NBA.com's Fran Blinebury said Kevin McHale is, unsurprisingly, among the coaches who will face pressure to win early. From his story: "The last two Houston coaches who entered their fourth season on the bench -- Jeff Van Gundy and Rick Adelman -- did not return for a fifth. The Rockets are a top-heavy team with a pair of top 10 talents (Dwight Howard and James Harden) carrying the burden of great expectations. McHale was already feeling the heat after last spring's first-round playoff flameout. Offseason maneuvering cost Houston depth, yet management expects McHale to take what's left on a deep playoff run. The heat is on high."
Clutch the Bear went 0-25 on his trademark backward half-court shot in the Rockets' final game of the preseason. Other cool things from this story: Robert Boudwin has been Clutch for 20 years, he's in the Mascot Hall of Fame (one of only 10 pro sports mascots there) and was named the NBA Mascot of the Year in 2006 and 2013. Bless you, Clutch.
Drew Garrison says "the Rockets were low-key losers this summer, shedding salary and losing assets, only to strike out on finding a superstar to form a "big three" with Dwight Howard and James Harden. Still, they have arguably the best center and shooting guard in the NBA, which is enough to keep them in the top 10."
Who knew Dirk was Parsons' childhood idol? I guess that explains why Chach Douche never tried to improve defensively.