Posts Tagged ‘Houston Rockets’

Houston Rockets unveil new alternate jerseys

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Some NBA teams might have an alternate jersey. Last night, the Houston Rockets unveiled not one but three alternate jerseys. With the help of Dwight Howard, Donatas Motiejunas and Sam Dekker, the Rockets rolled out the Clutch City “Pride” jersey, a silver alternate, as well as a “Space City” black alternate that will drop in 2016. Which is your favorite jersey?

Rockets’ Harrell helps save trapped motorist

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has long been known as Superman. But perhaps their rookie big man Montrezl Harrell also has a claim to the nickname.

According to a series of tweets from a University of Louisville sports information director, Harrell, who attended Louisville, helped save someone trapped in an overturned, smoking car.

Dwight Howard rates James Harden the best left-hander of all-time

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago on the blogtable, we looked at some of the greatest left-handed players of all-time, a list that includes some legendary NBA players, such as Bill Russell, David Robinson, Manu Ginobili, Tiny Archibald…the list can go on and on.

Houston guard James Harden got one vote on our list, but that’s presumably only because his teammate Dwight Howard didn’t have a vote.

Last night, Howard took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, and when asked for his take on the greatest lefty of all-time, Howard went with Harden…

And you know what? Dwight hears your disagreement, and respectfully reserves the right to disagree…

And for what it’s worth, Howard mentioned Russell among his list of the best in League history…

When a fan asked how Russell could be one of the three best of all-time but not the best lefty, Howard had an answer ready for him…

What do you say? Is James Harden the best lefty of all-time? Or does someone else get your vote?

NBA 2K16 and Spike Lee present James Harden’s journey

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few days ago we saw a video from 2K Sports featuring Stephen Curry, one of the cover stars of the upcoming NBA 2K16. One of the other cover stars is Houston’s James Harden, so here’s a video featuring Harden’s development into an NBA star, and the power of believing…

VIDEO: Harden 2K16

Stop it, Dwight Howard … you’re making us hungry

By Jeff Case

According to the Waffle House website, the breakfast-focused restaurant got its start on Labor Day of 1955 in the Atlanta suburb of Avondale Estates. Since then, the restaurant has grown into a national chain known for, of course, waffles, and other a.m. fare.

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard, an Atlanta native, detailed in an interview with’s Ken Berger two years ago how, in an effort to revamp his diet, eliminated almost all grain products from his diet.

Q: Did you also eliminate a lot of grain products – pasta, bread and stuff?

A: Oh, no bread.

Q: You don’t eat bread at all?

A: No bread. Pasta maybe once or twice a week. I don’t eat a lot of steak, so it’s fish and chicken and stuff like that. I had to relearn how to eat on game days, and for a minute it took a while to get used to. They would tell us that we would have to eat at lunch and don’t eat until after the game. So that’s like a long break from 12 o’clock to not eating until after the game. That’s when we found out that almonds were a good way to burn fat and they really help you in games when you have those almonds. I couldn’t eat as much as I wanted to, and I hated that.

Well, it’s the offseason and we’re all allowed to cheat a little bit on our diets, right? Howard posted photos of himself on Instagram demolishing not one, but TWO, breakfasts at Waffle House …

Waffle House is life. 💯

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All done. Rd 2 coming u digg. 💯

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Oh ok.

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(h/t FTW)


Cuttino Mobley can still get buckets

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERCuttino Mobley played for ten years in the NBA, most memorably pairing with Steve Francis to form a dynamic backcourt for the Houston Rockets. And while Mobley retired in 2008, he popped up this week in Los Angeles at the Drew League, where, even with the gray hair, Mobley showed he can still play the game…

Dwight Howard dressed as The Predator for Comic-Con

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Comic-Con just ended out in San Diego, the annual event where fans of comic books and comic book culture gather to celebrate all things related to comics and science fiction. And while many attendees dress as their favorite superheroes, how would a seven-foot NBA star dress up? Well, Houston’s Dwight Howard attended Comic-Con with a full The Predator costume. It’s a pretty good costume, but I’d imagine it’s hard for Dwight to go incognito no matter what kind of costume he’s in…

VIDEO: Dwight at Comic-Con

Steve Francis is not a great pitcher

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’re reaching that time of year when basketball players start to pop up at baseball games to throw out ceremonial first pitches, which can have a variety of results. Last year we took an in-depth look at all these throws, and we will probably do that later this summer, but we need to take a second and check out this effort from former Rockets great Steve Francis. We know former Rockets forward Tracy McGrady can really pitch the ball, and although McGrady and Francis were traded for each other in the NBA, when you consider the first pitch Francis delivered at last night’s Houston Astros game, a Francis/McGrady baseball swap probably wouldn’t make much sense.

(via Complex)

How the Warriors made the NBA Finals

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — “The phrase you thought you would not hear in your lifetime: The Golden State Warriors are going to the NBA Finals.”

That’s really the key sentence in the video below, which is an inside look at the Warriors Game 5 victory over the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals, the game that put them into the NBA Finals. The Warriors were great all season, sure, but advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time in four decades was not guaranteed until they got past the Rockets.

And here’s a great look at exactly how that happened…

VIDEO: Warriors win west

Did the Golden State Warriors plan too far ahead?

VIDEO: Rockets win Game 4

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Heading into the weekend, both the Eastern and Western Conference final series seemed pretty cut-and-dried: The Warriors had a 3-0 lead over Houston, and the Cavs had a 3-0 lead over the Hawks. So it’s perhaps understandable if the Warriors and Cavs were looking ahead a bit, or planning for what might happen if either team clinched the series and advanced to the NBA Finals.

The only problem there is, the Warriors put their future plans down in writing. And the plans got back to the Rockets.

According to, following the Rockets’ 128-115 Game 4 win over the Warriors, the Rockets returned to their locker room to find a copy of the Warriors plans in case they swept the series. As Calvin Watkins writes

The memo read in part: “The Golden State Warriors will return to Oakland tomorrow (Tuesday, May 26) following their 4-0 series sweep of the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals.”

The memo wasn’t distributed to the media, but its legitimacy was confirmed by Raymond Ridder, the Warriors’ vice president for communication.

The Warriors now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1, with Game 5 coming Wednesday in Oakland.

Several players, including Corey Brewer, smiled and shook their heads upon reading the memo.

“They’re confident in their team,” said Josh Smith, who scored 20 points Monday night. “It’s not added motivation; we just got to go out there and play. I don’t really feed into the whole mentally get your rah-rah hype. I just want to go out and play my game.”