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Sep 23, 2017
Rockets strike out on Melo as he goes to OKC

Rockets strike out on Melo as he goes to OKC

Looks like the Rockets won’t be seeing Melo in Rocket Red. After weeks of Carmelo Anthony wanting to come to Houston, he is getting his trade request, but he goes to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and a 2018 2nd-round pick, according to sources. New York has agreed to a deal to send Carmelo Anthony to OKC for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 23, 2017 Earlier in the summer, after several superstars were being traded to contenders, Carmelo Anthony wanted in on the game. He...
Sep 22, 2017
ESPN ranks the Rockets’ future

ESPN ranks the Rockets’ future

Where does ESPN forecast the Rockets for the next 3 years? With training camp on the horizon, ESPN ranked the projection of every NBA team over the next three seasons. ESPN used a 100 point scale and analyzed the following factors in creating their decision: Players, Management, Money, Market, and Draft. In the Players department, Houston was ranked second behind the Warriors thanks to James Harden’s miraculous season and the trading of Chris Paul. They highlighted the fact that Chris Paul needs to be extended next summer in order for the team to maintain its position as the second-best...
Sep 22, 2017
Rockets filling out roster as training camp approaches

Rockets filling out roster as training camp approaches

The Rockets made two moves and have one in the pipeline to reach the 20-player roster max. With the NBA offseason coming to a close and the 2017 training camps on the horizon, the Houston Rockets made a couple moves to fill out their roster before things start ramping up. First, according to the Houston Chronicle, they signed forward Chris Johnson to a partially guaranteed contract. Johnson’s been a solid player the last several seasons for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and also had a good Summer League showing this year for the Rockets. Johnson, who is a 6’6” left-handed-shooting...
Sep 20, 2017
CP3, Harden heavily involved in Iguodala recruitment

CP3, Harden heavily involved in Iguodala recruitment

A look back on how Iggy nearly became a Rocket. July 1st seems like an eternity ago. Remember when the Rockets had their eyes set on poaching Andre Iguodala from the Warriors? Chris Haynes from ESPN dove back into Iguodala’s recruitment process and told his story step-by-step. First, meetings with the Lakers, Spurs, and Kings took place, but Iguodala had a nine-team recruitment tour that had the Rockets at number four. When Iguodala met with the Rockets, he was thoroughly impressed. The pitch was lead by Daryl Morey, Tad Brown, Mike D’Antoni, and assistant GM Gersson Rosas. During the...
Sep 20, 2017
Carmelo Anthony hopes to be a Rocket before Monday

Carmelo Anthony hopes to be a Rocket before Monday

Training camp is just around the corner, and Carmelo wants to be in Houston before it starts. We haven’t heard much lately on the Carmelo Anthony front, as the chatter seems to have mostly died down, at least publicly. But as NBA training camp start dates are fast approaching, Anthony is still holding out hope he’ll be donning Rockets red come next week. According to the New York Daily News, not only has Carmelo and his family “mentally” moved on to Houston already, but Melo wants to be a Rocket by Monday, which is the start of the New York Knicks training camp in Tarrytown (also...
Sep 15, 2017
ESPN: Chris Paul is better than James Harden

ESPN: Chris Paul is better than James Harden

An unpopular opinion is sure to rattle Rockets fans. ESPN released its Top 10 from its #NBArank today and it had things we expected and others that we certainly did not. I believe mostly everyone can agree with the fact that LeBron James is #1. It has been this way for years and it was not a surprise. Last year’s MVP Russell Westbrook did finish ahead of Harden at #5, but behind Stephen Curry, who finished #4. Perhaps the biggest surprise in the Top 10 was last year’s MVP runner-up, the Beard, finished 8th. Yes, 8th. James Harden, last year’s leader in assists and second in scoring,...
Sep 14, 2017
Sports Illustrated’s Ranked Rockets

Sports Illustrated’s Ranked Rockets

Where does SI have the Rockets in the Top 100 NBA Players? How does it compare to ESPN’s ranking? As ESPN has rolled out its Top 100 NBA Player Rankings for the upcoming season, Sports Illustrated wrapped up its list today of their Top 100. Here are where the Rockets are ranked: 97. Ryan Anderson (100 on ESPN) 83. Eric Gordon (62 on ESPN) 62. Trevor Ariza (95 on ESPN) 58. Clint Capela (70 on ESPN) 7. Chris Paul (Top 10 on ESPN) 5. James Harden (Top 10 on ESPN) What’s important to note here is the parity of the two rankings. Gordon received much higher praise in ESPN’s ranking than...
Sep 14, 2017
James Harden is 2016 Rocketsing Chris Paul

James Harden is 2016 Rocketsing Chris Paul

Prepare to be leadershipped, CP3 James Harden and Chris Paul have seen a lot of each other this summer. You can hardly open Instagram without seeing the two balling out, settiing each other up for three-pointers, wearing similar clothing. Being basketball bros. The are Lit already! @jharden13 @cp3 #youballtraining #houstonrockets @bleacherreport #chrispaul #jamesharden @hoopshypeofficial #cp3 @espn #rednation A post shared by Thomas Scott (@youballtraining) on Jul 25, 2017 at 9:44pm PDT Real solid #LaborDay runs today. #LockedIn . . . . @cassyathenaphoto A post...
Sep 13, 2017
Carmelo Anthony joins James Harden and Chris Paul for a pickup game

Carmelo Anthony joins James Harden and Chris Paul for a pickup game

It’s been a little dry on the Melo rumor front. Not anymore. Ready for the Melo rumors to heat up again? Well, they’re about to, because James Harden, Chris Paul, and Camelo Anthony appeared this past Monday in a pickup game in NYC, and clips and photos were posted to social media afterward, dropping a little tease to Rockets fans, who have been waiting patiently since early summer to see Melo donning a Rockets jersey. The trio were joined by slew of other NBA stars, including Russell Westbrook, Enes Kanter, Joakim Noah, Tim Hardway Jr., Victor Oladipo, Serge Ibaka, David Lee, Iman...
Sep 12, 2017
Clint Capela, Eric Gordon appear in ESPN’s NBA Top 100

Clint Capela, Eric Gordon appear in ESPN’s NBA Top 100

Capela and Gordon appeared in the second reveal. After the revealing on ESPN’s annual NBA Top 100, we learned that Ryan Anderson (No. 100) and Trevor Ariza (No. 95) made the cut. Now, two more Rockets can be added to the list. Clint Capela made the list at No. 70, and Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon made it at No. 62. Capela was the starting center on the third-best team in the league last season, so it is no surprise to see him higher on this list from last year. At just 23 years old, he remains one of the rising stars in this league. He made a big jump in his third season, averaging...
Sep 12, 2017
Ryan Anderson, Trevor Ariza appear in ESPN’s Top 100

Ryan Anderson, Trevor Ariza appear in ESPN’s Top 100

Two Rockets kick off ESPN’s annual countdown. The yearly ESPN top 100 NBA player rankings started this week, and two Rockets showed up in the first batch of 25 players. Ryan Anderson just made the cut, finishing at number 100, while Ariza drops in at number 95. Anderson, who’s been the subject of offseason trade rumors in the Carmelo Anthony chase, dropped down from the number 89 position last year, and he did have some slippage. Despite his 40.3 percent shooting percentage from deep — the second-best of his career — Anderson’s rebounding was down, and so was his scoring. His...
Sep 8, 2017
Top 3 Tracy McGrady Rockets Moments

Top 3 Tracy McGrady Rockets Moments

On T-Mac Hall of Fame Day, here are the best moments in his Rockets career. Tonight, Tracy McGrady is going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He is only the twelfth Rocket to be inducted and he marks three straight years where a Rocket is going into the Hall. 2015 was Dikembe Mutombo’s year, 2016 was Yao Ming’s year, and this year, McGrady is a first-ballot, without a doubt, Hall of Famer. T-Mac played for seven NBA teams, but his longest tenure was with Houston from 2004 until 2010. To celebrate his induction, we are going to count down the three best moments in T-Mac’s Houston...
Sep 7, 2017
Tilman Fertitta is the new owner of the Rockets. Now what?

Tilman Fertitta is the new owner of the Rockets. Now what?

Fertitta paid an NBA-record $2.2 billion to purchase the team. Landry’s, Golden Nugget Casinos, and now, the Houston Rockets. New Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta has his hand in a lot of cookie jars, but what does that all mean? After Leslie Alexander announced his plans to sell the team, many names came to mind. Mattress Mack, Dikembe Mutombo, Yao Ming, or a combination of people. Fertitta was also on the list, and the swift pace of the sale is interesting. Alexander sold the Rockets to Fertitta for $2.2 billion. No NBA sale has been worth more in history. Fertitta tried to purchase the...
Sep 7, 2017
Tracy McGrady heading to Hall of Fame this weekend

Tracy McGrady heading to Hall of Fame this weekend

The former Rockets great will be inducted this Friday. It’s the ultimate case of what might have been. Tracy McGrady was one of the game’s premiere talents for the vast majority of his time in the league. He won the scoring title in back-to-back seasons with the Orlando Magic, but he never could help them out of the first round of the playoffs, with the Magic famously blowing a 3-1 lead to the Detroit Pistons in 2003. He was then traded to the Houston Rockets in 2004 to team up with Yao Ming to form one of the most potent and talented duos around at the time. Expectations were...
Sep 6, 2017
Houston Rockets News: September 6, 2017

Houston Rockets News: September 6, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Rockets, local sports, and news from around the league for Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Houston Rockets News Tilman Fertitta agrees to purchase Houston Rockets for record price of $2.2 billionThe Rockets have been sold to Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta. Terms were not announced, but a source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Fertitta agreed to purchase the team from Leslie Alexander for $2.2 billion, a record price for an NBA franchise. Leslie Alexander to sell Rockets to Houston billionaireRockets owner Leslie Alexander has reached an agreement to...