On Halloween, James Harden led the Rockets to a win and spoiled the Pistons’ home opener. Last night, James Harden led the Rockets to a win and spoiled the Hawks’ home opener. There is a pattern emerging in the NBA and the league has now officially put the Rockets on ‘spoiler alert’ status. Tonight at 7 pm Harden will finally take his talents to Houston and be in front of his new home crowd as the Rockets will host the Portland Trailblazers in their own home opener.

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In a way, this is a game we should have lost.

The Houston Rockets are a young team.  Young teams commit mistakes.  Teams that suffer a high roster turnover, that need to adjust to the habits of idiosyncrasies of one another, commit mistakes.  And in basketball, a sport where maybe 5 possessions out of 100 can swing the outcome of a game, teams cannot afford to make lots of mistakes.

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Game chat: 6:30PM CST

Join us again in the chatroom tonight for the Beardsanity encore.

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in from the editor


Being a Rockets fan is (finally) fun

Two weeks ago I started writing a column that would attempt to answer how Rockets fans should feel watching their team this season. Was it okay to root for development among the rookies but overall failure for the roster?

Should tempered expectations be acceptable on the tried and true philosophies that preach patience and eventual lottery picks? Would Jeremy Lin be enjoyable, or would the half-court offense look like molasses dripping off a table? What style of offense would they deploy with so few certified play makers?

Should everyone strap blinders on, trudge through the regular season, then sit back, crack a beer, and attend a viewing party for the NBA Lottery? After all, why should fans invest any emotions in a roster full of pieces that in all likelihood wouldn’t be in town next year?

Now, after watching Opening Night of both the 2012-13 season and James Harden era go down with a relevant bang, that article doesn’t need to be written. The Rockets aren’t the best team in basketball, and they aren’t the worst team in basketball. What they are, however, is a ridiculous good time. [read more…]

in essays


I imagine that Carlos Delfino has not often had nights in the NBA go as well as Wednesday night did for him, ribbons of three-pointers falling through the net at the most opportune moments for a fanbase with which he was getting a completely blank slate. And for all of his showmanship in this short period of tabula rasa, the Rockets’ following will likely embrace this new Argentinian, hoping for more of the same in terms of shooting and poise, traits likely at a premium on this young team. This very young, inexperienced team that sports Delfino, at 30, as its elder statesman, and which desperately needs to get those other kids, the ones the Rockets’ future is predicated on, some run.

Last year, Kevin McHale buried Marcus Morris. The reasons given for such were endless and common among rookies (lack of conditioning, inexperience, attitude reasons), especially those starting their first season in the midst of a shortened season, but the complete blackballing of the team’s most recent lottery pick seemed strange, making the most incredulous onlookers wonder about McHale’s willingness to develop young talent. If Morris’ rookie “campaign” laid the seeds for such thoughts, Wednesday’s glaring absence of rookies certainly shed some light on them again.

Why, on a team so organizationally committed to its youth, one whose three contract committals worthy of any note are to players ages 23, 24 and 26, would said team’s head coach find himself forcing minutes on guys like Toney Douglas and Delfino? Guaranteed contracts? A lousy win in October in some effort to gin up morale among the haphazardly-if-brilliantly set of kids on the roster? [read more…]

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