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May 4, 2015 Updates

Re: Sergio Llull whose NBA rights are held by the Houston Rockets – Here is what I’m told. Would Lull, a starting guard for one of the best teams overseas, take a back seat to play in the NBA? Maybe, but probably not. Would he risk 25+ minutes per game in Europe to become a backup to James Harden or whatever PG the Rockets land next season? No, probably not. Are Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez – both former NBAers – in Llull’s ear that the NBA is a waste of time? Yea, for sure. Are the Rockets seriously considering bringing over BOTH Llull and Italian scorer Alessandro Gentile while Kostas Papanikolaou isn’t even playing in the playoffs (and 3 minutes in 5 games isn’t really playing)? No, probably not. Basketball Insiders

Harden was second in the NBA scoring race to Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, leading the Rockets through an injury-filled season to 56 wins, the Southwest Division championship, and the second seed in the Western Conference. Harden was flattered to be considered but is more driven to chase postseason success. "My name being in the conversation is a blessing and an honor," he said. "I'm not worrying about it. I am worried about doing the right things. It would be a great honor - something I dreamed of as a kid. I think every kid dreams that: to be the MVP of the NBA." Houston Chronicle

May 3, 2015 Updates
May 2, 2015 Updates

Jonathan Feigen: Rockets have said he is out for season. McHale said yesterday "Pat won't be back." twitter.com/zFlower_Power/… Twitter @Jonathan_Feigen

May 1, 2015 Updates

Rockets center Dwight Howard said that while the team had a couple of days off since defeating the Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs, he has been in the gym working on one main thing. “I worked on free throws because we struggled the whole series,” Howard said. The Rockets shot 67.9 percent from the foul line in the first round. Howard was 46 percent from the line and forward Josh Smith was 43 percent. Smith said he has been spending extra time shooting, as well. Houston Chronicle

Dan Le Batard had Chad Shanks, the social media guy who was fired by the Rockets earlier this week for tweeting emojis of a horse getting shot, on his radio show on Thursday. After going through a list of the Houston front office and trying to figure out, name by name, the identity of the executive who gave Shanks the axe, and being diplomatically rebuffed, Le Batard offered him a temp job tweeting for him. After a couple minutes of negotiations, in which Le Batard’s co-host Stugotz tried to lowball Shanks with a $50 offer, it was mutually agreed upon that Shanks would earn $500 to tweet from Dan’s account from then until the end of MayPac. During the next segment, Le Batard clarified that the money would come out of his own pocket. The Big Lead

April 30, 2015 Updates

Prigioni said he may look to play one more pro season, but admitted it likely will be back in Spain. Then it’s onto coaching. He feels the triangle principles he absorbed were enlightening. “It was a great experience, something I never played, and it was good because I want to try to coach,’’ Prigioni said. “I think I have it in my blood. Phil just started the job. To build a championship team, you can’t do it one year.’’ New York Post

Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander is putting his Manhattan penthouse on the market for $49.75 million, just two years after he bought it for $42 million, according to listing agent Melanie Lazenby of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. The apartment is located at 18 Gramercy Park, a prewar building recently converted to condos by Zeckendorf Development and Global Holdings. Mr. Alexander bought the apartment from the developers, going into contract in 2012 and closing in 2013, according to Ms. Lazenby, who sold Mr. Alexander the property. She is co-listing the apartment with Dina Lewis. Wall Street Journal

“I never meant to offend anybody,” Shanks said. “I attempted an admittedly edgy jab at the Mavericks’ expense and it did not go over well with everyone. The organization supported my efforts to make the account one of the best in the NBA by pushing the envelope, but they deemed this too far. Houston Chronicle

Here is the full transcript of Sporting News’ interview with Shanks about the incident, his own background and the pressures of being a social media manager for a pro sports team: Q: A lot of people don't understand the pressures of and qualities required for being a social media manager at such a high-profile company. What kind of background do you have, and how long had you been doing this? Chad Shanks: This is (or was) my fourth season doing social media for the Rockets. I have a master’s degree in journalism and have worked for newspapers, websites and various marketing and PR departments. A lot of people replied to my Tweet in question saying “the social media intern should be fired” or something to that effect. I don’t know of any team that trusts an intern to run their social accounts. Most are in their mid-to-late twenties, I’m in my early thirties. I was a little bit older than most starting this type of job, but they said they hired me because they trusted someone a little older and more educated to not do anything reckless (and we see how that turned out). Sporting News

Chad Shanks: Once we had the game (and the series) locked up with a minute or so left, I wanted to take a jab at the Mavs (something I’ve done every so often with other teams), and that idea popped into my head. I meant it to just be a play on taking an old horse out to pasture that would get our fans even more pumped up and agitate Mavs fans. Obviously, things didn’t turn out that way. I didn’t think people would equate pretend violence on an emoji horse with actual violence on a real horse. That’s not what I intended, but my job was to anticipate how these things would go over, and I failed. Sporting News

April 29, 2015 Updates

Jeff Caplan: Rockets fired their social media manager as a result of that tweet. Definitely in poor taste, but fired seems harsh. Be careful out there. Twitter @Jeff_Caplan

 

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