Kendrick Perkins shares his thoughts on the Rockets, NBA finals and his new TBL team
Kendrick Perkins is known for many things, along them are strong opinions, vast knowledge of all things basketball, and giving back. The ESPN NBA analyst and Houston resident joined KPRC Sports Reporter Vanesa Richardson for a one-on-one on Sports Sunday.
Nets lose Harden but beat Rockets, move into first in East
Houston Rockets' Kevin Porter Jr. (3) and Jae'Sean Tate (8) defend against Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK – Kyrie Irving had 31 points and a season-high 12 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets overcame the loss of James Harden to beat the Houston Rockets 120-108 on Wednesday night and move into first place in the Eastern Conference. Harden sat out the fourth quarter against his former team with right hamstring tightness, finishing with 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists. The Rockets jumped to a 24-6 lead, with an 8-for-9 start that included makes on all five 3-point attempts. The Rockets listed the injury as a left knee effusion and it's unknown whether it will keep him out longer.
Porter scores 25 points, Rockets beat Timberwolves 129-107
Houston Rockets guard John Wall (1) drives on Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jaylen Nowell (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)MINNEAPOLIS – Kevin Porter Jr. scored 25 points in his return to Houston’s lineup, John Wall had 13 points and 12 assists and the Rockets rebounded to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 129-107 on Saturday night. The Rockets came back a night later to win for the second time in four games after a 20-game losing streak. Kelly Olynyk added 16 points in his first game for Houston after coming over from Miami in the trade for Victor Oladipo. Led by their holdover star Wall, the Rockets shot 73.9% in the first quarter and scored 41 points.
Rockets end skid at 20, Wall has 1st triple-double since ’16
Houston Rockets' John Wall (1) drives on Toronto Raptors' Fred VanVleet (23) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 22, 2021, in Houston. But Wall had 19 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds, his first triple-double since March 17, 2016. The Rockets closed out the third quarter with an 88-86 lead and opened the fourth quarter on a 9-1 run to pull away. AdThe Raptors led 28-27 at the end of the first quarter. In their losing streak, Houston led after the first quarter only three times, including on Feb. 26 when they led the Raptors 31-30.
Rockets lose team-record 20th straight game, fall to Thunder
(AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON – Mired in a long losing streak, the Houston Rockets twice put the ball in John Wall's hands in the waning moments. The Rockets lost their team-record 20th straight game, falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-112 Sunday when Wall missed two shots in the final 10 seconds. This one hurts.”Dort scored 23 points and Isaiah Roby had 18 for the Thunder, who led by as many as 13 points. They shot a sizzling 14 of 21 on 3s in the second quarter, however, and Oklahoma City led 66-62 at halftime. The Rockets hit a franchise-record 28 3s in a win against the Thunder on Feb. 1, just three days before their last win.
Five Brights Spots at the End of the Rockets Long Dark Tunnel
Support UsThere is no point in trying to gloss over 18 straight losses by the Houston Rockets. There are silver linings for this Rockets team too. Stephen Silas and Rafael StoneIt could be argued that the Rockets team of coach and GM resembles that of the Astros circa 2015. Draft picks can make valuable trade pieces and could jumpstart the rebuild process as quickly as a young star fresh out of college. Whatever the case, it should give fans hope that, despite the losing, there is light at the end of the tunnel for the Rockets.houstonpress.com
REPORT: Rockets trade P.J. Tucker to Milwaukee Bucks
Houston Rockets' P.J. Wojnarowski said the Rockets have traded Tucker and Rodions Kurucs for the Bucks’ 2022 first-round pick for point guard D.J. Sources: Houston is trading PJ Tucker, Rodions Kurucs and Bucks’ 2022 first-round pick back to Milwaukee for DJ Augustin, DJ Wilson and 2023 unprotected first-round pick. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 17, 2021Tucker has played four seasons for the Houston Rockets, thriving as a top defender and corner three specialists. Wilson was a 2017 first-round pick who never quite fit with the Bucks.
Hawks beat Rockets 119-107; Houston drops 17th straight
HOUSTON – Danilo Gallinari scored 20 of his 29 points in the first half and the Atlanta Hawks beat Houston 119-107 on Tuesday night, dealing the Rockets a franchise record-tying 17th straight loss. “Our defense in the fourth quarter really gave us the win,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said. Five Hawks scored in double figures by halftime, and six scored at least 10 in the game. Rockets: Houston is hopeful Wood (ankle) can return Wednesday against the Warriors. Rockets: Houston hosts Golden State on Wednesday night.
Fox scores 30, Kings hand Rockets 14th straight loss 125-105
NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)SACRAMENTO, Calif. – De’Aaron Fox had 30 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings sent the Houston Rockets to their 14th consecutive loss, 125-105 on Thursday night. Sacramento never trailed after a 15-0 run early in the second quarter. … Center Justin Patton picked up his fourth foul with 6:47 left in the second quarter. … Sacramento was called for two shot clock violations in the second quarter.
Rockets say they’re trying to trade P.J. Tucker
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Houston Rockets say they are attempting to trade disgruntled forward P.J. At some point there was some mutual agreement with P.J., his agent, (Rockets general manager Rafael Stone) and the organization that P.J. With Tucker averaging career lows in scoring (4.4 points) and shooting percentage (36.6), the Rockets initially planned to have Tucker come off the bench in the game against Sacramento. AdWhen the game started, Tucker was not on the Rockets bench and was not seen at Golden 1 Center. “We’re going to try to figure out something that works for (Tucker) and works for us,” Silas said.
Rockets sign Anthony Lamb to two-way contract
Houston Rockets head coach Stephen Silas calls a play during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)The Houston Rockets announced on Monday that they are signing forward Anthony Lamb from their NBA G League affiliate, Rio Grande Valley. Lamb was eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft following his senior season at Vermont and went undrafted. After starting the G League season with the Canton Charge, Lamb was acquired by the Vipers and appeared in six regular season games while averaging 18.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.3 blocks. The move comes as the Rockets have lost 13 straight games. The team returns from the All-Star Break on Thursday with a road game in Sacramento.
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The Historical 2020-2021 Sports Management Turnover in Houston
Bill O'Brien is the one departed member of Houston sports management who vacated two positions at once. ^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. Support UsThere are plenty of reminders of just how wild a sports year it's been in Houston with respect to attrition in sports. Here we go:HEAD COACH/MANAGERASTROS: Dusty Baker, 2020REPLACED: A,J, Hinch (FIRED, sign stealing scandal)THE FUTURE: Baker has one year left on his deal. This, despite the sign stealing scandal and his horrific attempt at an apology for it.houstonpress.com
Rockets Drop Sixth As Injuries Mount
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. Support UsAs ice cold as it has been in Houston the last couple days, the Rockets recent stretch may be even colder. Deciding what to do with Oladipo, a pending free agent, may be the most important decision the Rockets make this season regardless of wins and losses. Yet, they remain just three-and-a-half games out of the eighth spot, five games out of sixth. Still, with injuries mounting and chemistry generally non existent, it won't be long before the team is forced to direct its attention to the offseason.houstonpress.com
Rockets Open Season: Six Thoughts
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. Support UsDespite the season ending in the fall, it feels like a long time since the Rockets were on the floor for meaningful games. This year, outside the bubble and with a slightly shortened season, you would think stability would be the key to success. For the Rockets, much will be about who will still be on the team by the time this season is over. Three players — John Wall, Demarcus Cousins and David Nwaba — are all recovering from achilles injuries that sidelined them last season.houstonpress.com
As an Uncertain Season Begins, We Answer Some Questions About the Rockets
Huge, sweeping changes that alter the course of a franchise can happen in the middle of a season and the team can improve. Will James Harden and Russell Westbrook both play for the Rockets this season? Speaking of Houston's big offseason signing, the young, athletic big man sure does seem to have the weight of the franchise on his shoulders from the jump. The Rockets have been searching for a talent like Wood for years, an athletic big who has shooting range and can rotate defensively. The team did its best to restock both on youth and picks in the offseason with Wood being the centerpiece.houstonpress.com
Rockets Draft/Free Agency Haul Brings Youth, Versatility
Leading up to the draft, the Rockets traded Robert Covington for Trevor Ariza and a pair of first-round draft picks including the sixteenth pick this year. In fact, that draft pick didn't happen either. Stone and the Rockets moved Ariza and that pick to Detroit for-and-trade deal for Houston's top offseason target, forward/center Christian Wood. But, the Rockets did make a draft pick, paying cash and a future second round pick to Sacramento to get Kenyon Martin, Jr., son of the former NBA power forward. It's only been a week, but it's already been busy for Stone and the Rockets.houstonpress.com
Five Problems Facing the Rockets This Offseason
That means the Rockets will have even less room to maneuver than they would have if the cap number had increased. Free agency is set to start in a week and the Rockets probably won't even have a fully assembled roster before December. LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. On one hand, this could deal a serious blow to the Rockets' chances right now. Whatever the case, it is going to be a very fast and very awkward offseason for the Rockets.houstonpress.com
Rockets to Hire Stephen Silas as New Coach
According to multiple reports, the Rockets will hire Dallas Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas as the team's new head coach after reaching an agreement on Wednesday. Silas will replace Mike D'Antoni, who decided not to return after the season, as the teams 15th head coach. Other candidates for the job included former Rockets coach and TV analyst Jeff Van Gundy, and current Rockets assistant John Lucas, who will likely remain with the team. The son of former NBA player and coach Paul Silas, Stephen Silas has been an assistant in the NBA for 20 years. He has worked as an assistant under former Rockets head coach Rick Carlisle and assistant Steve Clifford.houstonpress.com