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2016-17 nba p o of the day


dec. 27, 2016: rockets forward nene, right, exchanges heated words with mavericks guard justin anderson, center, during the first half in dallas. both players were essed technical fouls, and the rockets won 123-107 as the team piled up eight technicals and two flagrants. kevin jairaj, usa today sports






tv-radio listings: feb. 3 - houston chronicle


televisioncol. basketball w. michigan at c. michigan cbssn 5:30 p.m.col. basketball rhode island at davidson espn2 6 p.m.col. basketball iona at rider espnu 6 p.m.col. basketball creighton at villanova (w) fs2 6:30 p.m.col. basketball buffalo at ball st. espnu 8 p.m.col. hockey vermont at notre dame nbcsn 6:30 p.m.golf phoenix open golf 2 p.m.golf dubai desert cl ic golf 2:30 a.m.pro basketball l.a. lakers at boston espn 7 p.m.pro basketball chicago at rockets root 7 p.m.pro basketball dallas at portland espn 9:30 p.m.soccer bayer levekusen at hamburg fs2 1:20 p.m.soccer united states vs. jamaica fs1 6:30 p.m.radiopro basketball chicago at rockets 790 am 7 p.m.rockets in spanish 850 am






rockets' eric gordon questionable to play vs. suns


rockets guard eric gordon is listed as questionable to play against the suns on urday with a sore lower back. rockets coach mike d'antoni said gordon, the rockets' second-leading scorer, will be a game-time decision."he had some (the y,)" d'antoni said. "we'll see how he wakes up tomorrow, see how he does at shootaround."the rockets are 3-2 in games gordon has missed, beating the hornets twice and the 76ers and losing to the celtics and timberwolves."we all know," rockets forward trevor ariza said, "when somebody goes down, we have to pick them up." p o: michael ciaglo, houston chronicle image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1houston rockets guard eric gordon is listed as questionable to play against the suns on urday with a sore lower back.houston rockets guard eric gordon is listed as questi






rockets' nene out vs. bulls


nene will miss the rockets' friday game against the bulls. coach mike d'antoni said the center's groin is bothering him "a little bit."friday's game is the rockets' second in two nights, and the 14-year veteran has not played in back-to-back games at other points during the season.clint capela will start at center, d'antoni said. p o: john raoux/ ociated press image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1nene will miss the rockets' friday game against the bulls.nene will miss the rockets' friday game against the bulls. p o: john raoux/ ociated press rockets' nene out vs. bulls1 / 1back to gallery






petsmart shares its hilarious, adorable pet p os with santa claus


p o: amy sussman/ap images for petsmart image 1of/181captioncloseimage 1 of 181these pet p os with santa claus were taken at petsmart on urday, dec. 10, 2016, in the brooklyn borough of new york.these pet p os with santa claus were taken at petsmart on urday, dec. 10, 2016, in the brooklyn borough of new york. p o: amy sussman/ap images for petsmart image 2 of 181these pet p os with santa claus were taken at petsmart on urday, dec. 10, 2016, in the brooklyn borough of new york.these pet p os with santa claus were taken at petsmart on urday, dec. 10, 2016, in the brooklyn borough of new york. p o: amy sussman/ap images for petsmart image 3 of 181these pet p os with santa claus were taken at petsmart on urday, dec. 10, 2016, in the brooklyn borough of new york.these pet p os with santa clau






rockets' eric gordon out vs. suns


rockets guard eric gordon is out against the suns on saturday with a sore lower back. gordon, the rockets' second-leading scorer, was a game-time decision."he had some (therapy,)" rockets coach mike d'antoni said on friday. "we'll see how he wakes up tomorrow, see how he does at shootaround."the rockets are 3-2 in games gordon has missed, beating the hornets twice and the 76ers and losing to the celtics and timberwolves."we all know," rockets forward trevor ariza said, "when somebody goes down, we have to pick them up." photo: michael ciaglo, houston chronicle image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1houston rockets guard eric gordon is listed as questionable to play against the suns on saturday with a sore lower back.houston rockets guard eric gordon is listed as questionable to play against th






james harden jumped into yao ming’s arms


yao ming smiles as james harden #13 of the houston rockets jumps into his arms after the jersey reitrement ceremony during the game between the houston rockets and the chicago bulls at toyota center on february 3, 2017 in houston, texas. note to user: user expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by ing and or using this p og h, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the getty images license agreement. (p o: getty images)the rockets retired yao ming's jersey on friday night, and james harden was really happy about it.as rockets players lined up to congratulate yao, james harden just leapt up into the 7-foot-6 big man's arms.yao gladly hugged james back to make for an adorable moment. yao towered over him like a big brother.truly amazing and adorable.the beard then went on to scor






rockets focus on balancing act between tight defense and prolific offense


as prolific as the rockets have been offensively, ranking second behind the warriors in scoring, they said they must resist the urge to rely on their scoring or to become sidetracked when they are not scoring."sometimes we let the offense dictate our defense if we're not playing well," rockets guard eric gordon said. "it should be the other way around. we should always try to play well defensively, because if we play well defensively, it's going to be very, very hard to stop us offensively."we're always going to score over 100 points. that's the given with our team. as long as we get stops, that's when we become very difficult."the rockets' pace leads to more possessions, making it easier for teams to come back, as the past three rockets opponents have to varying degrees, leading to rocket






ryan anderson credits james harden's playmaking for rockets' scoring prowess


ryan anderson be e the first player other than james harden to lead the rockets in scoring in consecutive games this season. but he said that, as with the rockets winning on tuesday with harden scoring a season-low 10 points, was an indication of how they executed offensively before the s s were taken."that just means that as a group we were moving the ball so well and james was making the right plays," anderson said. "there weren't any forced s s. he took care of the ball. obviously he is our best player, he is mvp, he is the catalyst to everything we have. but there are nights when we can move the ball, we can step up. we have guys that can score and he knows that."anderson has led the rockets in scoring eight times and eric gordon six times. trevor ariza, clint capella and sam dekker ha






israel says rockets fired across border from sinai


sinai is the theatre of fierce fighting between egyptian security forces and so-called sinai province, a branch of daeshoccupied jerusalem: a volley of rockets was fired from egypt’s sinai peninsula late wednesday at the southern israeli resort town of eilat, but without causing casualties, the israeli army said.“some of these rockets were destroyed in flight by iron dome batteries,” a spokeswoman said, referring to israel’s anti-missile interception system.an official at eilat town hall told israeli public radio that three rockets had been intercepted and a fourth had exploded outside the town.sinai is the theatre of fierce fighting between egyptian security forces and so-called sinai province, a branch of daesh.sinai province was set up in 2011, ostensibly to attack israel by firing rock






rockets hit baghdad’s green zone after protests turn violent


baghdad — iraqi security officials say two rockets have landed in baghdad’s highly fortified green zone following clashes at anti-government protests called for by influential cleric muqtada al-sadr.the security officials say there were no casualties as the rockets landed saturday night on the parade grounds in the center of the highly fortified baghdad compound that is home to iraq’s government and most foreign embassies.the officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information to the media.saturday’s protests turned violent as crowds pushed toward the green zone, leaving at least two policemen dead and dozens of security forces and protesters injured.the rocket attack follows a statement from al-sadr’s office claiming that “excessive force” was used






rockets' ryan anderson takes heckler's comment as compliment


after a few self-deprecating minutes, including a theory that his vertical decreases with his hair, rockets forward ryan anderson said he has learned to not take himself too seriously, with some uninvited help."you get older, you have to learn how to make fun of yourself," anderson said. "a guy last game yelled at me, he said, 'anderson, you look like a math school teacher.' it's all right. i can still play basketball."i take it as a complete compliment. went to berkeley. didn't graduate, but i still went to berkeley. i can tell my kids that."even in an organization filled with math scholars, he can show off one conclusion neither they nor the heckler in north carolina could debate, demonstrating his understanding that 3s are worth more than two. p o: jim mone/ ociated press image 1of/1cap






tv-radio listings: feb. 9 - houston chronicle


televisioncol. basketball clemson at pittsburgh (w) fssw& 5:30 p.m.col. basketball michigan st. at iowa (w) big ten 6 p.m.col. basketball belmont at jacksonville st. cbssn 6 p.m.col. basketball purdue at indiana espn2 6 p.m.col. basketball winthrop at unc-asheville espnu 6 p.m.col. basketball missouri at tennessee (w) sec 6 p.m.col. basketball north carolina at duke espn 7 p.m.col. basketball wisconsin at nebraska big ten 8 p.m.col. basketball missouri st. at wichita st. cbssn 8 p.m.col. basketball smu at temple espn2 8 p.m.col. basketball new hampshire at vermont espnu 8 p.m.col. basketball vanderbilt at mississippi st. (w) sec 8 p.m.col. basketball oregon at ucla espn 9 p.m.col. basketball washington at colorado fs1 9 p.m.col. basketball byu at pepperdine espnu 10 p.m.golf at&t p






tv-radio listings: feb. 7 - houston chronicle


televisioncol. basketball maryland at penn st. big ten 5 p.m.col. basketball alabama at south carolina sec 5:30 p.m.col. basketball rhode island at m achusetts cbssn 6 p.m.col. basketball lsu at kentucky espn 6 p.m.col. basketball florida at georgia espn2 6 p.m.col. basketball tulsa at memphis espnu 6 p.m.col. basketball wake forest at notre dame espnn 6 p.m.col. basketball georgetown at villanova fs1 6 p.m.col. basketball illinois at northwestern big ten 7 p.m.col. basketball west virginia at oklahoma (w) fssw& 7 p.m.col. basketball vanderbilt at arkansas sec 7:30 p.m.col. basketball butler at marquette cbssn 8 p.m.col. basketball michigan st. at michigan espn 8 p.m.col. basketball iowa st. at texas espn2 8 p.m.col. basketball mississippi st. at auburn espnu 8 p.m.col. basketball texa






shane battier to be honored by rockets on thursday


shane battier had two stints in memphis and won two championships in miami. but as he returns to houston as the rockets' 50th anniversary honoree on thursday, he said he will have very special feelings for houston for two very good, very personal reasons."houston is as special as any place i played," battier said. "first of all, both my babies were born in houston. they are proud texans, as they like to remind me."for me, i e into my own as a professional basketball player in houston. i sort of grew up. i thought i had my prime years playing for (jeff) gundy and (rick) adelman. i look back at those years, and though i'm sad we missed opportunities because we didn't go further in the playoffs, i was proud to be part of those teams."battier played five seasons in houston, averaging 8.2 point






scouting report: rockets vs. bulls


when/where: 7 p.m., toyota centertv/radio: root sports/790-am, 101.7-fm, 850-am (spanish)rockets updatethe rockets, who were home against the hawks on thursday, are 11-1 in the second half of back-to-backs.the rockets have lost four of five games against the bulls.guard pat beverley averaged 16 points on 61.9 percent shooting against his hometown team last season.the rockets went into thursday's game against eastern conference teams 7-1 at home.bulls updatethe bulls routed the thunder on wednesday to open a six-game road trip. the bulls are 10-14 on the road.the bulls have scored 121 and 128 points in their past two games, the first time they have scored at least 120 in consecutive games since the 1992-93 season.the bulls made a season-high 60.5 percent of their s s on wednesday.all-star j






rockets' eric gordon to compete in nba 3-point contest


rockets guard eric gordon, second in the nba in 3-pointers with 170 going into thursday's game, will participate in the all-star weekend 3-point contest.gordon, who has previously been in a dunk contest, had the third-most 3s through the first 52 games of an nba season.he will compete in new orleans, where he spent five seasons, against the warriors' klay thompson, tors' kyle lowry, cavaliers' kyrie irving, hornets' kemba walker, mavericks' wes matthews, trail blazers' c.j. mccollum and lakers' nick young. p o: michael ciaglo, staff image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1rockets guard eric gordon, second in the nba in 3-pointers with 170 going into thursday's game, will participate in the all-star weekend 3-point contest.rockets guard eric gordon, second in the nba in 3-pointers with 170 going






rockets working to keep pace late in games


as much as the rockets rely on pace to score in transition and get into the halfcourt offense quickly, they have slowed down as games have progressed in the past few weeks.in the 14 games since their nine-game winning streak, they have led the nba in pace. in the fourth quarters, however, they have ranked seventh in pace and just 12th in last week's four games, a significant drop from their preferred style."i just think after these past few games, we just needed to play faster and create better opportunities to get better s s," rockets guard eric gordon said. "when you do that, it helps you to play good transition defense."we just got to get used to doing what we need to do. if you look at our games early on, when we were playing faster, we were just so much better. that's what this style






bulls coach fred hoiberg almost played for mike d'antoni


before fred hoiberg be e the chicago bulls' head coach, he almost played for rockets coach mike d'antoni.d'antoni said hoiberg nearly joined one of d'antoni's fast paced phoenix suns teams toward the end of hoiberg's playing career, but the pairing never e to fruition."we thought we had him," d'antoni said. "he would've fit in perfectly for us."image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1before fred hoiberg be e the chicago bulls' head coach, he almost played for rockets coach mike d'antoni.before fred hoiberg be e the chicago bulls' head coach, he almost played for rockets coach mike d'antoni.bulls coach fred hoiberg almost played for mike d'antoni1 / 1back to gallery






rockets' james harden appreciates return to normalcy after super bowl


the scene outside of toyota center was lively on saturday but nothing like last weekend, when the patriots defeated the falcons in super bowl li in nrg stadium, to cap a week of revelry in the area.the relative calm with all the visitors gone suits rockets star james harden just fine."it's back to normal," harden said. "there were a lot of activities going on out there, a lot of events. it's a great city and i hope everybody had a really good time while they were visiting."but now it's back to being great ... back to regularly-scheduled programming."the rockets didn't play home or away on super bowl weekend, and harden said his main hindrance during super bowl week was leaving home 20 minutes earlier than usual to get to toyota center – that it was 20 minutes of less sleep a day thanks to






rockets' clint capela applauds countryman roger federer


indianapolis – roger federer's australian open triumph on sunday was particularly thrilling for his countryman rockets center clint capela, a lifelong fan of the swiss tennis great."hell yeah i'm a fan," capela said. "he's a legend. since i was a kid, every tournament i've been watching him on tv. he was always a guy i could look up to. they should have a statue for him, for real. he did so much for our country. he beat (rafael) nadal. he's 35 and won a major title like that. that's so hard."he is so dedicated and has to work so hard. he's really an icon for my country." p o: mark mulligan, houston chronicle image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1roger federer's australian open triumph on sunday was particularly thrilling for his countryman rockets center clint capela, a lifelong fan of the sw






houston rockets retire yao ming’s no. 11 jersey


by: ap | houston | published:february 4, 2017 12:37 pm yao ming played nine seasons for houston rockets before retiring in 2011. (source: ap)the first time yao ming ever watched an nba game as a young boy in china, he wondered why there were jerseys hanging in the rafters.“the eras randomly gave a s of the retired jerseys,” yao said. “i slowly realized over time that’s the highest honor a player can achieve for themselves and for the team. i will always ask myself, `what is the story behind it?’ i hope people see the jersey there and remember the story. not just myself, but my teammates, my opponents, we put a story together.”the rockets are set to retire yao’s no. 11 jersey in a halftime ceremony friday night when they host the chicago bulls.a 7-foot-6 center from shanghai, yao was the t






rockets' center rotation not causing issues despite constant change


p o: matt slocum/ ociated press image 1of/3captioncloseimage 1 of 3houston rockets' clint capela in action during an nba basketball game against the philadelphia 76ers, friday, jan. 27, 2017, in philadelphia. (ap p o/matt slocum)houston rockets' clint capela in action during an nba basketball game against the philadelphia 76ers, friday, jan. 27, 2017, in philadelphia. (ap p o/matt slocum) p o: matt slocum/ ociated press image 2 of 3houston rockets' nene hilario in action during an nba basketball game against the philadelphia 76ers, friday, jan. 27, 2017, in philadelphia. (ap p o/matt slocum)houston rockets' nene hilario in action during an nba basketball game against the philadelphia 76ers, friday, jan. 27, 2017, in philadelphia. (ap p o/matt slocum) p o: matt slocum/ ociated press image






rockets need to remain focused during exciting week


p o: matt slocum/ ociated press image 1of/3captioncloseimage 1 of 3houston rockets' james harden in action during an nba basketball game against the philadelphia 76ers, friday, jan. 27, 2017, in philadelphia. (ap p o/matt slocum)houston rockets' james harden in action during an nba basketball game against the philadelphia 76ers, friday, jan. 27, 2017, in philadelphia. (ap p o/matt slocum) p o: matt slocum/ ociated press image 2 of 3houston rockets guard k.j. mcdaniels (32) goes up for the s against atlanta hawks forward paul millsap (4) during the first half of an nba basketball game urday, nov. 5, 2016, in atlanta. (ap p o/todd kirkland) lesshouston rockets guard k.j. mcdaniels (32) goes up for the s against atlanta hawks forward paul millsap (4) during the first half of an nba basketbal






rockets welcome february full of home games


the rockets completed january with a home game and will fill february with eight of 10 games at home. that offers an opportunity to get on a roll, although they cannot ume playing at home will automatically mean winning at home."every game now at home is important," rockets coach mike d'antoni said. "we've set ourselves up to have a great run, but you have to do it. it's not enough just to talk about it. these next two games, thursday and friday, even though there might be some distractions with super bowl week, we have to take care of business."they know what's at stake and they see the all-star break coming up. so they can gut it out the next couple of weeks and have the all-star break to refuel. and it's great to come home to houston, here it's sunshine and 70 degrees after going throug






rockets' fans could have trouble getting to games during super bowl week


p o: yi-chin lee, houston chronicle image 1of/3captioncloseimage 1 of 3houston rockets fans cheer for a play during the second half of the game urday, nov. 12, 2016, in houston. the rockets lost to the spurs 106-100.houston rockets fans cheer for a play during the second half of the game urday, nov. 12, 2016, in houston. the rockets lost to the spurs 106-100. p o: yi-chin lee, houston chronicle image 2 of 3a group of minnesota timberwolves fans wear their worst christmas sweaters during the second half of an nba basketball game between the against the houston rockets, urday, dec. 17, 2016, in minneapolis. houston won 111-109 in overtime. (ap p o/paul battaglia) lessa group of minnesota timberwolves fans wear their worst christmas sweaters during the second half of an nba basketball game b






hakeem olajuwon proud to be a part of rockets' history


p o: james nielsen, houston chronicle image 1of/2captioncloseimage 1 of 2former houston rockets center and nba hall of famer hakeem olajuwan is interviewd before the houston rockets play the orlando magic at toyota center tuesday, feb. 7, 2017, in houston.former houston rockets center and nba hall of famer hakeem olajuwan is interviewd before the houston rockets play the orlando magic at toyota center tuesday, feb. 7, 2017, in houston. p o: james nielsen, houston chronicle image 2 of 2former houston rockets center and nba hall of famer hakeem olajuwan is interviewd before the houston rockets play the orlando magic at toyota center tuesday, feb. 7, 2017, in houston.former houston rockets center and nba hall of famer hakeem olajuwan is interviewd before the houston rockets play the orlando






rockets' ryan anderson cuts thumb on trash at home


photo: david j. phillip/associated press image 1of/22captioncloseimage 1 of 22houston rockets' ryan anderson (3) goes up for a shot as phoenix suns' alex len defends during the second half of an nba basketball game, saturday, feb. 11, 2017, in houston. (ap photo/david j. phillip)houston rockets' ryan anderson (3) goes up for a shot as phoenix suns' alex len defends during the second half of an nba basketball game, saturday, feb. 11, 2017, in houston. (ap photo/david j. phillip) photo: david j. phillip/associated press image 2 of 22the rockets' ryan anderson comes up big in a battle with p.j. tucker (17) for a rebound saturday night.the rockets' ryan anderson comes up big in a battle with p.j. tucker (17) for a rebound saturday night. photo: david j. phillip, stf image 3 of 22houston rocke






rockets' james harden humble over impressive stats


p o: jon shapley, staff image 1of/48captioncloseimage 1 of 48rockets guard james harden on friday be e the only nba player to have more than one 50-point triple double in the same season.rockets guard james harden on friday be e the only nba player to have more than one 50-point triple double in the same season. p o: jon shapley, staff image 2 of 48houston rockets' james harden in action during an nba basketball game against the philadelphia 76ers, friday, jan. 27, 2017, in philadelphia. (ap p o/matt slocum)houston rockets' james harden in action during an nba basketball game against the philadelphia 76ers, friday, jan. 27, 2017, in philadelphia. (ap p o/matt slocum) p o: matt slocum/ ociated press image 3 of 48philadelphia 76ers' brett brown in action during an nba basketball game agains






heat offer reminder of rockets' defensive trapping


photo: eric christian smith/associated press image 1of/21captioncloseimage 1 of 21houston rockets guard james harden (13) and forward ryan anderson apply defensive pressure to memphis grizzlies center marc gasol in the second half of an nba basketball game, friday, jan. 13, 2017, in houston. memphis won the game, 110-105. (ap photo/eric christian smith) lesshouston rockets guard james harden (13) and forward ryan anderson apply defensive pressure to memphis grizzlies center marc gasol in the second half of an nba basketball game, friday, jan. 13, 2017, in houston. ... more photo: eric christian smith/associated press image 2 of 21houston rockets center clint capela right, plays defense against orlando magic center nikola vucevic during first half of nba game action at toyota center tuesda






hakeem olajuwon proud to be a part of rocket's history


p o: james nielsen, houston chronicle image 1of/2captioncloseimage 1 of 2former houston rockets center and nba hall of famer hakeem olajuwan is interviewd before the houston rockets play the orlando magic at toyota center tuesday, feb. 7, 2017, in houston.former houston rockets center and nba hall of famer hakeem olajuwan is interviewd before the houston rockets play the orlando magic at toyota center tuesday, feb. 7, 2017, in houston. p o: james nielsen, houston chronicle image 2 of 2former houston rockets center and nba hall of famer hakeem olajuwan is interviewd before the houston rockets play the orlando magic at toyota center tuesday, feb. 7, 2017, in houston.former houston rockets center and nba hall of famer hakeem olajuwan is interviewd before the houston rockets play the orlando






bulls not overlooking james harden despite his poor play against them last seaso


the rockets lost both of their games to chicago a season ago, and james harden didn't shoot well from the field in either one.bulls head coach fred hoiberg said he couldn't take too much away from those performances in preparing for friday's game, though, because harden now plays point guard in mike d'antoni's offense."obviously we looked at some things that helped us at at least slowing him down a little bit. you're never going to completely shut him off. he's just too good, too talented. he's going to have stretches where he makes difficult s s, difficult plays. you can't put your head down. you have to keep playing. it's obviously full team awareness to wherever he is when he's got the ball in his hands." p o: matt slocum/ ociated press image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1the rockets los






pacers' paul george shines in matchup vs. james harden


p o: r brent smith/ ociated press image 1of/16captioncloseimage 1 of 16houston rockets guard james harden, right, dribbles around indiana pacers forward paul george in the first half of an nba basketball game, sunday, jan. 29, 2017, in indianapolis. (ap p o/r brent smith)houston rockets guard james harden, right, dribbles around indiana pacers forward paul george in the first half of an nba basketball game, sunday, jan. 29, 2017, in indianapolis. (ap p o/r brent smith) p o: r brent smith/ ociated press image 2 of 16houston rockets forward sam dekker (7) dribbles around indiana pacers forward thaddeus young in the first half of an nba basketball game, sunday, jan. 29, 2017, in indianapolis. indiana won 120-101. (ap p o/r brent smith) lesshouston rockets forward sam dekker (7) dribbles arou






three-pointers: takeaways from rockets' win over orlando


p o: james nielsen, houston chronicle image 1of/18captioncloseimage 1 of 18houston rockets guard patrick beverley left, shoots over orlando magic center nikola vucevic during first half of nba game action at toyota center tuesday, feb. 7, 2017, in houston.houston rockets guard patrick beverley left, shoots over orlando magic center nikola vucevic during first half of nba game action at toyota center tuesday, feb. 7, 2017, in houston. p o: james nielsen, houston chronicle image 2 of 18houston rockets center clint capela heads to the basket against the orlando magicduring first half of nba game action at toyota center tuesday, feb. 7, 2017, in houston.houston rockets center clint capela heads to the basket against the orlando magicduring first half of nba game action at toyota center tuesda






rockets' eric gordon always dreamed about 3-point contest


photo: matt york, associated press image 1of/23captioncloseimage 1 of 23houston rockets guard eric gordon celebrates a basket against the phoenix suns during the second half of an nba basketball game, wednesday, dec. 21, 2016, in phoenix. (ap photo/matt york)houston rockets guard eric gordon celebrates a basket against the phoenix suns during the second half of an nba basketball game, wednesday, dec. 21, 2016, in phoenix. (ap photo/matt york) photo: matt york, associated press image 2 of 23houston rockets guard eric gordon (10) celebrates his basket against the phoenix with guard patrick beverley (2) suns during the second half of an nba basketball game, wednesday, dec. 21, 2016, in phoenix. (ap photo/matt york) lesshouston rockets guard eric gordon (10) celebrates his basket against the






rockets, pacers coaches honor michael goldberg with bow ties


p o: r brent smith/ ociated press image 1of/17captioncloseimage 1 of 17indiana pacers head coach nate mcmillan yells to his players on the floor in the first half of an nba basketball game against the houston rockets, sunday, jan. 29, 2017, in indianapolis. houston won 120-101. (ap p o/r brent smith) lessindiana pacers head coach nate mcmillan yells to his players on the floor in the first half of an nba basketball game against the houston rockets, sunday, jan. 29, 2017, in indianapolis. houston won 120-101. ... more p o: r brent smith/ ociated press image 2 of 17houston rockets' mike d'antoni in action during an nba basketball game against the philadelphia 76ers, friday, jan. 27, 2017, in philadelphia. (ap p o/matt slocum)houston rockets' mike d'antoni in action during an nba basketball






pat beverley doesn't need label to be happy with rockets


p o: jim mone/ ociated press image 1of/13captioncloseimage 1 of 13houston rockets' patrick beverley plays against the minnesota timberwolves during the first quarter of an nba basketball game wednesday, jan. 11, 2017, in minneapolis. (ap p o/jim mone)houston rockets' patrick beverley plays against the minnesota timberwolves during the first quarter of an nba basketball game wednesday, jan. 11, 2017, in minneapolis. (ap p o/jim mone) p o: jim mone/ ociated press image 2 of 13houston rockets' patrick beverley (2) drives past charlotte hornets' cody zeller (40) in the first half of an nba basketball game in charlotte, n.c., thursday, feb. 9, 2017. (ap p o/chuck burton)houston rockets' patrick beverley (2) drives past charlotte hornets' cody zeller (40) in the first half of an nba basketball






rockets' eric gordon uncertain to play sunday


p o: wilfredo lee, ociated press image 1of/49captioncloseimage 1 of 49houston rockets guard eric gordon goes up for a s against miami heat guard rodney mcgruder during the first half of an nba basketball game, tuesday, jan. 17, 2017, in miami. (ap p o/wilfredo lee)houston rockets guard eric gordon goes up for a s against miami heat guard rodney mcgruder during the first half of an nba basketball game, tuesday, jan. 17, 2017, in miami. (ap p o/wilfredo lee) p o: wilfredo lee, ociated press image 2 of 49houston rockets' eric gordon (10) drives around orlando magic's d.j. augustin (14) during the first half of an nba basketball game, friday, jan. 6, 2017, in orlando, fla. (ap p o/john raoux)houston rockets' eric gordon (10) drives around orlando magic's d.j. augustin (14) during the first ha






mike d'antoni reminisces about yao ming


mike d'antoni said there was only one way to play against yao ming."we ran a lot," the rockets coach said after yao held a press conference regarding houston retiring his number. that's the only way we tried to negate him. we tried to get it up and down the court. if you got into a halfcourt setting with his skills, he would beat you every time.""as a basketball player, he was one of the best," d'antoni added. "he presented something you really don't see everyday. and then when you got to know him, which i have a lot this year, funny guy, great locker room guy. he added so much to the game, and he's a pioneer. what they're doing tonight is great. being in the hall of fame is even better."he's deserved everything, if not more."olimpia milano, the italian basketball club d'antoni spent much






donald trump insulted mark cuban on twitter and the push back was epic


on the day north korea decided to test a ballistic missile, president donald trump opted to attack dallas mavericks owner mark cuban on twitter."he backed me big-time but i wasn't interested in taking all of his calls," trump wrote sunday morning. "he's not smart enough to be president!" photo: twitter source: twittersource: twittercuban, being the sporting type, fired back. cuban tweeted "lol" and what appeared to be a private exchange between himself and trump, in which the tech wizard offered advice to then-candidate trump.see you in court: twitter sounds off on judges striking down travel banthe note also included a hand-written response from trump, effectively brushing off cuban's advice.but, then, cuban's and trump's twitter followers got in on the act.multiple tweets criticized trum