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

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BONUS EPISODE: 2023 NBA Mock Draft Picks 1-5: H...
55 min
Kyrie Irving Instead Of James Harden? + Should ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Frank (@ftank58) from Rockets Chop Shop to react to and discuss the news that the Houston Rockets might pivot to Kyrie Irving(!?) if things don't work out with James Harden and how that would be a terrible idea for where this team is at right now, then the two discuss trade down possibilities with the 4th pick in the NBA Draft inspired by the report that the Orlando Magic are looking to trade into the "3-5 range" and if trading down ultimately makes sense for Houston given how little the gap in talent is from pick 4 onwards.
31 min
Could Houston Rockets Get Scoot Henderson At Pi...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Locked On NBA Draft Insider and host of the Locked On NBA Big Board Podcast Rafael Barlowe (@Barlowe500) to discuss the latest NBA Draft intel and rumors, how the top of draft is shaking out, why Scoot Henderson's stock appears to be falling and the chances he's available to the Houston Rockets at pick 4, how locked in Houston is on one of Amen or Ausar Thompson, how ready the twins are for NBA action, the role a possible James Harden return plays in how the Rockets approach this year's draft, Cam Whitmore as a dark horse selection for Houston and more.
35 min
Should The Houston Rockets Trade For Chris Paul...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses the news that the Phoenix Suns intend to trade or waive Chris Paul, how trading for CP3 might make more sense than pursuing James Harden in free agency, what acquiring Paul would look like, why the Suns are even considering this route, and how Daryl Morey and the Sixers might be able to throw a wrench into the idea.
28 min
James Harden "Torn" Between Houston Rockets & P...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss the report that James Harden is "torn" between coming home to the Houston Rockets or staying with the Philadelphia 76ers, the feeling that him staying in Philly is the more likely outcome at this point, Houston's interest in Fred VanVleet as a backup option if Harden doesn't happen, other free agency names linked to the Rockets and ways to get creative with cap space this offseason.
39 min
How Ime Udoka's Houston Rockets Staff Is Growin...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Frank (@ftank58) from Rockets Chop Shop to discuss how Ime Udoka's Houston Rockets coaching staff is coming together after more names popped up over the weekend, as well as other coaching movement around the NBA, including James Borrego signing in New Orleans (unfortunate), Stephen Silas signing as lead assistant in Detroit, Sam Cassell leaving Philly to join Boston, how all of that impacts Houston + the Rockets apparent interest in Jett Howard and the chances they might actually use that 20th pick in the NBA Draft.
33 min
Houston Rockets Coaching Staff Updates, Rafael ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses reports that Ime Udoka will be adding three of his former Boston Celtics assistants to his Houston Rockets coaching staff (Ben Sullivan, Aaron Miles & Mike Moser) and the increasing possibility of James Borrego joining as a lead assistant, as well as where things stand with John Lucas and Mahmoud Abdelfattah, Rafael Stones comments on the NBA Draft and Free Agency and how much input Udoka will have over those parts of the offseason, and lastly Alperen Sengun's Turkish interview reflecting on this past season and playing for Stephen Silas.
36 min
Overtime Elite Head Coach David Leitao Talks Ho...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Overtime Elite City Reapers Head Coach David Leitao (@CoachDLeitao) to discuss Houston Rockets NBA Draft prospects Amen & Ausar Thompson, how Amen has grown and developed as a playmaker this past year, how capable Ausar is as a secondary creator on offense, addressing shooting concerns for both players, what makes them special compared to some of the other top talents in this year's NBA Draft, examples of their work ethic and leadership, expectations for how they will continue to adjust and develop at the NBA level, what makes Overtime Elite different from College or the G League, how his coaching experience with OTE compares to other stops on his coaching journey and more.
23 min
What Can Houston Rockets Learn From Heat, Celti...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss the Portland Trailblazers choosing to work out Amen & Ausar Thompson before any of the other NBA Draft lottery prospects, what they might do with pick No. 3 and how that effects the Houston Rockets, then the two take a look at what the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets have accomplished this postseason and some key takeaways and lessons the Rockets can learn from these teams moving forward.
39 min
How Does Philadelphia 76ers Hiring Nick Nurse I...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss how the Philadelphia 76ers hiring Nick Nurse as their next head coach impacts the Houston Rockets pursuit of James Harden in free agency this offseason, whether the Nurse hire pushes Harden even further away from Philly or if this was a decision that he would have signed off on, weighing the different factors likely going into Harden's decision this summer, and the Rockets reportedly being "enamored" with Amen Thompson as a prospect and the possibility that leaks like this are intentional from the Houston front office this time around compared to last year.
34 min
What Is The Value Of Houston Rockets 4th Pick I...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Frank (@ftank58) from Rockets Chop Shop to discuss trying to understand the value of the Houston Rockets owning the 4th pick in this year's NBA Draft and the different directions they could go with it, how the Toronto Raptors trying to trade into the top-4 of the draft could help Houston, and between Eric Gordon and Patrick Beverley which former Rockets guard would you like to see back in Houston next season and why?
34 min
Should The Houston Rockets Consider Ausar Thomp...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost and NBA Draft enthusiast Madison Moore (@MadManLeaks) to discuss the case for possibly taking Ausar Thompson OVER Amen Thompson with the 4th pick in this year's NBA Draft, highlighting the different roles they played for their team, why Ausar's playmaking is not far behind Amen's, differences in how each twin weaponizes their athleticism, how the drastic shooting improvements from Ausar provide added confidence he can develop other elements of his game and more.
31 min
Houston Rockets & Brooklyn Nets Trades? Three-T...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by Locked On Nets Host Doug Norrie (@DougNorrie) to discuss the off-seasons for the Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets, what the goals for the Nets are moving forward and how that impacts the Brooklyn picks Houston owns, ways that the Rockets and Nets could get involved in two or three-team deals to facilitate some of those picks back to Brooklyn while helping Houston move up in the draft or get back established talent like Mikal Bridges and/or Nic Claxton, and the possibility of Houston being a team that could absorb the Ben Simmons contract.
44 min
James Harden Reportedly Houston Rockets Top Fre...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss James Harden reportedly emerging as the Houston Rockets top free agency target this offseason, the concerns that come with a potential Harden return, what are the dealbreakers on a contract for James, how does pursuing Harden impact what the Rockets do with the 4th pick, how bringing Harden back elevates but can also hurt Jalen Green, Jabari Smith Jr. and Alperen Sengun and more.
39 min
Jalen Green Talks To Paul George About Offseaso...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss and react to Jalen Green appearance on Podcast P with Paul George (presented by Wave Sports + Entertainment, link below) talking about a variety of topics like what he's working on this offseason, his thoughts on the Rockets 4th overall pick and Amen Thompson vs. Brandon Miller, his first interaction with new head coach Ime Udoka out in Los Angeles, a possible James Harden return and what it could mean for the organization and more.
34 min
How Houston Rockets Can Trade UP With Hornets O...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Frank (@ftank58) from Rockets Chop Shop to discuss ways the Houston Rockets can trade UP with the Charlotte Hornets or Portland Trailblazers to draft Scoot Henderson, how much should the Rockets be willing to trade to move up in the draft, reasons why the Hornets and Blazers might entertain trading their picks and more.
39 min
Houston Rockets Media Perception, Jalen, Sengun...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by NBA insider Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) to discuss the negative Houston Rockets culture perception and some of the possible reasons behind it, next steps for Jalen Green, Alperen Sengun, and Jabari Smith Jr., does a James Harden return make sense for Houston, and options the Rockets have with the #4 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.
33 min
Ime Udoka's Plans For Houston Rockets Defense, ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Madison Moore (@MadManLeaks) to discuss major takeaways from Ime Udoka's Q&A sessions with Houston Rockets beat reporters Jonathan Feigen and Kelly Iko, highlighting how he is basically the anti-Silas in his plans for the team next season, with intentions to focus on not "dumbing things down" for players due to their ages, taking accountability as the head coach for what happens on the court, utilizing different defensive schemes to not leave players at a disadvantage, capitalizing on Alperen Sengun's strengths as a passer and Kevin Porter Jr.'s strengths as a shooter and much more.
33 min
Houston Rockets Confidence In #4 Pick + James H...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to discuss more Houston Rockets reactions 24 hours after the NBA Draft Lottery, how Victor Wembanyama went from possible savior to public enemy number one with Rockets fans in less than a day, reasons for optimism and confidence in what Houston can do with the No. 4 pick, and Chris Haynes' James Harden report with some HUGE red flags regarding a potential return to Houston.
33 min
Houston Rockets Receive #4 Pick In 2023 NBA Dra...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) reacts to and discusses the Houston Rockets missing out on the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes and receiving the No. 4 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, why Houston is still in an amazing spot with the fourth pick after missing out on Wemby, how Scoot Henderson may still be in play because of the teams ahead of the Rockets, the possibility of trading up OR down in the draft and more.
31 min
James Harden Back To Houston Heating Up + Rocke...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Rockets Wire Editor Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) to discuss the James Harden back to Houston rumors heating up after the Philadelphia 76ers Game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics, how it might be possible now to get Harden on a team-friendly deal or even via sign-and-trade, and understanding expectations if he were to come back to the Rockets. Then the two discuss the looming NBA Draft Lottery, the impact it will have on the Rockets and the NBA landscape, scenarios to watch for during the drawing and their final lottery predictions.
40 min
Tari Eason Houston Rockets Season Review: Excee...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by new weekly cohost Frank (@ftank58) from Rockets Chop Shop to review Tari Eason's rookie season, highlighting expectations coming into the year, winning impact in limited minutes, strong defense and three-point shooting, areas to work on moving forward, standout plays, key stats, overall season grade and more.
42 min
Ime Udoka Repping Houston Rockets At NBA Draft ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) discusses Ime Udoka representing the Houston Rockets at the NBA Draft Lottery and how important it was that the organization and Udoka came to terms on his hiring process quickly with coaches like Mike Budenholzer and Monty Williams being fired from ready-made contenders in the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns, followed by breaking down how Jalen Brown becoming supermax contract eligible makes pursuing him a lot more complicated for Houston, and lastly Jabari Smith Jr. switching his jersey number and some lottery simulations to prepare for doomsday.
32 min
Scoot Henderson Houston Rockets 2023 NBA Draft ...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost and NBA draft enthusiast Madison Moore (@MadManLeaks) to break down and discuss Houston Rockets 2023 NBA Draft Prospect Scoot Henderson, highlighting strengths (athleticism, playmaking, feel for the game) and weaknesses (size, outside shooting), possible NBA comps, how his skills will translate to the NBA level, fit with the Houston Rockets and more.
35 min
Alperen Sengun Houston Rockets Season Review: O...
Host Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) is joined by weekly cohost Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) to review Alperen Sengun's second season, highlighting expectations coming into the year, adjusting to the starting center role, areas of growth like defense, rebounding, shot creation and efficiency, important games, standout plays, key stats, overall season grade and more.
37 min