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Grizzlies’ Dismissal of Dave Joerger Latest in Series of Broken NBA Partnerships

May 7th, 2016
The Houston Rockets thought the world of Kevin McHale on the day they fired him. Smart guy. Fine coach. Better person. There’s the door. On the day Larry Bird canned Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel over the phone, he described him in a press conference as “the best.” He called him “a great ...

It’s Time for James Harden to Be a Better, Bolder Leader for Houston Rockets

November 19th, 2015
HOUSTON — James Harden offered his version of the company line. “Something had to change,” he said. Rockets management agreed. But Harden was not talking about the change the bosses had enacted. Rockets owner Leslie Alexander and general manager Daryl Morey believed that change had to be on the bench and fired Kevin McHale ...

Diagnosing Houston Rockets’ Shockingly Dreadful Start to 2015-16 NBA Season

November 3rd, 2015
The Houston Rockets did not have to turn to their celebrated math club of a front office. The analytics needed were simple arithmetic. The Rockets lost their first game to the Denver Nuggets by 20 points and promised not to panic. As Pat Beverley pointed out, there were still 81 regular-season ...

How Will Houston Rockets Make the Bold James Harden/Ty Lawson Experiment Work?

October 8th, 2015
HOUSTON—James Harden has said all the right things about the addition of Ty Lawson to the Rockets offense. He said he wanted someone to take some of the playmaking load off his hands. He would like to get more catch-and-shoot looks. He welcomes the tweaks to the Rockets offense. He must ...

Can Rockets Survive Western Conference Playoffs Without an Elite Point Guard?

April 4th, 2015
DALLAS — Houston Rockets guard Jason Terry nailed his corner three-pointer and for just a moment seemed ready to perform his “taking off” jet pantomime on Thursday night. He paused in front of the Dallas Mavericks’ bench, glanced back at the former teammates and coaches still around and chose to simply ...

Are Heavy Minutes Finally Wearing Down James Harden?

March 24th, 2015
The question seemed reasonable, even routine. Rockets guard James Harden had played more minutes than anyone in the NBA. He had carried at least as heavy of a load. Was he tired? Harden gave the sort of look that Kobe Bryant sent to Jimmy Kimmel when Kimmel asked if the Lakers ...

Back in Houston, Ariza Happily Finds Role That Right for Him, Rockets

October 10th, 2014
Jonathan Feigen HOUSTON -- From the moment Trevor Ariza first joined the Rockets and in some ways even in the months before he signed on that day in July, 2009, he was filling in for someone else. He had been fated to that no-win situation in the Rockets’ era of injuries, ...