Houston Rockets Unlikely to Add Top-Tier Free Agent

In what could be a complete reversal of philosophy for the Houston Rockets under general manager Daryl Morey, the team is apparently preparing to miss out on upper-echelon free agents when the market opens on Wednesday. According to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen, Morey and company are more focused on retaining their own free agents right now. Per the report: “The...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Rockets Looking To Spain For Upgrades

HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 28: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets dribbles past Devin Harris #20 of the Dallas Mavericks during Game Five in the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2015 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Rockets: Which Free Agents Should Houston Re-Sign?

March 18, 2015 – (Source: Scott Halleran/Getty Images North America)   By Christopher Kline: Staff Writer/Hoopstuff… Free Agents: Josh Smith (UFA) Patrick Beverley (UFA) Jason Terry (UFA) Corey Brewer (Player Option) Kostas Papanikolaou (Team Option) KJ McDaniels (UFA) After a rough ending to a spectacular season in which the Houston Rockets overcame numerous odds to emerge...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Josh Smith Saga: Should he Stay or Should he go?

NEW ORLEANS, LA – MARCH 25: Josh Smith #5 of the Houston Rockets goes up for a dunk against the New Orleans Pelicans on March 25, 2015 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images) Now that the confetti has settled and the Golden State Warriors have been named NBA Champions, the NBA offseason can officially begin. While 28...
Via The Sports Journal
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Which free agents will Houston keep this summer?

The Houston Rockets have several key rotation players set to hit free agency this offseason, and it's up to general manager Daryl Morey to figure out who's worth keeping and who isn't. Arguably the biggest question mark is Josh Smith, who Houston acquired in December after the forward was bought out by the Detroit Pistons. Smith was incredibly helpful during the team's run to the...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Did Josh Smith Take So Many Shots?

With superstars as big as James Harden and Dwight Howard on their roster, expectations will be high for the Houston Rockets no matter what happens with the rest of the team. Two of the Rockets’ regular starters—stretch 4 Donatas Motiejunas and nails-tough point guard Patrick Beverly—were injured for the entire playoffs, but there is a lingering feeling of disappointment that...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockets Offseason: Fact or Fiction

The Rockets season ended about a week ago and as with any team that did not win the championship the question remains how can this team improve in the offseason? The Rockets are a team that has a lot of promise, but also a couple of huge holes. With this article I will take a stab at my predictions of what will happen this offseason (as opposed to what should happen). I will attempt...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Josh Smith is a total wild card in free agency

Even though he does not play for them, and will never ever again, the Detroit Pistons still owe Josh Smith a lot of money. Like, $5.4 million every year until 2019. This gives the unrestricted free agent some serious flexibility as he fields offers this summer. Will Smith return to the Houston Rockets, jump on board with a different contender for the league minimum (knowing he's...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Josh Smith: 'I feel like I have top-10 talent'

Josh Smith's stint with the Houston Rockets has been brilliant and miserable, sometimes touching both ends of the spectrum in the same night. He's a polarizing 29-year-old, one who views himself differently than the general public does.Smith said as much during a recent interview on Grantland with Charles Bethea. When asked what his ceiling is as a player, here was Smith's response...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

James Harden must take over for Rockets to win Game 5

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports The Houston Rockets came away with a season saving Game 4 victory over the Golden State Warriors, and are looking ahead to Game 5 on the road at Oracle Arena on Wednesday night. It was a huge win to say the very least, and James Harden played like the superstar that he is with 45 points on 13-22 shooting and 7-11 from behind the arc, nine rebounds...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockets given memo of Warriors' plans had they swept series

The Golden State Warriors do not lack confidence. After collecting a league-best 67 wins and having little problems in the first three rounds of the Western Conference playoffs, the Warriors have good reason to feel like the favorites to win the title. But the team might have gone a little too far Monday night. Following the Houston Rockets' 128-115 win over the Warriors, Rockets...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Hot start helps Rockets stave off elimination against Warriors

The Houston Rockets are not done yet. Facing elimination in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors, the home team dominated out of the gate. Houston made 8-of-9 from three-point range and tallied a first quarter NBA Playoff record 45 points in the opening stanza. Aided by this hot start, Houston was able to stave off what was a patented Warriors...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA Playoffs: Don’t Count out the Houston Rockets

I know it’s easy to think that the Houston Rockets will be sitting on the banks fishing in the next week or so, but not so fast my friend. Steph Curry is hitting video game like shots and even Andrew Bogut had a dunk that may be on ESPN’s Top 10 Highlights, but it’s not the time to pull the plug on the Rockets. The Houston Rockets are currently sitting 0-2 in the Western Conference...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Josh Smith happy how everything is working out in Houston

Before he arrived in Houston, Josh Smith's NBA career was slowly turning into a dumpster fire. He shot 41.3 percent from the floor in two years with the Detroit Pistons, and was a bad fit from the start, launching more threes than ever before and getting to the free-throw line less frequently. It was a disturbing trend, but things have been more smooth with the Rockets. Here's Jenny...
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Daryl Morey deserves all the credit for Houston's underrated depth

The Houston Rockets have very quietly been one of the deepest teams in the league for most of the season, and general manager Daryl Morey deserves more credit than he's getting for assembling their roster.Here's more fantastic insight courtesy of SB Nation's Tom Ziller:"Just as skepticism was due to Houston teambuilder Daryl Morey when the Rockets looked lost, credit is due when...
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Rockets Josh Smith Follows Up Blake Griffin Block With a Dagger From Behind the Arc

When the Houston Rockets acquired Josh Smith there were many that wondered why. There were many that said it was not a good idea; that he wasn't worth the money and would not be a big help to the team. Those folks are loving him just as much as every other basketball in the city of Houston after the performance he had Thursday night. Thanks to his late game heroics the Rockets were...
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Dwight Howard and Josh Smith Force Game 7

AAU teammates Dwight Howard and Josh Smith took over win or go home Game 6, by sparking a drive that pulled the Rockets even and then ahead for good despite being down by 19 points at one point in the second half. “We all just want to win, because we understand how important this season and this time is to us,” said Dwight Howard, What happened 20 years ago was great for the...
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Clippers - Rockets Game Six: Inconceivable

Do Not Touch The OwnerI've watched pro hoop longer than many of you have been alive. I go all the way back to CBS tape delaying the Finals as the Magic & Kareem Lakers slapped my Sixers silly. Every spring, I hide in my basement and stay up too late and jam hoop into my veins. I watch a lot of this.And I've never seen a series where...> Both teams spit in the eye of Basketball...
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockets will start Josh Smith in Game 6

The most noticeable adjustment Rockets head coach Kevin McHale made in Game 5 was replacing Terrence Jones in the starting lineup with Josh Smith. That will stick in Game 6, too, according to a report from ESPN's Calvin Watkins:"The Rockets also will keep power forward Josh Smith in the starting lineup, according to a source. In Game 5, McHale moved Smith into the lineup, benching...
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Key adjustments keep Houston's season alive

The Houston Rockets managed to stiff-arm elimination in Game 5, but wouldn't have done so without a few key adjustments. They stopped intentionally fouling DeAndre Jordan (for the most part) and Kevin McHale switched up the rotation by replacing Terrence Jones with Josh Smith in the starting lineup.Here's what James Harden had to say afterwards about the differences between Game...
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May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Houston Is Coming Undone… and Undoing A Lot Of Good Work

Professional sports is a bottom-line business: You either win or you lose. True enough. However, the complexities of competition and the plot twists provided by all sorts of events — especially injuries — rightly alter the ways in which we assess coaches and players. There can certainly be honor in losing — you just have to lose well. Right now, the Houston Rockets aren’t...
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May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

James Harden: Matt Barnes remark to my mom was ‘disrespectful’

James Harden called the profane remark made by Clippers’ Matt Barnes to Harden’s mother was “disrespectful,” but the Rockets star is only focused on Friday’s Game 3 of the Western Conference series that’s tied 1-1. “In any situation when you’re talking about somebody’s parents, it’s disrespectful,” Harden said Friday, per “I’m focused on Game...
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Josh Smith: Rockets played ‘hero ball’

The Houston Rockets had their chances against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 on Monday night, but they were badly outplayed in the second half. Selfishness on offense was one of Houston’s biggest issues, according to Josh Smith. Smith, who hit just 3-of-12 shots from the field and 1-of-5 from beyond the arc, said...Read More
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Here's a closer look at Houston's supporting cast

Rockets fans know the team's various role players inside and out, but here's an introduction for those who're unfamiliar. From Trevor Ariza to Josh Smith to Pablo Prigioni to Jason Terry, here's a look (courtesy of the Houston Chronicle) at several guys who do a fantastic job supplementing Houston's two superstars: James Harden and Dwight Howard. Below, the spotlight shines on Ariza...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

What did Kevin McHale whisper in Josh Smith's ear? (VIDEO)

Josh Smith was a beast in Houston's opening round demolition of the Mavericks. He did everything: score, rebound, defend and, most importantly, float perfect lobs towards the rim and watch Dwight Howard slam them home.But once it became clear Houston would advance to the next round, Rockets coach Kevin McHale grabbed Smith and whispered something in his ear.It's your guess as good...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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