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Through the tribulations playing out in public and private, one thing never changed in those three seasons in Houston: Lowry was such a student of his craft. Perhaps people never saw it with him, but it's always been true. In Houston, he became a devoted pupil of the analytics movement. He watched Shane Battier's habits so closely and still incorporates those lessons into his regimen. "His preparation for every game is some of the best I've ever seen," Lowry says of Battier. Yahoo! Sports

"I would have done things differently in Houston," Lowry says. "I really respected Kevin McHale. I wish I would have had an opportunity to play for him longer. The things he was teaching me, well, I didn't understand right away. When you get away from someone, though, see it from the outside looking in, you go back and think, 'Damn, I could've learned some more things from the guy.' "I wanted to stay with Coach Adelman and needed to get over that. [McHale] came in with a different philosophy, and I wish I could've adapted to it quicker." Yahoo! Sports

March 18, 2014 Updates

Anthony has free-agent options, and two have risen above everything else: Chicago and Houston, sources with direct knowledge of his plans told Yahoo Sports. The Bulls have an easier path to clear the necessary salary-cap space to sign Anthony, but the Rockets believe they can shed the contracts necessary to offer a third near-max deals alongside Dwight Howard and James Harden, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

The Utah Jazz were mere seconds away from losing their 46th game of the season 124-86 to the Houston Rockets on Monday night when John Lucas decided on a penultimate embarrassment for his team. Lucas stole the ball from the Rockets, who were letting the final five seconds of the clock run out, and went to score a basket. Why? Because then the Jazz would only have lost by 36. Except Utah didn’t score the layup. So as time expired, Lucas decided to push the Rockets’ Francisco Garcia and then challenge him to fisticuffs with a limp right jab that didn’t come near anyone. For The Win

March 15, 2014 Updates

After getting off to a 21-13 November and December, the Rockets have been 23-8 since January 1. The only team with a better winning percentage in 2014 has been the Los Angeles Clippers, at 26-8. A big reason is the resurgence of Dwight Howard, who seems to be recovered from the 2012 back surgery that hampered his lone season with the Los Angeles Lakers last season. Howard, a three-time defensive player of the year, has not only helped the Rockets in what was one of their weaknesses last year, but has averaged 19.7 points and 13.1 rebounds per 36 minutes. "The biggest thing is his health," Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of Howard. "If you watched closely last season, he started the year off slowly and finished the year very well. And this year, he's just continued on. Everyone talks about the defense, but offensively, he's very good." USA Today Sports

It’s no secret that Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant did not get along last season. Howard’s fun-loving personality and Bryant’s super-serious approach clashed during Howard’s lone season with the Los Angeles Lakers, and their teammates saw it coming a mile away. Lakers point guard Steve Nash knew right away that it wasn’t going to work out. From a Friday BS Report interview with Grantland’s Bill Simmons: For The Win

In February 2009, Michael Lewis (of Moneyball fame) wrote an article for The New York Times Magazine about Houston’s Shane Battier being the preeminent Kobe-stopper. Bryant told Grover he needed to counter this for an upcoming game against Battier—and he wanted that Sweetchuck guy’s help. Procopio discovered the issue wasn’t Battier, but Bryant. See, Battier funneled Bryant toward Rockets star Yao Ming, daring Bryant to shoot over the 7-foot-6 center. He fell for it way too often. Telling Bryant he was taking too many shots, and a lot of dumb ones, was tough, but Procopio did it. Suffolk Magazine

March 14, 2014 Updates

According to a league source, the Rockets will make a bid for Carmelo Anthony this summer, even though they probably won’t have cap space and would have to orchestrate a creative sign-and-trade. The source said Houston asked the Knicks about Anthony before February’s trade deadline. New York Post

The Knicks have held discussions with the Rockets about power forward Omer Asik. Even though Rockets president Daryl Morey is the pioneer of advanced statistics and Anthony has never fared well in some efficiency categories, Morey’s old-school instincts believe he could form a terrific Big 3 with Dwight Howard and James Harden. Rockets management also believes Anthony has made advancements in the grit department the past two seasons. New York Post

March 13, 2014 Updates

Beverley, a former second-round pick who has played in the D-League and in the Ukraine, Greece and Russia, gained notoriety during the 2013 playoffs when, Westbrook suffered a season-ending knee injury after a collision with Beverley. Since then, his reputation as a pesky, tenacious defender has earned him attention around the league — not all good. “I guess I’m doing something right,” Beverley said when asked about the irritation he’s caused Westbrook and Lillard in recent weeks. “I don’t really pay attention to that. I just go out and play aggressive defense and leave the cards on the table. “I can’t really help what other people say or how they feel. I’m just putting myself in the position to help my team win basketball games. If that means me defending all night, that’s what I’m going to do.” For The Win

"He's played very well. Noah should be defensive player of the year," McHale said after his team's shootaround at Moody Bible Institute. "He's done a great job with these guys. They've been winning a lot just on his energy and effort, his kind of determination and toughness. Those are all qualities everybody appreciates." ESPN.com

Mike James: Having played against Beverley, I’ll say this: Nobody likes to be picked up full-court and nobody likes pressure. And he puts pressure on you! He forces you to decide whether to be physical or give in to the pressure. When you put that kind of pressure on your opponent, either the toughness comes or the softness—some players would rather not deal with it. Westbrook has to raise his level of play because Beverley isn’t allowing him to walk through the game. Beverley is forcing him to play at a high-level. If he doesn’t, that’s when turnovers occur. It’s like they say, pressure bursts pipes. But Beverley also took Westbrook out of the game by making it personal. Now Westbrook is thinking about fighting Patrick Beverley instead of thinking about the game plan. That’s when maturity has to come into play on Westbrook’s end, where you don’t allow what someone says or does to you affect the way you play the game. SportsNet

March 12, 2014 Updates

"We think we're the best team in the league," Chandler Parsons said. "We're going to go and prove it every single night. It's a big win for us, but at the end of the day, it's just one win against a good team. On to the next one. We don't think we're done. We're not getting arrogant or conceited or anything. But we think we can play with anybody and we've proved that this week. It's fun because we know we can even get better." CSN Houston

Patrick Beverley has turned into the little engine that could — antagonize Rockets opponents enough to help them into the Conference Finals or beyond this year. After getting in Damian Lillard‘s mug the other night before trading off-the-court barbs, he resumed a roiling rivalry with Russell Westbrook on Tuesday night during OKC’s 106-98 win. One first-quarter moment eerily mimicked the lunge Beverley made for the ball during the playoffs last spring, which inadvertently led to the tear in Westbrook’s meniscus. Here’s the play in question, and you can see Russ does not take Beverley’s thrust for the ball very well (also, check out KD’s hysterical late push on Parsons well after the altercation has run its course). Dime

Wearing a clear plastic mask to protect a recently broken nose, Beverley looked like he might spar for real with Westbrook a couple of times. Less than halfway through the first quarter, Scott Brooks pointed at the hash mark near the Thunder bench to let Westbrook know that he wanted a timeout. Westbrook reached the hash and signaled for a timeout, but as he did, Beverley reached for the ball. “That’s how I play against everybody,” he said. Oklahoman

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