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I did my 2013-2014 NBA Power Rankings for the Eastern Conference after the draft, but, for the Western Conference, it didn’t make sense to do these early rankings until the biggest free agent landed. And, with Dwight Howard going to the Houston Rockets, that did make a big difference in my rankings. The landscape in the Western Conference is wide open. We all saw the mortality of the Miami Heat; they were pushed to the brink of elimination by the Indiana Pacers and the San Antonio Spurs. With that in mind, I think the top six teams in my early 2013-14 power rankings are all true NBA title contenders. 2013-14 is shaping up to be a very exciting season. Here are my rankings for the Western Conference after the draft and Howard signing:
1. Los Angeles Clippers. I never thought I’d see this day, let alone write about it, but I think the Clippers right now are the best team in the West. Chris Paul would’ve left if he didn’t think the Clippers could take it to the next level. Be...
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Last offseason, the Houston Rockets were an afterthought, a young team with little star power.
Now, after trading for James Harden just before the season and adding Dwight Howard on Friday, Houston is suddenly primed to contend sooner than almost anybody expected.
Still, general manager Daryl Morey knows that landing Howard is only the first step in a long process. He tells Comcast...
Rocket fans sure do love Yao Ming.
How much so? So much that bride Jacqui Vivanco and groom Mike Hertlein commissioned a pint-sized version of the former center to share on their special day.
The cake was made by famed bakery Charm City Cakes chronicled on the Food Network's hit program Ace of Cakes.
With Yao standing at 7' 6" in real life, thank goodness the cake...
I’m a free agent too T…
Trey Songz brings out Kevin Hart and Houston Rockets guard James Harden in the press room backstage at the 2013 Essence Music Festival over the weekend. Since Trey injured in ankle, Kevin took over the duties of answering all of Trey’s press questions, in his own way. James Harden is living the life, just wait til Dwight ruins his good mojo. To SEE the...
After the news of Rockets signing Dwight Howard began to spread, many of his soon-to-be teammates rejoiced on Twitter.
But current Rockets center Omer Asik isn't one of them.
Shortly after Howard officially announced his decision to play in Houston, Asik contacted the Rockets asking to be moved, however the team has turned down his request and will continue to do so, according...
Be well Royce, be well.
According to a report via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Houston Rockets have traded the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
The Houston Rockets have agreed to trade 2012 first-round pick Royce White to the Philadelphia 76ers for future draft considerations, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The moves clears White’s $1.7 million...
A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press the Philadelphia 76ers have acquired the rights to Houston Rockets forward Royce White.
The person spoke Friday night on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced. The 76ers also acquired the rights to 2012 draft pick Furkan Aldemir. The Sixers will send Houston future considerations.
According to USA TODAY Sports, Dwight Howard has chosen to sign with the Houston Rockets. Howard will reportedly sign a max deal for four years and approximately $88 million. Twitter reacted as expected and we have done our best to compile the best of those reactions for your viewing pleasure.
Dwight Howard now becomes the 2nd biggest cry baby in Texas behind Romo.
— NFL Memes...
Former Cleveland Cavalier forward Omri Casspi has signed a free agent contract with the Houston Rockets according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski-
Free agent Omri Casspi has reached agreement on a two-year deal with the Houston Rockets, league source tells Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 6, 2013
Casspi will join Dwight Howard who agreed to join the Rockets...
Weddings can be a **** show: relatives, green beans almondine and a bunch of women no one wants to marry dancing to Beyonc…
Dwight Howard still has not made an official announcement about his free agent plans, but Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley seemed to confirm all the reports saying that Dwight has chosen Houston. Beverley, who wore No. 12 last season, tweeted that he will be switching to No. 21 with Dwight on the team: Beverley [...]
Previously on That NBA Lottery Pick, we featured Houston-based rapper Slim Thug doing his best to secure the services of Dwight Howard for his beloved Houston Rockets on Twitter.
After D-12 signed with the Rockets, it appears that Slim has his eyes set on Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith and sent out this tweet only an hour ago:
— slim thug (@slimthugga) July 5, 2013
Former Louisville swing-man Francisco Garcia just finished his eighth season in the NBA and is looking for a new team. Garcia spent the first seven and a half seasons with the Sacramento Kings, but was traded to the Houston Rockets midway through last season. His last contract was worth $23 million over five years with Sacramento in 2008.
Garcia isn’t expected to resign with the...
Dwight Howard Reportedly Going to Houston Rockets by NewsyVideos
Is anyone surprised that Dwight Howard left LA?
Any team giving Howard a max deal is taking some risks, as Howard doesn’t seem to have what it takes to lead a championship team. But Houston might be the best fit, with James Harden established as the clear team leader. Harden is young and doesn’t have the in-your...
The Houston Rockets! Oh wait, I didn’t mean to use an exclamation point. Whats the opposite of that – a period? Dwight has his period. There we go.
He can officially ask for a trade on December 15th.
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A person with knowledge of the Dwight Howard saga, which has lasted for about 20 months, claims that the free agent has already made up his mind on where he wants to play basketball in the upcoming 2013-2014 NBA season.Howard has picked the Houston Rockets, according to the source. The source, who wanted to keep their identity unknown because the news hadn't yet been announced...