2. One of my absolute favorite basketball writers, Jonathan Tjarks, wrote at Mavs Moneyball how Daryl Morey's team-building strategy put the Mavericks' moves to shame over the past half-decade.
3. Hey look, Dan Le Batard gave our man Chad Shanks a job... for two days. How generous.
4. Grantland's phenomenal NBA Roundup series took a Texas-sized turn earlier this week, and they touched on how awesome Josh Smith played for the Rockets.
5. It's not about the Rockets, but it is at the same time: Jared Dubin took a looooong, very worthwhile dive into communication on NBA defenses. Here's how I envision the Rockets' communication going:
"You good, Dwight?"
"I got you."
"K thx buddy."