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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Oct 09, 2019. 24 comments

Internal Memo: ESPN Forbids Discussion Of Chinese Politics When Discussing Daryl Morey's Tweet About Chinese Politics

Internal Memo: ESPN Forbids Discussion Of Chinese Politics When Discussing Daryl Morey's Tweet About Chinese Politics

If you paid attention to ESPN channels yesterday, you saw the network repeatedly attempt to grapple with the story of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey creating an international incident after tweeting and then deleting his support for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong. You heard talking head after talking head castigate Morey for sending the tweet, speculation over whether...

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Lauren Theisen Lauren Theisen Oct 08, 2019. 10 comments

Stephen A. Smith Pauses Between Bootlicks To Tell Daryl Morey To Grow Up

Stephen A. Smith Pauses Between Bootlicks To Tell Daryl Morey To Grow Up

Ahead of his radio program this afternoon, Stephen A. Smith clearly thought long and hard about Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting Hong Kong protestors, the ensuing controversy and Morey’s subsequent backtracking , and the large-scale implications of all of the above on relationships between China and U.S.-based businesses. And then Smith went on the air and made some salient points about civil...

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Drew Magary Drew Magary Oct 08, 2019. 11 comments

The NBA Doesn’t Give A Fuck About People

The NBA Doesn’t Give A Fuck About People

The NBA already knows the math. The NBA already knows that whatever price it may pay for aligning themselves with the Chinese government against one of its own teams’ employees—all because Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted out a show of support for protesters in Hong Kong—will be nothing compared to what they stood to lose if they had grown a fucking spine. Morey’s single tweet was enough to...

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Ray Ratto Ray Ratto Oct 07, 2019. 8 comments

How Much Is China Worth To The NBA?

How Much Is China Worth To The NBA?

Adam Silver has been credited many things in his time fronting the money of the National Basketball Association, and even after you allow for the 30 percent reputational mark-up when compared with the other commissioners in North American sports, he’s done quite well. But now he is confronted by the hottest-burning question of his tenure: What is China worth?

It’s almost certainly going to be...

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Tom Ley Tom Ley Oct 07, 2019. 15 comments

The NBA Is Happy To Play China's Game

The NBA Is Happy To Play China's Game

If you were to work backwards, you’d find it pretty difficult to understand what exactly Daryl Morey said, and who exactly was so offended by it.

Start with the latest communique, from billionaire Taiwanese-Canadian Nets owner Joe Tsai, which provides not just a grim history of the Boxer Rebellion and the Massacre of Nanjing, but the implication that Rockets GM Daryl Morey did something so...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Oct 06, 2019. 6 comments

China Abruptly Pulls Away From Rockets Over Daryl Morey's Since-Deleted Hong Kong Tweet

China Abruptly Pulls Away From Rockets Over Daryl Morey's Since-Deleted Hong Kong Tweet

The backlash in China to a tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey supporting Hong Kong protesters has accelerated over the weekend, now to include formal consequences. The Rockets, long one of the most popular NBA teams in China, are now seeing their foothold in the country swiftly eroded and destabilized, and they appear headed for a possible blackout.

Morey posted a tweet...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Aug 09, 2019. 8 comments

Russell Westbrook Restructured His Contract To Give Tilman Fertitta Some Money

Russell Westbrook Restructured His Contract To Give Tilman Fertitta Some Money

This will be hailed as unselfishness and a team-friendly move, but it’s actually neither of those things: Russell Westbrook, in order to facilitate his trade to the Houston Rockets, agreed to restructure his supermax contract and shift the payment of some of his salary into the future.

The first thing to know about this move is it very likely will not help the Rockets put a more competitive...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Aug 03, 2019. 18 comments

Carmelo Anthony Says He Doesn't Understand Why The Rockets Didn't Want Him Anymore

Carmelo Anthony Says He Doesn't Understand Why The Rockets Didn't Want Him Anymore

I can’t decide what’s weirder: the realization that Carmelo Anthony’s NBA career is likely all the way over, or remembering that Carmelo Anthony played in an NBA game as recently as this past season. He bombed out of the rotation in Houston after 10 games, was dumped in a trade with Chicago, and then was waived by the Bulls on February 1. He’s been out of work ever since, and it feels like a...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Jul 18, 2019. 17 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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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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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Jun 30, 2019. 9 comments

James Harden Pulled Over While Traveling

James Harden Pulled Over While Traveling

James Harden is currently in China doing one of those promotional tours where he visits some cultural landmarks, shoots some hoops at an outdoor half-court to a crowd of fans, and does various other silly things all while donning apparel of the company that sponsors him. But during his tour, photos emerged of The Beard getting pulled over by Chinese traffic police.

The stop didn’t lead to...

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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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Liz Franczak Liz Franczak Jun 25, 2019. 20 comments

James Harden Gave The NBA Too Much Of What It Wanted

James Harden Gave The NBA Too Much Of What It Wanted

What happened to James Harden and the Houston Rockets? This time last year, Harden was receiving his coronation as the league’s MVP and the Rockets were seen as the only real challengers to the Warriors’ dynasty, which they very nearly ended through an almost religious adherence to what we’ve devotionally named Moreyball. But look at them now: Harden, after playing even better than he did...

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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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Rohan Nadkarni Rohan Nadkarni May 24, 2019.

Rockets Eliminate The Mavericks In Five, Move On To Second Round

Rockets Eliminate The Mavericks In Five, Move On To Second Round

James Harden scored 28 points, Dwight Howard added 18 points and 19 boards and the Houston Rockets knocked the Dallas Mavericks out of the playoffs Tuesday night.

The Rockets entered the postseason with some questions after injuries to Patrick Beverly and Donatas Motiejunas, but they’ve been lifted by some spirited play from Jason Terry, Harden’s MVP-level brilliance and a returned-to-form...

Timothy Burke Timothy Burke May 24, 2019.

This Woman Has Had It With Towel Guy

This Woman Has <i>Had It</i> With Towel Guy
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“Enough with the towel, towel guy.”

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