The Daily Blast – January 28, 2013

He’s Back – Royce White has agreed to report to the Rockets’ D-League team on February 11. It’s so official, there’s even an official statement on the team’s official site.

Tweet That –  Royce White reacts to his reinstatement:

So much going on here. Let’s start with the picture…

The screengrab there is purposefully and strategically edited. White decided to accompany his announcement with a picture of a lion feasting on the carcass of some kind of large mammal–possibly offensive to some folks. That may be why this tweet mysteriously disappeared from his timeline. Next, White’s wallpaper. It’s a mix of Phantom of the Opera/Edgar Allen Poe that I can’t imagine being associated with any other professional athlete. Finally, the “IMMM BAAAAACK” has high potential for eliciting cheers and groans from two halves of the fanbase at the same time. If you want to understand why White is such a fascinating figure before even playing an NBA game, look no further than this tweet.

McHale Dumps on the Pelicans

Stat Check– Several days ago I looked at how greatly Houston’s shooting declined on the second night of a back-to-back (the answer: significantly). This weekend,  Henry Abbott at ESPN asked a similar question–what happens when shooters play long minutes?

Pain Recognize Pain – Houston Rockets fans understand what it’s like to see a franchise player go down with a devastating injury. Sunday afternoon, the Celtics understood it too. Hurry back, Rajon.

Just For Fun – The Basketball Jones predicts beefs between players and mascots. Clutch the Bear makes an appearance.

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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.

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