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Rockets Dispute Notion Chemistry Isn't Properly Considered

Apr 30, 2016 12:33 PM

Daryl Morey took responsibility for the Houston Rockets' disappointing season that ended in a five-game series loss to the Golden State Warriors as the eighth seed.

"This is on me," he said. "A lot of the guys we brought in didn't work out. That's on me. We're going to do better. We're going to get back to Rockets basketball. We're going to get back to winning."

Morey disputed the notion that he does not value chemistry.

"I think it's hugely important," Morey said. "I don't remember articles about how our chemistry was great last year. I don't remember articles last year that said how great our guys were together. That's a label people throw on a team when it's not going well. The reality is we didn't have enough guys playing together and playing well. Last year, we had a lot of guys playing well and playing together. It's the same group of guys. They had good chemistry. They just didn't play well.

"It's the convenient thing to say the chemistry is bad. We lost games. Everybody is trying to figure out why we lost games. The reality is our defense was a lot worse. That was guys not playing as well as we needed them to play."

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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Daryl Morey Accuses Rival Teams Of Shaping Negative Stories About Rockets

Apr 30, 2016 12:20 PM

Daryl Morey defended the Houston Rockets' season from criticism and also accused other teams of planting or influencing stories about the team.

Morey believes the stories are a free agent ploy.

"It's been disappointing - and obviously we're all disappointed - that people are painting the season we just had and trying to make it into a larger thing than it is, which is one season that was disappointing in a sea of a lots of seasons that were successful," Morey said. "Not as successful as we want, but for sure not the entire negative environment that people are trying to paint.

"It's smart for other teams to try to paint us in a negative way. It's a very competitive free-agent situation. All the articles you see out there are other teams I think very smartly trying to paint our situation as negative. Being kicked while you're down is a smart situation by teams leaking things, trying to put stuff out there to make us look bad."

There were stories about players not wanting to play with James Harden.

"I think that's very smart, strategic positioning," Morey said. "I had to address that last year when a certain owner was painting our team in a bad light. This year is no different. I think it's very smart that other teams are trying to paint our players in a bad light. … James Harden, I don't know who wouldn't want to play with him. A top-five player in the league, unbelievable passer, unbelievable scorer. … Everything we hear is that people only want to play with him."

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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NBA: Refs Should Have Called Foul On James Harden Before Game-Winner

Apr 22, 2016 6:37 PM

The NBA says referees should have called a foul on James Harden before his game-winning shot.

It was among five incorrect calls in the last two minutes, the NBA said in its assessment of officials' crunch-time performance dubbed the "Last Two Minute Report."

On the replay from Thursday night's game, it appeared Harden pushed off Golden State's Andre Iguodala before converting the 10-foot step back jumper with 2.7 seconds to play.

Ian Clark's layup had put Golden State up by one with 10.6 seconds left after Shaun Livingston stole a pass from Trevor Ariza on the other end.


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Rockets' Top Candidates Believed To Be Jeff Van Gundy, Scott Brooks

Apr 20, 2016 3:58 PM

Jeff Van Gundy and Scott Brooks remain the top candidates for the Houston Rockets' head coaching vacancy.

The Rockets are optimistic Brooks will wait for the end of their season despite the strong interest he's received from the Washington Wizards.

J.B. Bickerstaff is currently interim head coach of the Rockets and isn't expected to return.

Van Gundy was head coach of the Rockets until 2007 and he's since been in broadcasting.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Daryl Morey's Job With Rockets Not In Danger

Apr 14, 2016 1:34 PM

Les Alexander gave Daryl Morey a public display of support in response to a recent report that the Houston Rockets would undergo a "comprehensive evaluation" after the season.

The Rockets reached the playoffs despite having an underachieving regular season.

"There is no uncertainty," said Alexander. "Daryl is with the team. We evaluate everybody, but right now things aren't changing."

Morey has been general manager of the Rockets since 2007.

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Rockets Could Bring Back J.B. Bickerstaff, But Interested In Thibodeau, Brooks

Apr 13, 2016 5:34 PM

The Houston Rockets will consider bringing back J.B. Bickerstaff as head coach next season.

The Rockets also have strong interest in Tom Thibodeau and Scott Brooks.

Thibodeau could give the Rockets a needed structure and discipline, while Brooks previously worked with James Harden during their time together with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Rockets were in the Western Conference Finals a year ago and struggled for much of the season. Kevin McHale was fired in November and Bickerstaff became interim head coach.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Rockets To Evaluate Job Of Daryl Morey In Offseason

Apr 9, 2016 4:30 PM

Daryl Morey and J.B. Bickerstaff will be subjected to a comprehensive evaluation by the Houston Rockets this offseason.

The Rockets reached the Western Conference Finals in 2015 but had a disastrous 15-16 season.

Morey's contract runs through the 17-18 season.

Dwight Howard will be a free agent and is widely expected to sign elsewhere with the Rockets rebuilding around James Harden.

"You're asking the wrong guy about that," Morey told ESPN in a recent interview when asked about his job security. "That's Mr. Alexander's choice and all I do is my job every day. He makes that call."

Marc Stein, Calvin Watkins/ESPN

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Parsons Remains Close To Dwight, Not At All With DeAndre

Apr 7, 2016 12:13 AM

Chandler Parsons has remained close to Dwight Howard after nearly two years of no longer being teammates.

Howard will be a free agent this offseason and the Dallas Mavericks are expected to pursue him.

"We have ongoing talks and text messages still to this day. He's one of my good friends. It's cool that we could have the opportunity to go into free agency this summer together," said Parsons.

"I've expressed how I think he can be one of the dominant players in this league. I think he still has a lot left in the tank. He gets criticized a lot for whatever reason, but I still think he can be one of the best big men in the league and a game-changer. He's not that old [Howard is 30]. He still has a lot left in the tank."

Parsons became close to DeAndre Jordan during the Mavericks' courtship of him last offseason, but they have since drifted apart.

"Pretty nonexistent, honestly," said Parsons "Me and DJ obviously got super close during that time. It's kind of in the past now for both of us. He's made his decision and has had a decent year in L.A., so I'm happy for him. They're a team that's a contender this year. I've said many times I'm over it. He didn't do anything illegal.

I still think he would have been a much better player individually here in Dallas. You never know what's going to happen in the upcoming years. He's a good dude at heart.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

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Jason Terry, Chuck Person Interview For UAB Head Coaching Job

Mar 31, 2016 6:54 PM

Chuck Person and Jason Terry have reportedly spoken to UAB about becoming their next head coach.

Person is currently an assistant coach with Auburn.

Terry is still with the Houston Rockets in the NBA.

Sheldon Haygood/WBRC

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Yao Ming Voted Into Hall Of Fame

Mar 30, 2016 3:25 PM

Yao Ming has been elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016.

Yao is largely responsible for the NBA’s massive reach into China and the Far East. Television ratings and merchandise sales exploded there upon Yao’s rise to stardom in the NBA.

In a career cut short because of chronic injuries – including a third left foot fracture in 2010 –Yao retired in 2011. 

Yao was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft.


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Montrezl Harrell Suspended Five Games For Shoving Referee
Montrezl Harrell was on a D-League assignment by the Rockets.

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Rockets Unsure If They'll Pursue Sergio Llull Again In Offseason
The Rockets weren't able to sign Sergio Llull and ended up trading for Ty Lawson in an attempt to upgrade the point guard position.

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Dwight Howard Interested In Return To Magic
Dwight Howard would prefer to re-sign with the Rockets, according to the report.

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Dwight Howard Believes Rockets Have 'Championship Caliber Team'
Dwight Howard's relationship with James Harden has frequently been a topic of discussion, but he insists they have a strong respect for each other

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Dwight Howard Escapes Punishment From NBA On Stickum Incident
The sent a memo to teams that the drying supplement is "strictly prohibited."

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Dwight Howard Caught Using Stickum, NBA Reviewing Incident
As Dwight Howard was about to check back into the game, he sprayed his hands at the scorerís table with a can covered in white tape.

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Dwight Howard To Hire Shaq's Agent
Perry Rogers doesn't have any other NBA clients and established his reputation as tennis legend Andre Agassi's longtime agent.

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Dwight Howard Expected To Have Interest In Knicks
It is unclear if Phil Jackson and the Knicks would reciprocate and have interest in Dwight Howard.

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NBPA Considering Filing Grievance Over Donatas Motiejunas Trade
Sources close to Donatas Motiejunas believe the voided trade could damage his status as a restricted free agent next offseason.

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Pacers Sign Ty Lawson
Ty Lawson averaged 5.8 points per game and 3.4 assists with the Rockets in 53 games this season.

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Michael Beasley Close To Deal With Rockets
Michael Beasley averaged 31.9 points, 13.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 36.5 minutes per game this season with Shandong.

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Rockets Sign Andrew Goudelock
Andrew Goudelock spent the season in China.

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Wolves Agree To Buyout With Kevin Martin
The Spurs, Rockets, Mavericks and Hawks are expected to pursue Kevin Martin.

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Rockets Agree To Buyout With Ty Lawson
Ty Lawson has proven to be a bad fit with the Rockets.

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Ty Lawson, Rockets Still Discussing Buyout
The Rockets acquired Ty Lawson last offseason and his contract for the 16-17 season is non-guaranteed.

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Dwight Howard Fires Dan Fegan As Agent
Dwight Howard said he currently does not have an agent.

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Marcus Thornton Released By Rockets
Marcus Thornton had not returned to the Rockets' active roster after the trade.

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Ty Lawson, Rockets Negotiating Buyout
Ty Lawson is still owed $3.2 million on his 2015-16 contract, having already been paid $9.2 million.

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Rockets' CEO Denies Reports Of Harden Trying To Fire McHale, Trade Howard
The CEO of the Rockets denied a report that James Harden asked for Kevin McHale to be fired as head coach and that he also did not ask Daryl Morey to trade away Dwight Howard.

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James Harden Pushed For Rockets To Fire Kevin McHale
James Harden has since angled for the Rockets to trade away Dwight Howard.

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