Posts Tagged ‘Houston Rockets’

Dwight Howard pays tribute to fan who passed away

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months back, Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard picked up a young kid during pregame warmups and helped him dunk the ball. That was apparently just the start of a great friendship. That young fan, James Fisher, was battling cancer, and Howard bonded with the boy. Fisher passed away yesterday, and Dwight took to Instagram to say goodbye.

Remember when Hakeem Olajuwon posted a quadruple-double?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most exciting players in the NBA this season has been New Orleans big man Anthony Davis, who has one of the most versatile games the NBA has seen in years. Davis may be able to do many different things, but one thing he hasn’t done — yet, at least — is post a quadruple-double: racking up double figures in points, rebounds, assists and blocks or steals in the same game.

This is has only happened four times in the NBA since the league began tracking blocks and steals in 1973. Twenty-five years ago tomorrow, one of those instances happened, when Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon went for 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and 11 blocks against the Milwaukee Bucks. How dominant was Hakeem back then? Earlier that month, he had a game with 29 points, 18 boards, 11 blocks and 9 assists.

So while Hakeem’s old Houston Rockets franchise plays a national TV game tomorrow against the Washington Wizards (12:30 p.m. EST on ABC), and we can watch Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat man the middle for these teams, but check out these highlights of Hakeem dominating twenty-five years ago…


VIDEO: Hakeem quadruple-double

Happy Birthday Moses Malone

Houston Rockets vs. Milwaukee Bucks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to a new occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize one of the greatest centers in NBA history, Moses Malone.

Born in Petersburg, Virginia, Malone committed to play college ball at the University of Maryland, but instead was drafted by the ABA’s Utah Stars and went directly from high school to the professional ranks.Two seasons later, the ABA and NBA merged and Moses joined the NBA. Malone spent his initial NBA seasons with the Houston Rockets, where he showed his ability to rebound and score in the paint. After winning three MVP awards in six seasons in Houston, the Rockets traded him to Philadelphia, where he teamed with Dr. J and won the 1983 NBA title. Malone later became something of a journeyman, playing for Washington, Atlanta, Milwaukee and San Antonio. He retired in 1995 with 16,212 NBA rebounds, good for fifth all-time. Malone was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.

To celebrate Moses’s big day, let’s go the videos…

VIDEO: Game Changers: Moses Malone


VIDEO: Moses with Red


VIDEO: Moses Nike ad

The Houston Rockets go full NBA Jam

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just a day ago we saw the Phoenix Suns dabble in some #Throw Back Thursday greatness with a video that invoked some retro video game introductions. Well, the Houston Rockets have gone one further with this video, putting some of this season’s highlights through an “NBA Jam” filter and making a great video…


VIDEO: NBA Jam Rockets

The NBA celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Did you wear green yesterday? It was St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, which in the U.S., at least, means we celebrate Irish culture and heritage. A simple way to do that is by wearing green, and we saw that throughout the NBA last night, from players to fans.

Here’s an entire gallery of pictures from Los Angeles, where the Clips made everything green for the night…

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In Houston, a couple of strategically placed leprechauns did their best to jinx the Magic…


(via SBN)

And in Cleveland, the Cavs want you to have a happy St. Patrick’s Day. Make sure you wear your green wig…


VIDEO: Cavs Day

The Muppets take the Clippers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen the Muppets take Manhattan, but it looks like they’ve finally made it out West. Yesterday in Los Angeles, as the Clippers hosted the Houston Rockets, the Muppets were all over the Staples Center.

For instance, Kermit took over the player introductions, which meant the frog was on the mic when Blake Griffin made his return to action…

Kermit and his long-time friend Miss Piggy made an appearance on the Kiss Cam…

And perhaps not surprisingly, Animal hung out with the Clippers Dance Team…

Next time, I kind of wish we could get mics on these dudes to call the games…

What if James Harden’s beard was Iman Shumpert’s hair?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The title of this post really explains it all. What would it look like if Houston Rockets guard James Harden‘s beard was Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Iman Shumpert‘s hair? Some enterprising person out there used Photoshop to merge these two men of follicular greatness. Somehow this image got back to Shumpert himself, who posted it on Instagram with a note of approval…

Nahhhhh jo the gram gotta chill 😂😂😂 even I'm crying off this one

A photo posted by iMan Shumpert (@imanshumpertthe1st) on

Is James Harden the new King James?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cavaliers and Rockets had a terrific game yesterday afternoon, battling into overtime and through several game-winning attempts. When the dust settled, the Rockets won 105-103 in overtime. And while several Rockets had great games, they were led by James Harden, who had himself a statement game, finishing with 33 points, 8 rebounds and, more importantly, one big-time win.

Of course, on the losing end of things were the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were led by four-time MVP LeBron James, who finished with 37 points and, as usual, had a hand in everything the Cavs did on Sunday. And sure, he also missed two clutch free throws that could have given the Cavs a late lead. This time LeBron may have come up just a bit short, but considering his history of rings and trophies, he’ll get another chance and will take advantage of the situation.

Still, that didn’t stop the Houston Rockets from gloating a bit after the win. The Rockets official Twitter account tweeted out an image declaring Harden the “new King”…

After one win? Welp. As the saying goes, you come at the King, you best not miss…

Throwback Thursday: Barkley Reaches Milestone


VIDEO: NBA90s: Charles Barkley

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Barkley Reaches 10,000-Rebound, 20,000-Point Club

On this date in 1996, Charles Barkley pulled down his 10,000th rebound to become at the time just the 10th player in NBA history to record 10,000 rebounds and 20,000 points. There are now 16 players who have accomplished this milestone, with Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan joining the club in recent years. With his 4,215 career assists, Barkley joins Garnett, Wilt ChamberlainKareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone as the only players to accumulate 20,000-plus points, 10,000-plus rebounds and 4,000-plus assists in a career.

This Throwback Thursday, we honor “Sir” Charles Barkley’s Hall-of-Fame career.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Charles Barkley

What’s your favorite Charles Barkley moment? Leave your comments below

Happy Birthday Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon Action Portrait

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to a new occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize one of the greatest centers in NBA history, Hakeem Olajuwon.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Olajuwon played college ball at Houston as a member of the Phi Slama Jama team that went to the Final Four three times. Hakeem “The Dream” was the first overall pick of the 1984 Draft by the Houston Rockets, and played the first 17 years of his career with the Rockets, winning back-to-back NBA titles in 1994 and ’95. (Olajuwon was named NBA Finals MVP both times.) Olajuwon was remarkably versatile, one of the league’s best shot blockers but also one of the greatest post players of all-time — he still teaches post moves to current NBA players. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

To celebrate Hakeem’s big day, let’s go the videos…


VIDEO: Olajuwon first pick 1984


VIDEO: Hakeem’s Top 10


VIDEO: Hakeem Highlights


VIDEO: Dream Trains Dwight