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The Dream Shake Jul 25, 2016

James Harden could average a double-double this year

Both The Beard and Mike D'Antoni have said they want Harden to be more like Steve Nash. How realistic is that? James Harden feels he's cut from the same cloth as Steve Nash. He said as much himself in a recent interview with ESPN's Calvin Watkins, telling the Rockets beat man: "I got a little bit of Nash in me. He had his own pace to the game. You could never speed him up, you could never make him do anything that he didn't want to do. That's what separated him from any other point guard at the time, which led to two MVPs." With former Nash teacher and architect of the famed "Seven...
The Dream Shake Jul 13, 2016

The Dream Shake Podcast, Ep. 24: Free agent dreaming

Ryan Dunsmore and Max Croes talk about the Rockets signing Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon, and extend James Harden. The Dream Shake Podcast: Episode No. 24 Hosts: Ryan Dunsmore and Max Croes The Rockets' free agency quest didn't go exactly as planned as the team whiffed multiple big fish but the team went all in shooters with Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon. On top of that, Les Alexander dropped a bombshell over the weekend resigning James Harden through the 2019-2020 season. The boys talk about the news and Pokemon Go, let's get to it: NBA Free Agency Rockets misses out on Kent Bazemore, Al...
The Dream Shake Jul 13, 2016

#PointBeard seems to be a full go

The Rockets and James Harden pretty much admitted that he is the team's point guard. The hottest theory on the planet is not R+L=J (Game of Thrones) instead, it's the Houston Rockets will let James Harden be the team's starting point guard this upcoming season. For years, more and more of the ball handling reasonability has gone to Harden. Last year they tried to pair Lawson with the Beard but that turned out to not only not work but it just might have been one of the things that set back the team. While the team didn't thrive at all last season, they did get better and start winning games...
The Dream Shake Jul 12, 2016

Four options for the Rockets to fill their point guard hole

Some options that Daryl Morey has to fill what could be a crucial position in the rotation. With free agency winding down and the Rockets having used almost all of their remaining cap space on the James Harden extension, there is still one hole on the roster that needs to be addressed: backup point guard. The Rockets currently have just one point guard on the roster, Patrick Beverley. Beverley is known to struggle with injuries (he's only played more than 70 games in a season once in the past four years), making the need for a backup that much more important. Jarrett Jack (ATL) & Aaron...
The Dream Shake Jul 10, 2016

Les Alexander has had just about enough of your hot and spicy James Harden doesn't play defense hot-takes

The Houston Rockets owner stands up for his player and you know what, he might be 100 percent right! In James Harden's tenure as a Houston Rocket (sans the Western Conference finals year), defense has always been a question, and rightly so. If you are to have a good team that goes far in the playoffs your best player has to be able to contribute on defense. It is right to question Harden on defense but he is clearly one of the best offensive players in the NBA. Single-handly he wins games for the Rockets dropping 30-40 plus points at the drop of a hat. Last year while a down year for the...
The Dream Shake Jul 9, 2016

James Harden Contract Extension a Win for the Rockets

Rejoice, James Harden is here to stay. James Harden has agreed to a $118 million contract renegotiation and extension that could take him to the 2019-2020 season. The deal guarantees that James Harden remains a Rocket for at least 3 more seasons, getting an extra year of service from his previous deal in exchange for a $10 million annual raise. Owner Les Alexander made the surprise announcement during the Saturday afternoon press conference meant to introduce free agent signing Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon. While the new contract only lengthens Harden's stay by 1 extra season, as the last...
The Dream Shake Jul 7, 2016

What should Eric Gordon's role be on the Rockets?

With the Rockets finally signing a good shooting and play-making guard to help James Harden (sorry Ty Lawson), the question begs: where should Gordon fit in to the Rockets rotation? The Rockets have made three (if you count Nene) key signings in free agency so far, and two of those players happen to be knockdown shooters and come from the same team. You already know who those players are: Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon. You also most likely know the media's reaction to these signings (spoiler: they're not pretty). We've already taken a look at Ryan Anderson's fit with the Rockets, so let's...
The Dream Shake Jul 6, 2016

It’s time for the Rockets to try James Harden at point guard

Daryl Morey and Mike D'Antoni have no better options. The Rockets had three main goals going into the offseason: signing a star, adding shooting and giving James Harden a playmaker to ease his burden. Daryl Morey struck out on objective No. 1 this offseason. Mission accomplished — injury caveat here — on objective No. 2. Eric Gordon could theoretically fill in the role of alternate playmaker; he's a better off-the-bounce creator than Patrick Beverley already. But Gordon can't guard starting point guards. And the list of free agents still available who can is among the saddest things...
The Dream Shake Jul 6, 2016

The Best of the Rest: Free agents the Rockets can still sign

If the Rockets keep striking out in free agency these are the guys to keep an eye on. Let's be honest fam, free agency so far is not exactly going the way people have expected. For years, the Rockets have seemingly been waiting for this offseason in order to pitch Kevin Durant to come to Houston and play with his former teammate James Harden. Instead, Durant kicked the Rockets, Harden and the city of Houston in the nuts and didn't even give them a meeting. Teams like the Thunder, Warriors, Spurs, Clippers, Celtics, and Heat were on his wish list and not the Rockets. Fine, whatever Durant,...
The Dream Shake Jul 1, 2016

Following the Rockets during the free agency silly season

It's hard to keep track of all the rumors swirling around free agency. That's why we're doing it for you. Clutch City fans can give up any hope of Kevin Durant coming to H-Town, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Stein wrote today that Durant and James Harden have been spending time together, but that sources have told him it won't likely have any impact on Durantula's interest in the Houston Rockets when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Durant and Harden, as you may remember, made it to the 2012 NBA Finals together as teammates in Oklahoma City before being dismissed by...

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