So this was interesting.  In a recent ESPN interview with Chris Palmer, Kobe Bryant says he’s indeed squared off against Tracy McGrady in a game of one-on-one:

I played T-Mac. I cooked him. Roasted him. Wasn’t even close. Ask him, he’ll tell you. When I was about 20, we were in Germany doing some promotional stuff for that other sneaker company and we played basketball every day. We were in the gym all the time. We played three games of one-on-one to 11. I won all three games. One game I won 11-2. After the third game he said he had back spasms and couldn’t play anymore.

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The Daily Blast – January 18, 2013

Hey Now, You’re Official – The starting line-ups for the All-Star game are in. Jeremy Lin is the third-most popular guard in the West.  Everybody thinks James Harden should get in the game.

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The Houston Rockets are in the throes of a massive slump, losing a season worst five games in a row. As recently as January 8th, the Rockets and the Pacers shared a 21-14 record, both looking like playoff locks after starting slow. Since then, the Rockets fell into a tailspin and now desperately need to win games and keep their playoff hopes alive. The second highest-scoring team in the NBA faces off against the stingiest team in the league to see if Houston can steal one on the road.

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The Daily Blast – January 17, 2013

The Gathering – SI.com’s Rob Mahoney explains how James Harden punks defenders just by how he picks up his dribble.

Fashionista – The 2013 All-Star game uniforms have been revealed, and the design includes a nod to Houston’s “rich aeronautical history.”  The Basketball Jones has a review and more pictures for your jersey-ogling pleasure.

The Decision Distraction – ESPN has had extensive coverage of the Royce White saga. TrueHoop TV breaks down the situation, with some interesting thoughts on how White would be received in the locker room if he ever rejoins the team. If you have ESPN Insider, a scout questions whether White has the talent to make him worth the trouble. Also, an Outside The Lines segment on mental health is on the way. One of White’s provocative quotes from the clip: “I’m only high maintenance because you’re uneducated.”

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For about 90% of this game, I could have pulled up my recent recap of our loss against the 76ers, changed a few names and statistics, posted it, and I doubt anyone would have noticed that something was amiss.  The Rockets started off well and grabbed the lead, but a 5 minute stretch in the first quarter occurred where they utterly failed to even get up any shots and finished the quarter with 9 turnovers, which was made all the worse by the fact that Carlos Delfino seemingly decided to borrow a page from the Trevor Ariza school of driving to the rim ie. Lose the ball while doing so every single time.  Combine that with the fact that Houston is one of the worst teams in the league at transition defense, and the result was a 19-0 Dallas run which would keep them ahead for the rest of the game.

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