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Chandler Parsons and James Harden Exchange Words

Chandler Parsons and James Harden Exchange Words

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks may have a rivalry brewing between then after Rockets guard James Harden said the team will be just fine without forward Chandler Parsons, who’s heading to the Mavericks.
“Dwight [Howard] and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets,” Harden told The Philippine Star. “The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We’ve lost some pieces and added some pieces.”
“I think we’ll be fine next season,” he added.
Parsons spent the first three seasons of his career with the Rockets and was one of the team’s best players. Still, he wound up signing a three-year, $46 million contract with the Mavericks that the Rockets decided not to match.
In responding to Harden’s comments, Parsons proclaimed that Harden’s attitude was one of the reasons why he left the team, adding that he wants to be considered an important member of a winning team.
This past season, Parsons averaged 16.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
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Jeremy Lin Putting ‘Linsanity’ Behind Him

Jeremy Lin Putting ‘Linsanity’ Behind Him

NBA via New York Knicks(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) — Even though he’ll always be associated with Linsanity, new Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin is moving on from what made him one of the most recognized basketball players in the world.
“I’m not trying to relive that banner season,” Lin said during his introductory news conference with the Lakers on Thursday. “I think that’s been a big weight off my shoulders and I think that’s very important for me as a player. I’m not trying to recreate a Linsanity. I’m not trying to be that phenomenon that happened in New York. I think I just want to be myself more than ever.”
In his lone season with the New York Knicks from 2011-2012, Lin set the basketball world on fire as he consistently put up big numbers on a nightly basis. Lin was never a highly-touted prospect, and was recalled from the D-League, so his success took many by surprise.
Lin spent the past two seasons with the Houston Rockets and averaged 13.0 points during that time. Even though he may never match his production during the height of Linsanity, the Lakers traded for him in hopes of stabilizing the team’s point guard position.
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ESPN: Bulls to Sign G Aaron Brooks

ESPN: Bulls to Sign G Aaron Brooks

Sacramento Kings/NBA(NEW YORK) –  The Chicago Bulls are finalizing a contract with free agent guard Aaron Brooks, according to ESPN.
The addition of Brooks gives the Bulls another scoring option off the bench.  Chicago has retooled its roster during the offseason with the additions of former All-Star Pau Gasol, European forward Nikola Mirotic, and rookie guard Doug McDermott in hopes of competing for the Eastern Conference crown.
The 29-year-old Brooks was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 26th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft out of the University of Oregon.
Brooks averaged 9.0 points and 3.2 assists per game last season while playing for the Rockets and Denver Nuggets.
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Chandler Parsons ‘Offended’ by Rockets

Chandler Parsons ‘Offended’ by Rockets

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Chandler Parsons is a Dallas Maverick after agreeing on a three-year deal worth $46 million last week. Still, Parsons is “offended” that the Houston Rockets did not even entertain the offer sheet that he signed with Dallas and believes that he was the third best player on the roster.
“Honestly, I was offended by the whole process,” Parsons told Yahoo! Sports on Monday. “They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that’s just how they viewed me as a player. I don’t think I’ve scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I’m ready for that role.”
“You can’t knock them for always trying to get better. [Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys,” Parsons continued. “They are looking to make their team better. That’s what they were doing. I just thought I could be that guy that could do that.”
Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season and will join the likes of Dirk Nowitzki next season.
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ESPN: Rockets Trade Lin to Lakers

ESPN: Rockets Trade Lin to Lakers

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Houston Rockets traded guard Jeremy Lin and a future first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers Friday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
The Rockets will receive cash and rights to an undisclosed overseas player.
According to ESPNDallas.com, the Rockets are also expected to match the Dallas Mavericks three-year, $46 million offer sheet to restricted free agent Chandler Parsons.
Meanwhile, the Lakers receive a 26-year-old Lin, who is in the final year of his contract that will pay him $14.9 million this season.
During his four NBA seasons, Lin has averaged 11.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
 
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ESPN: Rockets Agree to Send Center Omer Asik to the Pelicans

ESPN: Rockets Agree to Send Center Omer Asik to the Pelicans

Jed Jacbson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In a move that very well could be a win for both teams, the Houston Rockets have agreed to send center Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for a 2015 first-round draft pick.
Asik is set to make $15 million next season, and now the Rockets have more salary cap space to work with in order to land a max-level free agent like Carmelo Anthony and Lebron James.
Askik is an elite rim protector who struggled to find playing time behind center Dwight Howard. This past season, Asik averaged just 20.2 minutes per game, but averaged 5.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.
The Pelicans dealt with a slew of injuries this past season, but do have an emerging star in forward/center Anthony Davis. The team can now pair Davis with a proven center, and should have one of the better defensive front-courts in the NBA next season.
The draft pick included in the deal is protected. It will go to the Rockets if it falls between picks 4-19. Last season, the Pelicans traded their first round pick (the sixth overall pick) to the Philadelphia 76ers for point guard Jrue Holiday.
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Trail Blazers Knock Off Rockets in OT, Take 3-1 Series Lead

Trail Blazers Knock Off Rockets in OT, Take 3-1 Series Lead

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(PORTLAND, Ore.) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 10 rebounds to help lift the Portland Trail Blazers over the Houston Rockets 123-120 in overtime Sunday; Portland took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven first-round playoff s…

Aldridge Torches Rockets, Portland Takes 2-0 Series Lead

Aldridge Torches Rockets, Portland Takes 2-0 Series Lead

Scott Halleran/Getty Images (HOUSTON, Texas) — For the second time is as many games, LaMarcus Aldridge set it off. The Portland power forward scored 43 points on Wednesday for the second straight game, leading the Trail Blazers to a 112-105 win over H…

Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Rick Adelman Retires

Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Rick Adelman Retires

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman announced his retirement on Monday.
The 67-year-old Adelman spent 23 seasons in the NBA as a head coach, leading the Portland Trail Blazers (1988-1994), Golden …

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/20/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/20/14

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) –  NHL Playoffs: First Round -  Philadelphia Flyers 4 – New York Rangers 2 (Series tied, 1-1)
Boston Bruins 4 – Detroit Red Wings 1 (Series tied, 1-1)
Montreal Canadiens 3 – Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (Montreal lead…

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/14/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/14/14

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) –  MLB:  Baltimore Orioles 7 (6-7) – Tampa Bay Rays 1 (7-7)
Washington Nationals 9 (8-5) – Miami Marlins 2 (5-9)
Atlanta Braves 9 (9-4) – Philadelphia Phillies 6 (6-7)
St. Louis Cardinals 4 (8-5) – Brewers 0…

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/4/14

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) —  MLB:  Atlanta Braves 2 (3-1) – Washington Nationals 1 (3-1)
Detroit Tigers 10 (3-0) – Baltimore Orioles 4 (1-3)
Milwaukee Brewers 6 (2-2) – Boston Red Sox 2 (2-2)
Philadelphia Phillies 7 (2-2) – Chicago Cubs…

Rockets’ Patrick Beverley Could Miss the Next 10 Days to Four Weeks

Rockets’ Patrick Beverley Could Miss the Next 10 Days to Four Weeks

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the playoffs just around the corner in the NBA, the Houston Rockets could be without point guard Patrick Beverley anywhere from 10 days to four weeks as he recovers from a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Bev…

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/27/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/27/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament – Sweet 16 – West Region: (1) Arizona 70 (33-4) – (4) San Diego State 64 (31-5)
(2) Wisconsin 69 (29-7) – (6) Baylor 52 (26-12)
South Region: (1) Florida 79 (35…

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/24/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/24/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Houston Rockets 100 (48-22) – Charlotte Bobcats 89 (34-37)
Memphis Grizzlies 109 (42-28) – Minnesota Timberwolves 92 (34-35)
Miami Heat 93 (48-21) – Portland Trail Blazers 91 (45-26)
Phoenix Suns 102 (42-29) – Atla…

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/7/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) –  NBA:  Charlotte Bobcats 101 (29-33) – Cleveland Cavaliers 92 (24-39)
Memphis Grizzlies 85 (35-26) – Chicago Bulls 77 (34-28)
Toronto Raptors 99 (34-26) – Sacramento Kings 87 (22-40)
New York Knicks 108 (23-40…

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/5/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NBA: Charlotte Bobcats 109 (28-33) – Indiana Pacers 87 (46-15)
Houston Rockets 101 (42-19) – Orlando Magic 89 (19-44)
Washington Wizards 104 (32-29) – Utah Jazz 91 (21-40)
Golden State Warriors 108 (3…

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/4/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NBA:  Golden State Warriors 98 (37-24) – Indiana Pacers 96 (46-14)
San Antonio Spurs 122 (44-16) – Cleveland Cavaliers 101 (24-38)
Houston Rockets 106 (41-19) – Miami Heat 103 (43-15)
Oklahoma …

Lakers Trade Guard Steve Blake to Warriors

Lakers Trade Guard Steve Blake to Warriors

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images Sport (LOS ANGELES) –  Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake was in the locker room preparing for Wednesday night’s game against the Houston Rockets.  The only problem was that he never saw the court.
Blake was ap…

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/19/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/19/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: Boston College 62 (7-19) – (1) Syracuse 59 (25-1) OT
(2) Florida 71 (24-2) – Auburn 66 (12-12)
(3) Wichita State 88 (28-0) – Loyola of Chicago 74 (9-18)
(24) Ariz…

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