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Suspended Indefinitely: Steve Francis Flames Out

by Colin McGowan

Apr 27, 2020 8:46 PM

It was a miracle that Steve Francis made it to the NBA, and that miracle was primarily self-delivered. In retrospect, Francis was fighting against a lot more than his id. Read more »

Tags: Steve Francis, Houston Rockets, NBA

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The Pleasures Of Chris Paul Playing For Low Stakes

by Colin McGowan

Jan 30, 2020 9:36 PM

Chris Paul might have been happy for the opportunity to compete for titles in Los Angeles and Houston, but he was miserable throughout every game. Read more »

Tags: Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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2019-20 Southwest Division Preview

by Keith P Smith

Oct 23, 2019 12:25 PM

On the Grizzlies' exciting rebuild, Houston's big gamble on Russell Westbrook, Dallas seeing what they have in Doncic and Porzingis, the Pelicans in Year 1 of the Zion era, and the Spurs doing very little but outperforming expectations yet again. Read more »

Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, NBA

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Thirty Histories: Houston Rockets

by Colin McGowan

You get the sense Ralph Sampson, if he had been designed by NASA engineers rather than a cruel god, still would have ended up as one of the great Yeah, But guys of his generation: an immensely gifted, lightly snakebitten antecedent to Vince Carter and Chris Webber. Read more »
Stars In Exile: Chris Paul And Blake Griffin After Lob City

by Micah Wimmer

The twin fates of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul speak to the fickle nature of player power and to the boom or bust mentality that has taken over team management. Read more »
Russell Westbrook's Full-Blown Conundrum

by Colin McGowan

Russell Westbrook can either rage against the minor humbling he's been due his entire career, or he makes a few changes to his approach and we see how far the Rockets can go with everybody on the same page. Read more »
2019 Western Conference Offseason Chatter From Summer League

by Keith P Smith

With so much turnover this offseason, and another exciting draft class, teams had lots and lots to say. Read more »
Chris Paul In Exile

by Colin McGowan

After burning through two franchises in three years, Chris Paul is now what other people make of him, and not the other way around, as he's so strongly insisted over all these years. Read more »
Houston Rockets: 2019 NBA Offseason Preview

by Keith P Smith

Daryl Morey promised changes this summer, but it's a little hard to see where those changes are going to come from. Read more »
The Lie Of Golden State's Inevitability That Describes The Truth

by Colin McGowan

The Warriors didn't exactly play like giants in Game 5 so much as they played like themselves- brilliantly, then sloppily, then plenty well enough to win. Kevin Durant wasn't there at the end, but then again neither was James Harden. Read more »
The NBA's Four Exceedingly Disparate Semifinals

by John Wilmes

The Bucks and Celtics finally playing serious basketball, the Kawhi Leonard avalanche, auditing Warriors-Rockets and the hardwood candy of Nuggets-Blazers. Read more »
Sports Will Always Have Imperfect Rules, Enforced Unevenly

by Colin McGowan

The Rockets are arguably just as good as the Warriors, and though they need the referees to do a decent job in order to win the series, they also need to do a bunch of other stuff that's not well beyond their control. Read more »
The Maximum Available 2019 Cap Space for All 30 NBA Teams, Version 2.0

by Keith P Smith

The Knicks, Clippers, Hawks, Kings and Lakers project to have the most cap space this offseason. Read more »
Finding Role Players On The Fly Within Mike D'Antoni's Structural Freedom

by Matthew Tynan

As everyone rightfully paid attention to the absolute insanity of the must-see James Harden watch-a-thon, it was guys like Kenneth Faried and Austin Rivers arriving in the night and immediately revitalizing a team that needed it badly. Read more »
Even The NBA's Strong Are Fragile

by Matthew Tynan

Golden State and Houston will be players in the end. But what this game spotlight is the fragility of an organization and what can befall it when even one different player, coach or front-office member is introduced to the fold. Read more »
2018 NBA Offseason Review: Southwest Division

by Keith P Smith

On the offseason moves by the Mavericks, Rockets, Spurs, Grizzlies and Pelicans. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Chris Paul

by Colin McGowan

There is something acutely tragic about the greatest control freak of his generation sitting courtside, immobilized while his championship-caliber team gets bounced from the playoffs. Read more »
The Maximum Available 2019 Cap Space For All 30 NBA Teams

by Keith P Smith

The NBA cap will jump by $7 million while some of the bad contracts of 2016 will come off the books, which means an abundance of cap space again. Read more »
2018 Western Conference Summer League Notes

by Keith P Smith

Keith Smith emptied his notebook after speaking to players, coaches, front office personnel and agents with all 15 Western Conference teams. Read more »
The Stakes For Carmelo Anthony With The Rockets

by Colin McGowan

It would be wonderful, especially for folks who defended Carmelo in his prime, if he could find a way to make it work in Houston. He's a generational talent who hasn't totally gotten his due. Read more »