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  1. Report: Miami, Phoenix start talking to Erick Dampier again

    Nov 11, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

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    The Erick Dampier free agency experiment really has defied easy explanation. He was bought out by the Charlotte Bobcats back well before the season to save cash, that was a given. Then we expected he would latch on pretty quickly somewhere — he’s a serviceable backup big man who would play for near the minimum,…

  2. Yao Ming leaves game with leg injury

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:59 PM EDT

    Joel Przybilla Yao Ming

    Yao Ming played physical basketball, the only way he really knows how. And the results seemed sadly familiar, if not that serious Yao played 6:14 of the first quarter — having a couple run ins with JaVale McGee of the Washington Wizards — and he left at that point with a tendon injury.  The run…

  3. Patrick Patterson assigned to D-League by Rockets

    Nov 9, 2010, 6:33 PM EDT

    2010 NBA Draft

    The Rockets went with what they thought was the best man at the board, drafting power forward Patrick Patterson at No. 14 last June. A big man who has a midrange game and a nice jump hook, who just had to learn how to play defense a little bitter. Problem is, there was no way…

  4. Aaron Brooks says he is out four to six weeks

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:15 AM EDT

    ABrooks_layup

    Aaron Brooks sprained his ankle Saturday night against the San Antonio Spurs and had to sit out Sunday when the Rockets picked up their first win of the season against the Timberwolves. He’s going to be out a while longer. Brooks himself told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle (via twitter) he will be out…

  5. Erick Dampier not nearly as much of a Rocket as we may have previously thought

    Nov 7, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

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    There was talk, and then there was more talk, and it looked very much like Erick Dampier was going to be a Rocket. Even Jermaine Taylor was getting shoved out the door in a way that suggested he had his spot reserved for someone else. Certainly looks like the Rockets need some more size with…

  6. The tasty underside of the Rockets’ defense so far

    Nov 7, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Houston Rockets

    The Houston Rockets are 0-5, which is just bizarre. They’ve fought hard against good teams and been in positions to win, only to find new and inventive ways to lose. This is a team that many consider one of the most fun teams to watch, and a legitimate playoff contender. So what in Olajuwon’s name…

  7. The good, and the so bad it’s ugly surprises of the NBA season

    Nov 3, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    We’re a week into the NBA season and some things are what we expected — the Lakers, Heat and Celtics are good; the Sixers are not; John Wall is dynamic; Kobe won’t talk about his injuries; and the Grizzles are making bad contract decisions. But there are surprises, and not to go all Forest Gump…

  8. Rockets looking to trade Jermaine Taylor, or he’ll get waived

    Oct 31, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Jermaine-Taylor

    Erick Dampier is in for Houston. That means Jermaine Taylor is out. If you want him, he can be yours. The Rockets are shopping Taylor around before just cutting him outright, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld. It makes some sense for Houston, there was interest from several teams in signing off waivers so why…

  9. Wojnarowski: Dampier agrees to one-year deal with Rockets

    Oct 29, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

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    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, free agent center Erick Dampier has agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Rockets. On paper, this looks like a great move for the Rockets. Dampier is a big body who’s always had a good defensive reputation; the Rockets desperately need a true backup for Yao Ming…

  10. Report: Erick Dampier close to deal with Rockets

    Oct 29, 2010, 1:09 AM EDT

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    We know you’ve missed the Erick Dampier free agency updates. Almost as much as you’ve missed Erick Dampier. But we have an update and soon you may have Damps to kick around again. Dampier is close to a deal with the Houston Rockets, according to Hoopsworld. Houston was one of several teams Dampier met with…

  11. What we learned about Houston — it’s all about the guards right now

    Oct 27, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    ABrooks_layup

    Yao Ming looked rusty — which makes sense after 15 months away from the game at this level. He rushed shots and missed things that by Thanksgiving will fall. Luis Scola scored 18 but took 18 shots to do it, including going 2-for-7 on midrange jumpers he can hit. He didn’t look like the player…

  12. Game of the night II: Lakers take trip down memory lane, including sloppy win

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:14 AM EDT

    Bryant_blake

    Laker fans filled Staples Center to relive the glory of last year, to see the rings handed out and banner number 16 unveiled. They got that and more. They got the full Lakers treatment from last season (the regular season). They got the good and the bad. There was a half of sloppy defense, a…

  13. Yao Ming will start against Lakers, just as David Stern had planned

    Oct 25, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Yao_autographs

    The Lakers will hang another banner up at Staples Center and get some gaudy rings. But that’s not the only big storyline Tuesday night in Los Angeles — Yao Ming will be back on the court. Rockets coach Rick Adelman had a decision to make: He isn’t going to play Yao on both ends of…

  14. Chuck Hayes to miss final two preseason games with sprained right ankle

    Oct 20, 2010, 7:22 PM EDT

    Chuck Hayes

    Here’s the report, courtesy of FanHouse’s Sam Amick: Houston forward Chuck Hayes has a sprained right ankle and will miss the Rockets final two preseason games. Even though Hayes is extremely undersized for the center position and completely lacking anything resembling offensive skills, he’s carved out a successful niche for himself in the NBA thanks…

  15. Timberwolves, Grizzlies hope preseason success carries over to games that matter

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

    Love_Beasley

    Preseason games are not irrelevant. A team’s record in them can have some correlation to the regular season. Not so much with the elite teams — nobody thinks Boston is any better at 6-1 in the preseason, nobody is reading much into the Lakers being 2-3. Come deep in the playoffs those teams will still…

  16. NBA Season Preview: Houston Rockets

    Oct 14, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

    rockets_huddle

    Last season: 42-40. They were average on offense, average on defense and had an average record — which is actually pretty impressive considering they had no stars to carry them. This was a good squad of role players waiting for a leader. Head Coach: Rick Adelman, who missed the playoffs last season for just the…

  17. Kyle Lowry to miss one more game with bone bruise

    Oct 10, 2010, 4:49 AM EDT

    Kyle Lowry, James Singleton

    Kyle Lowry missed Saturday’s game against the Indiana Pacers, and according to the Associated Press, he’s due to miss one more game — Houston’s match-up with Cleveland later tonight — before returning to the lineup for the Rockets. An MRI revealed a bruise on Lowry’s right knee, and while that injury isn’t particularly serious, it…

  18. Yao Ming’s limp not because of his foot. Well, it kinda is, but not what you think.

    Oct 7, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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    We made note of it as did many other outlets — Yao Ming played 12 minutes in the Rockets first preseason game then came out with a slight limp. On a guy who just missed an entire season after foot surgery, it’s a concern. We’ll it’s not pain in his foot that’s the problem, according…

  19. Yao Ming putting it all in one more comeback

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    It can be easy — too easy — sitting on our couches or on our computers to just throw Yao Ming in the often-injured pile. But it’s really not that simple. We can forget just how good he was. This is a 7’6″ guy who can bang in the paint and has a soft touch…

  20. Luis Scola needs a nap

    Oct 2, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    It was inevitable. We had too many “No, I feel great” comments about playing in FIBA this summer. We needed the inevitable comment from someone who just admits they’re exhausted. Playing a full season, then playing in training camp for FIBA, then the travel, then the play in FIBA, then training camp for the league?…

  21. Rockets’ stand on extensions make this season now or never

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    Yao Ming does not have a contract for next season. Nor does Shane Battier. Or Chuck Hayes. Jordan Hill and Courtney Lee’s deals are at the team’s option. Aaron Brooks did not get an extension and is pretty ticked about it. The Houston Rockets are not giving out extensions to anyone, as GM Daryl Morey…

  22. Aaron Brooks wants a contract extension. Not going to happen.

    Sep 29, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    The Houston Rockets really don’t do contract extensions. The last non-rookie deal contract extension they did was in 2004 (and that was for Tracy McGrady, which worked out so well). Aaron Brooks — the breakthrough point guard and guy who just won the Most Improved Player award — thinks he should be the exception. This…

  23. Erick Dampier says it's down to four teams, Portland now in mix

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Erick Dampier made a decision, he wanted to take his backup center talents to South Beach, like everyone else. But for reasons not totally clear, Miami didn’t want him (Damps is not a great center, but he’s better than anyone they’ve got). So he’s taking his time making another decision. He told Sam Amick of…

  24. Toronto is the new, slightly gimpy horse in the race for Erick Dampier's services

    Sep 27, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    A union between Erick Dampier and the Miami Heat apparently made too much sense to come to fruition. Now, rather than the serviceable big man going to the championship contending team a bit lacking in serviceable big men, Dampier will likely land with another playoff-caliber squad. Or maybe the Toronto Raptors. According to Adrian Wojnarowski…

  25. Report: Fesenko to re-sign with the Jazz

    Sep 26, 2010, 10:07 PM EDT

    It’s a testament to the desperate state of NBA centers that Kyrylo Fesenko is relevant news with training camp starting this weekend in some places, but them’s the breaks. Marc Stein of ESPN reports via Twitter that Fesenko has decided to pass on an offer from the Houston Rockets and accept a one-year, $1 million…

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