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October 4, 2014 Updates

Around the Rockets, they'll tell you: Howard was deferential to Harden a year ago. Howard eased his way into the franchise, never trying to cramp Harden on offense, never chastising him much for his absentee defense. Harden has promised to make a greater commitment on that end, and only time will tell. Together, they'll make the Rockets a contender – or they won't. Yahoo! Sports

Heading into his second season with of all of 22 NBA games under his belt, Isaiah Canaan had no quarrel with giving up his number to Trevor Ariza, who had worn No. 1 in half of his 10 NBA seasons, including his one previous season with the Rockets. But Canaan has been around long enough to know there could be some reward coming his way for his understanding. "I mess with him from time to time," Canaan said. "Maybe he'll come through for me throughout the year. He can have it. He wore it when he was here. It's a veteran thing. I understand. But ask him about it." Houston Chronicle

Howard returned a different physical specimen, his old Orlando Magic self – only maybe better with the benefit of trial and error, the benefit of learning hard lessons. If the Los Angeles bridge between Orlando and Houston had been unpleasant for Howard, he'll never consider it unproductive. "I probably should've waited longer," Howard told Yahoo Sports, "but I don't regret playing right away. I wish the information could've come across to the world about how hurt I really was, how serious the back injury was, but I never thought it really did. "The good thing about it, I didn't develop any other major injuries. The torn labrum eventually healed itself. But coming back early from the back, I believed it helped me out in the long run. It made me really develop a thicker skin, going through all the things that I went through because of the injury. Yahoo! Sports

October 3, 2014 Updates
October 2, 2014 Updates

Rookie Clint Capela not only is the one Rockets player with no NBA experience, even in Summer League, he also has missed the week with a groin injury. The Rockets have not given a timetable for when he could begin workouts. “He’s got a groin pull and I’ve seen him work on that foam roller on his back,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “Every once in a while he moves over and does the thigh foam roller, so he’s kind of doing the Jane Fonda workout. I haven’t seen him on the floor yet. But I’m sure it’s been strenuous.” Houston Chronicle

October 1, 2014 Updates

Jenny Dial Creech: Pat Beverley and Kostas Papanikolaou played together in Greece - Pat said it was great to have him back on the same team. Beverley: "Me and Kostas were in Greece riding the bench together and now we are in the NBA battling together." Twitter @jennydialcreech

Around last season’s All-Star break, preliminary chatter began among the league’s basketball operations folks and rule geeks about the prospect of reducing all trips to the free-throw line to a single foul shot. D-League president Dan Reed and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey were the closest thing to co-sponsors of a bill. Nobody was proposing anything to be fast-tracked, but an imperative to figure out ways to shorten pro basketball games gave the idea some life as something to consider implementing in the D-League. ESPN.com

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

 

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