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The Daily Blast – January 23, 2012

Table Talk – Chandler Parsons said the Rockets had a players only dinner after the Minnesota game to talk about losing. No word on where they ate, but I’d put money on The Cheesecake Factory.

Revolving Door – Terrence Jones is back from the D-League (scroll to the bottom of the article), where he averaged 19.1 points and 9.8 rebounds.  He’s switching places with Donatas Motiejunas who averaged 23.5 points and 10.8 rebounds in his first stint in the valley.

The Cornerstone – ESPN (Insider) lists James Harden as the 4th best player under 25. The top three: Durant, Westbrook, and Griffin. That puts the beard higher than former MVP Derrick Rose. It’s a little disappointing that Lin is not on the list. Also not on the list: John Wall. Think back to the draft hype from three years ago and let that sink in…

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The HBO special on Royce White aired last night. If you’re just joining us, this will catch you up on the saga.

Mill-slapped – It’s really hard to read this and not want Houston to trade for Paul Millsap. It’s like trying not to adopt a puppy after you watch this–all the good reasons holding you back start to get foggy.

All-Star Central- Grantland’s Zach Lowe makes his picks, and so does SI’s Rob Mahoney (three guesses which Rocket is on both lists). Also, we’ll be seeing space-themed shoes in honor of the Houston-NASA connection.

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About the author: John Eby got on the Rockets bandwagon in 1994 and never got off. He is a public relations guy and recovering TV journalist living in South Carolina.