As Ariza comes out for Papanikolaou, he asks the PA guy, "For who?" The response: "For Trevor Areeeeeeza."
He can pronounce Papanikolaou but not Ariza? OK.
Trevor Ariza is 4-4 from the field for 9 points with 2 steals in the first 9 minutes of the first quarter.
Ariza tells Steve Kerr to pipe down so he can tell the PA guy how to pronounce his name. Now, if someone can turn down volume on the PA guy.
As you probably heard if you have a window open in Houston, our PA guy keeps mispronouncing Ariza. Ariza gave him a long stare after bucket.
GSW vs. HOU starters: GSW -- Nedovic, Iguodala, Barnes, Lee, Bogut; HOU -- Beverley, Harden, Ariza, Jones, Howard. Out: Curry, Thompson.
Rockets lose for 1st time this preseason, fall 117-98 to ADavis, Pelicans. Papanikolaou led HOU w/ 13p, Canaan 12p, Daniels/Ariza/DMo 9p.
McHale playing Ariza, Beverley more than he intended tonight. Wanted to get things settled down for guys playing with them.
End of the 1st half - Rockets lead Phoenix 44-40. DMo leads all scorers with 8 pts. Johnson, Ariza and Jones have 6 each for the Rockets.
Courtney Lee thought the Rockets played faster w/ Dwight out, says Ariza will be a good addition. "He is a very low mistake kind of guy."
Francisco Garcia and Papanikolaou check in for Harden and Ariza. Got to think the Rockets starters are done five minutes into second half.
Harden (14p), Beverley (9p), Ariza (8p) all looked sharp against a top defense in first half. Rockets up 52-35 at the break.
Trevor Ariza was the reason the Wizards made the playoffs last season? Seriously?
Trevor Ariza already has 3 steals in the first 5 minutes of this game.
Beverly, Harden, Adrien, Jones and Ariza
Trevor Ariza in 22 min: 12 pts on 5-7 FG, 4 reb, 3 assists, +3. Chandler Parsons in 24 min: 14 pts on 3-7 FG, 1 reb, 1 assist, -3.
Doesn't look like Rockets miss Parsons much as Ariza filling in nicely, but there are major questions about the bench. 64-54 Mavs at half.
Trevor Ariza is making a lot of Rockets fans feel more at ease tonight. He is fitting in nicely.
When NBA's uber-rich new TV deals kick in, Rockets could have as few as 2 players, Harden and Ariza, under contract. Beverley likely, too.
Kevin McHale was asked today if Trevor Ariza’s defensive play could rub off on his teammates. McHale said he doesn’t believe in that.
Ariza, Terry look happy. Dwight looks in shape. Harden was honest about def woes. Bev looks ready to go & angry, like 0.9sec was yesterday.
Ariza: "Last time I was here, we had some really gd plyrs. Yao was out the whole year. T-Mac was in and out. This time is def. different."
Trevor Ariza: “I give whatever I have on the court. Whatever my team needs, I try to do it."
Dwight Howard said he was happy to have Trevor Ariza in Houston. Said he thinks that he can add a lot to Rockets.
Of course in 2008 Phil Jackson was the coach, Kobe Bryant was in his prime and they traded for Pau Gasol and Trevor Ariza during the season.