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Rockets Promote 2 Members Of Front Office

Apr 20, 2019 12:39 AM

The Houston Rockets promoted Rafael Stone and Eli Witus, two key members of their front office. 

Stone will become the vice president of basketball operations with Witus being named the assistant general manager.

"We are very fortunate to have Rafael and Eli. They work wonderfully together providing strategic insight and analysis. Collectively, they are on the cutting edge of basketball decision-making and have been key to our ability to put the team in the place we are today. It is important to us organizationally to be flexible and creative as we find ways to add to our roster and these two are at the forefront of that effort. Whether it be acquiring Chris Paul two years ago or signing Clint Capela this summer, we are leaning on them to identify winning players and figure out the best method of fitting them into our team," said Daryl Morey in a statement. 


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Rockets Believe They're Better Than Last Season

Apr 18, 2019 11:33 AM

The Houston Rockets consider themselves a significantly better team now than last season when they took the Golden State Warriors to seven games.

"We're as good as anybody, if not better than everybody," said Mike D'Antoni.

The Rockets began the season 11-14 but have recovered ever since with key midseason additions and better health from Chris Paul and Clint Capela. Houston has the NBA's best record and net rating since the All-Star break.

"We have more confidence than last year," Capela told ESPN after anchoring another dominant defensive effort. "But it's just the beginning, because last year we went so far. We still know we have a lot to do. It's just two wins in the playoffs. We know that we have to get 16 wins total, and it gets harder every game."

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Daryl Morey Reportedly Earns $8M Per Season Under Extension With Rockets

Apr 16, 2019 7:23 PM

Daryl Morey earns approximately $8 million per season with his contract extension with the Houston Rockets, according to industry estimates. Last week it was reported that Magic Johnson was earning $10 million per season in his role with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Morey signed a five-year extension with the Rockets last month.

Morey previously signed a contract extension in the summer of 2017.

The Philadelphia 76ers pursued Morey to replace Bryan Colangelo in 2018.

Morey has been general manager of the Rockets since May of 2007.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden Named Players Of The Month For March/April

Apr 11, 2019 6:24 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden have been named the Players of the Month for March/April.

This is the fourth Player of the Month honor for Antetokounmpo this season after he won the award for the months of February, December and October/November. This month’s honor marks the fifth time he’s won Player of the Month in his career. 

Antetokounmpo averaged 30.0 points, 12.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.8 blocked shots per game, while shooting 57.0 percent from the field and 75.8 percent from the foul line, in March/April. 

Harden scored more points (696) than minutes played (695) over the final 20 games.

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Daryl Morey: Warriors Aren't Dead Yet, We Need To Win Now

Apr 11, 2019 10:10 AM

Daryl Morey has repeatedly said the Houston Rockets' goal is to defeat the Golden State Warriors. Morey was asked whether there's part of him that thinks the Rockets can simply outlast Golden State's dynasty to finally advance to The Finals.

"They’re not dead yet! No, no, we need to win now," said Morey.

Morey was also asked if he doubted their style following their Game 7 loss in which they missed 27 straight three-pointers.

"If we didn’t play our style, we’re probably out in the second round, losing in six games to somebody. Our style got us to that Game 7 where we happened to miss a bunch of threes. But the reality is we were close to winning it, even missing 27 threes. In reality, we only missed 25 in a row. It was close."

Morey has been trying to maximize the Rockets' title window during the prime of James Harden.

"We have a long tradition of winning here and, obviously, we have the best player in the world. When you have the best player in the world, you can’t accept anything less than giving yourself a very good chance to win the title.

"So we’re not going to accept that, and if we’re trending towards not giving James Harden and Chris Paul a chance to win the title, we’re going to keep changing until we do. Or we’ll fail trying."

Kelly Iko/The Athletic

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Mike D'Antoni Expected To Rejoin Rockets Before Playoffs

Apr 9, 2019 2:32 AM

Mike D'Antoni is expected to be released from the hospital on Tuesday and rejoin the Houston Rockets before the playoffs.

D'Antoni has been hospitalized with an intestinal virus since last Friday. Jeff Bzdelik has filled in as interim coach.

"We're lucky we have some amazing assistant coaches and mature, vet players on this roster and in this organization to where guys know what we need to do. It's pretty simple. Obviously, we love Mike and we want him back and healthy as soon as possible. But until that time, we have to go out there and try to win games and play the right way," said James Harden.

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Rockets Make NBA Record 27 3-Pointers Versus Suns

Apr 7, 2019 11:08 PM

The Houston Rockets hit 27 3-pointers in their 149-113 win over the Phoenix Suns, setting a new NBA record.

Eric Gordon tied a career-high with 8 3's, with James Harden adding 5 more from deep.

Jeff Bzdelik coached the Rockets for the second straight game as Mike D'Antoni sat out with the flu. 

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Rockets Sign Michael Frazier For Remainder Of Season

Apr 7, 2019 4:54 PM

The Houston Rockets have signed guard Michael Frazier for the remainder of the season.

Frazier has been playing for the Rockets single-affiliation G League partner Rio Grande Valley and is the 53rd Call-Up of the season.

Frazier (6-4, 200) was recently named the 2018-19 NBA G League Most Improved Player after averaging 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals. He averaged 28.5 points through the first two rounds of the G League playoffs and helped the Vipers advance to the best-of-three Finals, which begins tonight. Frazier will be with Rio Grande Valley on assignment from the Rockets.

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Lou Williams: Rockets Paid A Healthy Price For Chris Paul

Apr 3, 2019 9:32 AM

Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell have formed one of the NBA's best pick-and-roll partnerships and are arguably the league's two leading candidates for Sixth Man of the Year. Williams is the favorite for the award and Harrell could come in second.

"They just match each other's speed," Doc Rivers said. "They feel each other."

The Clippers acquired Williams and Harrell in the Chris Paul trade with the Houston Rockets in 2017.

"The Rockets paid a healthy price for Chris Paul," said Williams.

Williams and Harrell have become their best versions of themselves with the Clippers.

"We just got a good culture here, man," Williams said.

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Rockets Claim Trevon Duval Off Waivers

Mar 27, 2019 7:16 AM

The Houston Rockets have claimed Trevon Duval off waivers.

Duval was waived on Sunday by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Duval went undrafted out of Duke in 2018.

Kelly Ilko/The Athletic

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Chris Paul: James Harden Is Still MVP Despite Loss To Bucks
Harden finished with 23 points and 10 assists in the loss.

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Trae Young, James Harden Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Trae Young averaged 25.3 points, 11.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds as the Hawks went 2-1.

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Rockets Sign Chris Chiozza For Remainder Of Season
Chris Chiozza has averaged 13.2 points, 7.7 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals in the G League this season.

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Mike D'Antoni Calls James Harden's 61-Point Game 'One Of The Best Performances'
Harden has scored 118 points in his last 2 games.

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Hawks 'Pretty Much Told' Chris Paul He'd Be Picked No. 2 At 2005 Draft
Chris Paul fell to No. 4 in the 2005 NBA Draft as the Hawks picked Marvin Williams Jr.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Daryl Morey Agrees To Five-Year Extension With Rockets
Daryl Morey became GM of the Rockets in 2007.

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Eric Gordon: No Other Team But Rockets Have A Chance Against Warriors
The Rockets took the Warriors to seven games in last season's Western Conference Finals.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Rockets Agree To Convert Two-Way Contract Of Danuel House
The deal will be for the remainder of the current season.

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Mike D'Antoni Compares The Latter Stages Of Chris Paul's Career To Steve Nash
Paul leads the NBA in creating the most "wide open" looks per game.

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Raptors, Rockets To Play 2 Preseason Games In Japan
It marks the first time an NBA team has played in Japan since 2003.

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Daryl Morey Supports Play-In Tournament, Byes For Playoffs
Morey added that he wants to see byes in the playoffs to make getting a top seed more meaningful.

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Rockets To Sign Terrence Jones To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Terrence Jones played just 78 seconds in one game with the Rockets this season.

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James Harden's 30-Point Streak Ends At 32
James Harden had a chance to get to 30 before the final buzzer, but elected to hold onto the ball with the game decided.

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James Harden Listed As Questionable Against Warriors
Harden received treatment for his neck and shoulder during the Rockets' loss to the Lakers.

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James Harden: Scott Foster Has Personal Issue, He Shouldn't Officiate Our Games Anymore
James Harden was critical of Scott Foster after Houston's 111-106 loss at the Lakers in which he fouled out.

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Rockets Sign Chris Chiozza To 10-Day Contract
Chiozza averaged 13.1 points and 6.8 assists in the G League.

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Rockets Sign Terrence Jones To 10-Day Contract
Jones was drafted by the Rockets in the first-round of the 2012 draft.

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Chris Paul On Matchup WIth Rajon Rondo: 'Write The Check, Move On'
Paul and Rondo, along with Brandon Ingram, were ejected and suspended for fighting in a matchup earlier this season.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

James Harden Characterizes Streak As Something He Has To Do To Help Rockets Win
James Harden is averaging 41.5 points on 27.3 field goal attempts during his streak.

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Clint Capela Expected To Return After All-Star Break
Capela has been out since injuring his thumb on January 13th.

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