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  1. 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…

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

    Mar 17, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Aaron Brooks not yet a fit for the Suns

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:22 AM EDT

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    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…

  6. 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…

  7. Shane Battier to Memphis for Thabeet trade becomes official

    Feb 24, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

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    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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Rio Grande Valley Vipers sign former Duke guard Jon Scheyer

    Feb 18, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Jon Scheyer

    Jon Scheyer was never a surefire NBA player to begin with, a point made crystal clear when he went undrafted last summer. That said, Scheyer still seemed like an interesting prospect, even if he’s fairly limited in terms of athleticism. As a tall combo guard who can initiate offense and his outside shots consistently, Scheyer…

  11. The other Nugget everybody wants? Nene.

    Feb 17, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    Do people realize how good Nene is? He’s not just another one-named Brazilian. He averages 15 points a game but he’s shooting 63.7 percent to get them (best percentage in the league, easily). He’s strong and draws a higher percentage and-one fouls than anyone in the league save Reggie Evans. He’s good on the boards.…

  12. Carmelo Anthony trade updates: Don’t believe anybody

    Feb 15, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

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    It’s at the point with the Carmelo Anthony trade drama to stop taking anything anybody says seriously. It’s all lies, spin and negotiation tactics. Any truth in comments from people involved in the trade is incidental to their motives. Look at Tuesday’s reports. The New York Daily News is saying the Knicks could make a…

  13. Rick Adelman thinking about retirement as the guard seems to be changing

    Feb 14, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Jerry Sloan walked away. At the end of the Lakers season, Phil Jackson is headed to Montana and his ranch. Larry Brown is without a job. Then there is Rick Adelman, who was drafted into the NBA in 1968 to play for the then San Diego Rockets. It’s now 43 years later and Adelman is…

  14. Rick Adelman sympathizes with Jerry Sloan’s situation

    Feb 12, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    When Jerry Sloan resigned this week, the reaction was almost unanimous across the league: shock. Sloan was an institution, someone who had always been on that sideline, week in and week out, year in and year out, for the Jazz and now, midseason, he was just gone. Just… gone. It created a moment for players…

  15. Report: Bulls, Rockets have discussed Courtney Lee for Omer Asik trade

    Feb 10, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Courtney Lee

    In a time of some rather crazy trade rumors, here’s a little one that makes some sense, out of the Houston Chronicle. There have been talks with Chicago about center Omer Asik, according to a person with knowledge of those conversations. The Bulls have been looking for a shooting guard and have inquired about Courtney…

  16. Everything Must Go! Rockets looking for trade-deadline deals

    Feb 9, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

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    Now we get to see what wunderkind Daryl Morey can really do. When he came in as general manager of the Rockets the goal was to put together a good group of role players to go around stars Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. Morey did that — the Rockets have maybe the best collection of…

  17. Rockets, Knicks talking Aaron Brooks deal. Or not.

    Feb 8, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Consider these Aaron Brooks trade rumors a case study in sources. We’ll start with this: The New York Knicks need a backup point guard behind Raymond Felton. Toney Douglas has some skills but does not seem a point guard fit in the Knicks up-tempo style. In Houston, Aaron Brooks is coming off the bench and…

  18. Spurs sign three-point specialist Steve Novak from D-League

    Feb 7, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Steve Novak

    Well, that didn’t take long. We told you Friday former Maverick (and Clipper and Rocket) Steve Novak was headed to the D-League’s Reno Bighorns to try and play his way back into an NBA contract. Monday we learned that the San Antonio Spurs are about to pick up Novak, according to Jonathan Givony of Draft…

  19. Rick Adelman not worried about next season, next contract

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    rick adelman

    Houston is at a crossroads — the plan of a team based around Yao Ming crumbled around the big man’s ankles and they have to figure out what is next. With that, they have done the smart thing and not offered any contract extensions to the six potential free agents on the roster. Flexibility, that’s…

  20. Rockets suspend Aaron Brooks for walking off court

    Feb 6, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Aaron Brooks

    Aaron Brooks is getting a time out for acting like a four year old. Midway through the fourth quarter of the Rockets overtime win against Memphis Saturday night, Aaron Brooks was subbed out by Rockets coach Rick Adelman. Brooks walked past the bench and straight to the locker room. Not because of injury but because…

  21. Cuban reiterates (sort of) Mavs would be willing to trade for ‘Melo without extension

    Feb 3, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    You kind of have to read between the lines of the Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told the Sporting News. Well, not very hard. It’s actually obvious what he is really saying, he just doesn’t want to write David Stern another large check. Cuban can’t say Carmelo Anthony by name — that would be tampering —…

  22. Deron Williams out again Wednesday, to see wrist specialist

    Feb 2, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    The Utah Jazz are not right without Deron Williams. No offense intended Earl Watson, but the offense is sluggish and sloppy with him out. If you’ve seen the Jazz without Williams, it has not been pretty (even if they have won two of three). It will not be pretty tonight either, when Williams misses a…

  23. Lakers Andrew Bynum out Tuesday with bone bruise on knee

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Deep breathes Lakers fans. Deep breathes. This is not serious. Center Andrew Bynum will be out for the Lakers Tuesday night against Houston after suffering a bone bruise on his left knee, according to Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell (via twitter). The injury was suffered during the Boston game. An MRI was conducted — you can’t…

  24. Yao Ming again voted an All-Star starter, cue outrage

    Jan 27, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    In Yao Ming’s election as a starter for the Western Conference All-Stars, there’s no heart-warming consolation to be had; Yao Ming’s season is gone, and his inclusion in this event — which will give him the eighth All-Star berth of his career — is really just a reminder of why using a popular vote as…

  25. Kings’ Carl Landry smacks coach Paul Westphal

    Jan 27, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    Carl Landry

    Paul Westphal has struggled to get along with his best big man (DeMarcus Cousins), has struggled to get everyone on the same page on offense, and he has struggled with rumors of losing his job. (He’s not getting fired, if you take the word of a team owner.) Wednesday, Carl Landry was willing to publicly…

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