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Rockets' Battier Expected To Miss 6 Games

Rockets' forward Shane Battier received a cortisone shot in his right foot on Tuesday and is expected to miss the next six games.

He has been struggling with pain and soreness in the foot.

"It got to the point after the Utah game (Saturday), I stayed in bed for four hours," Battier said. "I couldn't get out. We've had a lot of games, a lot of excessive pounding I didn't react well to. Hopefully, the shot of cortisone will address some inflammation, and I can manage the pain."

Via Houston Chronicle

Rockets Sign Mutombo For Rest Of Season

The Rockets have re-signed center Dikembe Mutombo, 42, for the rest of the season.

Mutombo appeared in 39 games for Houston last season, logging most of his minutes after Yao Ming broke his left foot in February.

Mutombo averaged five rebounds, three points and 1.2 blocks.

Via ESPN

McGrady To Begin Sitting Out Back-To-Backs

Rockets guard Tracy McGrady says that he and the team have agreed he will not play both games of a back-to-back.

"Me and coach talked about it, and I think when we do have back-to-backs, we'll really have communication to decide which game I should play and which game I should sit out," McGrady said.

He sat out Saturday's game against the Jazz after facing the Hornets on Friday.

Houston coach Rick Adelman said there is no set plan about which game McGrady will skip, but that the decision might be based on the schedule.

Via Houston Chronicle

Rockets Send Dorsey To D-League

Houston Rockets forward Joey Dorsey was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets? NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today.  Dorsey is the 14th player to be assigned from an NBA team to the NBA D-League this season.  

Originally selected in the second round, 33rd overall, of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, Dorsey was traded to Houston  on Draft night and appeared in three regular season games for the Rockets, scoring two points and grabbing one rebound.  In four preseason games, Dorsey averaged 3.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

Via Press Release

Rockets Make Moves To Sign Mutombo?

The Rockets moved Steve Francis to the Grizzlies to help create cap room, which might help them sign free agent Dikembe Mutombo.

Houston wanted to create cap room, and they still want Mutombo back.

However, Dikembe has also garnered interest from Boston and San Antonio.

Via Houston Chronicle

Jeff Van Gundy Won't Return To Bench Soon

Former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy, who recently signed a five-year deal with ESPN/ABC as an analyst, ended speculation that he could return to the coaching ranks in the near future.

"I'm not sure I'd have gotten a job," Van Gundy said, although he does miss some of the perks. "I greatly miss the competition, camaraderie and, to be honest, the charter flights. Now I have to take commercial flights ?man, oh, man!"

Via USA Today

Francis Dealt To Memphis

The Houston Rockets traded guard Steve Francis to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Rockets included their 2009 second round draft choice with Francis.

In exchange, the Rockets receive a trade exception worth roughly $2.6 million and a conditional 2011 second round pick from Memphis.

The Grizzlies, then located in Vancouver, selected Francis with the second overall pick in the 1999 draft. Francis refused to play for the Grizzlies and was quickly traded to Houston.

Via CBS Sports

Spurs Nearly Dealt Scola To Cavs Instead

Before Luis Scola was traded from the San Antonio Spurs to the Houston Rockets in 2007, there was a done deal which had him on his way to join LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Houston Chronicle is reporting.

The Spurs had the deal done to trade Scola?s rights to the Cavaliers, only to have it fall apart. Two hours later, talks heated up with the Rockets and within two more hours, the Rockets acquired the rights to Scola for Vassilis Spanoulis.

Scola went through ups and downs even more trying than the teams?.

?I think about it occasionally,? Scola, who had 11 points and eight rebounds on Tuesday, said. ?I was really, really, really close. Until four hours before I was traded (to Houston) I was 80 percent sure I was coming to Cleveland.

?I was excited. Now, I think the best thing that could happen to me was to go to Houston. I?m really happy with everything, the way it turned out.?

Via Houston Chronicle

Cavaliers Still Unbeaten At Home

The Cleveland Cavaliers survived what LeBron James called a heavyweight fight to defeat the Houston Rockets 99-90 on Tuesday night and still remain the league's only undefeated team at home, the Associated Press is reporting.

"That's a great team," James said. "They're a proven team from the West, and we're a proven team from the East, and we bumped heads together."

James punctuated one of Cleveland's closest wins at Quicken Loans Arena -- and a heated game -- by slapping Yao Ming's layup attempt into the backboard in the final minute.

Via ESPN

Alston Set To Return For Houston

Rafer Alston is set to return to the court on Tuesday night for the Rockets in their pivotal game against the red-hot Cavaliers.

Alston has missed the team's last four games because of a strained left hamstring.

"I wanted to go tonight (Monday), but the big man (Rockets' athletic trainer Keith Jones) said (Tuesday) was better," Alston said. "He just felt one more day of rest would be a good thing for me."

Via Houston Chronicle

Houston Rockets Archives

Artest: Martin Is Better Than Reggie Miller

Rockets' forward Ron Artest compared two of his old teammates recently and decided that Kings' guard Kevin Martin is better than retired Pacers' guard Reggie Miller.

Boston Wants Mutombo, But Expects Him In Houston

Doc Rivers confirmed on Wednesday that the Celtics are interested in free agent center Dikembe Mutombo, but he also predicted he would return to Houston.

RealGM Recaps For Games On Tuesday, Dec. 16th

Tracy McGrady recorded a triple-double to lead the Rockets over the red-hot Nuggets, highlighting Tuesday night's NBA action.

Artest To Sit With Ankle Sprain

Houston forward Ron Artest will miss the team's next two games because of a sprained right ankle.

Alston Beginning To Find His Shot

Rockets guard Rafer Alston is beginning to find his shot after having surgery to repair ligament and tendon damage in his right ankle this offseason.

Mitchell Firing A Surprise To Alston

Rockets' guard Rafer Alston was shocked to hear that the Raptors fired coach Sam Mitchell on Wednesday.

T-Mac Says He'll Sit Three Weeks

Rockets guard Tracy McGrady says he'll miss three weeks of action to rehabilitate his sore left knee.

McGrady To Miss Another Week

Rockets star Tracy McGrady will miss another week because of his sore left knee.

McGrady, Rockets Look For Second Opinion

Rockets guard Tracy McGrady sat out Sunday night's loss to the Nuggets, and will fly to Alabama on Monday to meet with Dr. James Andrews.
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