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March 19, 2015 Updates
March 18, 2015 Updates

Rockets star center Dwight Howard said Wednesday he's getting close to returning to the court after missing the last 23 games with swelling in his right knee. When he does return, Howard said he expects to be restricted to 20 to 25 minutes per game until he can build his endurance, and he won't play in back-to-back games. ESPN.com

Injuries have hampered its top two signature athletes, Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard, in recent years. Adidas bet the farm on Rose in 2012 to the tune of $185 million over 13 years after his MVP season the previous year. The Chicago Bulls’ point guard has been snakebitten ever since. The latest blow was a torn meniscus in his right knee last month that required surgery. Sales of Rose’s Adidas signature shoes fell 20% last year to $32 million. Howard was never a big seller for Adidas and his signature shoe has now basically fallen off the map. Sales plummeted 70% last year to only $1.5 million or less than James’ racks up in two days. Adidas has shifted its attention more to John Wall and Damian Lillard over the past year. Forbes.com

March 17, 2015 Updates
March 16, 2015 Updates

"I don't blame any team or any head office for moving me," Robinson said. "It's all part of the business. So I understood that part of it any time I got moved. So I just think I've been in unfortunate situations so far. Sacramento, a rough start and I got traded halfway through the season. Houston they made room for Dwight [Howard and Robinson played] behind LaMarcus [Aldridge], the best power forward in the game in Portland." Philadelphia Inquirer

Jenny Dial Creech: James Harden said he thought Dwight Howard looked good in practice today. Coach McHale said Howard did a lot of what the team did today. Twitter @jennydialcreech

March 15, 2015 Updates

Harden has averaged 22.7 points and 8.3 assists in that stretch, but when he failed to score 20 points against the Jazz and Blazers, it was just his second time scoring less than 20 points in consecutive games this season. Harden, however, was unconcerned that he would recapture his shooting touch. “I haven’t made a 3-pointer in two games,” Harden said. “It’s about repetition, getting back in the gym, finding my stroke a little bit and having confidence to go out and shoot it. Every shooter goes through a phase you’re not shooting the ball well. I’m not the first. I’m not the last. “I put up special work after practice to make sure I get some energy, get some work in. We have to be ready to go.” Houston Chronicle

March 14, 2015 Updates

Houston’s Dwight Howard was a guest on ESPN’s SportsNation and was being, well, Dwight Howard. You know, clowning around, dunking on a mini-hoop, screaming his lungs out and dunking on ESPN staff. Of course being the huge Spurs fan she is, SportsNation host, Michelle Beadle started the “Go Spurs Go” chant when Dwight dunked on her, yelled at the top of his lungs and proclaimed “The Spurs suck. Go Rockets baby!” ProjectSpurs.com

March 13, 2015 Updates
March 12, 2015 Updates

Alessandro Gentile talked with La Gazzetta dello Sport also about his future. Gentile has a contract beyond this season with Olimpia Milano with whom he has won the Serie A Championship last June as captain. Alessandro Gentile was selected by the Houston Rockets in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft and he did not rule out jumping overseas very soon. “The Rockets make me feel like one of their family even if I never went to Houston yet. They came to Europe very often to watch me and the contacts are frequent. The NBA is a challenge that fascinates me more and more and could come vert soon. But now I am just focused on winning a back-to-back title with Olimpia Milano. But the final results of this season won’t affect my future decisions” said Gentile. Sportando

 

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