The Rockets Daily – August 7, 2013

The Schedge – The NBA released the schedule for the 2013-2014 season, and there was much rejoicing. Lets take a look at some of the key dates for the Rockets:

Oct. 30 – Season Opener at home v. Charlotte – “The Wading Pool”

Nov. 7 -  HOU v. L.A. Lakers -  The “Teach-You-How-To-Win” Bowl

Dec. 6 – HOU v. GSW – The Hype Cup

Dec. 18 – HOU v. CHI – “Omer’s Grudge”

Dec. 25 – HOU @ SA – “Christmas with the Cranks”

Dec. 29 – HOU @ OKC – “Good to see you again. Wait. Did you lose weight or something?”

And the Rockets will be featured in a whopping 27 national TV appearances if you count NBA TV. Subtract NBA TV, and they still have 20 appearances on ABC, TNT and ESPN combined. I might have to buy cable now, darn it.

Get Excited – In ESPN’s 5-on-5 on the schedule, Tom Sunnergren of Hoop 76 says he’s looking forward to Houston v. Oklahoma City more than any other game:

On December 29, the suddenly stacked Rockets will travel to Oklahoma City to play a Thunder team that’s both its biggest hurdle to an 2014 NBA Finals berth and the biggest reason why its in a position to contend in the first place. Two loaded teams, four superstar players, and the continuation of one of the weirdest rivalries in sports — I can’t wait.

That’s a kind sentiment coming from a Sixers guy. On that note, any Sixers fans who want to get on the RedNation bandwagon for the next couple of years are welcome. We can’t blame you.

That Was…UnexpectedJeff Caplan at NBA.com listed off his most intriguing games of the coming season, and the Rox-Bobs season opener made the list. But make no mistake, the Rockets carry this picture:

This might be the first time Charlotte has made this list in its existence as the Bobcats, but that’s what happens when you face the summer’s most prized possession in his first game. Howard makes his Houston debut as he teams up with James Harden, Chandler Parsons and the rest of the Rockets, who returned to the playoffs last season and are now expected to contend for the Western Conference crown. It should be a wild atmosphere in Houston, where fan attendance has waned greatly in recent years. This is the start of the rest of Howard’s career as he’s out of excuses after hand-picking the Rockets in free agency over the Lakers, Mavericks, Warriors and Hawks. And, oh, the Bobcats begin yet another new era with first-year coach Steve Clifford.

Two more Houston games make Caplan’s list:

Rockets at Thunder, Dec. 29, Chesapeake Arena, Oklahoma City (6 p.m. ET, League Pass)

Well, this should be interesting. A few years ago it seemed that OKC and Dallas were embarking on a long road as prime rivals. That’s now changed to OKC and Houston, which has the Thunder to thank for its sudden return to prominence. The Rockets acquired James Harden from salary-cap-strapped OKC prior to last season and Harden’s presence greatly assisted Houston signing Howard. Throw in last year’s first-round playoff series, won by Kevin Durant and OKC in six games even with Russell Westbrook injured, and we’ve got the makings for a riveting rivalry led by a pair of young stars on each side.

Spurs at Rockets, April 14, Toyota Center, Houston ( 7 p.m. ET)

An entire season will have passed, so it will be interesting to see how  Howard and his new team have fared. If all goes well, you can see the plot to this matchup: Are Howard and the Rockets on the cusp of overtaking Duncan and the Spurs? Houston is the team of the future, but it’s to be seen just how quickly it can all come together and if surpassing the perennially contending Spurs, their Southwest Division rival and longtime superior, is fact or just another fantasy.

Tweet That – As Rahat mentioned in his last post, Donatas Motiejunas looks bigger. The big man himself retweeted this picture from a fan a few days ago, and geez…

I don’t know if D-Mo will ever develop into a decent rebounder or interior defender, but don’t let it be said he didn’t put in the work at the gym to be able to bang down low.

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Total comments: 23
  • Buckko says 1 YEAR ago


    I think Iggy will make life difficult for Harden. And Bogut is good enough defensively to not have to have help every single time Howard posts up. If Bogut/Lee/Iggy/Barnes/Curry/Thompson are all healthy, this team matches up quite well with us.

    Howard can easily take bogut and if iggys on harden, kick it out to Lin or parsons. Their guards play no defense while we would kill them on D. We are much deeper than them and they will rely for their jump shot to save them because no one will be able to score in the paint on the rockets. We will be a nightmare for them.
  • timetodienow1234567 says 1 YEAR ago

    I think Iggy will make life difficult for Harden. And Bogut is good enough defensively to not have to have help every single time Howard posts up. If Bogut/Lee/Iggy/Barnes/Curry/Thompson are all healthy, this team matches up quite well with us.

  • Buckko says 1 YEAR ago

    the game vs gsw is a total hype bowl.

    beat em 3-1 last year heh

    And when we beat them, we destroyed them. I think its really they hate us a lot more than we hate them, because they have a lot of trash talkers. Can't wait for Harden to show curry what a superstar really is and for Howard to kill Bogut.

    the game vs gsw is a total hype bowl.

    beat em 3-1 last year heh

  • miketheodio says 1 YEAR ago

    the game vs gsw is a total hype bowl.

    beat em 3-1 last year heh

  • Buckko says 1 YEAR ago

    Allow me to explain "Omer's Grudge."
    1. Yes @feelingsupersonic, it's mainly a joke.
    2. It's possible that he legitimately does have a grudge against Chicago because they sorta kinda chose Gibson over him.
    3. Omer is a competitor, and most players try to bring it hard against their old teams.
    4. If Omer has the competitive trait of using every real or imagined slight as motivation--and I think he does--then he will always hold it against Chicago that they didn't match the Rockets offer.
    On that last point, I think Asik is going to kill himself this year trying to straight-up outplay Dwight Howard. He will be one of the largest and most frightening people in the world. I predict that he breaks D-Mo's femur while boxing him out in training camp.

    Ouch. But if Omer developed a mid range shot, he would be deadly, but I doubt it at least for now.

  • Jeby says 1 YEAR ago

    Allow me to explain "Omer's Grudge."
    1. Yes @feelingsupersonic, it's mainly a joke.
    2. It's possible that he legitimately does have a grudge against Chicago because they sorta kinda chose Gibson over him.
    3. Omer is a competitor, and most players try to bring it hard against their old teams.
    4. If Omer has the competitive trait of using every real or imagined slight as motivation--and I think he does--then he will always hold it against Chicago that they didn't match the Rockets offer.
    On that last point, I think Asik is going to kill himself this year trying to straight-up outplay Dwight Howard. He will be one of the largest and most frightening people in the world. I predict that he breaks D-Mo's femur while boxing him out in training camp.

  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    By that logic, shouldn't he hold a grudge against the Rockets?

    not as long as Les keeps signing the checks :lol:

  • Buckko says 1 YEAR ago

    By that logic, shouldn't he hold a grudge against the Rockets?

    He has said he will be fine being Howards backup. I guarantee he is going to get a lot more than minutes than the normal backup center too.

  • Buckko says 1 YEAR ago

    In the what if? department.
    What if Chicago had kept Asik?
    Would they have traded Noah this off-season to Portland for Aldridge?
    Chicago could in that case be fielding a Rose,Butler,Deng,Aldridge,Asik starting 5 and Boozer off the bench firepower9or amnestied for financial relief).

    Scary.

  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    In the what if? department.
    What if Chicago had kept Asik?
    Would they have traded Noah this off-season to Portland for Aldridge?
    Chicago could in that case be fielding a Rose,Butler,Deng,Aldridge,Asik starting 5 and Boozer off the bench firepower9or amnestied for financial relief).

    that is intriguing. no doubt that's superior to what they have now

  • Stephen says 1 YEAR ago

    In the what if? department.
    What if Chicago had kept Asik?
    Would they have traded Noah this off-season to Portland for Aldridge?
    Chicago could in that case be fielding a Rose,Butler,Deng,Aldridge,Asik starting 5 and Boozer off the bench firepower9or amnestied for financial relief).

  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    Oh timetodie, I think you are making it more complicated than necessary. I don't think the title of that game was meant to be analyzed, it's just a joke.

    please PM me I'm trying to reach you

  • feelingsupersonic says 1 YEAR ago Oh timetodie, I think you are making it more complicated than necessary. I don't think the title of that game was meant to be analyzed, it's just a joke.
  • timetodienow1234567 says 1 YEAR ago

    because he couldn't get large amounts of PT in Chicago it's assumed Chicago was holding him back


    By that logic, shouldn't he hold a grudge against the Rockets?
  • Buckko says 1 YEAR ago

    because he couldn't get large amounts of PT in Chicago it's assumed Chicago was holding him back

    Which they were and since they could only afford one, they chose Gibson over Omer. I bet they regret that.

  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    Omer's grudge? I don't get that one.

    because he couldn't get large amounts of PT in Chicago it's assumed Chicago was holding him back

  • timetodienow1234567 says 1 YEAR ago Omer's grudge? I don't get that one.
  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    I really like the titles you made for the games Jeby, great touch. I had to laugh which I have to admit Red94 is not a source for my morning laughter, normally. I also think I am getting Xfinity so I can have CSN, now do the ESPN and TNT games get blacked out, is that correct?

    unfortunately it appears that if AT&T and Comcast can't work it out I may have to change also. MAN I hate Comcast.....that's one of the worst run companies in America

  • feelingsupersonic says 1 YEAR ago I really like the titles you made for the games Jeby, great touch. I had to laugh which I have to admit Red94 is not a source for my morning laughter, normally. I also think I am getting Xfinity so I can have CSN, now do the ESPN and TNT games get blacked out, is that correct?
  • Knickabokkaz says 1 YEAR ago I'll probably go to Houston vs. Knicks @ Msg
  • Jeby says 1 YEAR ago

    We live to serve.

  • Alituro says 1 YEAR ago

    Yeah, You guys keep it coming here! Fresh content daily in the offseason is no easy feat. Red94 rules!

    I surely hope D-mo has bulked up a bit. He really got pushed around by bigger opponents last season.

  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    @John

    I already told you I think you are starting to hit your stride with these daily's......considering how little there is to work with in the off season....you are doing outstanding. :rolleyes: