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  1. Report: Francisco Garcia looking at options, including return to Rockets

    Jul 25, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT

    Francisco Garcia

    Francisco Garcia opted out of a veteran minimum deal, he will re-sign for a veteran minimum deal.

  2. Report: Rockets planning all-out push for LeBron James

    Jun 20, 2014, 2:08 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Miami Heat

    Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh are reportedly Houston’s backup options

  3. Kevin Durant scores 42, Thunder win a chippy one over Rockets

    Mar 11, 2014, 11:21 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant led the Thunder to victory with his 42 points, but not before there were plenty of fireworks between the two teams.

  4. United States draws into soft group for basketball World Cup this summer

    Feb 3, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT

    via FIBA.com

    This is pretty much the opposite of what happened to USA Soccer for the World Cup. Pools for the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, taking place in Spain this summer, were drawn Monday and the USA landed in probably the easiest group. The USA is in Group C with the Dominican Republic,…

  5. Jeremy Lin back Monday for Rockets; James Harden out with ankle sprain

    Dec 23, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Dallas Mavericks

    The good news for Houston: Jeremy Lin will be back and in the starting lineup for the Rockets Monday against Dallas, which is good news with Patrick Beverly out for about six weeks with a fracture in his hands. The bad news: James Harden is sitting out Monday to rest the sprained ankle he tried…

  6. The Extra Pass: Nets believe they’re headed in the right direction, and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 28, 2013, 8:10 AM EDT

    joe johnson steve blake

    NEW YORK – The Nets fell to 4-11 on the season after an early blowout ended up becoming a heartbreaker before the final buzzer sounded. But the vibe around the team is good despite the rough start, because some of the key players believe that the recent effort shown has the beginnings of trending things…

  7. The Extra Pass Weekend Roundup: Seven storylines from Week 1 and Sunday recaps

    Nov 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    One week down, 23 more to go. Let’s look at some of the emerging storylines from the first week of the season. A Sneaky MVP Candidate Emerges There’s a real struggle to discern what’s real and what isn’t in the early part of the season, and the standings are almost a totem of sorts. If…

  8. Houston’s point guard battle still interesting, up in the air

    Oct 22, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

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    Monday night the focus around the Houston Rockets was how Omer Asik and Dwight Howard would play together. And the answer was Asik was really rusty and so the whole thing was awkward, but it’s too early to tell how it ends (probably with an Asik trade). However, I still find the point guard battle…

  9. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Houston Rockets

    Oct 22, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Dwight Howard

    Last season: The Rockets began the year with the somewhat surprising trade for James Harden — surprising because of the Thunder’s choice to deal him so soon instead of pursuing a title with him in place for one more season. It was the right call on Houston’s part, as Harden immediately turned into the offensive…

  10. FIBA Americas: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Argentina and Mexico qualify for 2014 FIBA World Cup

    Sep 9, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

    Dominican Republic's Martinez celebrates after defeating Canada during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    The 2013 FIBA Americas Championship tournament will wrap up this week, but the important part was concluded on Sunday when the semifinalists were finalized. The top four teams of the tournament automatically earn berths to next year’s FIBA World Cup (an Olympic qualifier) meaning Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Argentina and Mexico are one step closer…

  11. FIBA Americas results and recap, featuring Jack Michael Martinez vs. Luis Scola

    Sep 1, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Argentina's LuisScola goes for a basket against Martinez of Dominican Republic during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    The 2013 FIBA Americas tournament finished its second day of action on Saturday night. The games that were supposed to be the best ended up being the most lopsided but, on the bright side, even those games were relatively fun to watch for a weekend in August. Saturday’s featured game, according to your’s truly, took…

  12. FIBA Americas tips off Friday. We breakdown why you might care.

    Aug 29, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Team USA had a mini-camp workout for some younger players this summer, but that was basically it for the senior men’s team. USA Basketball largely gets to take the summer off and gear up for the World Championships in Spain next summer. But much of the rest of the world is going at it in…

  13. Rockets officially sign Aaron Brooks and Reggie Williams

    Jul 19, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Aaron Brooks

    Now that the Rockets have Dwight Howard, the goal is to surround him and the rest of the team’s core with enough talent and depth to build a contending team. With that goal in mind, the Rockets have officially added two perimeter threats that should be able to take advantage of the space Howard creates…

  14. Winners and losers to this point in NBA free agency

    Jul 7, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Introduce Chris Paul

    Teams began entering into agreements with free agent players shortly after midnight Eastern on July 1, but due to a league-imposed moratorium on activity, no deals can be officially signed until July 10. We’re almost there, and plenty of the top names available have indeed been swooped up by teams looking to make a splash…

  15. Rockets agree to two-year deal with Francisco Garcia

    Jul 7, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Francisco Garcia

    Francisco Garcia was essentially a throw-in as part of the deal made at the trade deadline that sent Thomas Robinson from the Kings to the Rockets. Garcia was looked at as not  much more than an expiring contract,  because he had a team option for next season for $6.5 million that was out of line…

  16. Knicks pursuing Francisco Garcia and Matt Barnes

    Jul 2, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Francisco Garcia

    The Knicks need another small forward. Chris Copeland is a free agent and could join the Pacers soon. Steve Novak was included in the original Andrea Bargnani trade, and Quentin Richardson was added to the revised version. James White was nearly waived during the season, and he’s probably headed to China. Iman Shumpert might play…

  17. While the Lakers wait on Dwight Howard, they’re pursuing outside shooters for Mike D’Antoni’s system

    Jul 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Chicago Bulls

    Dwight Howard is the Lakers’ first (and second and third) priority in free agency. They’ll meet with the big man on Tuesday with the hope that their pitch seals the deal on his return to Los Angeles where he will anchor their franchise and lead them into the post Kobe Bryant era. However, as the…

  18. Monday And-1 links: Andre Drummond to work out with Hakeem

    May 13, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like Chicagoans love to boo LeBron James… • Detroit rookie big man Andre Drummond…

  19. Scott Brooks lets Omer Asik steal the show from Kevin Durant and James Harden in Thunder’s Game 5 loss to Rockets

    May 2, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's coach Brooks shouts at an official during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff against Houston Rockets in Oklahoma

    Kevin Durant has an attitude. Kevin McHale has a sense of humor. Scott Brooks has a job (for now). James Harden has an illness. And we have a Game 6. The Rockets beat the increasingly vulnerable-looking Thunder, 107-100, tonight. After taking a 3-0 series lead, Oklahoma City has lost two straight, but none more embarrassingly…

  20. Rockets-Thunder Game 5 preview: Patrick Beverly returns to Oklahoma City after Russell Westbrook injury

    May 1, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverly drives against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    After trying for a steal on the play that injured Russell Westbrook, Patrick Beverly has become disliked – in some cases, to extreme levels – among Thunder fans. So, now that the series has shifted back to Oklahoma City, nobody is taking any chances. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle: Arena security stationed a police…

  21. Serge Ibaka misses bunny at the buzzer in Thunder loss (VIDEO)

    Apr 30, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Four

    Oklahoma City had its chances. There will be a Game 5 after the Rockets beat the Thunder Monday night (although that’s likely where it ends). But the Thunder had their chance at a sweep, it just seems like the final play became a scramble of lost opportunities like much of the game was for them.…

  22. Kevin Durant & Thunder solve Rockets’ gameplan; Chandler Parsons comes up big in Rockets’ win

    Apr 30, 2013, 1:31 AM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant

    Chandler Parsons stood on the court and said, “It’s unbelievable.” Moments ago, Serge Ibaka laid on the same court court and covered his eyes with both hands before making his body limp as two of his teammates tried to pick him. A few feet away, Reggie Jackson, knocked to the ground, sat up and reached…

  23. Jeremy Lin out for Game 4 with bruised chest injury

    Apr 29, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Jeremy Lin has been ruled out for the Rockets in Game 4 against the Thunder due to a bruised chest injury, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Lin originally suffered the injury in the first half of Game 2, and was unable to start the second half because of it. He…

  24. James Harden says Kevin Durant’s late three-pointer was ‘a lucky shot’

    Apr 28, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    To say that Kevin Durant was the beneficiary of a fortuitous bounce on this three-pointer that went down with 36.9 seconds remaining in the Thunder’s Game 3 win over the Rockets would be an understatement. The ball first hit the back of the rim, then bounced off high into the air, before landing softly on…

  25. Kevin Durant scores 41, Thunder take 3-0 lead, but Rockets show how Russell Westbrook’s injury could hurt Oklahoma City later

    Apr 28, 2013, 1:44 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    Kevin Durant swarmed Jeremy Lin as the Rockets point guard tried to call timeout early in the second quarter, hacking at the ball and Lin until a official granted the timeout. That play – intentionally similar to the one where Patrick Beverly injured Russell Westbrook in Game 3 – aggravated Lin’s chest injury, and he…

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