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  1. Yao Ming does not sound confident he’ll play again

    May 22, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    There’s always hope. That’s the thought for a ballplayer looking to return from injury right up until that moment he finally hangs it up. You never want to let go until there’s just no chance for you get more minutes on the floor. Yao Ming may be approaching that point. The Houston Chronicle ran an…

  2. Report: McHale frontrunner for Rockets coaching job

    May 21, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Assistant coach Kevin McHale of the Rook

    Honestly, after his last stint as general manager than coach in Minnesota, I didn’t think we’d ever see Kevin McHale walking the NBA sidelines as a coach again. But he has interviewed everywhere this spring (recently with the Warriors) and was one of the three finalists for the Houston Rockets job. Now he is more…

  3. Yao Ming hopes to be back, ideally with Rockets

    May 20, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    His body keeps betraying him, but nobody can question Yao Ming’s desire or love of the game. In a couple of months, doctors will be able to tell Yao if his surgically-repaired ankle would be up to the rigors of playing in the NBA — or anywhere else — ever again. A recent MRI showed…

  4. Wojnarowski: Warriors hold “informal” meeting with Kevin McHale

    May 19, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    Here’s the report, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski: CHICAGO – Kevin McHale met with Golden State executives Larry Riley and Bob Myers to discuss the Warriors’ head coaching job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Sources called the meeting “informal” and it could turn into a more serious sit-down later with team executives and ownership.…

  5. Lawrence Frank has second meeting with Rockets

    May 17, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    Looks like the Houston Rockets are on to the second round of interviews for their head coaching gig. Lawrence Frank, the Celtics lead assistant, is had a second interview with the Rockets Monday, according to Comcast Sports New England. Frank, once the head coach of the New Jersey Nets, is one of the three finalists…

  6. Rockets head coaching search down to three finalists

    May 9, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    After interviewing a candidate pool roughly the size of the population of India, the Houston Chronicle reports they Rockets have narrowed the search to three finalists: Lawrence Frank, Dwane Casey and Kevin McHale. All three of them are former NBA head coaches. Frank is the current lead assistant for the Boston Celtics, Casey is still…

  7. Pacers take time with Vogel, so he interviews with Houston

    May 6, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Vogel

    If the Indiana Pacers don’t bring back interim Frank Vogel as coach, they are making a mistake. But before they can be bothered with Vogel, team president Larry Bird needs to sit down with owner Herb Simon and figure out who is running the team next season. And figure out the direction they want to…

  8. Rockets had plan for new coach, Adelman didn’t play along

    May 4, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    The Rockets have moved on and are apparently interviewing everyone who has ever touched a basketball for their vacant head coaching position, so we’re not going to dwell on the past. Much. But we’re going to one last time revisit the Rockets not bringing back Rick Adelman as head coach. Which seemed to be something…

  9. Add Kevin McHale, Sam Cassell to Rockets interview list

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:53 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    You know that phone call you missed today? The one where you looked at your cell and didn’t recognize the number so you sent it to voice mail? That was Rockets GM Daryl Morey calling to schedule you for an interview for the Houston head coaching job. We’re not kidding. He seems to be literally…

  10. Rockets start meeting with coaching candidates. All of them.

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Chicago State v Indiana

    And the parade of candidates has begun. The Houston Rockets need a new coach, they want someone younger who can grow with the team, and GM Daryl Morey is leaving no stone unturned. He is interviewing about as many people as live in Montana. The interviews start this week, according to the Houston Chronicle (via…

  11. Rockets to interview long list of top assistant coaches

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    The problem wasn’t Rick Adelman’s body of work, it was the feeling by Houston Rockets management he wasn’t the guy for a rebuilding team. They want a young coach to grow with and mold a rebuilding team, and so they are reaching out to top assistants from around the league, according to the Houston Chronicle.…

  12. Report: Houston may make run at Stan Van Gundy for coach

    Apr 19, 2011, 10:09 AM EDT

    Stan Van Gundy

    Houston got rid of one steady, veteran coach because of some ongoing clashes with management. But for his replacement, they seem to be looking at veterans as well, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Adelman was troubled that organization wouldn’t offer an extension during season. Two names to watch for job: Mike…

  13. Rick Adelman let go as coach in Houston

    Apr 18, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

    rick adelman

    In a move that is not shocking — even though the thought of an NBA season without him on the sidelines is — Rick Adelman has been let go by the Houston Rockets, according to multiple reports. This was expected. Adelman’s deal was up and not expected to be renewed. The Rockets missed the playoffs…

  14. Chris Paul had knee drained Tuesday

    Apr 7, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Chris Paul looked like, well, Chris Paul on Wednesday night. Houston’s Kyle Lowry was maybe the hottest point guard in the NBA the last few weeks and Paul dominated the matchup. The Hornets got the come-from-behind win. That came one day after Paul got fluid drained from his surgically-repaired left knee, according to the Times-Picayune.…

  15. Winderman: Battier a big loss for Rockets in playoff race

    Mar 28, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    The reasoning might have been right, but perhaps the target was wrong. Few approaches at the NBA trading deadline are considered as egregious as trading away your team’s chances at a playoff berth. So when Michael Jordan traded away (although “gave away” would be closer to the truth) Gerald Wallace to the Trail Blazers at…

  16. Rockets send Hasheem Thabeet to D-League

    Mar 21, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    THABEET_HASHEEM

    Hasheem Thabeet is back in the D-League. It’s as good an option as the Rockets had. They acquired Thabeet — 7’3” former No. 2 overall pick out of Connecticut — in the Shane Battier trade but they were not playing him. He’s been on the court a total of 4 minutes since the trade. But…

  17. Rockets’ Chase Budinger could be out week with ankle injury

    Mar 21, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    Chase Budinger

    Chase Budinger, who has been the Rockets starter at the three since Shane Battier went walking in Memphis, will be out likely a week with a sprained ankle, the Houston Chronicle reports. It happened in the second quarter against the Utah Jazz Sunday, where he was driving and Paul Milsap was defending and Bundinger just…

  18. PBT St. Patrick’s Day/Thursday morning one liners

    Mar 17, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    rick adelman

    Rick Adelman is likely leaving the Rockets at the end of the season, and everybody is good with that. Elton Brand tries to be understanding, but he didn’t really like Jalen Rose’s comments about Duke much either. Great name for these Knicks: They are in the Melozoic era. Also fantastic breakdown of the mixed results…

  19. Tracy McGrady admits he really wasn’t into practice. Shocking.

    Mar 16, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady,  Charlie Villanueva,  Greg Monroe

    When a bunch of nerdy guys got together in a room at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Tracy McGrady took a beating. In a discussion of guys who most wasted the talent they had, former Rockets coach (and current ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy) as well as Rockets GM Daryl Morey listed McGrady. He…

  20. Yao Ming has one more comeback try in him

    Mar 11, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Yao Ming says he is not done. Injuries to his feet have kept the one time cornerstone of the Rockets franchise out of all but five games total the last two seasons. He’s had a couple of major foot surgeries in the last two years. But he told reporters Thursday at the Rockets annual Tennies…

  21. Aaron Brooks not yet a fit for the Suns

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:22 AM EDT

    aaron-brooks-suns

    The Suns and the Rockets are two teams on the outside looking in at the playoff picture in the Western Conference, but each is on the rise. Houston had won seven of eight, and Phoenix had won five of seven coming into Tuesday night’s head-to-head matchup. The game’s result, an exciting 113-110 home win for…

  22. Can being too good, too young end up holding a player back?

    Mar 5, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Right now, as you read this (well, so long as you read it Saturday afternoon), some of the brightest minds in the NBA are on the campus of MIT. And some bloggers are there, too (including our own Rob Mahoney). It’s the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, discussing the latest in advanced metrics — that…

  23. Shane Battier to Memphis for Thabeet trade becomes official

    Feb 24, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    SBattier

    UPDATE 4:10 pm: After everyone spent hours looking for a better deal, at the last second these two decided to hook up and make this deal a reality. Battier replaces O.J. Mayo as the guy on the wing with Rudy Gay (Memphis traded Mayo to Indiana, they get Josh McRoberts back to provide front line…

  24. Report: Celtics deal for Shane Battier not happening

    Feb 22, 2011, 1:10 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Phoenix Suns

    Feb. 22, 1:10 am: According to friend of the site A. Sherrod Blakely this trade is not happening. Which makes sense. As we discuss in the post below there just isn’t much the Celtics could really offer that would entice the Rockets — nobody is going to take on Jermaine O’Neal’s deal if they are…

  25. Report: Bobcats actively shopping Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson

    Feb 21, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Charlotte Bobcats

    Well, someone is going to get traded besides Carmelo Anthony. We swear. If the Bobcats have their way one of their two best players — Stephen Jackson or Gerald Wallace — will be one of the people getting moved, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Charlotte’s active in talks to move Gerald…

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