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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Jul 18, 2019 at 08:38. 2 comments

Free Chris Paul

Free Chris Paul

Before the Houston Rockets traded Chris Paul to the rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder last week, they reportedly tried to involve a third team in the deal, in order to redirect Paul to a more competitive situation. When that effort proved especially cumbersome, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey resolved to make that second move the problem of Thunder general manager Sam Presti, and the...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Jul 14, 2019.

Pelicans Brass: Please Stop Calling Our GM A Pile Of Poop

Pelicans Brass: Please Stop Calling Our GM A Pile Of Poop

Dell Demps has not had a great run as general manager of the New Orleans Pelicans. Mostly he has squandered the early part of Anthony Davis’s career, weighing down the roster with stiffs like Ömer Aşik and Alexis Ajinça, and making years’ worth of win-now moves that never actually produced a sustained run of success. This current Pelicans team is good, but mostly that is a function of...

Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Jul 13, 2019.

Maybe D.J. Wilson Had Someplace He Needed To Be, Did You Ever Think Of That

Maybe D.J. Wilson Had Someplace He Needed To Be, Did You Ever Think Of That
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It’s easy to watch this video of Chris Paul executing a sharp step-back crossover dribble, and Bucks defender D.J. Wilson careening off into the distance like God reached down and violently tilted the court under his feet, and assume that Wilson was somehow “owned.” That because Wilson’s wild, stumbling exit came...

Ray Ratto Ray Ratto Jul 12, 2019. 19 comments

The NBA Offseason Doesn't Get Better Than This. Unfortunately.

The NBA Offseason Doesn't Get Better Than This. Unfortunately.

And now, the longer view on the Russell Westbrook–Chris Paul deal that you haven’t seen yet:

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Okay, that was nice. Now what else you got?

And no, Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona isn’t going to cut it.

Sure, you can do the winners-and-losers analysis that everyone has, secure in the knowledge that when this much money is being shoveled into the air, everyone wins just for the spectacle.

But let’s...

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Lauren Theisen Lauren Theisen Jul 12, 2019. 20 comments

NBA Teams Shouldn't Be Allowed To Even Think About 2026

NBA Teams Shouldn't Be Allowed To Even Think About 2026

Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets pushed the absolute limits of the NBA’s rules on trading draft picks to dump Chris Paul in Oklahoma City and bring in a slightly younger ball-dominant point guard —one who’s only two years removed from his last All-NBA first team appearance instead of five. To ditch Paul’s contract and trade for Russell Westbrook, the Rockets essentially gave up four years...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Jul 12, 2019. 19 comments

So, Yeah, The Rockets Really Did Not Want Chris Paul Anymore

So, Yeah, The Rockets Really Did Not Want Chris Paul Anymore

Please allow me to spoil the various blogs picking out the winners and losers of Thursday night’s blockbuster trade sending Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul and some draft goodies. The loser is Chris Paul, who had his ass kicked.

The more fascinating end of this trade is Houston’s, where general manager Daryl Morey evidently believes that $170 million worth...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Jul 12, 2019. 22 comments

Rockets Reunite Russell Westbrook And James Harden, Exile Chris Paul To Thunder In Trade

Rockets Reunite Russell Westbrook And James Harden, Exile Chris Paul To Thunder In Trade

Welp, so much for “nothing’s happening today .”

Once it became clear less than a week ago that the Thunder were prepared to nuke their current roster in favor of a rebuild, the timer on Russell Westbrook’s unceremonious exit from Oklahoma City via trade began counting down faster than ever before. That countdown came to an end on Thursday with this update from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

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Kevin Draper Kevin Draper Jul 10, 2019.

Kevin Durant Jumper With 5.8 Seconds Left Tops Clippers In Thrilling Finish

Kevin Durant Jumper With 5.8 Seconds Left Tops Clippers In Thrilling Finish

Kevin Durant hit a tough jumper over Luc Mbah a Moute with 5.8 seconds left to help the Thunder top the Clippers, 100-99. And just for good measure, he blocked Chris Paul’s attempted game-winner too.

The ending of this battle for third place in the West was bonkers. Russell Westbrook hit two shots within the final minute to take the lead, and then stole the ball away from JJ Redick and was...

Rohan Nadkarni Rohan Nadkarni Jun 29, 2019.

Chris Paul Injures Hamstring In First Quarter, Questionable To Return

Chris Paul Injures Hamstring In First Quarter, Questionable To Return

Chris Paul injured his hamstring late in the first quarter of tonight’s game seven between the Clippers and Spurs. He came out of the game with 1:52 left in the first, and eventually made his way back to the locker room. Nearly five minutes into the second quarter and there was still no update on Paul, and it’s wasn’t looking good that he could come back and be his usual self:

He finally...

Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Jun 26, 2019. 17 comments

Report: Oh God Yes, The Toxic Rockets Are Pursuing Jimmy Butler

Report: Oh God Yes, The Toxic Rockets Are Pursuing Jimmy Butler

If there’s one thing a top-heavy Western Conference contender built on the ball-dominant shot-creation of two ornery superstars locked in an “unsalvageable” personality conflict needs, it is an infusion of noted mature adult in the room and agreeable teammate Jimmy Butler. Thankfully, that is exactly what the Rockets are after this summer: Jim Butts himself.

Adrian Wojnarowski reported...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jun 19, 2019. 21 comments

James Harden And Chris Paul Need Some Deep Breaths And A Long Hug

James Harden And Chris Paul Need Some Deep Breaths And A Long Hug

A new report from Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports adds some gory detail to previous rumblings of a civil war between Chris Paul and James Harden. Goodwill’s sources describe the relationship between the Rockets’ stars as “unsalvageable,” and add that “Chris doesn’t respect James’ standing in the league, and James doesn’t respect the work Chris has put in to this point.” It’d be so sad if it...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Jun 18, 2019. 20 comments

Report: The Rockets Are All Fed Up With Each Other

Report: The Rockets Are All Fed Up With Each Other

With the Warriors severely depleted heading into next season, it stands to reason that the Houston Rockets are as well-positioned as any other team to take advantage and end the Warriors’ five-year Finals run. After all, they’ve been the only Western Conference team to seriously push Golden State, and they have the sort of battle-tested formula that the retooled Lakers haven’t yet...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson May 11, 2019. 22 comments

Losing-Ass Rockets, At Long Last, Please Remove Yourselves To The Fraud Bin Immediately

Losing-Ass Rockets, At Long Last, Please Remove Yourselves To The Fraud Bin Immediately

I’m sure most Rockets fans are lovely people. The Rockets have a fine basketball organization, as creative and nimble and determined as any in the NBA. And James Harden genuinely is one of the most unstoppable offensive players in modern basketball history. Now. Can that team please get all the way out of my face, immediately, and possibly forever?

They had everything lined up in their favor...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Apr 29, 2019. 21 comments

Well That Was An Officiating Clusterfuck

Well That Was An Officiating Clusterfuck

In an ironic twist, it was James Harden that spoke up about officiating problems in Game 1 of the Rockets-Warriors series. He told reporters after the game that “he just wants a fair chance” and that he’s willing to live with whatever results come from the game as long as it’s called “the way it’s supposed to be called.” It’s easy to dismiss the concerns of an individual known for making...

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Ray Ratto Ray Ratto Feb 23, 2019. 15 comments

NBA Officiating Sucks, But Not For The Reason Chris Paul Thinks It Does

NBA Officiating Sucks, But Not For The Reason Chris Paul Thinks It Does

The Houston Rockets think veteran referee Scott Foster is being mean to them , which is not new. Lots of teams have thought that about Foster over the years, (a) because he is under-burdened by the onus of player relations skills, and (b) because he isn’t easily bullied. Many teams would love to be able to dictate that Foster never work their games again, because who wouldn’t want to...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Feb 22, 2019. 14 comments

The Notoriously Rule-Bending Rockets Whined About The Refs In Their Loss To The Lakers

The Notoriously Rule-Bending Rockets Whined About The Refs In Their Loss To The Lakers

No NBA team has less of a right to complain about refereeing than the Houston Rockets, given how its two biggest stars have bought property in the gray areas of the rulebook. Chris Paul is a notorious flopper and instigator, while James Harden is James Harden, flailing his way to the line a million times per game.

And yet. Both Paul and Harden complained audibly about the refereeing in...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Jan 15, 2019. 16 comments

James Harden Has Reached His Final Form

James Harden Has Reached His Final Form

James Harden is no longer a basketball player. He is a thought experiment turned to life, an answer to the question of what happens when one team gives itself over completely to a hyper-efficient death machine.

Due to a series of injuries, the most recent of which claimed secret weapon Clint Capela , the Rockets have had to rely on Harden to a historic degree, but it took until Monday to...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Dec 21, 2018. 12 comments

Oh Wait, Never Mind, The Rockets Are Dead Again

Oh Wait, Never Mind, The Rockets Are Dead Again
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The resurgent Rockets lost by two points in Miami Thursday night, but here’s what you need to know: they were up eight points in the second quarter when Chris Paul suffered another hamstring injury and had to leave the game. After the loss—which, to be fair, came on the second night of a back-to-back—Rockets head...

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Albert Burneko Albert Burneko Nov 01, 2018. 18 comments

The Rockets Suck

The Rockets Suck

Yes, okay, fine: James Harden has a strained hamstring that kept him out of the past two games, including last night’s blowout home loss to the Blazers, which dropped the Rockets’ record to 1-5. And yes, Chris Paul missed the two games prior to Harden’s outage—both losses—serving his suspension for fighting with Rajon Rondo . These haven’t helped; the Rockets have only had their two best...

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