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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., Kevin Porter Jr., Jae'Sean Tate, Josh Christopher, Tari Eason, 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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Houston Rockets National Criticism Fair? + Alpe...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss and react to national criticism of the Houston Rockets by ESPN's Zach Lowe and Jonathan Givony, who voiced concerns over Houston's lack of offseason structure and how that's impacting Jabari Smith Jr.'s development, but also praised players like rookie Tari Eason and KJ Martin. The two then share data on the Rockets primary ball handlers (Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. and Eric Gordon) and how they've looked this season operating with Alperen Sengun as the primary screener.
32 min
Houston Rockets Changing Narratives? + Jalen Gr...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss the Houston Rockets chances to start changing the narrative surround the team, it's players, and head coach Stephen Silas as the schedule eases up here in December with a 7-game homestand, Jalen Green splits this season (road vs. home, month to month, etc.), and the future of the small forward spot between Jae'Sean Tate (is he still alive?), KJ Martin and Tari Eason.
39 min
Kevin Porter Jr. & Jalen Green Lead Houston Roc...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets impressive DOUBLE OVERTIME win against Joel Embiid, James Harden and the Philadelphia 76ers with so many different players contributing in key ways down the stretch. Jalen Green's huge night scoring in the paint, Kevin Porter Jr.'s game-saving plays against Harden and Embiid, Tari Eason's huge spark off the bench in the third quarter, Alperen Sengun staying aggressive on defense with five fouls, Jabari Smith Jr.'s big-time threes and more.
32 min
Jalen Green Leads Comeback In Houston Rockets W...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets back-to-back slate of weekend games with Friday's 122-121 comeback win against the Phoenix Suns and Saturday's 120-101 stinker against the Golden State Warriors. Jalen Green's HUGE 20-point third quarter to spearhead the Rockets comeback against the Suns, followed by Kevin Porter Jr. and Bruno Fernando carrying in the fourth, perimeter defense allowing Steph Curry, Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole to go off, the Rockets refusal to make Alperen Sengun a focal point, capitalizing on positive chemistry between Jalen/Sengun and KPJ/Bruno and more.
26 min
Houston Rockets Discipline, Defense Issues, Min...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss the disappointing level of the play from the Houston Rockets second game in Denver after a promising three quarters in game one against the Nuggets, how the rotations at center will likely look moving forward with Alperen Sengun, Usman Garuba, and Bruno Fernado, and a deep-dive on what's happening with the Rockets defense and ideas on how it can be improved.
36 min
Houston Rockets Blowout Loss To Denver Nuggets ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets 120-100 blowout loss against the Denver Nuggets, focusing on the slow start on both sides of the ball. What changed from game one to game two against Denver, why the Rockets are getting off to slow starts, how this loss is NOT the end of the world and more.
29 min
Rockets Rookie Tari Eason Exclusive On Offensiv...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) sits down with Houston Rockets rookie forward Tari Eason (@TAR13ASON) to discuss working with the coaching staff to become a better finisher around the rim, where his competitiveness comes from, how he and Josh Christopher push each other behind the scenes, defensive impact off the bench and more.
4 min
Alperen Sengun & Houston Rockets Strong First H...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets 129-113 loss to the Denver Nuggets, where they were competitive and played a strong first half, responded to multiple Denver runs in the third quarter, but didn't have an answer for the Nuggets final burst in the third period. Alperen Sengun going toe-to-toe with Nikola Jokic and receiving a HUGE endorsement from the two-time MVP after the game, Jalen Green struggling against Nuggets ball pressure, foul trouble limiting Sengun and Jabari Smith Jr. for portions of this game, losing track of Jamal Murray in the third quarter, Josh Christopher putting in postgame work and more.
25 min
Jabari Smith Jr. Exclusive On Houston Rockets G...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) sits down with Jabari Smith Jr. (@jabarismithjr) to discuss settling into his rookie season, on and off the court growth, working with head coach Stephen Silas, using his voice on the court and in the locker room, and developing his relationship with Jalen Green.
6 min
Houston Rockets Quarter Season Grades For Jalen...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to do a Houston Rockets quarter season report card handing out letter grades assessing both individual and team performance across the roster. Where do Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr., Jabari Smith Jr. and Alperen Sengun and the rest of the Rockets grade out at now that we are 1/4 of the way through the season?
47 min
Jalen Green & Alperen Sengun Set Career-Highs I...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets blowout win against the OKC Thunder behind two HUGE games from Jalen Green and Alperen Sengun. Jalen with a career-high 9 assists to go with his 28 points, Al-P with 21 points, a career-high 19(!) rebounds and 7 assists in his return to the lineup, Jabari Smith Jr. rebounding well and letting it fly from deep, Kevin Porter Jr. struggling early but bouncing back in the second half, Rockets showing maturity by building and *maintaining* their lead against the Thunder and more.
35 min
Jabari Smith Jr. & Jalen Green Respond To Hawks...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets 128-122 BEST win of the season against the Atlanta Hawks, focusing on the third quarter altercation between Jabari Smith Jr. and Dejounte Murray, Jalen Green having Jabari's back and how the Rockets responded from that moment onward, Jalen's superstar night and clowning Trae Young on IG, Jabari draining FIVE threes and responding to the Hawks disrespect, KJ Martin with a career-high 15 rebounds, GARRY BIRD FLIES AGAIN, Bruno Fernando makes his return to the lineup, Usman Garuba's bench play and more.
38 min
Evaluating Houston Rockets Head Coach Stephen S...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss how Rockets fans' expectations of the team and Stephen Silas have shifted from where they were coming into the season, concerns over player accountability and being able to make "hard decisions", would moving on from Silas mid-season be the right or wrong move, what needs to happen over the next month or so to generate renewed faith and more.
39 min
Kevin Porter Jr. Leads Rockets With 30, Jabari ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets competitive loss against the Golden State Warriors, going down big early, having a HUGE second quarter, and then keeping things neck-and-neck until Steph Curry hit some insane shots down the stretch to put the game away. Kevin Porter Jr. with arguably his best game of the season, Jabari Smith Jr. and Tari Eason both with career nights and sparked the Rockets comeback in the second quarter, including Bari looking MUCH more comfortable offensively, Jalen Green struggling against the Warriors defensive length, but still getting to the free throw line, Alperen Sengun vs. Usman Garuba defensively and more.
31 min
Houston Rockets Offensive Identity, Opening Thi...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss the Houston Rockets drive-and-kick offensive philosophy, what it looks like when it's at it's best, how the young players struggle at time to recognize how to attack defenses, the players with the best offensive recognition on the roster, and lastly breaking down "split cut" actions that can be used to keep Jabari Smith Jr. more involved in the offense.
35 min
Alperen Sengun, Usman Garuba & Houston Rockets ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets 101-92 BLOCK PARTY win against the shorthanded Dallas Mavericks playing without Luka Doncic. Rockets with an insane 19(!) blocks, tying second-most in franchise history, including a career-high 5 blocks from Alperen Sengun, Usman Garuba's defensive impact and spark off the bench, Kevin Porter Jr. closing the game out and Jabari Smith Jr. dialing in defensively in the fourth, Jalen Green's playmaking continues to impress and more.
32 min
How Much Does NOT Having Jae'Sean Tate Hurt The...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses Jae'Sean Tate's role for this Houston Rockets team and comments by head coach Stephen Silas and guard Kevin Porter Jr. about how difficult it is playing without him, because of both his on-court abilities and also his voice as a leader, followed by three things to watch for against the Dallas Mavericks, including a possible revenge game for former Rockets Christian Wood, and a possible huge night for Alperen Sengun.
30 min
Jalen Green Shows Playmaking Growth In Houston ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets 122-106 loss against the LA Clippers, where Jalen Green showcased his playmaking skills with a career-high-tying 7 assists along, Alperen Sengun's chemistry with JG offensively looking good, Kevin Porter Jr. with a ROUGH shooting night, Rockets getting away from moving the basketball, KJ Martin taking a vocal role in the locker room, and Eric Gordon voicing his frustrations to media and on Twitter.
39 min
Houston Rockets Competitiveness When Jalen Gree...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss the concerning trend of Jalen Green not getting touches at the end of close games, encouragement based on the competitive nature of the Houston Rockets when Jalen play's well, the impact of GOON SQUAD members Tari Eason and Usman Garuba, how lineups will be affected once Jae'Sean Tate and Bruno Fernando return and more.
36 min
Jalen Green Drops 33 Points, Jabari Smith Jr. 1...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) talks discusses the Houston Rockets 119-106 loss against Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans, where turnovers and bad fourth quarter offense prevented the Rockets from coming away with the win. Jalen Green's scorching scoring performance, most of which coming when playing without Kevin Porter Jr., KPJ's solid night but turnovers and inability to get back to feeding Jalen in the fourth, the goon squad of KJ Martin, Tari Eason and Usman Garuba helping the Rockets get back into the game during the third quarter run, Jabari Smith Jr. STRONG night on the boards (15) and two blocks on Jonas Valanciunas, Alperen Sengun's foul troubles limiting his play and more.
29 min
Houston Rockets Playmaking, Jabari Smith Jr. Tr...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets 116-109 competitive loss on the road against the Toronto Raptors with encouraging signs across the board. Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green's fantastic playmaking performances, Alperen Sengun's best defensive performance of the season, Jabari Smith Jr. wtih 15/10 trending in the right direction, Tari Eason SENSATIONAL off the bench despite A LOT of missed shots around the rim, KJ Martin and Usman Garuba block party and more.
29 min
KJ Martin's Growth & Early Season Impact For Ho...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss KJ Martin's impact for the Houston Rockets this season after so much uncertainty surrounding his future with the team this offseason, what KJ provides when he's on the floor, the possibility of negotiating a contract extension and an Xs and Os breakdown of one of the Rockets regularly run offensive sets.
34 min
Jalen Green Scores 34, KJ Martin Adds 21 To Lea...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets picking up their second win of the season against the Orlando Magic 134-127 behind a HUGE 34-point night from Jalen Green. Jalen's big-time scoring night, Rockets ball movement and HOT shooting, different Rockets stepping up throughout the evening, Kevin Porter Jr. leading the response to the Magic run in the fourth, Alperen Sengun another solid 20/10 night, KJ Martin production off the bench, key moments from Tari Eason, and why Jabari Smith Jr. is struggling so poorly.
35 min
Alperen Sengun & Houston Rockets Improved Ball ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves, where Houston showcased some nice ball movement for 3/4 quarters, but collapsed hard enough in the second frame to keep them out of the rest of the game. Alperen Sengun continues to look strong when given minutes, inefficient nights from Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green, Rockets second quarter collapse, how the Wolves adjusted their defense throughout the game, KJ Martin continues to be a consistent contributor, Usman Garuba making Karl Anthony-Towns work hard, Tari Eason doing a little bit of everything and more.
29 min
Houston Rockets Trusting Alperen Sengun More Of...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) talks is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss how the Houston Rockets are beginning to trust Alperen Sengun more offensively allowing him to get post touches, his growing role as a screener for Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green, issues facing the Rockets defensively when Al-P is on the floor and more.
34 min
Alperen Sengun HUGE Night, Jalen Green Breaks S...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets second straight game against the LA Clippers, this time in Houston, with a final score of 109-101, but some positive silver linings throughout the game. Alperen Sengun's huge night as a focal point of the Rockets offense, Jalen Green breaking out of his shooting slump, Kevin Porter Jr. with a strong first half, tough second half, Usman Garuba and Tari Eason providing much-needed spark and energy off the Rockets bench, possibly Jabari Smith Jr.'s worst game so far, Stephen Silas' pregame comments about the importance of Eric Gordon and more.
36 min
Jalen Green, Jabari Smith Jr. & Houston Rockets...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss Houston Rockets head coach Stephen Silas' decision-making and if he's coaching to WIN or coaching for development, how the Rockets offense and Jalen Green could benefit from going through Alperen Sengun and why it makes sense now to keep Al-P in the starting lineup, best Rockets rotation player so far this season, and the possible impact on the Brooklyn picks after the Nets have decided to fire head coach Steve Nash.
37 min
Houston Rockets Lose In Final Seconds To LA Cli...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets nail-biter against the LA Clippers, coming up just short 95-93 in the final moments of the game after some questionable decisions in the final 87 seconds. Rockets lineup change up 5 with 90 seconds to go, final possessions being drawn up for Eric Gordon, KJ Martin's big night, Alperen Sengun generating good offense, Jalen Green hopefully starting to get out of his shooting slump, solid overall night for Kevin Porter Jr., bench unit carrying the game with hustle and more.
32 min
Kevin Porter Jr. Shines, Jalen Green Struggles ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets hard fought game and fourth quarter collapse against the Phoenix Suns, spearheaded by a fantastic night from Kevin Porter Jr., despite Jalen Green's continued shooting struggles and Jabari Smith Jr.'s quiet night. KPJ making solid reads and LIVING at the free throw line (career-high 14 attempts), Jalen continues to shoot poorly from the floor, down to 26% over these last three games, Jabari still adjusting to the speed of the NBA, UZ ALL MIGHTY Usman Garuba's impact off the bench, Rockets defensive miscues against Suns pick-and-roll, fourth quarter meltdown and more.
33 min
Houston Rockets Offensive Issues, Why Jalen Gre...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss the issues with the Houston Rockets offense over the last couple of games against the Utah Jazz, most notably the drastic increase in isolation plays, players falling into bad habits, spacing issues and more, why some of these problems have started popping up over the last couple games, ways the coaching staff can adjust moving forward to get things back on track, and a deep breakdown of one possession that encapsulates many of the issues this young Rockets team is dealing with.
39 min
Kevin Porter Jr. Fourth Quarter Comeback Not En...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets ugly game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, with one of the few silver linings being Kevin Porter Jr.'s play in the fourth, spearheading the Rockets comeback. KPJ struggling through three quarters but finding his rhythm in the fourth and clawing the Rockets back into the game, Jalen Green's individual defense continues to impress despite offensive struggles, Rockets offense devolving into ISO after ISO with little-to-no off-ball actions or wrinkles to generate easy shots, too many turnovers leading to fast break opportunities for the Jazz and more.
31 min
Evaluating Kevin Porter Jr.'s Play Through Four...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss Kevin Porter Jr.'s performance through the first handful of games this season, how to evaluate his play as the point guard for this Houston Rockets team, whether some of the criticisms of his game are fair or not and more + the two share extended thoughts on the bench moment between Jalen Green and Jabari Smith Jr. late against the Utah Jazz as well as the adjustments and things they hope to see out of Rockets-Jazz part two in Salt Lake City.
35 min
Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. & Jabari Smith Jr...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets picking up their first win of the season against the red-hot Utah Jazz behind 20+ nights from each of Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. and Jabari Smith Jr. and key buckets late from Eric Gordon. Jabari starting at the five with no Bruno Fernando and no Alperen Sengun, KPJ with a big night but questionable shot diet, Jalen Green goes for an efficient 25 points through three quarters, then only gets one shot in the fourth, a small dust-up on the Rockets with 30 seconds left to play between Jalen and Jabari that was blown way out of proportion on social media and more.
33 min
Usman Garuba Starts, Jalen Green & KPJ Struggle...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets 125-105 loss against the Milwaukee Bucks, very much looking like they were playing on the second night of a back-to-back. Why did the Rockets decide to start Usman Garuba over Alperen Sengun in the absence of Bruno Fernando, Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. struggling against the Bucks defense, Giannis doing Giannis things, Garuba with an impressive night all things considered, Jabari Smith Jr. still settling in and more.
34 min
Jalen Green Scores 33, Alperen Sengun Adds 23, ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets home opener of the season, an electric, high-octane battle against the Memphis Grizzlies where Jalen Green and Ja Morant went head-to-head and both had MONSTER games. Jalen's scoring burst to start the game, Morant responding after his first stint on the bench, how the Rockets struggled to contain Morant in the pick and roll, Alperen Sengun's impressive night off the bench, Jabari Smith Jr. not being involved enough offensively, the Rockets matching the intensity and physicality of the Grizzlies throughout the game and more.
30 min
Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. & Houston Rockets...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses takeaways from the Houston Rockets season opener loss against the Atlanta Hawks 117-107, a hard-fought game that was within striking distance until the final few minutes. The battle of the backcourts between Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr., Trae Young and Dejounte Murray, TURNOVERS (both forced and unforced), Alperen Sengun coming off the bench with Bruno Fernando getting the starting nod, trying to defend the Hawks PnR offense, rotations used and more.
37 min
Houston Rockets Culture Reset Led By Jalen Gree...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss the Houston Rockets culture reset and tone headed into the 2022-2023 NBA season, differences between this year and last year highlighted by Stephen Silas, the growth and maturity of Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr., how the Rockets are trying to unlock offensive potential with Bruno Fernando as a vertical spacing threat, key matchups between Jalen, KPJ, Trae Young, Dejounte Murray and other things to watch for in Rocket-Hawks and more.
36 min
Kevin Porter Jr. Receives Contract Extension Fr...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss the Houston Rockets bombshell news that Kevin Porter Jr. received a four-year, $82.5 million contract extension with some incredibly team-friendly terms on it, including non-guaranteed money in years two & three and a team-option in year four. Framework of KPJ's new deal, why the Rockets were able to make it work before the deadline passed, "trust" being shared between KPJ and Rafael Stone, KPJ's initial reaction to the news, Stephen Silas' reaction and relationship with KPJ and more.
34 min
Jalen Green Drops 33 Points, Kevin Porter Jr. A...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets final preseason game against the Indiana Pacers that saw Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. combine for 55 points as the Rockets shot lights out from long-range (46.2%) improving to 3-1 across preseason. Jalen showing exactly why he will one day lead the NBA in scoring, KPJ continues to look more confident and comfortable on the floor, Alperen Sengun bounces back from his struggles against the Miami Heat, the Houston forward brigade getting it done on the glass, Josh Christopher possibly the man on the outside looking in, why Houston likely waived Derrick Favors and more.
37 min
Jalen Green's Former Coach Talks His Growth Wit...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Jalen Green's former coach Joey Fuca (@coachfuca) to discuss Jalen's adjustment to the NBA game throughout his rookie season, his leadership qualities both on and off the floor, what Jalen spent time working on this past offseason, unselfishness in wanting to get teammates involved, negative media labels, expectations for this upcoming season and more.
26 min
Alperen Sengun Adjusting To Role + Houston Rock...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses Houston Rockets updates like Stephen Silas returning from health and safety protocols + Jabari Smith Jr. returning to practice, but still being held out for the final preseason game against the Indiana Pacers, followed by highlighting Silas' thoughts on Alperen Sengun adjusting to his new role here as a starter and in the offensive system, then Jackson shares the report that the Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat and Portland Trailblazers all have interest in forward KJ Martin, whether moving KJ is the right move at this time, and what those teams could potentially offer in a trade package.
29 min
How Do The Houston Rockets Balance Jalen Green,...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to first share thoughts on the media negativity and labels currently being attached to Jalen Green before diving into the discussion of how the Houston Rockets can balance and get the most production out of Jalen, Kevin Porter Jr. and Alperen Sengun this season, either by staggering the backcourt minutes or allowing Al-P the chance to run the second-unit.
38 min
Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. Light It Up, Alpe...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets 118-110 loss against the Miami Heat in their third preseason game of the year. Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. both getting it done offensively, scoring 20+ each... but at the expense of Alperen Sengun who's role was reduced to just setting screens, Rockets losing control of the game early in the second quarter with a questionable at best lineup off the bench, Tari Eason and KJ Martin continue to impress on the wing, Garrison Mathews still misfiring from long-range, and Josh Christopher struggling badly early on before coming alive late.
33 min
Alperen Sengun Huge Test Against Bam Adebayo, M...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by new weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss the biggest storyline going into the Houston Rockets third preseason game: how will new starting center Alperen Sengun handle the upgraded competition against Bam Adebayo and the Miami Heat + the looming Rockets roster crunch with the season just over a week away, who is the most likely name to be cut/traded to get the roster down to 15 players, and other storylines to pay attention to in Rockets-Heat like Tari Eason, KJ Martin, and Kevin Porter Jr.
43 min
Jalen Green & Tari Eason Lead The Way As Housto...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Raj Nair (@reezySZN) to discuss and react to the Houston Rockets preseason win against the Toronto Raptors 116-100, behind 23 points from Jalen Green and 24 points from Tari Eason off the bench. Jalen's electric play, scoring at all three levels, getting to the free throw line and hitting some INSANELY tough shots, Tari staking his claim for a rotation spot sooner rather than later, the Rockets wreaking havoc defensively with so many switchable wings on the floor, Kevin Porter Jr. looking to be more "in control" so far, and a pair of rough nights for Garrison Mathews and Daishen Nix.
43 min
Jabari Smith Jr. Injury, Jalen Green's Aggressi...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly co-host Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss the news that Jabari Smith Jr. (left ankle sprain) and Eric Gordon (rest) will both be OUT for the Houston Rockets second preseason game against the Toronto Raptors. The two talk about Jabari's impact on both sides of the floor against the San Antonio Spurs, Jalen Green's aggressive mentality, how the 4-out-1-in offense has looked so far, Jabari's ability to play off of Alperen Sengun, who steps into the starting lineup against the Raptors, expectations/predictions for the Toronto game and more.
32 min
Jalen Green & Kevin Porter Jr. Expectations, Ho...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Houston Rockets broadcaster Craig Ackerman (@ca_rockets) to discuss expectations for year two Jalen Green, what does Kevin Porter Jr. need to showcase to prove he is the long-term point guard, the Houston Rockets offensive and defensive goals for this season, how impressive Jabari Smith Jr. has looked through camp and the preseason opener, Alperen Sengun as an offensive hub, and the marquee matchup between the two top prospects of the 2023 NBA Draft, Victor Wenbanyama and Scoot Henderson.
39 min
Jabari Smith's Ceiling, KJ Martin's New Role Fo...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Madison Moore (@MadManLeaks) to discuss Jabari Smith's ceiling as a player after some VERY high praise from assistant coach John Lucas at Rockets practice, KJ Martin's new role(!?) as a small forward and his growth as a player, Usman Garuba's impact defensively in the preseason opener and what he needs to do to carve out a consistent role in Houston, and how impressive TyTy Washington looked in limited minutes.
36 min
Houston Rockets New Identity, Jabari Smith & Al...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss the identity and culture forming with this young Houston Rockets team, how some fans may be undervaluing Jae'Sean Tate's importance to the organization, how well Jabari Smith and Alperen Sengun play off of each other and what more we can expect from the young frontcourt, and Bruno Fernando earning a four-year deal, his role on the team, and the impact it will have elsewhere on the roster.
38 min
Jabari Smith Jr. ON FIRE & Tari Eason DOMINANT ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets blowout of the San Antonio Spurs 134-96 behind 21 points each from Jabari Smith Jr. and Tari Eason. Jabari being ON FIRE from long range, Spurs with no answer for Tari inside, new defensive identity developing in Houston, Bruno Fernando's new contract (???) and possible backup center role, Alperen Sengun as the offensive hub, Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green struggling offensively, but why that is OK, Garry Bird with only five minutes of run and Josh Christopher as the 12th man off the bench.
35 min
Houston-OKC Trade & Rockets Training Camp: Jaba...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss the Houston-OKC Thunder trade sending OUT David Nwaba, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke & Marquese Chriss for Derrick Favors, Ty Jerome, Moe Harkless, Theo Maledon and a 2025 second-round pick via Atlanta AND takeaways from Rockets training camp day three, focusing on Jabari Smith's IMPRESSIVE defensive display, how he impacts the Rockets defensive identity, new offensive schemes being implemented by Stephen Silas and how the new offense will help Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. and Alperen Sengun.
40 min
Houston Rockets Training Camp: Lineups, Eric Go...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) of the Houston Chronicle to discuss takeaways from Houston Rockets training camp day two, including potential lineups and the Rockets likely fifth starter, Eric Gordon's impact going beyond the traditional "veteran leadership" role, defensive adjustments hinted at by both Stephen Silas and players, Jalen Green becoming more vocal and more.
38 min
Houston Rockets Training Camp: Conditioning Tes...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses sights, sounds and takeaways from day one of Houston Rockets training camp, focusing on Stephen Silas' conditioning test to set the tone for the group, Jalen Green working on shot mechanics with John Lucas, Usman Garuba's role and impact, Jabari Smith growing into his role as a vocal leader and TyTy Washington's mentality as a combo-guard.
32 min
Houston Rockets Media Day! Kevin Porter Jr Matu...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses takeaways from Houston Rockets media day for the 2022-2023 NBA season, highlighted by Kevin Porter Jr.'s genuine and mature answers, Jalen Green's offseason growth, Jabari Smith's defensive prowess, Stephen Silas and Rafael Stone's vision for the season, Alperen Sengun's masterclass in english public speaking, BOBAN BEING BOBAN, Josh Christopher all about the vibes, Jae'Sean Tate describing the culture in Houston as "electric" and KJ Martin stating "I'm just here to do my job."
32 min
Houston Rockets Questions & Storylines Going In...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the biggest questions and storylines heading into Houston Rockets media day for the 2022-2023 NBA season + two recent talking points brought up by The Athletic's Kelly Iko regarding the futures of both veteran guard Eric Gordon and third year wing KJ Martin. Is this the make or break year for Stephen Silas? What about Kevin Porter Jr.? What has Jalen Green worked on this offseason? How much will the addition of Jabari Smith elevate the Rockets defense? What did Alperen Sengun and Usman Garuba learn from playing in EuroBasket? Who will be the Rockets fifth starter, Eric Gordon or Jae'Sean Tate? Will Tari Eason and TyTy Washington be in the rotation early or be sent to the G League?
33 min
Are Jalen Green, KPJ & Jabari Smith The Houston...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Kris Gardner (@TheHRReview) of Houston Roundball Review to discuss Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. and Jabari Smith as the three most important pieces of the Houston Rockets rebuilding timeline, attributes that standout, areas of needed improvement, expectations for this upcoming season and more.
34 min
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
How Did Jabari Smith, Tari Eason & TyTy Washing...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss broad takeaways and share notes on things that Jabari Smith, Tari Eason, TyTy Washington, Josh Christopher, and Daishen Nix did during Houston Rockets Summer League that were impressive, as well as highlighting areas for future deep dive discussions such as Jabari's shooting, Tari's halfcourt offense, stylistic differences in how Daishen and TyTy create for others and more.
41 min
NBA Stock Watch! Rockets Jabari Smith, Tari Eas...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) plays NBA Stock Watch: Summer League edition, which features BUYING, SELLING, or HOLDING stock of players after their Summer League performances. Jackson starts with the Houston Rockets (Jabari Smith, Tari Eason, Josh Christopher and more) before moving into the other top prospects from the 2022 NBA Draft like Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, etc.
34 min
Jae'Sean Tate Rockets 5th Starter? Stephen Sila...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses a nugget of information Houston Rockets head coach Stephen Silas shared to Sports 610 Radio's Adam Spolane in an exclusive interview during Summer League about his plans next season regarding Jae'Sean Tate, Alperen Sengun, and the minutes they play together. Pros and cons of Tate as the possible starter for Houston + ranking the five best defenders on the Rockets roster.
34 min
Tari Eason Earns All-Summer League First Team, ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) shares takeaways from the Houston Rockets final NBA Summer League game, including Tari Eason being named to the All-Summer League First Team, Jabari Smith looking like he has the ability to be a defensive anchor for Houston moving forward, TyTy Washington being both comfortable on AND off-ball, Daishen Nix continuing to be aggressive and more.
30 min
Jabari Smith Shot Creation!? TyTy Washington Fa...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets fourth NBA Summer League game against the Portland Trailblazers, where Jabari Smith had his most impressive offensive performance, showing off playmaking, individual shot creation and ability to draw fouls, TyTy Washington facilitating at a high level in transition, concerns about Tari Eason's energy over the course of a game and adjusting to NBA pace, Daishen Nix free throw woes and more.
29 min
Tari Eason Best Rookie So Far? Daishen Nix Vs. ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Clutchfans.net founder Dave Hardisty (@clutchfans) to discuss the first three games of Houston Rockets Summer League, how impressive Jabari Smith and Tari Eason have looked so far, any concerns that stand out about their games, should fans be higher or lower on Josh Christopher after his SL performance, the ongoing debate between Daishen Nix and TyTy Washington for the backup point guard role and more.
37 min
Should The Houston Rockets Trade For Donovan Mi...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses Josh Christopher being shut down for the remainder of Houston Rockets NBA Summer League with right hip soreness and what that means for the other guards on the roster, how unfortunate it is that we didn't get to see Usman Garuba perform due to injury, but a silver lining in his favor moving forward, should the Rockets be in play for Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell, and a way-to-early look at Houston's wing depth and roster crunch for next season.
34 min
Jabari Smith & Tari Eason CLAMP CITY As Houston...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets third NBA Summer League game against the San Antonio Spurs, where Houston gave up 34 points in the second quarter, but rallied in the second half winning the game by shutting down the San Antonio offense and allowing only 30 second half points. Jabari Smith's best SL game so far + communication and presence on defense, Tari Eason continues to show out attacking the glass, thriving offensively, and he's easily becoming a fan (and media) favorite, Daishen Nix with another strong game showing exactly why he is the point guard for this group and more.
33 min
Jabari Smith Jr. Aggressive On Offense & Defens...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Jabari Smith Jr. and the Houston Rockets 90-88 win against Chet Holmgren and the OKC Thunder in their second NBA Summer League game. Jabari's aggressiveness on offense and defense, continuing to shoot despite missing and impacting the game defensively, Tari Eason beasting on the boards and in transition, TyTy Washington with the pretty floater game + playmaking, Daishen Nix bouncing back after a tough game against Orlando, Josh Christopher scoring at the rim AND getting rebounds/assists this time around and more.
29 min
Jabari Smith Offensive Involvement? Houston Roc...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) reacts to and discusses the Houston Rockets first NBA Summer League game against the Orlando Magic, featuring Jabari Smith Jr. vs. Paolo Banchero. Houston's offensive struggles, not overreacting to "bad" games from Jabari or Daishen Nix, Tari Eason feasting on the glass and playing with energy, TyTy Washington's creation ability, Josh Christopher being an absolute bucket and more.
27 min
Guest: Jabari Smith Jr.'s Auburn Coach Bruce Pe...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by special guest Bruce Pearl (@coachbrucepearl) Head Coach of Auburn Tiger's Men's Basketball, to discuss Jabari Smith Jr. becoming a member of the Houston Rockets,, Jalen Green *almost* making it to Auburn and scouting him out in California, what it was like coaching Jabari, his unique talent as a player and incredible work ethic, the intangibles he brings to the table, addressing concerns over Smith's handle, explaining how Auburn prepares players to succeed in college AND the NBA, Jabari's ability as a vocal leader and more.
21 min
Houston Rockets Summer League Expectations For ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by the Podfather and Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss Houston Rockets 2022 NBA Summer League expectations for the new draftees Jabari Smith Jr., Tari Eason, and TyTy Washington, as well as returning players Daishen Nix, Josh Christopher, and Usman Garuba. Then, the two speculate on the current state of the Kevin Durant trade request saga and how the Rockets have maximum leverage as a possible third-team trade partner.
43 min
Houston Rockets Summer League Questions: Jabari...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses FIVE important questions for the Houston Rockets heading into NBA Summer League 2022, focusing on things like the recent draftees Jabari Smith Jr., Tari Eason, and TyTy Washington and the roles that they will play, as well as returning names such as Daishen Nix, Josh Christopher, and Usman Garuba and the expectations for these "veterans" on the roster.
25 min
Houston Rockets Hire New Assistant Coaches: Mah...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Rockets hiring three new assistant coaches for Stephen Silas' staff, including the homegrown Mahmoud Abdelfattah, who has been with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers since 2018, Lionel Hollins who was the head coach in Memphis during the "Grit n' Grind" era Grizzlies, and Mike Batiste who has had prior assistant coaching stints with the Hornets and Magic, followed by going over the familiar names on Houston's Vegas Summer League Roster, highlighting two-way player Trevor Hudgins, then reacting to the official jersey numbers for Jabari Smith Jr., Tari Eason, and TyTy Washington.
30 min
Houston Rockets Free Agency, Jae'Sean Tate Re-s...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the day of NBA Free Agency news, headlined by the BOMBSHELL news that Kevin Durant has requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets and how that impacts Houston and the Brooklyn Nets picks owned for the next five years, the Rockets re-signing Jae'Sean Tate to an incredibly team friendly deal, and the winners (Knicks, Wolves & Sixers) and losers (Pistons & Mavericks) of NBA free agency so far.
36 min
Houston Rockets Free Agency: Jae'Sean Tate Cont...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Houston Rockets declining the final year on Jae'Sean Tate's contract with the intention of signing him to a new deal and the reasons as to why they made this decision THIS offseason as opposed to holding off until next offseason, followed by diving into five possible free agency targets for the team to pursue in order to strengthen their center position.
33 min
Houston Rockets PA Announcer Jonathan Sanford D...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Houston Rockets PA Announcer Jonathan Sanford (@TheJSanford) to discuss his career, joining the Rockets organization, the behind-the-scenes of working as the public address announcer, favorite moments from his first season in Houston, excitement about the future of the Rockets franchise after adding Jabari Smith Jr. to the young core of Jalen Green, Alperen Sengun and more.
42 min
Houston Rockets Buyout John Wall Contract + Bro...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the news that the Houston Rockets and John Wall have agreed to a contract buyout, allowing Wall to pursue his next opportunity with the LA Clippers, followed by diving into the latest Brooklyn Nets Pick Watchâ„¢ with Kyrie Irving opting IN to the player option of his contract, which still leaves the possibility on the table of Irving being traded or Kevin Durant requesting out before running it back one more season. Lastly, KJ Martin's role moving forward in light of his recent front office discussion about a possible trade request.
34 min
Houston Rockets 2022 NBA Draft Grades For Jabar...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) provides grades for each one of the Houston Rockets selections in the 2022 NBA Draft (Jabari Smith Jr. #3, Tari Eason #17, TyTy Washington #29) before diving into TyTy Washington's player profile discussing strengths, weaknesses, possible NBA comps, how his skills will translate to the NBA level, fit with the Houston Rockets and more. Lastly, Jackson places his predictions for the jersey numbers they newest members of the Rockets will wear, since 3, 10, and 13 are all currently unavailable.
33 min