The Rockets suffered their first loss of the preseason last night, but with no Howard or Harden, there wasn't too much to take away from the game. We're still mostly looking at bench minutes and roster construction. On to the day's links:
Just appreciate Dwight Howard while he's still here | Hardwood Paroxysm -- A must-read for Rockets fans on struggling with the back injury Dwight suffered a few years ago. Kirk Henderson's struggles with his own back injuries made him realize that we collectively need to appreciate Dwight while he's still here.
Pelicans coach offers praise for Rockets’ Harden | Ultimate Rockets -- Monty Willliams, on James Harden, from Jon Feigen: "What was surprising about James was how hard he worked," Williams said. "I didn't know he was that hard of a worker. He sat beside me every day in meetings. To see how professional he was, how diligent he was with his business was surprising."
Breakout Season For Houston Rockets' Kostas Papanikolaou? | FanSided -- FanSided's Bryan Rose thinks Big Papa will be a breakout player for the Rockets. I think he has great potential as a bench offensive weapon, but "breakout player" may be pushing it.
Jason Terry vs. Nick Johnson | The Daily Wildcat -- The University of Arizona's student newspaper, the Daily Wildcat, debates which of the two Arizona products should get more playing time this season.
Akil Mitchell and Robert Covington could go to D-League | Ultimate Rockets -- Maybe we're not done with Covington just yet. I still am not 100 percent sure Akil Mitchell indeed exists.
2014-15 NBA preview: Houston Rockets outlook | ESPN -- ESPN Insider does a deep dive on the Rockets' 2014-2015 prospects. Sure, it's behind a paywall, but I'm sure plenty of you out there are Insiders. Enjoy.
The Third Coming of Derrick Rose, by Wright Thompson | ESPN the Magazine -- Nothing on the Rockets here, but when Wright Thompson has the byline, you should be reading.