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@  majik19 : (25 October 2015 - 08:26 PM) also read the Zach Lowe article - he's definitely drinking the kool-aid, and for good reason! I don't know if we're the biggest regular season threat (howard's health), but I think we are in the playoffs.
@  majik19 : (25 October 2015 - 08:25 PM) Sad about Saunders... seems sudden, though I knew he had fought on and off with cancer.
@  jorgeaam : (25 October 2015 - 06:41 PM) RIP Flip Saunders, sad day for basketball
@  YaoMan : (23 October 2015 - 04:49 PM) Zach Lowe seems to think the Rox are the biggest threat to GSW: http://grantland.com...-16-nba-season/
@  cointurtlemoose : (23 October 2015 - 04:36 PM) Hey if yall want a good podcast to listen to, find the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast on Itunes, Rahat just did a Rockets preview with the host.
@  majik19 : (13 October 2015 - 09:09 PM) Apparently we claimed Arsalan Kazemi off waivers from the Hawks today... yet another undersized (6'7") power forward for Morey's cupboard.
@  Mario Peña : (10 October 2015 - 01:12 PM) If your part if the Red94 Fantasy Basketball League check the thread to vote for the date and time for the draft event. Thanks y'all!
@  jorgeaam : (07 October 2015 - 08:47 PM) Guys we need 1 more owner for the Red94 fantasy league, if interested please comment on the post in the fantasy basketball thread
@  slick shoes : (07 October 2015 - 06:50 PM) Kobe ranked one spot higher than Ariza? Is this based on legacy or...??
@  slick shoes : (07 October 2015 - 04:13 PM) It was hard to keep up with both the Astros and Rockets at the same time. Should be interesting on Thursday with the Texans and Astros on simultaneously.
@  Mario Peña : (07 October 2015 - 04:09 PM) It was fun to have the Rockets on last night! Right now I'm watching the Celtics versus Milan and Alessandro Gentile is impressive.
@  jorgeaam : (06 October 2015 - 07:47 PM) Well, thinking twice about it, I'd rather have him score less and have the team as a whole do better. Lawson should take a lot of his load off
@  jorgeaam : (06 October 2015 - 07:47 PM) Loving that, hope he hits 30 PPG this year
@  thejohnnygold : (06 October 2015 - 06:15 PM) Someone is feeling confident :) : LINK
@  jorgeaam : (06 October 2015 - 05:54 PM) 10 Teams done, will need 2 more
@  Mario Peña : (06 October 2015 - 02:35 PM) Alright guys, if anyone is interested in joining the Red94 fantasy basketball league we could use one more player to get us to 10 teams (or three to get us to 12 teams). Just check the thread in the Fantasy Basketball forum. Thanks!
@  thejohnnygold : (05 October 2015 - 06:23 PM) I use leaguepass here in Austin with no problems...
@  skip 2 my lou : (05 October 2015 - 03:14 PM) Hey fellas, I'm a rocket fan but I live in the heart of Dallas. Does anybody know if I buy NBA Leaguepass if it's too close to be subject to blackouts?
@  Losthief : (02 October 2015 - 02:24 AM) tks jg
@  thejohnnygold : (29 September 2015 - 05:16 AM) FYI, it was media day today. Interviews are up at NBA.com

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The Rockets Daily - October 7, 2013


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    Posted 07 October 2013 - 04:13 AM

    New post: The Rockets Daily - October 7, 2013
    By: John Eby

    At Last - In case you missed it, watch Dwight Howard's first baskets in a Rockets uniform, and let the beauty of it sink in.

    In that one game he made about five plays that Houston hasn't had a center capable of making in at least four years, and that's being generous to Yao.

    Checkmate - Notice something about Howard first three baskets in the video above: there are at least three blue jerseys in his immediate vicinity every time. On the first play, he has Motiejunas wide open in the corner and Parsons on the wing, but scores right over a triple team. In the next, he has Harden and Parsons wide open in each corner but has already slipped behind the defense. On the third, he has Parsons wide open in the corner, but scores an and-1. In each case, the defense is defeated from multiple angles. Checkmate.Know Thine Enemy - The Los Angeles Times is comparing the Lakers to each team in the Western Conference, and on Sunday, they got around to the Rockets. James Harden gets the highest praise you can get from L.A.:

    Quote:

    James Harden is among the best shooting guards in the league. If there's any team that can come close to rivaling a healthy Kobe Bryant, it's the Rockets.

    That's a really clever way of avoiding saying outright that James Harden will probably be better than Bryant next year because of the achilles injury.

    On Howard:

    Quote:

    The Lakers know Howard well, flaws and all. He's one of the most dominant defensive centers in the league with a limited offensive repertoire.

    The comparison predicts 50-58 wins for Houston after noting that if Bryant isn't healthy, the Lakers "don't come close."

    Tweet That - The Rockets will be playing two exhibition games in the Philippines this week, which gave Daryl Morey the chance to drop some knowledge.

     


    It's really just a matter of time until the Bruno Mars of hoops takes the NBA by storm.

    Cultural Barometer - I live in the Upstate of region of South Carolina, which has one of the least NBA-centric cultures of any part of the country. College football is everything. However, living here is like having a clean dipstick with which to measure the cultural relevance of NBA athletes. In order for a player to be exposed here, a player has to have built up the highest level  of marketability. If you walk in to a sporting goods store, the jersey selection will not extend past Kobe, LeBron, Rose, Melo, Durant, Garnett (who grew up here), Griffin and maybe Rondo (because of the powerful Celtic fan base on the east coast). No Duncan, No Dirk, no Westbrook, no Kyrie. D12 and Harden don't make the cut.

    So imagine my shock when I walked into Best Buy this weekend and was greeted by a familiar bearded face on a Skullcandy display. Here was a national brand betting on the cachet of a Rockets player to sell goods in markets where the team doesn't have a fan base. Here was relevance.

    The Rockets are no longer just the source of wonky fascination for sabermetrics junkies. James Harden has accomplished what many players have not done despite multiple All-star appearances and even championships; he has made himself and the team a part of the culture.

    Got any sweet links or suggestions? Email them to [email protected] or message @EbyNews on Twitter.


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