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November 10, 2014 Updates

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced that the team assigned center Clint Capela to Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley. Capela (6-10, 245, France), appeared in one game with the Rockets so far this season on November 6th versus San Antonio, recording three rebounds and one assist. The former Elan Chalon player out of France was selected by the Rockets 25th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. This will be Capela’s first appearance in the NBA D-League. NBA.com

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Q: Do you feel redemption following the criticism you and the team received in the offseason? Les Alexander: I don't want to answer it that way, but I think we made good moves. I think (Trevor) Ariza was a real good move to come here. He's helped the team in many ways. I think (Kostas) Papanikolaou has helped us dramatically. On both sides, he's been really good. And the players who were here last year are improving. I don't think we diminished the team the way people think we have. Houston Chronicle

Q: Are you happy with your front office? A: Yes. Nobody is perfect. Every decision does not work. I do like the way they work, the way we arrive at those decisions. I think we have very good people. Houston Chronicle

Q: This is your 22nd season as Rockets owner, and it has been 20 years since the second championship. How difficult has it been going from those highs to so few playoff wins since? A: I'll phrase it this way: In the 22 years I've owned the team, there have only been two losing seasons. Houston Chronicle

November 5, 2014 Updates

Perhaps that explains why Parsons has little interest in discussing Trevor Ariza, his much more cap-friendly replacement on the Rockets who has been phenomenal in five games. Ariza is averaging 17.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and leads the NBA with 21 made 3-pointers, knocking down 60 percent of his long-range attempts. "I don't pay any attention to him," Parsons said. "Listen, many people replace many people every year in this league. He's a good, proven player in this league. He's supposed to play good for them." ESPN.com

The Houston Rockets had just dismantled the Miami Heat in AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday night to become the season's first 5-0 team. After the game, I asked Rockets coach Kevin McHale if he thought that people were sleeping on his team a bit after famously getting left at the altar by Chris Bosh this summer and parting ways with Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin. The response was classic McHale, who has long shown little tolerance for media prodding and perception. "I don't know," McHale said, shaking his head. "I'm going to be sleeping in about 45 minutes. That's the only sleep I'm worried about." ESPN.com

We laughed. He continued. "I don't know, man," McHale said. "Let me tell you something -- this is the truth, too -- I don't care what anybody thinks. Why would I care what you thought? I don't care about anything. I care about what we do in that locker room with our guys. All that caring goes away as soon as you step on that floor. Then you have to go out there and compete." ESPN.com

November 4, 2014 Updates

For Howard, the latest incident in which he has banged knees during a game has him contemplating a change. “I’m going to have to find some of those Hakeem (Olajuwon) knee pads,” Howard said. “We actually did talk about that at the end of the season, me wearing some knee pads. It looks like I’m going to have to do it. Taking those bumps now, at 21 (years old) I could recover at halftime. But now, I got some of that kryptonite juice stuck in my knees so I have to make sure I get that out.” Houston Chronicle

"Some of the swelling has gone down,” Howard said. “I got a lot of movement and range in it, more than I did when I first hurt it. It felt pretty good today. Thank God it wasn’t that serious, because it did bother me the whole game. A lot of people noticed it. One thing I was thinking is I need my knees to play this game.” Houston Chronicle

November 2, 2014 Updates

Rondo finished with 4 points, 8 assists, and 10 rebounds on 2-for-9 shooting in the Celtics’ 104-90 loss to the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. “I think the effort was there, they just bullied us tonight,” he said. “I don’t think I was rusty. I didn’t shoot the ball well. I didn’t make my normal shots. I turned the ball over more than normal. “There’s going to be games like that. There are going to be games like I played last [Wednesday]. There’s no excuses.” Boston Globe

 

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