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September 30, 2014 Updates

Though Rockets coach Kevin McHale called the Rockets’ power forward position open, saying he needs to see more physical defense and rebounding from the position, a vote of confidence for his returning power forwards, Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas, is expected before the season begins. The Rockets intend to pick up their fourth-year option on the contracts for both players, a person with knowledge of the plan said on Tuesday. In keeping with their policy on such moves, the Rockets will wait until the Oct. 31 deadline to pick up the contract options for the 2015-16 season for both players should unforeseen developments influence that decision. Houston Chronicle

Houston Rockets Head Coach Kevin McHale announced today that he has hired former Houston assistant T.R. Dunn to his staff. Dunn joins the Rockets after spending three seasons as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves. NBA.com

Kostas Papanikolaou: A few hours later I watched my first NFL game, with the Texans hosting the Bills. There I met, Spero Dedes, another fellow Greek that is very successful on TV, as a play-by-play announcer on the CBS network. We met for few minutes, during halftime, and he is an exceptional guy. They even let me watch them while they were broadcasting the game live on TV. It was a great experience. I will meet with Spero again, when I will be in Los Angeles for the opening night game against the Lakers. NBA.com

September 29, 2014 Updates

Jonathan Feigen: Rockets will promote Greg Buckner, making him a bench coach, per coaching source. Move expected. Highly regarded by players and around NBA. Twitter @Jonathan_Feigen

Morey has played a part in feeding the frenzy, too. "I think [Cuban's] pissed that we went after Dirk [Nowitzki] in free agency, however unsuccessful it was," Morey told Yahoo Sports. Yes, Morey respects the tactical purposes behind Cuban's crusade, but rejects his reasoning as flawed – even downright untrue. "We've been pretty good, and I think he's doing a smart thing to take on a rival," Morey told Yahoo Sports late Sunday. "He should want to beat up on San Antonio, too, but it's hard to paint the Spurs that way. So he's directed his bully pulpit onto us. Our owner stays above the fray, so I'm outgunned honestly. Yahoo! Sports

"But let's be clear: If the money's equal between the Rockets and Mavericks, I think players are picking Houston. Every time. For Dwight [Howard], I just don't think it was a hard choice between us and Dallas. If you want to win, you're going to want to join our organization. We have a first-team All-NBA player in his prime [James Harden]. They have an enormously talented superstar [Dirk Nowitzki] but he obviously isn't 24 years old. "The choice was pretty obvious between the two teams. Dwight is the smart guy in this." Yahoo! Sports

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“I said years ago, you could say anything you wanted to,” McHale said. “You could say, ‘Detroit sucked’ and it made the Detroit paper, it made the Boston paper and then maybe someone would ask you about it in one other city, Cleveland or wherever. Now if you said something like that, every city you went to they’d ask, ‘Why did you say that?’ God forbid that you say something about a guy you’re playing against that you don’t like. “There seems to be an unbelievable need among the players and in the league for everyone to like each other. I really don’t like that. I like when guys don’t like each other. I actually like when guys really dislike each other. I think it makes for better competition.” NBA.com

September 24, 2014 Updates

Mark Berman: NBA sources: Rockets will sign forward Akil Mitchell, an undrafted free agent from Virginia who was on Rockets Summer League teams.6-8/235 Twitter @MarkBermanFox26

 

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