Nov 24, 2014 2:15 PM EST
The New York Knicks have started the season slowly, while two of Carmelo Anthony's free agency suitors, the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks, look capable of going on deep title runs.
Anthony and the Knicks play both teams on the road this week.
"Of course I know that they're playing very well," Anthony said at shootaround Monday morning. "It's not something that I kind of say to myself that I regret doing this or regret doing that."
Anthony bought into the vision of Phil Jackson to stay with the Knicks.
"No, I can't do that," Anthony said of playing the what-if game. "I can't do that. I can't do that. That's just not my nature as a person. I would never be able to sit down and ask myself 'what if?'"
Anthony said he "took a deep, long look at" all that Houston had to offer, such as weather, and no state tax. He had conversations with Howard, but in the end wanted to remain with the Knicks.
"We had some great dialogue back and forth," Anthony said. "I talked to him. We talked about some things. Ultimately it came down to what I felt at that moment, what I really wanted.
"Me and Dwight had some contact and some conversation. He tried. He tried extremely hard. It didn't have anything to do with Dwight or James or anything like that. It came down to my own decision."
Nov 22, 2014 6:46 PM EST
Dwight Howard underwent a platelet-rich plasma therapy treatment on his right knee on Thursday.
Houston Rockets athletic trainer Keith Jones confirmed Howard underwent “platelet rich protein therapy,” another term for Howard’s PRP treatment.
“It feels a lot better,” Howard said. “I had to get a shot in it to clear some of the stuff out it. I’m trying to do whatever I can to get back on the floor.”
Howard was not in the Rockets' lineup on Saturday and Kevin McHale said there is no timetable for when he will return.
Nov 22, 2014 2:36 PM EST
James Harden discussed the difference that Trevor Ariza has made in the Houston Rockets' lineup this season.
“His leadership, his defensive abilities, his shot-making -- all three of those things are something that we were lacking last year,” Harden said. “[Ariza] brings that ability to the table this year.”
Harden downplayed the impact of Parsons' departure over the summer, describing himself and Howard as Houston’s cornerstones and the rest of the roster as role players.
Parsons has said he does not pay attention to Ariza's play.
"I don't pay any attention to him," Parsons said recently. "Listen, many people replace many people every year in this league. He's a good, proven player in this league. He's supposed to play good for them."
Nov 20, 2014 1:23 PM EST
Josh Powell has officially joined the Houston Rockets' coaching staff.
Powell has been working with the Rockets in a coaching role since October.
Powell spent part of last season with the Rockets and has played eight NBA seasons.
Nov 20, 2014 1:25 AM EST
The Houston Rockets are actively seeking to deal the $8.34 million trade exception that they acquired in the Jeremy Lin trade to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Rockets have talked to teams about 10 to 12 players.
The Rockets had been expected to wait until more players were eligible to be traded, either after Dec. 15 when players signed in the off-season can be dealt or more likely at the February trade deadline.
Nov 20, 2014 1:04 AM EST
Kobe Bryant was asked if he believes Dwight Howard is a p-word, as Kevin Durant called him during a recent game.
Bryant called Howard "soft" repeatedly in their game on opening night this season.
“No, I don’t feel that way I don’t think Kevin [Durant] does (either).
“When you get in argument with somebody, you'll say things out of frustration and out of anger that you really don't mean."
Nov 19, 2014 1:00 PM EST
Goran Dragic plans to opt out this offseason to test free agency, according to sources.
Dragic previously stated that he planned on opting out in order to re-sign a long-term deal with the Phoenix Suns.
Sources say the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers will be options for Dragic.
At issue with the Suns and Dragic is the guard logjam on the team, which Dragic addressed on Tuesday. He told AZCentral.com’s Paul Coro that the reason for some of Phoenix’s early struggles this year is, “Because there’s only one ball and we’re all point guards. That’s an easy answer.”
Dragic’s numbers have dipped this year (15.6 points, 47.5 percent shooting), and the Suns generally have had a harder time offensively.
Nov 19, 2014 10:38 AM EST
Dwight Howard is under investigation by authorities in Georgia in regards to allegedly hitting his six-year-old son with a belt, according to multiple reports.
Howard admitted, according to TMZ, to hitting his son with the buckle of his belt, leaving bruises and abrasions on his legs.
Howard has not been charged or arrested.
The NFL suspended Adrian Peterson for the rest of the season this week after he pled a child abuse case.
Nov 18, 2014 2:14 PM EST
Nick Johnson has been assigned to the Houston Rockets' single-affiliation NBA D-League partner, Rio Grande Valley.
Johnson has appeared in three games with the Rockets so far this season, totaling two points and a rebound in 11 minutes of playing time.
Nov 18, 2014 10:17 AM EST
The pressure of joining another Big 3 played a part in Chris Bosh's decision not to sign with the Houston Rockets and instead remain with the Miami Heat on a five-year, $118 million contract.
Bosh had just spent the past four seasons perceived as the third best player in a Big 3 behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
"I could see where people would think that's an attractive site," Bosh told CBSSports.com. "They were trying to win right away. And I was really happy to be touted that I possibly could've been out there. But you know, that doesn't guarantee anything, and I know that. All that guarantees is a bunch of pressure."
"Bottom line, he enjoyed his four years in Miami and believes they can still compete for championships," Bosh's agent, Henry Thomas, told CBSSports.com.
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Nov 16, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Cavaliers and Rockets view Corey Brewer as a notable boost for their wing depth.
The Rockets assigned Clint Capela to Houstonís single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley on Monday.
Dwight Howard is considering wearing knee pads after banging knee early this season has him already battling a minor injury.
The Rockets and Pacers also have registered varying levels of intrigue in Quincy Miller, sources said.
LeBron James empowered his agent Rich Paul to meet with several teams to Klutchís offices in Cleveland for free-agent presentations without him present.
A Lakers source said Kobe Bryant repeatedly called Dwight Howard "soft" during their altercation.
Ahead ofthe Rockets' opening night game at the Lakers, Dwight Howard said his free agency decision in 2013 had nothing to do with Kobe Bryant.
The Rockets have waived Jeff Adrien, Ish Smith and Earl Clark, the team announced Monday.
Kenyon Martin also participated in basketball activities on Friday, giving some Rockets players the impression that he still intended to play this season, sources said.
The Rockets have claimed forward Earl Clark off waivers.
The Rockets have signed Geron Johnson and requested waivers on Akil Mitchell.
Josh Powell has been waived by the Rockets, league sources told RealGM.
Chris Bosh was close to signing a four-year, $88 million deal with Rockets, but decided to remain with the Heat.
The Rockets plan to utilize the NBA Development League heavily this season for their two draft picks, Clint Capela and Nick Johnson.
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The Rockets and Pistons are interested in Chase Budinger, but are reluctant to take him on due to his $5 million player option for next season.
The Rockets have decided to release forward Robert Covington while continuing to listen on trade interest, league sources told RealGM.
Oct 07, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Goran Dragic and Rajon Rondo are free agents in 2015, while Kevin Durant will hit the open market in 2016.
Oct 07, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Mavericks were pursuing Chandler Parsons along with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.
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