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In today's Rocket Fuel: James Harden continues to differentiate last season from this season, Pat Beverley is lighter, and James Harden's defense could make or break the Rockets season.

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Media day has come and gone, training camp is underway, and preseason basketball is less than a week away. Let that sink in. Basketball is back baby! Make sure you're all caught up on the latest Rockets news with today's Rocket Fuel!

Rockets' James Harden on last year: 'The love and excitement wasn't there' | CBSSports.com

Last season was obviously frustrating for the beard.

Harden focused on leading team after tough season | NBA.com

"The door swung open and James Harden burst into the room in full song as he made his way to the podium on media day. A far cry from a year ago when all the Rockets did was wail the blues"

Why James Harden's Defense Is So Important In 2016-17 | Today's Fastbreak

Yea, it's pretty important Harden shows a little more focus on defense this season.

Houston Rockets 2016-17 NBA Training Camp Roster Rankings | Bleacher Report

Want a ranking of all the players on the Rockets' roster? Well then here you go (spoiler: #1 isn't a surprise)

Rockets' Pat Beverley arrives at camp lighter, fitter | Houston Chronicle

I don't know about you but this new lighter Pat Beverley is exciting me about his potential to return to peak defensive levels.