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The Houston Rockets and James Harden have once again come up short in their quest for an NBA championship. Can Harden ever lead the Rockets to a title?The Houston Rockets and James Harden have once again come up short in their quest for an NBA championship. Can Harden ever lead the Rockets to a title? The...

Will the Houston Rockets ever win a championship with James Harden?

Rockets look for new coach after another early playoff exitRockets look for new coach after another early playoff exit

Rockets look for new coach after another early playoff exit | Taiwan News

The Lakers have five days in between closing their second-round series against the Houston Rockets on Saturday and opening their Western Conference Finals series on Friday.The Lakers have five days in between closing their second-round series against the Houston Rockets on Saturday and opening their Western Conference Finals series on Friday.

Frank Vogel Acknowledges It's 'Definitely A Challenge' To Stay Sharp In Between Rounds

Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni will not return next season, according to reports.Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni will not return next season, according to reports.

Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni won’t return next season, team confirms

Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni has told the franchise’s ownership that he will not return as head coach and will look to be a free agent.Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni has told the franchise’s ownership that he will not return as head coach and will look to be a free agent.

Mike D’Antoni informs Houston Rockets he won’t return as head coach

One NBA GM believes the Houston Rockets should not try to trade James Harden this offseason, but Ruseell Westbrook? That's a different story.One NBA GM believes the Houston Rockets should not try to trade James Harden this offseason, but Ruseell Westbrook? That's a different story.

NBA GM says Rockets shouldn't trade Harden, but should trade Westbrook

Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta will be reviewing Daryl Morey.Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta will be reviewing Daryl Morey.

Report: Daryl Morey’s future with Rockets “under review” - The Dream Shake

Rajon Rondo's brother, William Rondo, was ejected from the Lakers/Rockets game yesterday after trash-talking Russell Westbrook.Rajon Rondo's brother, William Rondo, was ejected from the Lakers/Rockets game yesterday after trash-talking Russell Westbrook.

Rajon Rondo's Brother Ejected After Trash-Talking Russell Westbrook

When Rajon Rondo's brother, William, waved goodbye to an irate Russell Westbrook and the Rockets, it could be a sign of things to come in Houston.When Rajon Rondo's brother, William, waved goodbye to an irate Russell Westbrook and the Rockets, it could be a sign of things to come in Houston.

Did Rondo's brother talk trash to Westbrook and the Rockets? - Los Angeles Times

For all of LeBron James' complaints about the NBA bubble, he has settled in beautifully, so much so that the peaking Lakers come out of the second round as the title favorites.For all of LeBron James' complaints about the NBA bubble, he has settled in beautifully, so much so that the peaking Lakers come out of the second round as the title favorites.

LeBron James’s path to a fourth title has never been clearer - The Washington Post

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Former New York Knicks hero Jeremy Lin aka Linsanity has said that he wants to make a return to the NBA, after spending a year in China.Former New York Knicks hero Jeremy Lin aka Linsanity has said that he wants to make a return to the NBA, after spending a year in China.

Former New York Knicks Icon Announces Intention to Return to NBA Through an Emotional Statement - EssentiallySports

Orlando, September 14: Mike D'Antoni will not return to coach the Houston Rockets next season, the veteran announced on Sunday (September 13). D'Antoni's contract expired after the Rockets were eliminated from the NBA playoffs following a 4-1 Western Conference semi-finalOrlando, September 14: Mike D'Antoni will not return to coach the Houston Rockets next season, the veteran announced on Sunday (September 13). D'Antoni's contract expired after the Rockets were eliminated from the NBA playoffs following a 4-1 Western Conference semi-final

D'Antoni not returning as Rockets coach after NBA playoffs exit

MIAMI: LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Los Angeles Lakers advanced to their first NBA Western Conference final in a decade with a 119-96 blowout win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday. Anthony Davis tallied 13 points and 11 rebounds, Kyle Kuzma had 17 and Markieff Morris finished with 16 for the Lakers, who eliminated the Rockets in fiveMIAMI: LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Los Angeles Lakers advanced to their first NBA Western Conference final in a decade with a 119-96 blowout win over the Houston

LeBron leads Lakers to NBA West finals with rout of Rockets | Arab News

LeBron James has been clear he joined the Los Angeles Lakers to end the arguably worst spell in franchise history...LeBron James has been clear he joined the Los Angeles Lakers to end the arguably worst spell in franchise history...

LeBron James Embracing Responsibility To Restore Lakers Franchise

Before the Los Angeles Lakers finished off the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of their second-round series, Naomi...Before the Los Angeles Lakers finished off the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of their second-round series, Naomi...

Naomi Osaka: Kobe Bryant Black Mamba Jersey Brought 'Strength' During U.S. Open

Black Lives Matter protestors blocked multiple buses transporting NBA media personnel at Walt Disney World Saturday night.Black Lives Matter protestors blocked multiple buses transporting NBA media personnel at Walt Disney World Saturday night.

VIDEO: Black Lives Matter Protestors Block NBA Media Buses at Walt Disney World - WDW News Today

From a basketball standpoint, nothing has surprised Anthony Davis about his first season with the Lakers.From a basketball standpoint, nothing has surprised Anthony Davis about his first season with the Lakers.

Anthony Davis says his first season with Lakers is ‘everything I envisioned’ - Silver Screen and Roll

After the Los Angeles Lakers advanced to the Western Conference finals on Saturday night, Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo paid tribute to his brother William for his continued support throughout the postseason.After the Los Angeles Lakers advanced to the Western Conference finals on Saturday night, Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo paid tribute to his brother William for his continued support throughout the postseason.

Lakers Guard Rajon Rondo Reveals How His Brother Has Been Key to His Success in Bubble - Lakers Daily

It seems that William Rondo might not be able to cheer his brother Rajon Rondo and his Los Angeles Lakers from courtside anytime soon.It seems that William Rondo might not be able to cheer his brother Rajon Rondo and his Los Angeles Lakers from courtside anytime soon.

Lakers news: Rajon Rondo's brother facing potential ban in NBA bubble

Lakers news: Rajon Rondo's brother facing potential ban in NBA bubble

ShareThe Karl Anthony Towns, Rudy Goberts, and Joel Embiids of the world could rest easy now as centers are not entirely extinct in the NBA. If there’s anything the Lakers’ 4-1 win against the Houston Rockets in their semifinal round of the Western Conference proved is that small ball is still not viable, especially in the playoffs. The gimmicky Don Nelson creation may have seemingly worked for coach Mike D’Antoni in the regular season (they did finish fourth in the Western Conference), but come the postseason when opposing coaches have an entire series to counteract the Rockets’ pace-and-space schemes, there’s just no way small ball can overcome teams with skilled big men. You can say James Harden and company got lucky escaping the Oklahoma City in the first round as unlike Anthony Davis, the Thunder’s starting center is Steven Adams. The 7’0” Kiwi is more of a traditional big man, bruising with heavy feet and not really adept to chasing the Rockets’ trigger-happy forwards from 3-point territory. Davis, meanwhile, is a guard trapped in a center’s body. He actually started his basketball life as a point guard in high school before an 8-inch growth spurt made his height closer now to his officially listed height of 6’11”. He avoids playing center like the plague, but had to due to JaVale McGee’s unfavorable matchups in the series against the Rockets. Houston’s small ball lineup was also a bit flawed. The Rockets made a big splash during the offseason when they swapped all-star guard Chris Paul for former MVP Russel Westbrook. While CP3 isn’t exactly known to light it up from the land of plenty, he’s still a far more effective floor spacer than Brodie. It would’ve worked for lesser teams with Westbrook serving as Houston’s de facto center on offense, but coach Frank Vogel’s Lakers is an entirely different beast. Against the Lakers, the 2017 regular season MVP just couldn’t bully Davis and 6’8” LeBron James inside the paint, which meant LA’s perimeter guys stayed home on Harden, P.J. Tucker, Robert Covington, Eric Gordon, Ben McLemore, and the rest of Houston’s platoons of shooters, ultimately throwing a wrench in D’Antoni’s small ball basketball philosophy. The gentleman’s sweep is a bitter pill to swallow for Houston general manager and analytics guy Daryl Morey, who went all in on D’Antoni’s small ball system by jettisoning starting center Clint Capela before this season’s NBA All-Star Game. The donut team barely scraped by the Thunder in the first round then were completely eviscerated by the Lakers in the second. As the old adage goes, height is still might in basketball and no amount of analytics would negate that fact. Former Memphis coach David Fizdale’s infamous “Take that for data!” comment may be true after all. As a result of their season ending abruptly, Houston might see an exodus of not only players but even D’Antoni himself, who is in the last year of his contract. The NBA’s premier mad scientist will not be short on suitors as the“:07 Seconds or Less” coach is already being rumored going to multiple coaching vacancies with the Indiana Pacers job his most likely destination. The ill-fitting pair of old OKC teammates, The Beard and Brodie, may also be headed toward a divorce. However, that’s easier said than done as Westbrook’s contract is un-tradeable even before the pre-COVID-19 landscape of the NBA. There’s no way Clutch City will part with Harden. The Rockets could still trade Brodie in a salary dump if it attaches draft picks in the deal, but wait Houston’s future had already been mortgaged in the Chris Paul trade (first-round picks in 2024 and 2026 and the right to swap first-rounders in 2021 and 2025). For a team with championship aspirations ever since acquiring LeBron (and even so after trading for AD), the Lakers hurdling the Lilliputian Rockets is not really a cause to celebrate, as there are bigger fish to fry for LA. Now they await the outcome of the series between the Paper Clips and upstart Denver Nuggets. Game 6 is today and I’m crossing my fingers that The Joker and company will pull off the win. That would setup a Game 7, the sweetest words in sports. The Nuggets already overcame a 1-3 series deficit (first round against the Utah Jazz and my kababayan Jordan Clarkson) and who’s to say they can’t do it again against The Claw and the rest of the Clippers. While I never really liked Kawhi Leonard, I still hope that the Clippers emerge victorious against the Nuggets so basketball fans can finally be treated to a Battle of LA, 2020 edition.

RIP small ball - Saipan Tribune

The Houston Rockets had a disappointing end to their season. When Russell Westbrook joined the Houston Rockets this season, fans weren't sure how it would wo...The Houston Rockets had a disappointing end to their season. When Russell Westbrook joined the Houston Rockets this season, fans weren't sure how it would work out. Of course, Westbrook played with James Harden in Oklahoma City, although they were much different players at the time. After a few mont...

Eastern Conference GM Urges Rockets To Trade Russell Westbrook

The Game 5 match up between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets was much less competitive than...The Game 5 match up between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets was much less competitive than...

Lakers Rumors: Rajon Rondo's Brother Attending Future Games Unclear

The Houston Rockets are now in search of a new head coach after head coach Mike D'Antoni informed the franchise's ownership that he's becoming a free agent and won't return to the Rockets next season.Are the Rockets looking back to their past for future title runs? Here's a look at a few names in the mix for the gig.

Rockets head coach search: Sam Cassell and Jeff Van Gundy on list to replace Mike D'Antoni | abc13.com

Russell Westbrook demands the Lakers double team him while the Houston Rockets are down by 29 points in Game 5.Russell Westbrook demands the Lakers double team him while the Houston Rockets are down by 29 points in Game 5.

“You better double me!”: LeBron James laughs in Russell Westbrook's face for yelling while being 29 points down | The SportsRush

Russell Westbrook demands the Lakers double team him while the Houston Rockets are down by 29 points in Game 5.Russell Westbrook demands the Lakers double team him while the Houston Rockets are down by 29 points in Game 5.

“You better double me!”: LeBron James laughs in Russell Westbrook's face for yelling while being 29 points down | The SportsRush

After a heated exchange with Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo’s brother summoned his inner Lillard and gave the Rockets guard a goodbye wave.After a heated exchange with Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo’s brother summoned his inner Lillard and gave the Rockets guard a goodbye wave.

Russell Westbrook’s Exit is Greeted by a Lillard-Like Wave - Blazer's Edge

The expectations the Los Angeles Lakers set when completing a trade for Anthony Davis to pair with LeBron...The expectations the Los Angeles Lakers set when completing a trade for Anthony Davis to pair with LeBron...

Anthony Davis: First Season With Lakers Just Like 'Envisioned'

All-Star Anthony Davis raved about what his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers has entailed thus far.All-Star Anthony Davis raved about what his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers has entailed thus far.

Anthony Davis: First Season With Lakers Just Like 'Envisioned'

Houston head coach Mike D'Antoni said farewell to the Rockets on Sunday after four seasons.Houston head coach Mike D'Antoni said farewell to the Rockets on Sunday after four seasons.

Mike D'Antoni says farewell to Houston Rockets after four seasons | NBA News | Sky Sports

ESPN's Mike Breen surprisingly and hilariously misjudged a missed three-pointer by Houston's Eric Gordon during Saturday night's telecast.ESPN's Mike Breen surprisingly and hilariously misjudged a missed three-pointer by Houston's Eric Gordon during Saturday night's telecast.

Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy laugh over missed call of Eric Gordon's three-pointer Saturday night Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy laugh over missed call of Eric Gordon's three-pointer Saturday night

ORLANDO (Florida) • LeBron James took it personally when he failed to guide the Los Angeles Lakers to the play-offs last year, prolonging their six-year drought.. Read more at straitstimes.com.Basketball News -ORLANDO (Florida) • LeBron James took it personally when he failed to guide the Los Angeles Lakers to the play-offs last year, prolonging their six-year drought.. Read more at

Lakers in West finals, James desperate to bring fans glory, Basketball News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

The Houston Rockets reportedly will take a “strong look” look at former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue.The Houston Rockets reportedly will take a “strong look” look at former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue.

Report: Houston Rockets to Take 'Strong Look' at Former Cavs Head Coach | Cavaliers Nation

Things went downhill fast for the Houston Rockets last week after one of the team’s players apparently got sick of being alone in the NBA’s Orlando bubble.

SIN BIN: Houston Rockets' Danuel House smuggled woman into bubble | Toronto Sun

SIN BIN: Houston Rockets' Danuel House smuggled woman into bubble | Toronto Sun

Protesters stopped multiple buses at the NBA bubble in Orlando on Saturday night following the Los Angeles Lakers' victory over the Houston Rockets. Several protesters held up buses containing media members while protesting the killing of Salaythis Melvin. The 22-year-old died from his injuries [...]Protesters stopped multiple buses at the NBA bubble in Orlando on Saturday night following the Los [...]

Protesters Block NBA Bus at Orlando Bubble During Black Lives Matter Protest

Lakers coach Frank Vogel had a goal this season of playing 'bigger' lineups and 'smaller' lineups in a game. It paid off in defeating the Rockets.

No small feat: Five takeaways from Lakers' Game 5 win over Rockets

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel shared one specific way how his team honors the late Kobe Bryant during practice.Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel shared one specific way how his team honors the late Kobe Bryant during practice.

Lakers news: Frank Vogel Reveals How LA honors Kobe Bryant Every Day

Lakers news: Frank Vogel Reveals How LA honors Kobe Bryant Every Day

Markieff Morris finally showed up in the second round, helping the Los Angeles Lakers overcome the Houston Rockets in five games.Markieff Morris finally showed up in the second round helping the Los Angeles Lakers overcome the Houston Rockets. When the Los Angeles Clippers pulled out...

Los Angeles Lakers: Markieff Morris stepped up against the Rockets

The Los Angeles Lakers' Rajon Rondo reveals how his brother, William, has been a key to his success in the Orlando bubble.Rajon Rondo's brother William was ejected from Game 5 after arguing with Russell Westbrook.

Lakers news: Rajon Rondo reveals how his brother has been a key to his success in bubble

Lakers news: Rajon Rondo reveals how his brother has been a key to his success in bubble