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James Harden, Not Kobe Bryant, Deserves to Be Starter at 2015 NBA All-Star Game

January 20th, 2015
The starters for the NBA All-Star Game will be announced on Jan. 22, and when they are, Kobe Bryant will, in all likelihood, get the nod over James Harden. It seems that almost every year there is at least one ridiculous result, and for the second time in a row, ...

Are Houston Rockets in Danger of Burning out James Harden?

January 13th, 2015
James Harden is an MVP candidate for the Houston Rockets, and deservedly so. He’s virtually carried the offense on his back. But is there a price to pay with that? Harden is not only the Rockets’ leading scorer, he’s at the top of the NBA with 26.9 points per game. A ...

Will Terrence Jones Have a Role Left on Houston Rockets?

January 6th, 2015
There is a saying in sports that you can’t lose your job due to injury. Terrence Jones, though, may be about to see his rotation spot disappear almost entirely as a result of a peroneal nerve contusion which is beginning to feel more like a perennial nerve contusion. He began the ...

Houston Rockets’ Schedule Breakdown and Record Predictions for January

December 30th, 2014
The Houston Rockets' schedule for the month of January is weirdly fascinating. They’ll be facing either the best or worst the league has to offer, and how they navigate the month could ultimately have a big impact on their final seeding. Houston faces 17 foes in the first month of the ...

Will James Harden’s Ref-Baiting Come Back to Bite Him?

December 9th, 2014
James Harden goes to the free-throw strip a lot. He’s attempted (192) and made (172) more freebies than anyone in the league this year. Is there something foul to the frequency with which he draws fouls? Is he a ref-baiter? And will it come back to bite him in the ...

5 Potential Midseason Acquisitions for the Houston Rockets

December 2nd, 2014
The Houston Rockets have another tool in their belt they can use before the season is over: the trade exception from dealing Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers last summer. They have various assets they can offer in return for anyone they might acquire. Daryl Morey, prior to the season, ...

The Best New Rivalries in the NBA

December 2nd, 2014
There is a need for new NBA rivalries to take hold of our imagination and make us turn on the TV. For years, the greatest feud was the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. Now, that enmity has been laid dormant, as both teams are relegated to rebuilding obscurity. On ...

How Safe Is Patrick Beverley’s Job as Houston Rockets’ Starting Point Guard?

November 29th, 2014
As the Houston Rockets’ starting point guard Patrick Beverley continues to miss games with injury, the Rockets’ failure to miss him much raises questions about his importance to the starting lineup. It has been demonstrated he is replaceable. That could come from within the existing structure of the team, with Isaiah ...

How James Harden Can Become Dark-Horse NBA MVP Candidate

November 11th, 2014
James Harden is leading the Houston Rockets to a surprisingly good start. In fact, if things continue on their present trajectory he might even win the Most Valuable Player award. The MVP is one of the more misunderstood and controversial awards because "valuable" is not clearly defined. “Value” is about as ...

3 NBA Players Who Could Learn a Lot from Watching Joakim Noah

October 31st, 2014
Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls, more than any player in the league, is better defined by his intangibles than his numbers. There are more talented centers in the league, but Noah plays on their level because of who he is as much as what he does. What if they ...