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Houston Rockets News: October 17, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Rockets, local sports, and news from around the league for Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

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Houston Rockets News

Rockets news: James Harden says this year's Houston team is best he's ever played on
The Rockets are entering the season with extremely high hopes after a summer that saw them make a splash for Chris Paul to pair with James Harden.

Draymond Green Questions Rockets: 'I Don't Know How Serious They Take Defense' | Bleacher Report
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green questioned the defensive prowess of the Houston Rockets leading up to the 2017-18 season in a Monday interview...

Rockets' Clint Capela to become restricted free agent after season - Houston Chronicle
Rockets center Clint Capela will become a restricted free agent next off-season, a person with knowledge of the Rockets' plans said.

Mike D'Antoni says Houston Rockets aiming for 60 wins |
For as storied of a franchise as the Houston Rockets are, there's one thing it has never accomplished: a 60-win season. After a 55-win season in 2016-17 and offseason roster changes that included adding All-Star point guard Chris Paul, the magical 60 mark seems to be on Houston's radar now.

Cleared for practice, Rockets' Chris Paul says he's ready for game time - Houston Chronicle
As pleased as the Rockets had to be with where they saw guard Chris Paul on Sunday (on the practice court) and where they didn’t (on the injury report for Tuesday’s opener against the Warriors), Paul was not ready to celebrate just being cleared to practice.

Addition of Paul and loss in 'Melo' sweepstakes headline Rockets' offseason |
Despite locking down James Harden into the next decade, the Houston Rockets are a changed team, thanks to a couple of key additions in the offseason.

NBA News

99 NBA predictions for the inevitable, incredible 2017-2018 season -
Yes, the Warriors are going to win it all. No, you don’t know what else will happen. Yet.

Gregg Popovich: Trump is a ‘Soulless Coward’ -
Popovich was furious about a false claim President Trump made about past presidents not contacting the families of fallen soldiers.

What is an NBA rookie contract extension, and how do they work? -
Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins just cashed out. Here’s what happened.

LaMarcus Aldridge extension: Spurs sign big man for 3 more years -
Aldridge surprises everyone by re-upping in San Antonio.

Houston & Collegiate Sports News

Houston Texans Injury News: Dylan Cole Likely Out At Least Four Weeks - Battle Red Blog
Dylan Cole is expected to be out for at least four weeks.