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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, Christian Wood, Kevin Porter Jr., Jae'Sean Tate, 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 Rockets Armoni Brooks, Jae'Sean Tate and more.

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New Year, same Harden: Historic run continues v...
James Harden (43/13/10) continued his ridiculous run, Clint Capela (19/13) controlled the glass vs. Marc Gasol, and Gerald Green and Danuel House hit 10 of 17 on 3s as the Rockets (21-15) won for the 10th time in 11 games on New Year’s Eve vs. Memphis.
35 min
RECAP: Gordon supplements Harden's brilliance a...
The Rockets (20-15) won their 4th straight and 9th of 10 with a 108-104 victory at New Orleans. Highlights include another 40+ point game by James Harden; a rare efficient night from Eric Gordon (9/14 FG); and the need for reinforcements like James Ennis.
33 min
On the Bazemore rumor and rotation changes when...
Friday's show answers listener questions regarding the looming returns of James Ennis and Chris Paul (hamstrings) and what each could mean for the Rockets’ rotation, as well as Ben's response to a trade rumor linking Houston to Atlanta's Kent Bazemore.
38 min
RECAP: Legendary Harden run boosted by bigs, be...
James Harden (45/6) scored 40+ for an eighth time, Austin Rivers and Nene led a revitalized bench, and Clint Capela (24/18) continued his rebounding surge as Houston (19-15) won for the eighth time in nine games with a 127-113 victory over Boston (20-14).
34 min
Merry Christmas! Harden, Capela, Rivers roll Th...
James Harden (41/7) was in MVP form, Clint Capela had 23 rebounds vs. old nemesis Steven Adams, and newcomer Austin Rivers hit two dagger 3s late while defending Russell Westbrook (6/20 FG, 6 TOs) — leading Houston (18-15) to a statement win on Christmas.
34 min
Harden, rebounding work spurs first win without...
Sunday's show recaps the 108-101 win over the rival Spurs. Topics include brilliance by Harden (39/10) in the clutch; better rebounding from Capela (23) and Tucker (16); and D’Antoni’s willingness to trust new pieces (Gary Clark, +9) during CP3’s absence.
32 min
CP3 goes down as 5-game streak ends in Miami
Friday's show recaps the 101-99 loss in Miami, which snapped a 5-game winning streak. Topics include inefficiency by James Harden (7/23) and Eric Gordon (6/17), more bad rebounding (62-41), and why Chris Paul's hamstring injury may require a roster move.
31 min
High Five! Streak continues with 3-point barrag...
Thursday's show recaps a record 26 made 3s vs. Washington in Houston’s fifth straight win. Topics include how CP3 and Eric Gordon (50%+ shooting) finally supplemented James Harden (35/9); what the roadmap to success is; and thoughts on Ariza's return.
34 min
On Harden's historic run, CP3's inefficiency, d...
In Tuesday’s show, NBA writer Nekias Duncan helps Ben analyze James Harden's historic run; CP3’s inefficiency; why to drop Capela instead of switch; what to do with Zhou Qi's roster spot (Austin Rivers?); and what to watch for vs. Washington and Miami.
27 min
Four, the Harden way: MVP's dominance vs. Utah ...
Player of the Week and reigning MVP James Harden (47 points) was ridiculous yet again in a 102-97 win Monday over Utah, pushing Houston's winning streak to four. The question is, with Chris Paul and Eric Gordon struggling: Does he have enough help?
29 min
RECAP: Three straight! Harden, Capela, Green le...
Houston won its 3rd straight game Saturday in Memphis, led by another James Harden triple-double (32/12/10). Our recap explores Harden’s historic play and more, including Clint Capela's interior presence (26/10) and Gerald Green’s torrid run (4/4 on 3s).
31 min
On trade season opening + Harden officiating co...
Today’s show explores the unofficial opening of "trade season,” including why Houston shouldn’t have any imminent major moves but could make minor deals with MCW and/or Carmelo. Ben also explains why Friday’s Harden officiating controversy is a non-story.
34 min
RECAP: King James? Harden bests LeBron as Houst...
Thursday's show recaps a 126-111 win over LeBron's Lakers, led by a historic 50-point triple-double by James Harden; another night of big bench showings from Danuel House, Nene, and Gerald Green, and why beating good teams like LA shows Houston's upside.
35 min
RECAP: Bench ignites crucial rally vs. Portland...
Houston snapped its 3-game slide Tuesday with a home win vs. Portland. Our recap explores key bench efforts from Nene, Gerald Green, and Danuel House; reduced turnovers by Chris Paul (1) and James Harden (2); and another hamstring strain for James Ennis.
32 min
On starting Eric Gordon, Knight's looming retur...
Monday's off-day show analyzes new reports on Eric Gordon's likely promotion to the Houston starting lineup; the seemingly imminent return of guard Brandon Knight; and trade rumors linking the Rockets to JR Smith and the Lakers to ex-Rocket Trevor Ariza.
33 min
RECAP: Houston collapses in Dallas to wrap winl...
The Rockets (11-14) blew an 8-point lead with under 3:00 left in Dallas to cap a winless road trip. Sunday's recap breaks down the key storylines, including late errors by CP3, Harden, and Gordon, and why outside help isn't likely to arrive all that soon.
36 min
RECAP: Jazz silence Rockets as roster moves bec...
Even with Rudy Gobert ejected early, the Rockets (11-13) were shockingly lifeless in a 118-91 loss Thursday at Utah. Our recap explores what went wrong, Gary Clark's new contract, and why external acquisitions are likely a necessity at this stage.
32 min
Trade by Friday? Our preview of the possibilities
With reports out that Houston is planning a trade this week, Thursday's show looks at criteria for Daryl Morey — starting with why they waived Danuel House; how the deal likely includes Brandon Knight or Marquese Chriss; and why to keep expectations low.
31 min
Roller coaster: On Houston's uneven play, CP3's...
Karthik Prasad joins Ben to dissect Houston’s rocky 11-12 start. Topics include why the team is so streaky; CP3’s recent issues (1/8 FGs, 5 TOs in Monday’s loss); waiving Danuel House; and possible trade or buyout options (Marvin Williams, Trevor Ariza).
29 min
RECAP: Rockets run out of gas in collapse at Mi...
James Harden scored 29, but Houston (11-12) blew a 19-point lead in a 103-91 loss at Minnesota. Our recap breaks it all down, led by a team rebounding deficiency (42-34) and poor shooting by Chris Paul, P.J. Tucker, and Eric Gordon (combined 6-of-28 FG).
31 min
RECAP: Harden's 30 leads second straight blowou...
Sunday’s episode recaps the 121-105 win over Chicago, led by 30 points on 16 shots by James Harden and 7 players in double figures. The show also explores playing Danuel House over Gary Clark and the upcoming road trip to Minnesota, Utah, and Dallas.
29 min
RECAP: Paul returns in San Antonio as Rockets r...
Chris Paul (14/10) returned from injury to help Houston snap its losing streak with a 136-105 rout in San Antonio. Our recap explores CP3’s impact on James Harden (23/10) and Eric Gordon (26); continued growth by Capela (27/12), and Nene’s looming return.
31 min
Days, weeks, or months? The timeline of potenti...
Friday's show dissects what the struggling Rockets (9-11) can do to boost the roster midseason, including potentially signing a current free agent (Young, Brewer); the importance of Dec. 15 for trades; and why bigger moves may have to wait until February.
34 min
RECAP: Losing streak hits four in defenseless l...
Despite a triple double (25/17/11) from James Harden, the defensive woes continued for depth-less Houston (9-11) in a 128-108 loss to Dallas. Wednesday's recap explores how the Rockets got here, and why the cause is more complex than many make it seem.
35 min
RECAP: Harden, Gordon's offense not enough as W...
James Harden had 54 and 13 while Eric Gordon (36) hit a career-high 8 three-pointers... and it still wasn't enough vs. lowly Washington (8-12). Our recap explores Monday's 135-131 loss, led by a new wave of issues with defense and late-game turnovers.
33 min
Rebounding, depth issues exposed in road B2B lo...
The 5-game win streak came to a halt with weekend losses at Detroit and Cleveland. Our recap explores the trends, led by a lack of rebounding after Clint Capela; not having a fourth guard to fill in for Chris Paul; and turnover problems from James Harden.
40 min
RECAP: Be thankful for Harden, Capela, Paul as ...
Houston extended its winning streak to 5 with a 126-124 win over Detroit. Our recap hits the highlights, led by a career game for Clint Capela (27/15) vs. Andre Drummond, another MVP night by James Harden (43/9), and Chris Paul (50% FG) staying hot.
27 min
Matt Thomas on the recent turnaround, Bzdelik's...
Broadcaster and PA voice Matt Thomas breaks down the Rockets after 4 straight wins and 7 of 9, led by improved play from CP3 and Harden; needing more from Eric Gordon and Gerald Green off the bench; the looming return of Jeff Bzdelik; and Carmelo’s exit.
24 min
RECAP: Big 3 of Harden, CP3, Capela spark rout ...
Facing Sacramento (8-8) on Saturday, Houston (8-7) won its 4th in a row and 7th in 9 games behind dominance from the "Big 3" of MVP James Harden (34/8), Chris Paul (24/9, 75% on 3s), and Clint Capela (23/16/5). Our recap breaks down all the key takeaways.
25 min
Final thoughts on Carmelo Anthony's time in Hou...
With Houston declaring its intention to part ways with Carmelo Anthony, Friday's show explores why the future Hall of Famer was let go and when he might formally leave. Topics include why the decision isn’t “scapegoating” Anthony for Houston’s slow start.
33 min
They're back! Rockets crush Warriors behind sta...
The Rockets won their 3rd in a row and sixth of eight with a 107-86 blowout of the defending champs. Our recap breaks it down, led by big nights from veterans (Harden, CP3, Gordon) and key contributions by rookies Isaiah Hartenstein (+27) and Gary Clark.
30 min
Previewing the Warriors + Wednesday Melo update
Wednesday's show previews Rockets/Warriors from the short-term context of Thursday's WCF rematch in Houston (with Steph Curry out) and the longer-term context of Kevin Durant potentially leaving Golden State amid recent turmoil with Draymond Green.
31 min
RECAP: Harden, CP3 lead win at Denver; Capela, ...
With 5 wins in 7 games, are the Rockets back? CP3 again posted 20+ points on 50%+ shooting, MVP James Harden (22/11) was brilliant late, and Clint Capela (24/9), PJ Tucker (+25) and James Ennis (16/4) each had key moments in a double-digit win at Denver.
29 min
RECAP: Progression to the mean? Rockets bury In...
Houston (5-7) scored 76 in an electric first half and finally shot well on 3s (20-of-47 overall), pacing a 115-103 win over Indiana. Our recap breaks down the standouts (Gary Clark + 66/14 by Chris Paul, James Harden) and the latest Carmelo Anthony news.
36 min
RECAP: On holding stars accountable and whether...
Despite more quality defense, James Harden and Chris Paul shot just 11-of-40 from the field in Houston’s Saturday loss at San Antonio. Sunday's show explains why holding the stars accountable is essential and whether Carmelo Anthony fits moving forward.
33 min
Final thoughts on the Jimmy Butler pursuit and ...
Saturday's show explores why Minnesota chose to trade All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia instead of Houston, headlined by Houston's lack of "win-now" offerings. Ben also breaks down what could come next on the trade market for GM Daryl Morey.
33 min
RECAP: Paul, Anthony struggle in lethargic loss...
Chris Paul (10/5) was again sluggish and Carmelo Anthony (1-of-11 FG) was dreadful in his return to OKC, leading to a 98-80 Houston loss. Our recap breaks down what we learned, led by concerning trends on offense and more rebounding issues (52-37 OKC).
29 min
Nekias Duncan on the winning streak, Gary Clark...
Nekias Duncan joins Ben to break down key improvements during the three-game win streak, including Clint Capela's usage on defense, the CP3-Carmelo Anthony pairing, rookie Gary Clark’s emergence, and predictions for a tough schedule over the next week.
21 min
RECAP: Defense, Harden spark third straight roa...
Monday's show explores Jeff Bzdelik’s return and the 98-94 win by Houston (4-5) at Indiana (7-4). Veterans CP3 and Carmelo tired during a 3-in-4 stretch, but James Harden (28/6) took over late and Clint Capela (18/10) led another strong defensive showing.
32 min
RECAP: Harden returns, Carmelo stays hot as Roc...
James Harden (21/7) made a triumphant return while Carmelo Anthony (17 points, 8/12 FG) stayed hot, leading Houston to a second straight win in Chicago. Our recap breaks it down, including key contributions by role players (Ennis, Hartenstein, Clark).
29 min
RECAP: Carmelo, CP3 snap losing streak as defen...
Chris Paul (32/11) and Carmelo Anthony (28 points, 9/12 FG) led the way for Houston (2-5) in a crucial win at Brooklyn on Friday. Our recap breaks it all down, including much-improved defense anchored by Clint Capela (22/13) and PJ Tucker (11 rebounds).
33 min
Hunter Atkins on early problems and potential f...
Houston Chronicle reporter Hunter Atkins examines the widespread problems for the 1-5 Rockets. Topics include the mood at Toyota Center, understated declines by Gordon and Capela, and whether they need roster changes (Jimmy Butler?) to turn things around.
34 min
CP3, Gordon struggle in latest loss as mentalit...
The lifeless Rockets (1-5) remain winless at home after a blowout loss to Portland. Wednesday's show explores the physical struggles of CP3 and Gordon (10-of-37 FG), mental issues as problems compound each other, and whether roster moves are necessary.
33 min
Matt Moore on his Houston skepticism, reasons n...
National NBA writer Matt Moore explains his skepticism of Houston entering this season and the team’s biggest early flaws (including Carmelo’s defense). Even so, Matt says there are many reasons not to panic, led by multi-game absences for CP3 and Harden.
36 min
Identifying what's wrong in Houston, and how to...
Sunday's show explores the current problems with the Rockets (1-4) on both offense and defense, including why it's too simplistic to put the majority on the blame on Carmelo Anthony or the offseason departures of Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute.
35 min
Kelly Iko on Butler rumors, injuries, CP3's rep...
The Athletic's Kelly Iko joined us Friday to discuss the latest Rockets news, led by recent Jimmy Butler rumors; injuries to James Harden, James Ennis, and Nene; the reputation of CP3; and the possibility of signing Nick Young or Anthony Morrow for depth.
28 min
Injury updates (Harden, Ennis) and a renewed Ji...
Thursday's show includes the latest injury updates from the Rockets (James Harden, James Ennis, and Nene), along with reaction to an ESPN report that Houston is making a renewed trade push for Minnesota's Jimmy Butler.
37 min
RECAP: Harden tweaks hamstring in latest loss w...
In the last game of CP3’s suspension, the playmaking deficiency was glaring as Houston (1-3) lost to Utah. Carmelo Anthony (22) broke out and the D was better, but Eric Gordon was woeful (1-of-12 on 3s) and James Harden (29/7) tweaked a hamstring.
33 min
Ackerman on the LA road trip, defensive woes, C...
Craig Ackerman breaks down Houston’s 1-2 start, led by key events (CP3 fracas) on the LA road trip; whether wing defense or rim protection is the main deficiency; fixing problems with Carmelo Anthony and MCW; replacing the injured James Ennis; and more.
32 min
RECAP: Houston splits LA back-to-back as effort...
In their first game without Chris Paul (suspension), the Clippers beat the Rockets (1-2) on night two of a road back-to-back. James Harden (22/14), Clint Capela (24), and Eric Gordon (21) were strong, but bench players including Carmelo and MCW struggled.
32 min
RECAP: Harden, Paul knock out Lakers in LeBron'...
The Rockets won their first game behind strong showings from James Harden and Chris Paul (64 points, 15 assists on 19/36 FG). Our recap explores how Houston overcame LeBron in his home opener, including gritty efforts from key role players (EG, Carmelo).
26 min
Why seasons without rings can still be memorable
After the Astros’ ALCS loss, Ben reflects on the near-misses of 2018 for Houston's flagship teams. Topics include the value of the journey; reconciling satisfaction over regular-season results with each club's "championship or bust" approach; and more.
34 min
RECAP: Houston comes out flat in blowout openin...
Wednesday's show recaps Houston's stunning 131-112 loss in the home season opener vs. New Orleans, including why listless efforts by stars James Harden (-23), Chris Paul (-19), and Clint Capela (-14) were more to blame than new role players or Xs and Os.
29 min
Previewing Houston's season opener with Locked ...
Locked on Pelicans host Jake Madison joins Ben DuBose to preview Houston's opener vs. New Orleans while exploring key themes for each franchise, including the fate of Anthony Davis and Houston’s ability to play three-guard lineups (CP3, Harden, Gordon).
34 min
2018-19 West preview, from a Houston perspective
With the NBA season tipping off Tuesday, Monday's show explores the various tiers of the Western Conference in 2018-19 and potential challengers to the Rockets — headlined by a look at the most threatening "Tier 2" teams after Houston and Golden State.
34 min
RECAP: Rotation comes into focus in rout at Mem...
Saturday's show recaps Houston's rout in Memphis, led by James Ennis (11 points, 4/6 FG) earning a starting spot; another successful night with P.J. Tucker and Carmelo Anthony as backup 5s; and the importance of a healthy preseason for Chris Paul (14/11).
31 min
Around the NBA: On the Butler standstill, Harde...
Friday’s show explores the Houston angles from several league-wide topics, including the Jimmy Butler standoff in Minnesota; James Harden's status in early MVP hot lists; and what to watch for with potential buyout candidates (Trevor Ariza?).
36 min
Primary preseason takeaways + Jimmy Butler update
With the regular season almost here, Karthik Prasad helps Ben recap the preseason. Topics include Carmelo Anthony’s strong start; encouraging signs by James Ennis and rookie Gary Clark; and the latest with potential trade target Jimmy Butler in Minnesota.
35 min
RECAP: Rockets roll past Sharks as Harden, Tuck...
P.J. Tucker was brilliant (22 points, 8-of-13 FG) in his second game returning from back soreness, while James Harden (37 points, 13-of-18 FG, +39) was back in MVP form. Our recap analyzes Tuesday’s romp over Shanghai, including several injury updates.
31 min
RECAP: Carmelo takes over late as Houston grind...
Sunday's show recaps Houston's 108-93 win in San Antonio, headlined by a dominant closing stretch from Carmelo Anthony; minor injuries to Clint Capela (hand) and Eric Gordon (ankle); and improved team defense amid the returns of Capela and P.J. Tucker.
34 min
Indiana recap: On Chriss' struggles, success wi...
Friday's show breaks down Houston's 110-100 loss to Indiana, headlined by another strong game from Michael Carter-Williams (15/5/5), struggles for Marquese Chriss (-13 in 21 minutes, 2/8 FG), and success with Carmelo Anthony (16 points, 6/9 FG) at center.
34 min
Matt Bullard on CP3's strong start, MCW's poten...
Television analyst Matt Bullard joins Ben DuBose to break down an encouraging start to Houston's preseason, including a strong debut from Chris Paul, encouraging signs from Michael Carter-Williams and Carmelo Anthony, officiating quirks, and much more.
22 min
Memphis recap: On Melo's successful debut, a li...
Ben reacts to Houston's 131-115 win in the preseason opener, headlined by brilliance from CP3 and a successful debut for good friend Carmelo Anthony; a strong bench showing from Eric Gordon; and flashes from Michael Carter-Williams and Marquese Chriss.
27 min
On Hartenstein vs. Chriss, an opening for Carte...
Monday's show explores a potential battle for backup center minutes between Isaiah Hartenstein and Marquese Chriss; an early preseason opportunity for Michael Carter-Williams; and the latest on trade talks with Minnesota for Jimmy Butler.
36 min
Is Houston in the driver’s seat for Jimmy Butler?
Friday’s show breaks down new reports on Houston's “strong effort” to trade for Jimmy Butler, along with analysis of the rave reviews drawn by newcomer James Ennis at training camp.
31 min
Craig Ackerman on Gordon potentially starting, ...
Craig Ackerman joins Ben DuBose to dissect the major Houston storylines entering preseason play, including the potential of starting Eric Gordon, important weeks for Michael Carter-Williams and Marquese Chriss, the role of Carmelo Anthony, and more.
32 min
Media Day highlights
Monday's show recaps Rockets Media Day highlights, including candid comments from Carmelo Anthony regarding his new role, high praise for the leadership of P.J. Tucker, and an extended chat with owner Tilman Fertitta regarding his luxury-tax philosophy.
29 min
Jimmy Butler FAQs
With Woj listing Houston as a potential trade suitor for Minnesota's Jimmy Butler, our Ben DuBose explains the reasons for the Rockets' interest and the mechanisms (Eric Gordon?) at Daryl Morey's disposal to bring the All-Star swingman to Houston.
34 min
Training camp preview: On new roster additions,...
Chris Gordy and Adam Clanton preview next week’s Media Day and training camp, with topics including new roster additions such as Brandon Knight and James Ennis; Carmelo Anthony’s first interview in Houston; and the potential pursuit of Jimmy Butler.
42 min
On Bzdelik's retirement, Rosas interviewing wit...
Chris Gordy and Ross Villarreal fill in for Ben, with topics including the retirement of top assistant Jeff Bzdelik; visits from No. 2 executive Gersson Rosas to Philly; and rumors surrounding Corey Brewer, Chris Paul's potential usage, and more.
31 min
Houston takeaways from SI's Top 100 NBA Players...
Thursday's show features an update on the start of training camp and reaction to SI's Top 100 NBA Players list, including the rankings of key Rockets (Harden #4, Paul #8, Capela #35, Gordon at #49) and the rarity of that type of foundation in the NBA.
29 min
Exploring new offseason commentary from Daryl M...
Tuesday's show explores new comments from GM Daryl Morey regarding the acquisition of Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss, the Rockets' summer workouts in the Bahamas, and the potential for further roster moves in the weeks and months ahead.
35 min
Key storylines as Rockets begin Bahamas workouts
What (or who) is most intriguing about this week's Rockets workouts in the Bahamas? Robert Land joins Ben to discuss that and more, including the importance of 2018-19 for James Harden, strategies to keep CP3 healthy, and how best to replace Trevor Ariza.
34 min
Longer-term perspective on the Knight, Chriss t...
Following the shocking Ryan Anderson trade, Monday's show explores the deal’s deeper ramifications, including luxury tax impacts, future trade value, Eric Gordon’s potential new role, why Houston dealt De’Anthony Melton, and the importance of physicals.
32 min
BREAKING: Anderson, Melton traded to Suns for K...
Thursday night's episode features immediate reaction to Houston's shocking trade of veteran forward Ryan Anderson and rookie guard De'Anthony Melton to the Phoenix Suns for guard Brandon Knight and young big man Marquese Chriss,
25 min
On Houston vs. Utah, and key early September NB...
Thursday's show explores the flaws behind a projection from ESPN's Kevin Pelton ranking Utah ahead of Houston for this coming season, along with an examination of two key September deadlines on the NBA calendar and what they mean for the Rockets.
32 min
By the Numbers: Previewing the 2018-19 Rockets ...
NBA writer and podcast host Josh Lloyd joins Tuesday's show to preview the 2018-19 Rockets from a fantasy basketball perspective and beyond, with hits on individuals including James Harden, Chris Paul, Clint Capela, Carmelo Anthony, and many more.
46 min
On Melton's contract status, Ryan Anderson rumo...
Thursday's show explores the latest developments in the trade market for Ryan Anderson; the status of negotiations with second-round rookie guard De'Anthony Melton; and flawed narratives evaluating Houston's offseason.
39 min
Can Carmelo Anthony still be an elite offensive...
Analytics consultant Steve Shea explains why he believes better shot selection could help Carmelo Anthony regain his status as an elite offensive player, along with insight on why Houston often succeeds in convincing players to take more efficient shots.
27 min
Can any West team besides Golden State threaten...
With the offseason mostly over, Thursday's show looks around the NBA and explores potential Western Conference threats to the 2018-19 Rockets beyond just Golden State — with particular emphasis on Oklahoma City, Utah, and the Los Angeles Lakers.
34 min
Melo signs in Houston, shows willingness to com...
Monday's show recaps the official signing of Carmelo Anthony and a report that Anthony is expected to come off the bench in Houston this season, with insight on why Melo's change in perspective regarding a bench role is important.
32 min
Instant reaction to the 2018-19 schedule release
Karthik Prasad joins Ben DuBose for complete analysis of the 2018-19 Rockets schedule, including a home opener vs. New Orleans, a Christmas showdown with Oklahoma City, 38 nationally televised games, and how the schedule might influence roster decisions.
30 min
Carmelo Anthony commits + further offseason opt...
Tuesday's show explores the news of Carmelo Anthony's official commitment to Houston and the ensuing steps; more evidence that Melo's struggles in OKC weren't related to his mentality; and whether a Ryan Anderson trade could still come this offseason.
36 min
On Houston's lure to Carmelo Anthony, and what ...
Carmelo Anthony is almost officially a Rocket, but how much game does he have left? NBA insider Jesus Rodriguez, who reported in 2017 on Anthony's desire to join Houston, explains what lured the veteran to the Rockets and how good he still can be.
32 min
Finances of a potential Ryan Anderson trade thi...
Tuesday's show explores the potential pathways to a future Ryan Anderson trade and the financial ramifications of each, including why a trade for a contract also expiring in 2020 is the likely play.
32 min
Rockets re-sign Clint Capela, lock up "Big 3" t...
Friday's show features immediate reaction to the news of 24-year-old center Clint Capela re-signing with the Rockets on a 5-year, $90M deal, with insight from Rockets radio network host Adam Clanton.
31 min
On Carmelo's interview, using MLE for prospects...
Thursday's show examines new comments from Carmelo Anthony about his priorities; Isaiah Hartenstein signing for a portion of Houston's MLE; and the role of the "Mbah a Moute test" in judging Daryl Morey’s plan to roll over the MLE until buyout season.
34 min
Implications of a potential minimum salary for ...
Monday's show explores the report from the NYT’s Marc Stein that Carmelo Anthony is planning to sign with Houston for the veteran minimum’s salary ($2.4M) instead of the Taxpayer MLE — and the ramifications that it has for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
28 min
Why Houston is a better fit for Carmelo Anthony...
Bleacher Report's Kelly Scaletta joins the show to explain why he believes Carmelo Anthony would be a better fit with the Rockets than the Thunder, including how Chris Paul and James Harden could be better teammates for Melo than Russell Westbrook.
42 min
Summer League recap: On Melton, Hartenstein vs....
In our Summer League recap, Ben breaks down the brilliance from rookie guard De'Anthony Melton, the contrast between bigs Isaiah Hartenstein and Zhou Qi, and a plethora of young wings (Danuel House, R.J. Hunter, Vincent Edwards, and Deng Adel).
35 min
On the James Ennis signing and latest Carmelo r...
Wednesday's show features reaction to Houston's signing of 28-year-old swingman James Ennis to a minimum contract, along with news of the Rockets remaining in strong position to add Carmelo Anthony. Our Ben DuBose is joined by Karthik Prasad for analysis.
31 min
On Luc Mbah a Moute's departure, Carmelo's loom...
Monday’s show explores the departure of forward Luc Mbah a Moute and the sudden need for more perimeter defense; the seemingly imminent addition of Carmelo Anthony; and early Summer League standouts, such as Isaiah Hartenstein and De'Anthony Melton.
34 min
On Houston's alleged interest in Carmelo Anthony
Friday's show explores reports of the Rockets' interest in pending free agent Carmelo Anthony, including analysis from Sirius XM and NBA TV's Brian Geltzeiler about why many of Anthony's problems in Oklahoma City might not be the case in Houston.
32 min
On minor deals, Summer League play, and slow ma...
Thursday's show explores the slow markets in free agency for Clint Capela and Luc Mbah a Moute; the addition of guard Michael Carter-Williams; new contracts for rookies Vincent Edwards and Gary Clark; upcoming Summer League play; and a Nick Young rumor.
30 min
Why Golden State adding Boogie doesn't change H...
Tuesday's show explores why the Warriors adding Boogie Cousins for the Taxpayer MLE (~$5.3M) doesn't greatly change the Rockets’ outlook or approach, with analysis on potential negative scenarios for Golden State and why Cousins wasn't a fit in Houston.
32 min
Exploring the silence in the Clint Capela, Taxp...
Monday’s show explores the relative silence surrounding Clint Capela and possible Taxpayer MLE (~$5.3M annual salary) targets for Houston on Day 2 of free agency, along with analysis of LeBron James’ move to the Lakers and its impact on the Rockets.
34 min
On the loss of Trevor Ariza and new deals for C...
Sunday morning's show features reaction to a busy first night of free agency, including the re-signings of Chris Paul and Gerald Green and the shocking departure of veteran forward Trevor Ariza to Phoenix. How can Houston replace his production? Tune in!
34 min
With LeBron and PG likely off the board, what's...
With LeBron James and Paul George each opting out, it’s unlikely either will join the Rockets. What’s next? Friday’s show explores the options, including the status of Houston’s own free agents (CP3, Capela, Ariza) and whether to extend Eric Gordon.
36 min
What ESPN's story on LeBron, Kawhi, and LA mean...
Wednesday's show explores potential ripple effects for LeBron James and the Rockets from ESPN's "Pressure mounting on Lakers to acquire Kawhi Leonard from Spurs" story, including why the emphasis on Friday's opt-in deadline could bode well for Houston.
31 min
On James Harden’s MVP win and his personal growth
In Tuesday's show, Ben reflects on the MVP award presented to James Harden on Monday night and explains its historic significance — including why fans should feel much more positively about Harden in June 2018 relative to June 2017.
33 min