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The Locked On Rockets Podcast, hosted by Houston native and credentialed media member Jackson Gatlin, is the BEST and ONLY daily (Mon-Fri) Houston Rockets basketball podcast. Every day Jackson shares the latest news, speculation and analysis on Jalen Green, Alperen Sengun, Jabari Smith Jr., Amen Thompson, Fred VanVleet, Dillon Brooks, the Draft, Free Agency and the rest of the NBA. Previous guests include former Rockets Matt Bullard and Vernon Maxwell, legendary broadcaster Bill Worrell, current players Armoni Brooks, Jae'Sean Tate and more.

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Jalen Green & Kevin Porter Jr. ESPN & CBS Prese...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses Jalen Green on the ESPN top-100 player ranking list (No. 62) and Kevin Porter Jr. NOT on the CBS top-22 point guard list ahead of the 2022-2023 NBA season, whether these are fair evaluations based on where each player is at, parallels between Jalen and Anthony Edwards previous ESPN rankings, and possible NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement ramifications further down the line for the Houston Rockets.
36 min
Stephen Silas Optimistic About Houston Rockets ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly co-host Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss head coach Stephen Silas' recent one-on-one with Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen ahead of Houston Rockets training camp, optimism heading into the season, reasons why this year feels different compared to the last two, and expectations for his third season in Houston + KJ Martin's uncertain future, has he shown enough to cement himself a role on a roster with so much young talent all deserving of minutes?
34 min
Houston Rockets Rotations Test: Stagger KPJ & J...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Paulo Alves (@PauloAlvesNBA) to have some fun with a Houston Rockets rotation thought experiment and discuss some of the difficult variables Stephen Silas will face trying to balance playing time for so many different players this season. Should Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green be staggered or not? Can the Rockets afford to play two non-shooters at the same time? Is a 10 or 11 man rotation realistic at all?
41 min
Rockets Important Dates, Jalen Green & Jabari S...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) talks over upcoming important dates for the Houston Rockets, including media day, training camp, preseason opener and the final date for rosters to be set headed into the NBA season, followed by highlighting the importance of NBA strength and conditioning programs and how adding strength and size will greatly benefit Jalen Green, Jabari Smith and other Rockets. Lastly, Jackson discusses EUROBASKET CHAMPION Usman Garuba and his impact throughout the tournament and how his passing should have fans incredibly optimistic about his ability to thrive in lineups next to Green and Kevin Porter Jr.
25 min
How EuroBasket Is Helping Houston Rockets Cente...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly co-host Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss takeaways from Alperen Sengun's EuroBasket play, promising signs of his growth as a player both offensively AND defensively, how playing in EuroBasket is preparing Sengun for the grind of the NBA regular season + the two take a look at the newest bromance in Houston between Tari Eason and Boban Marjanovich, as well as the impact Boban will have on the locker room.
34 min
EuroBasket Rockets: Alperen Sengun & Turkey Vs....
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the battle between Houston Rockets bigs as Alperen Sengun and Turkey battled against Usman Garuba and Spain in the final Group Stage game of EuroBasket, with Spain pulling out the win 72-69. Standout moments from Seng-Kong Vs. Garubazilla + a look ahead and predictions for Sengun's matchup with Rudy Gobert and France + Garuba against Lithuania and their frontcourt duo of Domantas Sabonis and Jonas Valanciunas.
30 min
EuroBasket Rockets: Alperen Sengun DOMINATES Fo...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the play of Houston Rockets bigs Alperen Sengun and Usman Garuba for Turkey and Spain respectively as the two move through the group stage of EuroBasket. Sengun's offensive bag getting deeper, including ONE-LEGGED DIRK FADEAWAYS, Garuba's offensive potential and flashes we've seen, the way Turkey utlizes Al-P offensively, prediction for the Turkey-Spain, Sengun-Garuba head-to-head game and more.
26 min
Jabari Smith Snubbed + Houston Rockets Parallel...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly co-host Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss Jabari Smith Jr. getting snubbed in a recent ESPN offseason poll and why it's not a huge deal, followed by diving into the BLOCKBUSTER trade between the Utah Jazz and Cleveland Cavaliers, centered on Donovan Mitchell and Collin Sexton, and the parallels that can be drawn back to the Houston Rockets regarding any future moves for star players + Kevin Porter Jr. extension discussions.
35 min
Houston Rockets New Hardwood Classic Jersey Rea...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses and reacts to the Houston Rockets new white, yellow, and green Hardwood Classic edition jerseys which pay homage to their days in San Diego, as well as highlighting the overseas play of Alperen Sengun for Turkey and Usman Garuba for Spain.
27 min
How Kevin Durant Staying In Brooklyn Impacts Th...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the news that Kevin Durant plans to stay in Brooklyn for the foreseeable future and what that means for the Nets picks that the Rockets own, plus additional insight into Brooklyn's situation from Locked On Nets host Doug Norrie. Lastly, Jackson touches on some news and notes from around the NBA, including Patrick Beverley becoming teammates with Russell Westbrook and Chet Holmgren missing the entire 2022-2023 season due to injury.
33 min
Daishen Nix Vs. TyTy Washington: Who Will Be Th...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) talks is joined by weekly co-host Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss the battle for the Houston Rockets backup point guard spot between Daishen Nix and TyTy Washington. Examples of their Summer League plays, numbers from both college and G League, comparing their passing, half court and transition offense, shot creation, defense, areas of needed improvement and more.
38 min
What If LeBron James Joined James Harden & Chri...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by longtime LOR listener and die-hard Rockets fan Raj Nair (@reezySZN) to discuss WHAT IF LeBron James had decided to team-up with James Harden and Chris Paul in Houston after the Rockets lost to the Golden State Warriors in the 2018 Western Conference Finals. How would LeBron have gotten to Houston, what would the ceiling of a LeBron, Harden, CP3 team be, would they have been the overwhelming favorites the following year and more.
33 min
Houston Rockets 2022-2023 NBA Schedule Release:...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss and react to the Houston Rockets 2022-2023 NBA schedule release, focusing on key dates, important matchups, degree of difficulty during certain stretches of the season and more + the two draft their perfect Rockets road trip of cities they'd want to visit.
37 min
Houston Signs Willie Cauley-Stein, Rockets Big ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the report that the Houston Rockets are signing Willie Cauley-Stein to a 1-year contract, what impact that has on the roster, an overview of Houston's backup big men and the skill set each one of them provide plus what Alperen Sengun is currently displaying overseas playing for Turkey, improvements in his game, how it can translate back to the NBA and more.
32 min
Stephen Silas' Houston Rockets 2022-2023 Goals ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly co-host Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss Stephen Silas' recent interview discussing plans for the Houston Rockets next season, lineups, rotations, off-season work and more, and the two discuss what constitutes a "good season" for Silas in his third year in Houston.
37 min
Is Eric Gordon Untradeable? Jabari Smith True C...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) answers listener mailbag questions, covering questions and topics like has Eric Gordon become untradeable, where do the Rockets project defensively next season, under the radar position battles, who has the most to prove next season, who is set up for a sneaky good year, what if Jabari Smith is only a high-end role player at his best and more.
34 min
Brooklyn Nets Trading Kevin Durant Soon? How Ho...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the latest news on the Kevin Durant trade saga front, Nets owner Joe Tsai coming out and publicly backing the front office, and how all this relates back to the Houston Rockets and the leverage that General Manager Rafael Stone holds with Brooklyn's future picks as a potential third-team partner to help grease the wheels on a blockbuster trade.
31 min
Which Houston Rockets Lineups Maximize Jalen Gr...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by HTX Chop Shop contributor Frank (@ftank58) to discuss Houston Rockets lineup possibilities going into next season, strengths and weaknesses certain players provide, who should be the fifth starter alongside Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr., Jabari Smith and Alperen Sengun, do Tari Eason and KJ Martin make more sense with the rest of the starters than Jae'Sean Tate and more.
36 min
Tari Eason Star Potential? Best Offensive Skill...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly co-host Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss Houston Rockets rookie Tari Eason's player archetype, what his best offensive skill is currently, offensive and defensive advanced stats from NBA Summer League, what the term "defensive playmaker" means regarding Eason, and how Tari stacks up compared to the rest of the wings on the Rockets roster.
36 min
Comparing Jabari Smith Auburn Vs. Rockets Summe...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Auburn Tigers Athletic's expert Kyle "All Aubarn" (@AllAubarn) to discuss some of Jabari Smith's time at Auburn, how playing alongside Walker Kessler impacted his game offensively and defensively, how the Rockets used Jabari during Summer League, types of offensive looks he was getting, biggest adjustment for Jabari at the NBA level and more.
39 min
Pro-Kevin Porter Jr. Extension Talk + Which Roc...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by RocketsTwitter OG Karthik Prasad (@stanfordkp) to discuss takeaways from Rockets Summer League and the three new rookies as well as Josh Christopher, Daishen Nix, and if it's maybe time to start moving on from the hope of Usman Garuba before diving into discussion centered on Kevin Porter Jr. extension talks, why he's worth it, what the Rockets likely see in him, and lastly, who on the Rockets benefits the MOST from the addition of Jabari Smith?
32 min
Jabari Smith Shooting Concerns, Shot Creation, ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) for another Locked On Rockets Film Room episode to discuss concerns about Jabari Smith's shooting in NBA Summer League, flashes of creation ability, some surprising playmaking, and answer a handful of questions from Rockets fans.
41 min
Bruno Fernando Re-signed + Market Value For Eri...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Rockets re-signing Bruno Fernando to an Exhibit 10 contract, what that means for his role moving forward in Houston and the roster implications it has for the Rockets, followed by diving into the NBA market factors limiting a potential return on an Eric Gordon trade this offseason as well as showcasing some EG trade hypotheticals involving the Raptors, Lakers, Suns and more.
32 min
Kevin Porter Jr. & Rockets Contract Extension T...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the news of the Houston Rockets possibly extending Kevin Porter Jr.'s contract, what the pros and cons of a KPJ extension look like, framework for a team-friendly deal, parallels between Jae'Sean Tate's new contract and the negotiations with KPJ, how an extension effects the Rockets cap space moving forward and more.
29 min
Jalen Green & Anthony Edwards: Similarities, Di...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) from Locked On Wolves to discuss similarities and differences in Jalen Green and Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards' respective rookie seasons, expectations for both players coming into the NBA, adjusting to the NBA, highs and lows of their rookie campaigns, how ANT took a leap his sophomore year and more.
34 min