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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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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
2
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
3
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
4
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
5
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
6
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
7
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
8
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
9
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
10
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
11
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
12
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
13
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
14
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
15
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
16
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
17
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
18
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
19
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
20
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
21
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
22
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
23
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
24
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
25
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
26
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
27
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
28
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
29
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
30
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
31
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
32
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
33
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
34
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
35
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
36
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
37
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
38
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
39
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
40
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
41
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
42
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
43
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
44
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
45
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
46
Rockets HUGE Draft Night: Jabari Smith Jr. FALL...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) reacts to and evaluates the Houston Rockets SHOCKING 2022 NBA Draft night, including Paolo Banchero going No. overall to the Orlando Magic allowing the consensus No. 1 overall prospect Jabari Smith Jr. to fall all the way to Houston at pick three, Tari Eason being available at pick 17, and the Rockets trading BACK from pick 26 to pick 29 to acquire Tyty Washington and two future second-round picks, How Smith and Eason immediately add much needed defense, size and versatility to this Rockets team, General Manager Rafael Stone's immediate reactions to acquiring these players and more.
32 min
47
2022 NBA Draft Preview: Will The Houston Rocket...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses final thoughts heading into the 2022 NBA Draft, concerns about what could happen at the top of the draft with the Vegas odds shifting so dramatically in the past few days, Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers reported interest in Eric Gordon and how that could turn into a draft night deal, lastly John Wall opting into the final year of his deal (as expected) and how his buyout impacts the Rockets timeline.
30 min
48
Nic Claxton Houston Rockets Free Agency Target?...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the Rockets reportedly planning to use free agency to fulfill a need at backup center behind Alperen Sengun and the pros/cons behind pursuing a guy like the Brooklyn Nets' Nic Claxton, followed by diving into Draft Profiles for New Zealand's Ousmane Dieng and Baylor's Jeremy Sochan, highlighting their strengths, weaknesses, possible NBA comps, how their skills will translate to the NBA level, fit with the Houston Rockets and more.
31 min
49
KJ Martin Trade Request!? + Latest Houston Rock...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) reacts to and discusses the report that KJ Martin has discussed the possibility of a trade with the Houston Rockets front office and what that means for his role moving forward, how this news arriving just days before the NBA Draft could actually be really beneficial should Houston look to package Martin with one of pick 17 or 26 to move up in the draft, Lionel Hollins' name being mentioned as a possible assistant coaching candidate, latest NBA Draft rumors including OKC's supposed interest in Paolo Banchero + what the Rockets may do with picks 17 and 26, then lastly Jackson dives into Nikola Jovic's Draft Profile, highlighting strengths (playmaking) and weaknesses (efficiency, defense), possible NBA comps, how his skills will translate to the NBA level, fit with the Houston Rockets and more.
30 min
50
Ultimate NBA Mock Draft 2022: Picks 1-6 With Ra...
41 min
51
Paolo Banchero pre-NBA Draft Media Availability...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) talks shares Paolo Banchero's pre-NBA Draft Media Availability, in which Banchero discusses his Houston Rockets interview and workout, possible fit with Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr., what makes Houston such an exciting possibility for him ahead of the Draft, who he has spoken to within the Rockets organization, possibility of playing for head coach Stephen Silas and more. Following the availability, Jackson discusses a couple key takeaways + covers a couple of the latest reports on the Rockets regarding locker room concerns from NBA agents about KPJ and Jae'Sean Tate's newly developed three-ball.
28 min
52
Houston Rockets TRADE Christian Wood To Dallas ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) reacts to the Houston Rockets trading Christian Wood to the Dallas Mavericks for Pick 26 in the 2022 NBA Draft + Boban Marjanovic, Marquese Chriss, Trey Burke and Sterling Brown. Immediate benefits of trading Wood, options with pick 26 to trade UP or OUT of this year's draft, implications of not taking back long-term salary and more.
25 min
53
Paolo Banchero Houston Rockets Workout + NBA Dr...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the exciting news that Paolo Banchero was spotted in Houston having lunch with General Manager Rafael Stone, likely after his Rockets workout, plus the strange fact that Banchero currently WON'T be available for NBA pre-Draft Virtual Media Availability later this week, followed by diving into Draft Profiles for LSU's Tari Eason and G League Ignite's MarJon Beauchamp, highlighting their strengths (on and off-ball defense) and weaknesses (decision-making, shooting), possible NBA comps, how their skills will translate to the NBA level, fit with the Houston Rockets and more.
28 min
54
Christian Wood Extension Talks? + Houston Rocke...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses what a possible Christian Wood extension would mean for the Houston Rockets moving forward, how it isn't necessarily the end of the world, followed by diving into Draft Profiles for Duke's Mark Williams and Auburn's Walker Kessler, highlighting highlighting their strengths (shot-blocking, off-ball defense) and weaknesses (mobility, shooting), possible NBA comps, how their skills will translate to the NBA level, fit with the Houston Rockets and more.
29 min
55
Paolo Banchero Houston Rockets NBA Draft Profil...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses Paolo Banchero's NBA Draft profile, highlighting strengths (interior scoring, playmaking) and weaknesses (outside shooting, defense), possible NBA comps, how his skills will translate to the NBA level, fit with the Houston Rockets and more.
38 min
56
Chet Holmgren Houston Rockets NBA Draft Profile...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses Chet Holmgren's NBA Draft profile, highlighting strengths (shot-blocking, off-ball defense) and weaknesses (strength, physicality), possible NBA comps, how his skills will translate to the NBA level, fit with the Houston Rockets and more.
32 min
57
Houston Rockets In Play For Chet Holmgren? Late...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) tackles the latest rumors and speculation regarding the top of the NBA Draft from insiders like Kevin O'Connor and Sam Vecenie as it relates to the Houston Rockets, followed by discussing Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder deciding to step down and how that could both positively AND negatively effect the Rockets + NBA Finals Game 2 Celtics-Warriors thoughts, officiating and more.
35 min
58
Can The Houston Rockets Trade Up For The #1 Pic...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Philip Rossman-Reich (@philiprr_OMD) to discuss what the Rockets attempting to trade UP to the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA Draft would look like and what Orlando's approach is currently with the #1 pick. Then, Jackson shares thoughts on Game 1 of the NBA Finals between Celtics-Warriors and how what we're seeing in the Finals can relate back to Houston as we navigate the early stages of a rebuild. Lastly, Jackson runs a segment from Locked On Sports Today in which host Peter Bukowski interviews seven time champion and Houston Rockets legend Robert Horry about the NBA Finals and more.
39 min
59
Houston Rockets Interest In Jaden Ivey Real Or ...
37 min
60
Jabari Smith Houston Rockets NBA Draft Profile ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) dives into Jabari Smith Jr.'s NBA Draft profile, highlighting strengths (shooting, on-ball defense) and weaknesses (ball handling, inside finishing), possible NBA comps, how his skills will translate to the NBA level, fit with the Houston Rockets and more.
30 min
61
Assessing Rockets Center Christian Wood's Trade...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses Christian Wood's trade market value using a handful of suggested trade ideas suggested by Houston Rockets beat writer Kelly Iko, picking apart each trade and gauging whether or not the NBA trade landscape seems to want to give Houston fair value back + how the Rockets view Daishen Nix and his potential moving forward with this team.
25 min
62
Fan Talk Friday Houston Rockets Red Rowdie Edit...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined for a special edition of Fan Talk Friday by three Houston Rockets Red Rowdies Alex (@RowdyDirt), Clarence (@ClutchAnd1) and Michael (@LH_MGuidry) to discuss what it's like being a part of the most die-hard fans in the entire NBA, how they joined the Red Rowdies, favorite memories, a peak behind the curtain at what auditions are like, what make the Rowdies so special, who they hope is still available at pick No. 3 when the Rockets are on the board in the NBA Draft, and the group plays a game of "safest jersey" to wrap things up.
41 min
63
Rockets Broadcaster Ryan Hollins On First Seaso...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Houston Rockets broadcaster and former player Ryan Hollins (@TheRyanHollins) to reflect on his first season in the booth with the Rockets, working alongside Craig Ackerman and Cayleigh Griffin, favorite moments from the season, thoughts on the top prospects in the 2022 NBA Draft, are concerns about Alperen Sengun fitting with another big overblown, how important is this first offseason for guys like Jalen Green, Josh Christopher, Al-P and more.
40 min
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Could The Houston Rockets Trade Up To Pick #7 W...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses recent reporting on the Houston Rockets assistant coaching search + reports that Kyrie Irving MAY NOT return to the Brooklyn Nets and what that means for the future of the Nets picks the Rockets own. Then, Jackson joins Mike Richman (@mikegrich) from Locked On Blazers to discuss how the Rockets could trade up for the No. 7 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft, the players they would likely be willing to part with and why, how different versions of the trade would look and more.
32 min
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Houston Rockets Jalen Green Interview With Bill...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses Jalen Green's appearance on the Bill Simmons podcast covering topics like the recent All-Rookie drama, his rookie year, players Green modeled his game after growing up, goals for next season and more + reviews of Usman Garuba and Bruno Fernando's seasons with the Houston Rockets.
36 min
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Rockets NBA Draft Combine Interviews & Workouts...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the reporting coming out of the NBA Draft Combine with draft prospects the Rockets have either interviewed or had workouts with + a listener mailbag with questions like potential trade up targets in the draft, Jae'Sean Tate's role moving forward, interesting names at pick No. 17 and more.
37 min
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Jalen Green Earns All-Rookie 1st Team + Houston...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) reacts to Jalen Green being selected to the All-Rookie 1st team, the pettiness from Green that followed shortly after the announcement, then shares thoughts on General Manager Rafael Stone's media availability from right after the NBA Draft Lottery where the Houston Rockets learned they would be picking No. 3 overall in this year's NBA Draft,
36 min
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Houston Rockets Receive 3rd Overall Pick In 202...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) reacts to the Houston Rockets receiving the third overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery, then breaks down what a top-3 pick means for the organization, likelihood of actually using the pick vs. trading the pick, how Paolo Banchero may not be a lock to fall down to number three and a couple different ways Jabari Smith or Chet Holmgren may still be available to Houston + thoughts on the Rockets assistant coaching staff changes with the departure of Will Weaver and Jeff Hornacek, including a familiar name that is almost a lock to replace one of them on the bench next to head coach Stephen Silas.
33 min
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NBA Draft Lottery Is Here! Where Will The Houst...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the ritual he will use to bring good luck to the Houston Rockets ahead of NBA Draft Lottery 2022, then shares the Locked On Network's in-house Tankathon mock draft, explaining his reasoning for who he took with pick No. 3, what direction he expects the Rockets to go if they land top-3 or fall down to picks No. 4 or 5, a possible trade hypothetical that could be beneficial if the Rockets pick does unfortunately fall and more.
31 min
70
Draft Combine, Rockets Offseason Workouts + Alp...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses a variety of topics, including the 2022 NBA Draft Combine participants list, whether or not the combine will shed light on any of the "red flags" of the top draft prospects, how the current Houston Rockets players are already preparing for next season, Eric Gordon's impact as a veteran presence, Alperen Sengun, Josh Christopher, Usman Garuba and Daishen Nix's plans to attend Summer League, lottery sims and more.
30 min
71
ICYMI: Houston Rockets 2022 NBA Draft Prospects...
ICYMI: Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by the founder of TeaAndRockets.com Nathan Fogg (@NathanFogg1) to discuss strengths, weaknesses and assess preliminary draft stock of the three G League prospects in this year's NBA Draft: Jaden Hardy. Dyson Daniels and MarJon Beauchamp.
37 min
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Houston Rockets Season Review: Alperen Sengun |...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by NBA writer/reporter for Hersey NBA Sergen Kumas (@sergenkumas) to discuss Alperen Sengun's rookie campaign with the Houston Rockets, expectations coming into the season for the Turkish big man and former MVP, how the Rockets utilized him and opened room in the rotation for him, best games of the season, areas of needed improvement, what position suits Sengun best and more.
38 min
73
Houston Rockets Season Review: Christian Wood |...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) reviews Christian Wood's second season with the Houston Rockets, how the expectations have changed for him since his first campaign in Houston, his best game of the season and how it could be an indicator that there IS a long-term future here alongside Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green, how roster construction and proper team-building could actually mask some of the areas of frustration with CWood and more.
31 min
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Houston Rockets Season Review: Jae'Sean Tate | ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) looks back on Jae'Sean Tate's second season with the Houston Rockets, expectation and role for Tate coming into the year, areas of growth and struggles as the season went along, best/worst games, fit with other players moving forward and more.
33 min
75
Houston Rockets Season Review: Kevin Porter Jr....
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) reflects on Kevin Porter Jr.'s second campaign with the Houston Rockets, expectations coming into the season, areas of growth, best/worst stretches of the year, the pivotal turning point in the season, an active player comparison for KPJ's role on this Rockets team, how KPJ plays alongside Jalen Green and more.
33 min
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ICYMI: Houston Rockets 2022 NBA Draft Prospects...
ICYMI: Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by one of the hosts of Locked On NBA Draft Richard Stayman (@MavsDraft) to discuss current top-4 big board projections, how Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero and Jaden Ivey compare to one another, what makes Jabari so special, floor/ceiling of the top prospects in this year's NBA Draft, lack of "Superstar" potential at the top of the draft and more.
38 min
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Houston Rockets NBA Draft Big Board Spots 6-10 ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by founder of Clutchfans.net Dave Hardisty (@clutchfans) for Part 2 of a two-part series discussing Houston Rockets Big Board targets 6-10 in the event the Rockets decide to possibly trade DOWN using their top pick or trade UP using some combination of the No. 17 pick from Brooklyn, players or future assets. The two follow-up Part 1 focusing on Arizona's Bennedict Mathurin, Memphis' Jalen Duren, LSU's Tari Eason and the G League Ignite's Dyson Daniels.
37 min
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Houston Rockets NBA Draft Big Board Spots 6-10 ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by founder of Clutchfans.net Dave Hardisty (@clutchfans) for Part 1 of a two-part series discussing Houston Rockets Big Board targets 6-10 in the event the Rockets decide to possibly trade DOWN using their top pick or trade UP using some combination of the No. 17 pick from Brooklyn, players or future assets. The two start by discussing draft philosophy and the approach the Rockets should take the deeper they get into the draft, then focus on their consensus sixth and seventh big board prospects, Duke's AJ Griffin and Iowa's Keegan Murray.
33 min
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Duke Blue Devils In Rockets Red? NBA Draft Pros...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Locked On Blue Devils Host JJ Jackson (@_JJ_Jackson_) to discuss Paolo Banchero, AJ Griffin and Mark Williams, the three top prospects coming out of Duke University in this year's 2022 NBA Draft.
31 min
80
Houston Rockets Season Reviews: Daishen Nix & T...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by staff writer for SBNation's The Dreamshake and credentialed RGV Vipers reporter Lachard Binkley (@BinkleyHoops) to discuss the seasons by the two Rockets G Leaguers, Daishen Nix and Trevelin Queen. Expectations, growth, roles moving forward, play at both the G League and NBA levels and more.
34 min
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Houston Rockets 2022 NBA Draft Prospects Tyty W...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by the founder of TeaAndRockets.com Nathan Fogg (@NathanFogg1) to discuss some of the potential 2022 NBA Draft prospects that may be available for the Houston Rockets around pick No. 17, focusing on Kentucky's Tyty Washington, international prospect Nikola Jovic and LSU's Tari Eason.
39 min
82
Fan Talk Friday: Rockets Rebuilding Timeline? O...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by three guests for another edition of Locked On Rockets fan talk Friday tackling a variety of Rockets topics. First, D.J. (@dmac21bucs) joins to discuss the Rockets general rebuilding timeline, and how delaying cap space until 2024 might present better opportunities for Houston. Then, Wes (@WesC512) joins to tackle the philosophy of angling more toward an offensive identity or defensive identity as the Rockets work to build their way back to contender status. Lastly, Tiz (@TizianoCuce) joins to discuss the WORST CASE scenario of the Rockets falling to pick No. 5 in this year's NBA Draft, the guys that make sense at No. 5 for Houston, and some interesting names that pick No. 17 could be used on.
48 min
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Jabari Smith or Paolo Banchero? Houston Rockets...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by NBA Draft Expert and host of Locked On NBA Big Board Rafael Barlowe (@Barlowe500) to discuss Jabari Smith vs. Paolo Banchero, what each guy bring's to the table, why Rafael likes Banchero at No. 1 overall in this year's draft to the Houston Rockets, how each of these prospects fits alongside certain members of the Rockets young core and more.
39 min
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Houston Rockets Season Review: Jalen Green | Be...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) explores Jalen Green's rookie year, highlighting expectations coming into his first NBA season, best and worst stretches, pivotal turning points, developments in his game as the season went along and more.
34 min
85
Houston Rockets Season Reviews: John Wall & Dav...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) dives into season reviews for David Nwaba and John Wall. For Nwaba, focusing on his transition from rotational player to garbage-time veteran, best game of the season and future role with the team, then for Wall debating the different pathways available to the Rockets of moving on from him this summer or next deadline via trade or buyout, possible teams that could pursue him and more.
31 min
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Houston Rockets 2022 Exit Interviews: Head Coac...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) shares the Houston Rockets 2022 exit interview for Head Coach Stephen Silas then provides a "big question" for him as we move into the Rockets offseason, as well as takeaways from the final media availability for the season.
34 min
87
Houston Rockets 2022 Exit Interviews: General M...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) shares the Houston Rockets 2022 exit interview for General Manager Rafael Stone then provides a "big question" for him as we move into the Rockets offseason, as well as takeaways from the final media availability for the season.
32 min
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Houston Rockets 2022 Exit Interviews: Josh Chri...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) shares the Houston Rockets 2022 exit interviews for Josh Christopher & Kevin Porter Jr. then provides a "big question" for each player as we move into the Rockets offseason, as well as takeaways from their final media availability for the season.
33 min
89
Bill Simmons Says "F--k Jalen Green" As Rockets...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) talks about the current debate around the NBA All-Rookie teams that exploded when Bill Simmons' said "F--k Jalen Green" on his latest podcast, discarding the Rockets star rookie as "empty stats" and using New Orleans' Herb Jones to prop up the agenda of "winning" basketball in regards to voting. Faulty logic, shifting goalposts, and more debunked on today's show + Jackson's picks for All-Rookie first and second team.
33 min
90
Houston Rockets 2022 Exit Interviews: Jalen Gre...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) shares the Houston Rockets 2022 exit interviews for Jalen Green, KJ Martin & Usman Garuba then provides a "big question" for each player as we move into the Rockets offseason, as well as takeaways from their final media availability for the season.
30 min
91
Houston Rockets 2022 Exit Interviews: Alperen S...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) shares the Houston Rockets 2022 exit interviews for Alperen Sengun and Jae'Sean Tate, then provides a "big question" for each player as we move into the Rockets offseason, as well as takeaways from their final media availability for the season.
27 min
92
Jalen Green Drops CAREER-HIGH 41 Points In Rock...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) reacts to the Rockets final game of the NBA season in which Jalen Green finished his rookie campaign in with an EXCLAMATION POINT, earning a new career-high by dropping 41 points and becoming the ONLY rookie with a 40-point game this season. Jalen's showtime performance and how far he's come from the beginning of the season, favorite moments from this Rockets season, highlights from die-hard international Rockets fan Paulo Alves trip to Houston and more.
30 min
93
Houston Rockets 2022 NBA Draft Target Chet Holm...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Andy Patton (@ScoreZagsScore) from Locked On Zags to do a deep dive on Chet Holmgren as one of the top prospects in this year's 2022 NBA Draft. The two focus on offensive and defensive strengths and weaknesses, where they see Holmgren landing on the draft board, floor and ceiling evaluation's of Chet's talent, concerns over his frame and more. What is Holmgren's best offensive skill? Does Chet have superstar potential? How many ways can he impact the game defensively? What does taking a lesser role at Gonzaga say about Chet's desire to win? Where do we rank Holmgren's basketball IQ?
36 min
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Rockets Film Room: Josh Christopher's Scoring E...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) for another edition of Locked On Rockets Film Room to discuss Josh Christopher's growth on both sides of the ball this season. Offensively, how Jaygup utilizes mid-range, but almost exclusively inside the paint, finishing ability inside and more, defensively, Christopher's ball pressure and pick and roll defense being able to impact the game. The two then discuss the new "Iverson Cut" the Rockets have incorporated into their offensive sets as of late for Jalen Green and Josh Christopher before Alykhan reveals to Rockets fans which team he ACTUALLY roots for.
44 min
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Jalen Green Scores 30+ AGAIN, KPJ Balancing Rol...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) reacts to the Rockets loss against the Brooklyn Nets, in which Kevin Porter Jr. had his most productive offensive game of the season (36 points) but struggled to get other's involved offensively in the early stages of the game, Jalen Green scores 30 for the FIFTH CONSECUTIVE game, joining an elite group of Hall of Famers as just the 10th rookie in NBA History to do so, Alperen Sengun's involvement in the Rockets offense and Houston now controlling it's own fate regarding the NBA Draft Lottery and finishing as the worst team in the NBA this season.
31 min
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Rockets Backcourt Questions With Jalen Green & ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by HTX Chop Shop Contributor Frank (@ftank58) to discuss how Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. have played off each other this season, differences between now and pre-All-Star Break, do the advanced stats back up the eye test when it comes to the Rockets young backcourt + is the Garrison Mathews honeymoon period over?
42 min
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CHAOS ROCKETS: Jalen Green & Josh Christopher C...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) talks the CHAOS ROCKETS in a wild game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, in which Jalen Green and Josh Christopher BOTH go OFF for 30-point games, making NBA history, Alperen Sengun bullies Karl Anthony-Towns on the glass, KJ Martin SportsCenter top-10 moment, Stephen Silas gets EJECTED due to some heinous officiating, Usman Garuba showing some flashes over the weekend and a pair of wins that have made the Tankathon race to the bottom a two-man game between Houston and Orlando.
31 min
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Josh Christopher's Impressive Play And Growth +...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) talks about Josh Christopher's impressive play this season, carving out a role in the Rockets rotation after spending time at the G League level to refine his game, and how Jaygup's play style (and numbers) remind him of another fairly impressive NBA two-way guard + an overview of some of the variables to consider when looking at the Rockets timeline for rebuilding upon the end of this season.
33 min
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Jalen Green & Kevin Porter Jr. ON FIRE Against ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) reacts to the historic pair of games from Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. against the Sacramento Kings, with the Rockets ultimately falling 121-118 and keeping hope alive of a guaranteed top-5 pick in this year's NBA Draft. Jalen ties his career-high with 32 points, including multiple insane highlight reel dunks, KPJ notches the first (official) triple-double (30/12/12) of his career and joins some elite company under the age of 22, the Rockets backcourt being included in records alongside legends like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, Usman Garuba gets the starting nod in place of the injured Alperen Sengun, the LEGEND of Bruno Fernando grows as the big man posts 17/10 in 22 minutes off the bench, and lastly a tankathon hypothetical regarding the Brooklyn Nets pick owed to Houston.
31 min
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Rockets Future With Christian Wood & Jae'Sean T...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by founder of clutchfans.net Dave Hardisty (@clutchfans) to discuss the Rockets upcoming decisions regarding Christian Wood and Jae'Sean Tate, how those two DO or DON'T fit into the Rockets long-term rebuilding plans, the idea of consolidating assets this offseason, followed by a discussion of the top-4 prospects in the NBA Draft (Chet Holgren, Jabari Smith, Paolo Banchero, Jaden Ivey) and which player Jackson & Dave think makes the most sense for the Rockets to take take No. 1 overall.
40 min