Tagged Houston Rockets

PODCAST: Seth Partnow on NBA Team-Building, Analytics

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest Seth Partnow (@SethPartnow) of The Athletic discuss NBA team-building in the player-empowerment era and basketball analytics. Do teams need to shorten their planning windows with players on the move so frequently? How has the discourse around analytics changed over the years? Which…

Does Carmelo Anthony Still Have a Place in Today’s NBA?

After an uninspiring 10-game stint with the Houston Rockets this past season, Carmelo Anthony could be facing the end of his NBA career. Although Anthony is far more talented than some players currently on NBA rosters—hell, he would likely waltz into a starting gig on the Washington Wizards or the Charlotte Hornets—teams are rightfully skeptical…

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PODCAST: Sizing Up NBA’s New-Look West with Howard Beck

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and Bleacher Report senior NBA writer Howard Beck attempt to sort out the brave new Western Conference. Which teams enter the 2019-20 season as favorites? Where do the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers rank after their big offseason moves? Are the…

Will Russell Westbrook, James Harden 2.0 Fit?

There is much to be made of the asset play the Houston Rockets just made in the trading for Russell Westbrook. But once the games actually start in the fall, very little will matter outside of what he can bring to the table for his new team and the strengths and weaknesses of the new-look…

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Russell Westbrook Trade Primes OKC Thunder for Intriguing Rebuild

What a jaw-dropping week it’s been for the Oklahoma City Thunder. If NBA Twitter wasn’t already in flames, it’s now incinerated. First, OKC blindsided everyone by trading Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers last Friday night for an avalanche of draft picks. (Four, actually, plus two favorable swaps.) Then it shipped out Jerami Grant…

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PODCAST: NBA Free Agency Preview, Part 2

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) catch up on the latest NBA free-agency rumors and predict where the top non-max free agents might land. How realistic is a Houston Rockets sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler? Would the Boston Celtics be better off divvying up their cap space rather…

PODCAST: Mike Conley Trade, Trouble in Boston & Houston

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the Mike Conley trade, the Houston Rockets’ latest drama and Al Horford’s free-agent options. Does adding Conley cement the Utah Jazz as legitimate Western Conference contenders? Did the Memphis Grizzlies get enough for him? Can the Rockets smooth things over…

Houston Rockets’ Frugality Endangers Title Window

One year removed from a 65-win season and an appearance in the Western Conference Finals, the Houston Rockets appear to be on the brink of an implosion. On Wednesday, ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Rockets general manager Daryl Morey “has made his entire roster and future draft picks available in trade talks, a dramatic initiative with…

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