Kevin McHale's dismissal more surprising than Rockets' slow start

Firing season is upon us with the Houston Rockets parting ways with Kevin McHale as head coach. Despite the team's poor start, the firing was slightly shocking given McHale's recent three-year extension and Houston's surprising run to the Western Conference Finals amid a slew of injuries to key rotation members. But the NBA, like most sports leagues, thrives off a "what have you...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Trevor Ariza on the Rockets: “We’re not playing hard enough”

Coming into this season, many expected the Houston Rockets to be in the mix for the top spot in the Western Conference. But the same thing that plagued the Rockets last season is showing up again this season and that is bad defense. Even with the defensive presence of center Dwight Howard, the Rockets are ranked towards the bottom when it comes to team defense. Forward Trevor Ariza...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston's Trevor Ariza: 'We aren't playing hard enough'

Trevor Ariza and the Rockets have struggled out of the gates. Stacy Bengs AP Photo/Stacy BengsThere has been a lot of debate about what's wrong with the Houston Rockets, or why they have been so inconsistent to start the season.Veteran forward Trevor Ariza seems to think he has the answer.After a tough weekend that included losses to the Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks, Ariza...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Most disappointing NBA teams in first week of season

Look, James Harden. I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed. The MVP-caliber shooting guard leads the Houston Rockets, but he guided them down a losing path during the first week of the season, while a few other NBA teams underwhelmed, too. Though a slow start doesn’t doom a given franchise, some playoff contenders like the Rockets must dig themselves out of a small hole. Each...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Dwyane Wade can still get up, Trevor Ariza is unimpressed (VIDEO)

Dwyane Wade may be 33, but he still moves like he's in his 20s. Steve Mitchell USA TODAY SportsThe Dwyane Wade aging process has taken place before our eyes. Or maybe it hasn't.Wade threw down a sick, putback dunk during Sunday's preseason contest against the Rockets, but apparently, that didn't do much for Houston swingman Trevor Ariza, who responded on the very next possession...
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October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch Isaiah Thomas block Trevor Ariza's dunk

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas is 5'9", one of the smallest players in the NBA. But he's fearless and can jump really high, a necessary combination if he's ever going to protect the rim. During an exhibition game between Seattle Pro-Am and the Drew League, Thomas pulled off the impossible when he denied Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza at the rim. Watch it below.This...
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August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Isaiah Thomas stuffs Trevor Ariza dunk attempt in Pro-Am game (Video)

5-foot-9 Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas isn’t exactly known for his hops or for his rim protection. But on Saturday, Thomas proved that his vertical leap is a lot closer to Nate Robinson’s than it is to J.J. Barea’s. The 26-year-old stole the show over the weekend at the first-ever Seattle Pro-Am vs. Drew League game by soaring to reject a dunk attempt by 6-foot-8 Rockets...
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August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Isaiah Thomas blocks Trevor Ariza in exhibition

If you’ve ever seen Isaiah Thomas play, you know not to be fooled by his diminutive stature. Apparently Trevor Ariza has yet to get that memo. Thomas laced them up for the Seattle Pro-Am squad in an exhibition game against the Drew League on Friday night, and it didn’t take long for him to provide one of the highlights of the summer. Ariza drove baseline and elevated for...
August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Isaiah Thomas makes amazing block on Trevor Ariza dunk at Seattle Pro-Am

As we continue onwards into the offseason, the Seattle Pro-Am last night hosted the Drew League in an exhibition game featuring many notable players including James Harden and Zach LaVine. One of those players for the Seattle Pro-Am is Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas and during last night’s performance, he made incredible block on Trevor Ariza attempting a slam dunk: Isaiah...
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August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where IT had some fun at Trevor Ariza’s expense

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. For those wondering what Isaiah Thomas is doing in the dog days of August, he’s out in Seattle playing hoops. Last night Thomas participated in an exhibition game between Seattle ProAm and the Drew League. I’m...
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August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Isaiah Thomas is our rim protector

When you're five foot nothing, a hundred and nothing and a man a foot taller than you tries to dunk a basketball, that's a mismatch.Don't tell that to Isaiah Thomas. The man has more than enough athletic ability to compensate. Check out 5'9 @Isaiah_Thomas rejecting a dunk attempt by 6'8 Trevor Ariza #DrewLeagueVsSeattleProAm — (@Ballislife...
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August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

The Phoenix Suns Should Greatly Benefit from the Marcus Morris Trade

HOUSTON, TX – MARCH 21: Trevor Ariza #1 of the Houston Rockets and Marcus Morris #15 of the Phoenix Suns battle for a loose basketball during their game at the Toyota Center on March 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Mandatory Credit: Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) When twin brothers Markieff and Marcus Morris ended up in Phoenix together in 2013, it was a mushy, too good to...
Via The Sports Journal
July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

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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June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Houston looking to trade 18th pick and Terrence Jones

If the Houston Rockets are going to add a third star this summer, they need to start clearing some serious cap space. The most obvious suspect to move is Trevor Ariza, who's set to make $8.1 million next year and is under a team-friendly contract that decreases annually until 2018.But Ariza is a valuable player in Houston's system, which could make GM Daryl Morey hesitate to pull...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Trevor Ariza: I could beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1 right now

Michael Jordan turned 52 a few months ago, but the NBA legend has as much confidence today as he did when he was 22. Recently, Jordan insisted there are some players on his Charlotte Bobcats squad that he could beat in a game of 1-on-1. TMZ has made it a point to ask various players...Read More
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June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Should Houston trade Trevor Ariza for a third star?

If the Houston Rockets want to add a third star this summer, they'll probably first have to move Trevor Ariza's contract to clear up enough cap room.It's what makes swinging for the fences particularly difficult for GM Daryl Morey this summer. Ariza was a crucial cog on one of the league's best defenses last season, and moving him for a player who, in all likelihood, isn't as dominant...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Trevor Ariza thinks Houston is on the right track

Adding Trevor Ariza after losing Chandler Parsons was a move of mild genius by Daryl Morey last season. From the opener to Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, the small forward was the Houston Rockets' most consistent and best all-around defender. His three-point shot came and went, but Ariza brought it every night and helped the Rockets embrace defense as their winning ticket...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Klay Thompson diagnosed with concussion, out indefinitely

Klay Thompson took a shot to the head from the knee of Rockets forward Trevor Ariza during the Warriors’ series with the Houston Rockets. Initially it was reported that Thompson had not suffered a concussion, despite reports that he couldn’t drive himself home. That kind of thing is a calling card of concussions suffered by Browns players in the past, and yet in the face of that...
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Klay Thompson Diagnosed With Concussion

Klay Thompson has been diagnosed with a concussion. Thompson was hit in the head by Trevor Ariza during Game 5 and developed symptoms that evening. Thompson won't return to the court until he's cleared by league protocol.
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Dwight Howard: ‘I’m still a champion’

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports Dwight Howard sat down at the podium following the Houston Rockets 104-90 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday and answered a few questions. One of the questions Howard was asked was how tough it was to overcome injuries and then have the season end in five games in the Western Conference finals. “It’s tough, but I won’t stop fighting...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Klay Thompson suffers concussion-like symptoms ‘after’ win

To be filed under “How Convenient:” With nine minutes left in Golden State’s series-clinching win over Houston, guard Klay Thompson took a knee to the head after pump-faking Trevor Ariza out of his jockstrap. It was quite a blow, as Thompson started bleeding from the ear like Ricardo Montalban had put one of those Star Trek II leeches inside of it. After visiting the locker...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Golden State Warriors May Not Want the Start of the NBA Finals Moved Up

With the Cavaliers sweeping Atlanta and Golden State expected to beat Houston Wednesday night (like they did) the NBA has been rumored to be looking in to seeing what it would take to move the start of the NBA Finals up. However, after the last two games the Warriors may want the week off to heal before the Game One next Thursday.Steph Curry is not 100 percent after taking a hard...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Klay Thompson takes knee to head from Ariza

The Golden State Warriors took care of the Houston Rockets and emerged victorious in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on Wednesday night, but a big question mark surrounds the health of the Splash Brothers—Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Curry took a scary fall and exited Game 4, although he did later return. The league’s MVP struggled on Wednesday as well, draining...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Klay Thompson takes flying knee to head from Trevor Ariza (Video)

First it was Steph Curry taking a huge tumble against the Rockets, and then it was Klay Thompson getting hurt. In the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday night, Thompson took a flying knee to the head from Trevor Ariza. He left the game to be examined but later...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Klay Thompson takes knee to the head from Trevor Ariza in Warriors-Rockets Game 5

As the Golden State Warriors look to make to the NBA Finals, Warriors star Klay Thompson had a scary moment happen to him in the fourth quarter of tonight’s game five of the Western Conference Finals. During a Warriors possession, Thompson pulled off a nice pump-fake which got Houston’s Trevor Ariza caught in the air going for the shot. Watch as Ariza’s knee ends up hitting...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss
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