The Dream Links: Wednesday October 10

Earl Sleek

Knock, knock, knocking on the season's door.

Before we begin I'd like to send plenty of thanks over to fellow SB nation writer Earl Sleek of Battle of California for the image at the top.

Sleek covers hockey for BoC, draws toons, drinks beer and is a general Renaissance man over there. If you like hockey, crude cartoons and poop jokes, then that's the place for you. Do remember to lock your car doors and keep your wallet in the front pocket, though. It's kind of a shady neighborhood.

Onto your links:

With the preseason opening tonight we gathered some season previews from around the web, they all say we'll suck again.

Houston Rockets: What to watch for in preaseason game 1
The Houston Rockets take the floor against OKC for preseason game 1, but what's in it for the fans?

NBA Preview: How will 'Linsanity' help the Houston Rockets?
The Rockets acquiring Jeremy Lin was huge news, but how will it play out?

NBA Kicks - Season Preview: Houston Rockets | KicksOnFire

2013 NBA Championship Odds: Rockets open at 75/1 - SB Nation Houston
The Houston Rockets have opened with 75/1 odds to win the 2013 NBA Championship. according to betting site Bovada. Those odds place the Rockets as the 15th-likeliest team to win the title and take home the trophy.

Who are the NBA's top title contenders this season? And who's trailing the pack? - Grantland
Determining the Association's tiers of success — or lack thereof — after a wild offseason.

Making Sense of the Houston Rockets Offseason - Saving the Skyhook - A General NBA Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
While the Houston Rockets have seen moderate success over the past ten seasons, you would be hard pressed to find many teams more snake bitten by bad

Not afraid of wolves: Donatas Motiejunas - The Dream Shake
The NBA is full of alpha wolves. Rockets Rookie Donatas Motiejunas intends to be one of them.

Random, sorta related:

A despondent Rockets fan from 1994 stars in the weirdest NBA commercial of all time (VIDEO) | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Ball Don't Lie: We are living in more caring, more sensitive times. Bemoan political correctness as much as you care to, but shifting values and a better grasp of what makes mental illness and day-to-day depression and anxiety such a significant factor in … Continue reading →

VIDEO: Houston Rockets' Jeremy Lin Blasts Off In A New Volvo Ad - AutoSpies Auto News
Yeah, Lin's not nerdy.

Tracy McGrady To China: Ex-NBA Star To Play For Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles
BEIJING -- Seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady says he is headed for China to play for the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles in the Chinese Basketball Association. The 33-year-old McGrady will be the highest-profile player in the CBA.

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