally, the popular conception of Rockets general manager Daryl Morey as a team-builder of the highest order has only recently started to be questioned. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, NBA / Jul 14, 2014 / 9:00 am

Parsons Joins Mavs After Rockets Fail to Match

Chandler Parsons

ESPN.com is reporting that the Rockets have declined to match the offer sheet Chandler Parsons signed with the Mavs worth $46 million over three years. This comes on the heels of the recent signing of Trevor Ariza, who will join the Rockets on a four-year deal worth $32 million. The Rockets have said that matching Parsons’ offer sheet was contingent on Chris Bosh agreeing to a max contract, but Bosh declined that offer yesterday and opted instead to stay in Miami on a reported five-year, $118 million deal. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, Latest News / Jul 12, 2014 / 11:00 pm

Rockets Get Ariza For Four Years, $32 Million

Trevor Ariza

The Houston Rockets missed out on Chris Bosh, but the cap space they created to acquire him won’t be used for nothing. After a bidding war that included several teams, Trevor Ariza agreed to a four-year, $32 million contract with Houston. Read More »

2014 Free Agency / Jun 8, 2014 / 6:00 pm

The Top 10 Unrestricted Free Agents Of 2014

Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol

Some teams will hope to improve this summer by relying heavily on a deep NBA Draft class, while others will look elsewhere to fill the void in their lineup. Every summer, the NBA season always becomes more interesting with the NBA Draft at hand: players get traded, stars opt out of their contracts looking for sweeter deals, or a free agent is simply looking to play somewhere else. Read More »

NBA / May 2, 2014 / 12:45 pm

The Wizards Will Make The Eastern Conference Finals

John Wall, Bradley Beal

Since the Washington Wizards took care of business rather early by winning their first-round series against the Chicago Bulls in five games, the basketball world has had some time to digest what just happened.

The Wizards handed the Bulls–yes, those Bulls that everyone was told to avoid in the postseason–the series loss by making it look easy. Washington’s offense was too quick, too consistent, and too spread out for the hard-nosed, defensive Bulls to handle. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Apr 11, 2014 / 10:30 am

2013-14 Fantasy Basketball All-Value Team

Isaiah Thomas

We saw many fantasy leagues this season where Isaiah Thomas wasn’t even drafted. Then there were some others where he spent weeks on the free agent list. Sacramento’s lead guard started the year as a backup before eventually earning all of the minutes after Greivis Vasquez was traded, and by that point, if you were lucky enough to have him, you reaped some huge benefits. Read More »

NBA, Smack, Twitter / Feb 13, 2014 / 1:55 pm

Phil Jackson Calls Out Ref, Dick Bavetta, On Twitter Over Trevor Ariza Foul

Phil Jackson

The Zen Master Phil Jackson watched the flurried finish to the Rockets-Wizards game on Wednesday night. The game was mired by a one-sided number of free throws for the Rockets (47 vs. the Wizard’s 16), culminating in a call against Trevor Ariza before the ball was inbound with 4 seconds remaining and the Wiz ahead by two. Jackson called out septuagenarian referee, Dick Bavetta, after he whistled Ariza for the infraction. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Feb 13, 2014 / 12:30 am

James Harden’s Game-Winning Eurostep Layup

Dwight Howard, James Harden, Chandler Parsons

With four seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the Wizards up by two points, Trevor Ariza, who led Washington with 32 points, was called for a foul trying to break through Dwight Howard‘s screen before the ball was passed inbounds. Houston would go to the charity stripe for one free throw and get the ball back. After James Harden hit the free shot, the Rockets had a possibility to win the game on a two-pointer. Read More »