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Houston Rockets News: October 9, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Rockets, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, October 9, 2017.

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Houston Rockets News

Houston Rockets' James Harden calls Kevin McHale a clown - The Washington Post
There's some simmering beef between the Rockets star and his former coach, who was fired two years ago.

Houston Rockets' James Harden calls former coach Kevin McHale a 'clown' after criticisms
Rockets guard James Harden didn't take too kindly to former coach Kevin McHale's comments about his leadership skills, saying McHale "never taught me anything to be a leader" during their three-plus seasons together in Houston.

Houston Rockets' James Harden calls former coach Kevin McHale a 'clown' after criticisms
Rockets guard James Harden didn't take too kindly to former coach Kevin McHale's comments about his leadership skills, saying McHale "never taught me anything to be a leader" during their three-plus seasons together in Houston.

Rockets focus on improving defensive rebounding - Houston Chronicle
As much as the Rockets believe they will improve defensively with several defensive-minded roster additions, guard Eric Gordon said that heading into the final week of preseason games the key could be on the boards after shots are taken. The Rockets ranked 21st in defensive rebounding percentage last season, forcing them to have to defend extra possessions.

TILMAN J. FERTITTA NEW OWNER OF THE HOUSTON ROCKETS | Houston Rockets
HOUSTON – The Houston Rockets announced today that Tilman J. Fertitta has officially closed on his purchase of the NBA Houston Rockets and Clutch City Sports and Entertainment. The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved Fertitta to join the ranks of an NBA owner yesterday, setting the stage for the commencement of the Fertitta era. According to Fertitta, “I could not be happier. To own the Rockets in my hometown of Houston is a dream come true. I promise to continue to make this city proud of the Rockets and to do what we can to bring home a championship.”

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni chimes in on James Harden-Kevin McHale squabble - Houston Chronicle
As much as Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni would rather not have the potential distraction that could come with former Rockets coach Kevin McHale's criticism of James Harden's leadership and Harden's strong rebuttal, he said that dealing with those sorts of public issues has become part of the job.

Rockets injury report: Ryan Anderson practices, Tarik Black to miss road trip - Houston Chronicle
Rockets forward Ryan Anderson returned to practice on Sunday and is cleared to play against the Knicks on Monday after sitting out several days with a bruised hip.

Knicks set to get one of their guards back vs. Rockets | New York Post
At least Ron Baker will be back.

Though rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina missed his third straight preseason game Monday against the Rockets with his...


NBA News

Gary Harris signs 4-year, $84 million extension with Nuggets, per report - SBNation.com
Denver solidified Harris’s status one of its key players for the future.

James Harden: Ex-Rockets coach Kevin McHale is ‘a clown' after questioning his leadership - SBNation.com
McHale said the Rockets trading for Chris Paul helps Houston because Harden "is not a leader."

The rise and fall of the NBA’s sleeved jerseys - SBNation.com
Sleeved jerseys were done before they even had a chance to flourish.

NBA preview 2017-18: Which Blake Griffin will Clippers fans get this year? - SBNation.com
We preview one of the NBA’s most difficult teams to predict, and especially its star player.

Remembering the late, great Suns forward Connie Hawkins - Bright Side Of The Sun
The Phoenix Suns lost a legend yesterday - one that should have been bigger than he ever was.


Houston & Collegiate Sports News

JJ Watt injury: Texans star injured in Chiefs game - Battle Red Blog
Oh, no. Again.

Sunday Night Football Recap: Chiefs 42, Texans 34 - Battle Red Blog
J.J. Watt is out for the year. The Texans were demolished. Everything sucks.

Houston Texans Injury News: Whitney Mercilus Tears Pectoral Muscle, Out For Season - Battle Red Blog
If Texans fans didn’t have bad luck, why, we’d have no luck at all.

Red Sox 10, Astros 3: Price forces game 4 out of the bullpen - The Crawfish Boxes

Houston can't close out the series against Boston on Sunday.

If Sam Ehlinger wasn’t the clear starter before, that changed during Texas 40-34 win over Kansas State - Burnt Orange Nation

Considering what the Texas offense lacks and his positive development as a gunslinger, Sam Ehlinger should remain the starter going forward.

Weekend War Zone: Welcome the Cyclones, our new Big 12 Overlords - Frogs O' War

Iowa State pulled off the upset of the year in the conference - but will that be their last hurrah?

College Football Week Six Recap, Playoff Projection and Heisman Prediction - Our Daily Bears

Oklahoma narrowed the Big 12’s path

The Air Raid Podcast #99: Kansas Recap - Viva The Matadors

Recapping Texas Tech’s win over Kansas

Texas A&M/Florida will kick at 6 p.m. - Good Bull Hunting

Fresh off a surprisingly narrow loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Texas A&M Aggies learned the start time of their next game. The Aggies travel to Gainesville, where they will take on the F...

SUNDAY VIDEO ROUNDUP - Florida Postgame - And The Valley Shook

Post-game coverage: LSU defeats Florida, 17-16, in the Swamp.

Shooting From the Rewatch: Texas 40, K-State 34 - Barking Carnival

Winnin’.

It’s like, better than losin’.

The wisdom of Nuke LaLoosh never seems more sagacious than when you outscore your first two conference opponents by a combined seven points and yet find...

Houston Stays Perfect in Conference Play, Defeats SMU 35-22 - Underdog Dynasty

Houston won, but still has things to work on as SMU racks up 544 yards

Takeaways from the USMNT’s huge win over Panama - Dynamo Theory

What we learned from the US’s massive victory against Panama in World Cup qualifying.