Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Yao Ming Bling

The Houston Rockets own Yao Ming, seems to have passed another important point in progression the last month. The 7'6 center already shoots fade aways and is tall enough to see over the defense's heads to pick them apart but in the past 4 games he has put up near or over 30 shot attempts and with 49% hiting from the field has been scoring like he should when McGrady is benched. "I know I can handle it now" said Yao, and I am inclined to beleive him. His free throw shooting is second to none, he seems to be able to catch the ball lower now, and he is learning how to run the floor. If he keeps this up he could be remembered as one of the greatest Big Men in basketball.

BACK TO THE LEATHER BALLS

On Monday, NBA commissioner David Stern announced that the league would no longer be using the microfiber composite ball that was introduced earlier this season. The league will be switching back to the leather ball on January 1st. The announcement couldn't have made the Houston Rockets happier. Most players say that the leather balls just feel right. Most likely it nostalgia too. Although the ball has performed well statistically, the most important thing is how the players feel. The last time the Rockets will use the new ball will be on New Year's Eve.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

12 days of Christmas

As a blogger I need to find and fill information for my readers. Much of it comes from tooling around the internet to my favorite various sites and many times I experience things that no human should. This morning was no exception as I went to The Houston Rockets official website to refresh myself on some of the plays that would point out why, even after such a great comeback, the Houston Rockets lost 102-94 against the L.A. Lakers last night. Instead my ears were assaulted, partially my fault for having the sound to loud, by people who should not be singing doing exactly that. The Rockets are advertising thier Holiday packs with players fans and powerdancers singing the 12 days of christmas. Now so you don't get curious and go look or listen for yourself let me just type out the non rhyming, doesn't even fit to the beat of the song, lyrics. We will skip straight to the end and mind you that Yao Ming and Motumbo are not the easiest guys to understand. On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me 12 rowdy fans, 11 fast fed points, 10 offensive rebounds, 9 perfect passes, 8 hostile plays?, 7 baseline jumpers, 6 Three pointers, 5 POWER DANCERS!, 4 blocked shots, 3 buzzer beaters, 2 great seats, and a Houston Rockets Holiday Pack.

The Holiday pack contains one ticket to 6 games, 3 in January and 3 in February. Packs are priced to stuff stockings at as low as $60.00 per. The home games include L.A. Lakers, Portland Trailblazers, Seattle Supersonics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings, and the Boston Celtics. Visit the rockets official website for more infomation but please, please skip the music video section for your own sake.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

McDeGradying Golden State

The Houston Rockets took the Golden State Warriors out with ease, stomping them with a lead of almost 30 points at 118-90. Six minutes into the game The Houston Rockets took a 20 point lead and ever looked back. Playing this game was the Tracy Mcgrady of old. It seems he might have found solid ground again coming out of a shooting slump that lasted all season. With 31 points and 7 assists, he outscored Yao Ming who dominated the paint with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Yao had some difficulty shooting when he got double teamed and McGrady made them pay everytime they dedicated another defender to the big Rockets center. If these guys can play together like this more often then we have some great game to come from the Houston Rockets.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

FINGER WAGGERS UNITE!

The Houston Rockets' Mount Mutombo is famous for trademark finger wag that dismisses would-be slam-dunkers. Now that famous wag will be featured on a bobble head (or should I say, bobble finger?)figure to be released on Wednesday night when the Rocket's take on the Washington Wizards at the Toyota Center. What a cool bobble head idea! I love wagging my finger at people who are bad drivers. I think it's far worse to get the finger wag instead of the bird.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Thirsty for points in the Desert

Even with one of the biggest comebacks in Houston Rockets history, the Phoenix Suns burned the Rockets out. Overcoming a 22 point deficit in the second half and even taking the lead for a short moment in the 4th quarter could not help the Rockets stand up to the Suns 13 point run taking the final score to 102 to 91. The Phoenix Suns got off to a very quick start that I do not think the boys from Houston were prepared for. The Rockets were shooting around 40% but put up an amazing 38 separate 3 point shot attempts. The Phoenix Suns guard Raja Bell stated "We came out in the second half up 17 points and we just figured we were going to walk all over them for the rest of the game. They are a good team and good teams do not lie down." I could not have said it better myself. The Houston Rockets battle the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday, December 2nd at 7:30 PM

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Houston Bags the Mavericks

I'm stuck at work and missing the game, but I just clicked on to take a glance at the NBA scoreboard. With 57 seconds to go, Houston is up 104 to 76 over the Dallas Mavericks. Okay, make that a final score of Houston Rockets 107, Dallas Mavericks 76. I didn't manage to jinx my guys, although I wasn't real worried about that.

Looks like Yao Ming did his thing -- he had 36 points. The Mavs' big guy, Dirk Nowitzki, apparently was slackin' with only 24. Would have been nice to watch that one, but at least I can get back to work with a smile on my face.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Bad boy

The Rockets may have left thier last preseaon game with a loss but the biggest news was Mutombo as he fired obscene gestures at a patron of the TD Waterhouse Center. Mutombo was held back from entering the stands, to confront the man yelling racial slurs at him, by Rockets trainer keith jones until the game official could get there. Mutombo is still very upset about this promising a more violent reaction if this were to happen again. I am not sure about you, but I would definitly not want a man Mutombo's size angry with me. The fan was escorted from the game. Lets hope he did not get a refund.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Rockets Enjoy the Fair

Well, at least they got to go to the Arkansas State Fairgrounds, and they must have enjoyed their 107-93 preseason victory over the Atlanta Hawks Friday night. I'm guessing the folks in Little Rock were a bit disappointed not to see Houston stars Yao Ming and Bonzi Wells, but at least they got to see how the game is played in the NBA.

The Rockets themselves got to see something, too. As Rockets.com columnist Damien Pierce points out, there was a silver lining to Yao's having to sit this one out. "Despite Houston's obvious desire to have Yao back from his toe injury, the Rockets might have stumbled upon a change of pace lineup to use when the big fella needs a breather." Interestingly, that change of pace included picking up the pace. Maybe we'll be watching some extra fast running this year. And being able to spread the action around the lineup a bit can't hurt.

Monday, October 02, 2006

bonzi moves to houston

The Rockets snagged Bonzi Wells today – he and the team signed a multi-year deal, taking the biggest remaining name off the free market. He is expected to provide much-needed depth to an injury-laden roster and to help make the Rockets a contender for the Western Conference title. This seems like a pretty legitimate possibility this time around, although the Rockets will most likely face pretty stiff competition from in-state rivals the Spurs and the Mavericks, not to mention from the Phoenix Suns. They will still have to bring the A-game.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Extra innings no bonus

I’ve been gone for awhile, but during the summer there’s more MLB action than NBA anyway. And one cool thing about baseball – sometimes your ticket buys you extra innings. The other night Houston Astros fans got two games’ worth of play for the price of one. Too bad the final score was Chicago Cubs 8, Astros 6.
5-plus hours on the field is rare, but turns out there were two games that went 18 innings Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. Over at Coors Field, the Arizona Diamondbacks held on to beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Lone star not alone

I’m sure I’m not the only Houston Rockets fan that was disappointed by the turnaround in the NBA Finals which saw Dallas Mavericks crash out. I’m sure I’m not the only Texan who was behind Mark Cuban in his tirades about the appropriateness of certain calls during the series. I would like to see a process within the NBA structure which allowed fans, players and coaches to have calls, or lack thereof, officially questioned if there is reasonable doubt. I’m sure Refs in these situations would happily share some of the abuse with a computer or camera.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Mavericks Dominating the Nash and the Suns

As a Houston Rockets fan I have to cheer for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Playoffs. They are doing really well and after last night’s 95-88 victory over the Phoenix Suns I am predicting we will see the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. That could also be because I hate the Detroit Pistons, but hey.

The Houston Rocket scored the number eight pick in the NBA Draft Lottery, by the way. That sounds good to me.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Rockets fan with Maverick tendencies.

Well since it is the Playoffs I am switching my loyalty from the Houston Rockets to the Dallas Mavericks for the next couple of weeks. I would like to see them win this series against the San Antonio Spurs but after Sunday’s game it looks like the two teams are really evenly matched. Go Mavs!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Rockets need to reload.

The Houston Rockets are going to have to work hard to rebuild this team and strengthen our defense. We can’t rely on Yao Ming alone to carry this team anymore. I am hoping that we can pick up some bright young stars in the off-season who will help us become a playoff contender and a winning team next season.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Spurs detonate Rockets in painful battle.

The last four games have been wrought with frustration for the Houston Rockets. We went up against the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks and fell hard. We were able to attack the Spurs defensively last night but we were unable to maintain a good pace and the Spurs ran up the score ending with 92 points to our 77. What does this team need to do to win?

Friday, February 10, 2006

Kenyon Martin Threatens Fans

Houston Rockets fans are shaken about the news of Kenyon Martins scandalous treatment of some fans at the Denver Nuggets loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. Martin sent a friend into the stands to threaten the men in retaliation for comments he heard from the bench. The incident was reported to security and apparently Martin pursued the matter even further, approaching the men after the game as well.

Read the story at:
http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_3493398

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Congrats to Vince Young and the Longhorns!

I’m generally a basketball fan, but I have to say that this year’s Rose Bowl was about as heart-stopping of an athletic event as you ever get to see! All of us Texans have to be proud of the University of Texas Longhorns, the new national college football champs! And, of course, folks here are especially proud of a local hero, the incredible Vince Young! I sure hope the Houston Texans know what to do with their first draft pick!