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Houston Rockets News: August 23, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Rockets, local sports, and news from around the league for Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

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Houston Rockets News

Warriors challengers? Rockets, Thunder offer intriguing lineups |
The Rockets and Thunder present new challenges for the Warriors. Which team will give Golden State the toughest time in 2017-18?

Rockets' Trevor Ariza: I'd Love to Play for Beyonce! |
How do Rockets players feel about Beyonce possibly buying the team? Trevor Ariza says he's all about it.
Houston Rockets: Argument for Hakeem Olajuwon as best center all-time
Though normally not in the conversation, an argument can be made for former Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon as the best center of all-time.
Houston Rockets: Five bold predictions for the 2017-18 season
In the 2nd installment of my Too Soon series, I talk about five bold predictions for the Houston Rockets upcoming 2017-18 season. Take a look and find out.
Houston Rockets star Chris Paul relists Bel-Air home he bought from Avril Lavigne - LA Times
Chris Paul has relisted his Bel-Air home for $9.249 million, down from $11.495 million when he first listed the home last August.

NBA News

The Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas blockbuster trade, explained -
Why would the Cavaliers trade a star to their biggest rival? Does this help either beat the Warriors? We answer all your questions!

The Celtics used their last Nets pick on Kyrie Irving, for better or worse -
The final draft pick won in the league-rattling Boston-Brooklyn trade has been moved. Now we wait to see how it works out for the Celtics.

Kyrie Irving ‘thrilled’ with trade to Celtics, team believes he'll stay long-term -
That’s good news for Boston.

How the Kyrie Irving trade could go wrong for the Cavaliers and Celtics -
Good morning. We have that and more in Wednesday’s special NBA newsletter.

Isaiah Thomas’ hip injury played ‘some’ role in Celtics trade for Kyrie Irving -
Danny Ainge said Thomas could be "delayed" to start the season.

5 reasons the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade makes sense for the Cavs and Celtics -
It helps both teams achieve their goals and is the perfect opportunity for Irving himself.

Kyrie Irving's trade return gave the Cavaliers everything they could have wanted -
The Cavaliers brought in a great haul for Irving in a market where returns for stars were diminishing.

4 winners and 3 losers from the Kyrie Irving blockbuster trade to the Celtics -
How the heck did Rudy Gobert get on this list?

Kyrie Irving vs. LeBron James is the best, beefiest way to open the NBA season -

LeBron James has 'nothing but respect' for Kyrie Irving after trade -
James took to Twitter to clear the air.

Who is Ante Zizic and why is he part of the Kyrie Irving trade? -
He was involved in the Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas trade. But who is he?

Houston & Collegiate Sports News

Bill O’Brien: “Tom [Savage] Is Our Starter” - Battle Red Blog
No quarterback controversy here. No, sir.

Nationals 4, Astros 3: Astros offense can't salvage - The Crawfish Boxes

Houston misses their chances against the Nats.

2017 schedules for UT’s current football commits - Burnt Orange Nation

Find out where you can see the members of #RevolUTion18 this fall.

Drafting the All-Time Greats: TCU Offense - Frogs O' War

Your FOW staff go together to try and build their all-time TCU team.

GoT Recap: Beyond the Wall - Our Daily Bears

The Penultimate Episode of Game of Thrones Season Seven sees the Night King take down a dragon and lots of other crazy stuff.

Big 12 B-Movies: Texas Longhorns - Viva The Matadors

Moving across the conference analyzing Texas Tech’s opponents.

Texas A&M Football’s Combined Best 2-Deep Offense From the Last Ten Years - Good Bull Hunting

A 2 Deep Roster at Every Spot from 2007-2016.

Official: Danny Etling Named LSU’s Starter - And The Valley Shook

No surprise, but Coach O made the announcement at tonight’s press conference.

The AP Poll - Barking Carnival

Always fun!

Rice 2017 Season Preview - Underdog Dynasty

Owls optimistic a bowl berth is within reach.

Texas Derby ranked as third-most intensive rivalry in MLS by study - Dynamo Theory

Researchers conducted a survey of MLS fans, and found the Houston-Dallas rivalry to be among the most intensive in the league.