via Ken Berger:

Kings announce they have suspended DeMarcus Cousins indefinitely for “unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.”

While they’ve repeatedly stated a long-term commitment to Cousins, I don’t see how this marriage can last; the young power forward has apparently not made any progress with his maturity issues.

It begs the question – if the Kings reach a point where they’ve had enough, should/would the Rockets pursue?  Cousins has the talent to be the best offensive big man in the game.  And a back to the basket presence is the one element this Rockets team is lacking.  But would it be wise to poison this lockerroom with such a cancerous presence?






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Patrick Patterson out at least two more weeks

via the Chronicle:

Pending the opinion of a third doctor to examine Patterson, the Rockets are expected to wait two weeks to evaluate Patterson in hopes he can avoid surgery, Patterson’s agent, Odell McCants, said.

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After a two week honeymoon following that exciting overtime game against the Spurs, the Rockets now have to face a vicious schedule that starts with the Grizzlies and takes them on the road for 15 of their next 23 games. As the Rockets prepare for a deluge of teams currently in the playoff race (15 of the next 23, again) they start the stretch with one of the most brutal opponents out there: the 17-6 division rival Memphis Grizzlies.

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Examining the Lin/Harden pick-and-roll

It’s safe to say that Jeremy Lin and James Harden are two young basketball players infatuated with the pick-and-roll. Moments before magically transforming it into an Omer Asik-looking-catapult that hurls them towards the basket, they salivate at the site of a ball screen.

For Harden, the pick-and-roll has played a major role in solidifying him as one of the league’s most capable and efficient scorers (according to Synergy Sports, Harden is the second most efficient pick-and-roll ball handler in the league, averaging 1.1 points per possession). In Lin’s case, it waffles between safety raft and stepping stone to consistency (on nearly a third of all his possessions, Lin uses the pick-and-roll, according to Synergy).

Both use it a ton, and both wouldn’t be the same without it. Unfortunately for the Rockets, only one ball exists in play at a time, and while one is taking advantage, the other is rendered useless. Or so we think. [read more…]






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The Emerging Chandler Parsons

via rockets.com:

“I knew that I was capable of doing this, I knew my coaching staff believes in me and I knew I was going to get an opportunity. I just worked really hard on the things Coach McHale told me to work on. He told me that every time I get a rebound to go with it, so I worked on my ball-handling, I worked on making decisions, just so that when the season came, I’d be ready.”

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