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Hosted by Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin), native Houstonian and Founder/Managing Editor of Clutch City Control Room (@ClutchCityCR), Locked On Rockets offers a daily look inside the Houston Rockets and the NBA. Every day Jackson discusses the latest on James Harden, Russell Westbrook and all things Clutch City. Part of the Locked On Podcast Network. #Rockets #OneMission #NBA

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Locked on Rockets — November 15 — Examining the...
With the Rockets now 11-4 on the season, NBA writer Eric Spyropoulos joins our Ben DuBose to explore the return of Chris Paul to the lineup in Phoenix on Thursday night, as well as Tuesday's 129-113 home loss to Toronto.
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Locked on Rockets — November 13 — Capela contro...
The Rockets (11-3) extended their winning streak to six games with a 118-95 victory at Indiana on the second day of a back-to-back. Our Ben DuBose breaks it all down, headlined by Clint Capela's domination on the interior.
24 min
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Locked on Rockets — November 12 — In fifth stra...
In Sunday's episode, guest hosts Alykhan Bijani and Kelly Iko analyze the latest home win by the Rockets (10-3) over the Grizzlies, with emphasis on the defensive versatility of Houston's 3&D wings and Eric Gordon’s brilliance at attacking the rim.
28 min
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Locked on Rockets — November 9 — Houston grinds...
Guest hosts Alykhan Bijani and Kelly Iko recap Thursday’s big win by the Rockets (9-3) over the Cleveland Cavaliers, headlined by the latest historic night from James Harden.
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Locked on Rockets — November 8 — Cleveland prev...
Karthik Prasad (@stanfordkp) joins our Ben DuBose to break down Thursday's matchup vs. Cleveland, the current Western Conference standings, and the primary trends for the Rockets (8-3) after 11 games.
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Locked on Rockets — November 5 — Breaking down ...
The Rockets (8-3) won their third in a row with a blowout of Utah on Sunday, headlined by a historic game for James Harden (career-high 56 points, 19-of-25 FG, 13 assists).
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Locked on Rockets — November 4 — Rockets roll H...
The Rockets (7-3) took care of business on this week's road trip, punctuated by a 119-104 victory in Atlanta on Friday. We break down the high points (Harden, Ariza, Mbah a Moute) and also examine how the team looks at the 10-game mark of the season.
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Locked on Rockets — November 2 — Knicks recap, ...
In Thursday's show, our Ben DuBose breaks down the 119-97 victory by the Rockets (6-3) in New York on Wednesday night and explains what impact the Astros' World Series title could have on the Rockets.
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Locked on Rockets — November 1 — Reflections on...
Wednesday's episode offers perspective on a report from ESPN's Zach Lowe that the Rockets and Clippers explored a trade at the February 2017 deadline involving Clint Capela and DeAndre Jordan. We also preview the current road trip to New York and Atlanta.
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Locked on Rockets — October 30 — Poor shooting,...
With Chris Paul (knee) still out, the Rockets (5-3) took their second consecutive defeat in Monday's loss to Philadelphia. Our Ben DuBose breaks down the lowlights from Houston's first losing streak of the season.
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Locked on Rockets — October 29 — On the weekend...
In Sunday's episode, our Ben DuBose explores how the Rockets (5-2) split their weekend back-to-back in Charlotte and Memphis.
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Locked on Rockets — October 26 — Houston shows ...
Thursday's episode recaps an incredible finish in Houston's buzzer-beating win at Philadelphia, punctuated by the winning three from Eric Gordon (29 points).
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Locked on Rockets — October 25 — Rotation, sche...
In Wednesday's show, our Ben DuBose explores what the Rockets' rotation is likely to look like in the absence of Chris Paul (knee), Trevor Ariza (foot), and Nene (Achilles), along with an explanation of how the schedule may dictate that their absences ...
25 min
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Locked on Rockets — October 24 — On Isaiah Cana...
Point guard Isaiah Canaan appears set to join the Rockets, and our Ben DuBose breaks down the role he's likely to fill in the absence of starter Chris Paul. Ben also explores the upcoming injury absences of Trevor Ariza (foot) and Nene (Achilles) and t...
30 min
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Locked on Rockets — October 23 — Lack of guard ...
The Rockets (3-1) took their first loss of the 2017-18 regular season on Monday night vs. Memphis, capped by a 20-2 Grizzlies run in the closing minutes. Our Ben DuBose breaks down the lowlights, including several unacceptable officiating miscues and h...
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Locked on Rockets — October 22 — Mavs recap + t...
Led by 29 points (10-of-19 FG) and 7 assists from James Harden and another double-double from Clint Capela, the Rockets (3-0) took care of business in a blowout victory Saturday night vs. Dallas. Our Ben DuBose breaks down the highlights and also updat...
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Locked on Rockets — October 20 — Key takeaways ...
In Friday's Chris Paul-centric episode, Ben explains his key takeaways from ESPN's new "Chapter 3" documentary regarding Paul's offseason move to Houston and also why he isn't concerned by Paul's temporary absence from the Rockets due to a knee bruise....
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Locked on Rockets — October 19 — Capela leads w...
Clint Capela and Nene combined for 31 points (13-of-17 FG) and 21 rebounds, and James Harden (27 points) shut the door late as the Rockets secured both ends of their opening road back-to-back with a 105-100 win at Sacramento on Wednesday. Our Ben DuBos...
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Locked on Rockets — October 17 — Warriors stunn...
Behind 27 points from James Harden and a superb showing on both sides of the court for reserves Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker, and Luc Mbah a Moute (combined 21-of-34 FG), the Rockets stunned the Warriors in the season opener with a 122-121 win on ring nigh...
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Locked on Rockets — October 17 — Kelly Scaletta...
Bleacher Report's Kelly Scaletta helps us preview the 2017-18 Rockets season with a recap of his exclusive interview with Mike D'Antoni, along with insight on key challenges, opportunities, and how Houston matches up with the Golden State Warriors and ...
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Locked on Rockets — October 14 — Final roster t...
Today's show examines the defensive breakdowns and subpar shooting that led to Friday's 106-97 loss to the Spurs in the preseason finale, along with a few takes on the almost final roster and why Troy Williams and Bobby Brown appear set to make the tea...
28 min
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Locked on Rockets — October 12 — Capela, Ariza,...
The Rockets (4-0) kept their preseason winning ways going in Memphis, posting a 101-89 victory on the back of defense and toughness. Our Ben DuBose looks at the standouts, headlined by strong performances from Clint Capela, Trevor Ariza, Luc Mbah a Mou...
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Locked on Rockets — October 10 — Takeaways from...
Ben DuBose shares his first impressions from Tuesday's press conference at Toyota Center introducing Tilman J. Fertitta as Houston's new owner, including anecdotal examples that reflect Fertitta's passion for the Rockets and why those could bode well f...
21 min
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Locked on Rockets — October 9 — Harden, Gordon ...
Even without Chris Paul (bruised shoulder), the Rockets (3-0) took care of business again in their third preseason game at New York. Ben DuBose breaks down the highlights from Monday's victory, including positive shooting nights from James Harden and a...
19 min
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Locked on Rockets — October 8 — Why James Harde...
Today's show explores the fallout from James Harden's comments regarding former Rockets coach Kevin McHale, including why Harden may have felt compelled to respond and how his words could help diffuse the situation moving forward. #Rockets #NBA #Harde...
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Locked on Rockets — October 7 — Annual GM surve...
Saturday's episode breaks down Rockets-related highlights from NBA.com's annual GM survey, including their No. 2 projection in the Western Conference, high marks for Chris Paul's leadership, and the improving perception of James Harden. #Rockets #NBA ...
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Locked on Rockets — October 5 — Veterans again ...
The Rockets (2-0) won big over the Shanghai Sharks, 144-82, and our Ben DuBose credits the team's veterans — including Chris Paul, James Harden, Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza, and Nene — with setting a positive tone early in the preseason with a high level...
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Locked on Rockets — October 3 — Passing, three-...
The Rockets (1-0) coasted to a big win in their preseason opener at Oklahoma City, led by 17 combined assists from Chris Paul and James Harden and 20-of-42 shooting from behind the arc when at least one of those two was in the game. In our postgame sho...
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Locked on Rockets — October 2 — Three things to...
In advance of Tuesday night's preseason opener in Oklahoma City, our Ben DuBose offers three key storylines to watch for the Rockets — including matching up with Carmelo Anthony at the power forward spot and the progression of Clint Capela on the inter...
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Locked on Rockets — September 28 — Training cam...
Today's show includes the latest from Rockets training camp, a discussion on the landscape of NBA sources, and an interview (23:08) with Jesus Rodriguez (@jsports_ent) on this summer's Carmelo Anthony trade talks, potential roster moves in the months a...
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Locked on Rockets — September 26 — Early takeaw...
In this episode, Ben offers his initial reactions to Tuesday's scrimmage at Toyota Center in Day 1 of training camp, including Chris Paul's on-court leadership, Clint Capela's synergies in the pick and roll, and productive defensive play from Tarik Bla...
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Locked on Rockets — September 25 — Media Day im...
Our Ben DuBose offers his primary takeaways from Monday's annual Media Day with the Rockets at Toyota Center, including the importance of closure on the Carmelo Anthony front. We then look ahead to Tuesday's first day of training camp and a few of the ...
43 min
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Locked on Rockets — September 24 — On life afte...
Carmelo Anthony is finally off the market, and our Ben DuBose breaks down where things went wrong for the Rockets in trade negotiations and what his addition to OKC means for the Western Conference this season and the long-term positioning and strategy...
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Locked on Rockets — September 23 — On the lates...
With the Carmelo Anthony trade talks again heating up, our Ben DuBose explains why he isn't particularly despondent following Friday night's reports that Anthony might also waive his no-trade clause for Cleveland and one other team (in addition to Hous...
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Locked on Rockets — September 22 — Reaction to ...
New York Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry answered a number of questions regarding Carmelo Anthony at a regularly scheduled press conference Friday, and our Ben DuBose attempts to decode what it all means. #Rockets #NBA #Knicks #Carmelo
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Locked on Rockets — September 21 — Exploring th...
As the start of training camp looms, Ben DuBose examines the latest round of rumors on social media regarding Carmelo Anthony trade talks and explains why he isn't deterred by a tweet from Jason McIntyre indicating that Melo could accept a trade to Por...
23 min
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Locked on Rockets — September 20 — On Houston's...
Led by Chris Paul, the Rockets allegedly put together "the best recruiting presentation of all time" earlier this summer in their pursuit of Golden State swingman Andre Igoudala. In today's episode, we break down the nitty gritty of the story and expla...
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Locked on Rockets — September 15 — On James Har...
With new #NBArank lists from ESPN and Sports Illustrated giving James Harden and Chris Paul average rankings of 6.5 and 7, respectively, Ben DuBose explains why Paul's figure feels appropriate but Harden's appears too low. #Rockets #NBA
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Locked on Rockets — September 12 — Josh Lloyd o...
Leading fantasy hoops analyst Josh Lloyd joins our Ben DuBose to break down statistical expectations for the Rockets and individual palyers in the 2017-18 season, with particular emphasis on James Harden, Chris Paul, Clint Capela, Ryan Anderson, Trevor...
66 min
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Locked on Rockets — September 8 — Digging into ...
Ben DuBose and veteran Houston sports insider Matt Jackson (interview at 12:30) dive deeper into the past of pending owner Tilman Fertitta, including why his recent history on the University of Houston Board of Regents likely offers some clues as to th...
54 min
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Locked on Rockets — September 5 — Initial takea...
In today's show, Ben DuBose offers his immediate reaction to the sale of the Rockets to Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta for $2.2 billion, including why his heavy involvement with the University of Houston athletics program could bode well for his s...
27 min
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Locked on Rockets — September 3 — If he stays, ...
What happens if the long-expected trade of Carmelo Anthony to the Rockets for a package involving Ryan Anderson doesn't happen by training camp? Our Ben DuBose explains why he's not concerned about any potential chemistry issues with Anderson if he rem...
28 min
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Locked on Rockets — August 25 — Why adding Eric...
Despite recent internet reports urging the Rockets to add Eric Gordon to a potential trade offer for Carmelo Anthony, our Ben DuBose explains why this scenario involving the 2016-17 Sixth Man of the Year is both unnecessary and unworkable. #Rockets #N...
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Locked on Rockets — August 22 — On the Kyrie Ir...
In our latest show, Ben DuBose breaks down the significance of the Kyrie Irving trade from Cleveland to Boston and what it means — and doesn't mean — for Carmelo Anthony, the Rockets, and the Knicks. #NBA #Rockets #Kyrie #NBAFreeAgency #Knicks
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Locked on Rockets — August 14 — Takeaways from ...
Ben DuBose and guest analyst Karthik Prasad (@stanfordkp) offer their immediate takeaways on the full release of the 2017-18 Rockets schedule, with breakdowns on key challenges, opportunities, start times, national television exposure, and much more. ...
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Locked on Rockets — August 12 — Why Portland ru...
Ben explains why recent talk of Portland as a possible destination for Carmelo Anthony appears overblown, as well as how Houston remains in the driver's seat of negotiations as the teams enter the second half of the 2017 offseason. #Rockets #NBA #Carmelo
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Locked on Rockets — August 10 — Why the Knicks ...
Our Ben DuBose explains the significance of the report of the Knicks and Rockets re-engaging in Carmelo Anthony trade talks, as well as why the option of waiting until the regular season to finalize a trade is very unlikely. #Rockets #NBA #Knicks #Car...
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Locked on Rockets — August 3 — Mailbag: On Chri...
With the NBA entering the dog days of August, Ben DuBose and guest analyst Karthik Prasad (@stanfordkp on Twitter) take listener questions on Chris Paul, the status of Carmelo Anthony trade talks and his potential fit in Houston, intriguing lineups, of...
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Locked on Rockets — July 29 — On the Demetrius ...
In Saturday's show, Ben breaks down the signing of young guard Demetrius Jackson to a two-way contract. On the second half of the episode (16:45), Ben explains why many current narratives shared by Knicks fans regarding Carmelo Anthony are flawed. #Ro...
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Locked on Rockets — July 26 — New Carmelo rumor...
In Wednesday night's show, Ben breaks down where he thinks Carmelo Anthony talks currently are and the role Portland's trade of Allen Crabbe could have in a potential deal. In closing, Ben examines the viability of reports based on "inside sources" and...
35 min
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Locked on Rockets — July 23 — Why Kyrie Irving'...
Ben DuBose explains why news of a trade request from Cleveland's Kyrie Irving (and his preference for New York) is unlikely to affect the Rockets' pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, with reasons including a poor trade fit for Cleveland and a subpar basketball...
41 min
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Locked on Rockets — July 20 — On Carmelo rumors...
In Thursday's episode, Ben updates the lay of the land on Carmelo Anthony talks, the report of Houston as a potential LeBron James destination in 2018, and the significance of new agreements to re-sign Bobby Brown and Troy Williams. #Rockets #NBA #NBA...
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Locked on Rockets — July 17 — Reaction to news ...
Ben responds to Monday's bombshell announcement about owner Les Alexander's plan to sell the franchise by looking at the short-term and long-term implications, including Alexander's legacy and why many of the short-term fears are overblown. #Rockets
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Locked on Rockets — July 17 — On adding Luc Mba...
With veteran Luc Mbah a Moute agreeing to a minimum contract with the Rockets, we explore his strengths and weaknesses and how the addition of another defense-first forward impacts the rest of Houston's projected rotation this season. #Rockets #NBA #N...
21 min
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Locked on Rockets — July 16 — Decoding the late...
In today's episode, Ben breaks down the latest story from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Carmelo Anthony's ongoing situation with the New York Knicks — along with full breakdowns on how each of the various scenarios impacts the Rockets. #Rockets #NBA #N...
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Locked on Rockets — July 15 — On the Chris Paul...
Ben offers his primary takeaways after another busy July day for the Rockets, including hits on Chris Paul's introductory press conference, the signing of big man Tarik Black, and the latest trade rumors with Carmelo Anthony. #Rockets #NBA #NBAFreeAge...
40 min
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Locked on Rockets — July 14 — What the "pause" ...
Why are the Knicks halting trade talks with the Rockets on Carmelo Anthony? Ben tries to make sense of the various reports and outlines the likely steps going forward, including why he still believes Anthony reports to training camp with the Houston Ro...
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Locked on Rockets — July 13 — Carmelo Anthony u...
With the Carmelo Anthony trade negotiations still dragging on, our Ben DuBose gives his spin on the latest rumors as of Thursday evening — including a scoop of his own about a recent real estate inquiry here in Houston. #Rockets #NBA #NBAFreeagency #C...
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Locked on Rockets — July 11 — Making sense of t...
Where do the Rockets currently stand in the Carmelo Anthony chase? Ben tries to make sense of all the various rumors, along with an educated guess on the role (or lack thereof) of Chris Paul's introductory press conference on Friday in any potential An...
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Locked on Rockets — July 8 — On Harden's deserv...
In today's emergency episode, Ben breaks down the news of James Harden's massive contract extension and how it further bolsters the narrative of Houston as a destination franchise for star players. On the second half of the show (12:28), Ben recaps a ...
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Locked on Rockets — July 6 — On P.J. Tucker's i...
With the NBA's moratorium lifting Thursday, the Rockets made their free-agency agreements official by signing P.J. Tucker, Zhou Qi, and Nene to multi-year contracts. Ben examines the highlights, including P.J. Tucker's introductory press conference at ...
41 min
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Locked on Rockets — July 4 — Carmelo update, Mo...
Day 3 of free agency came and went without a major move for the Rockets, but rumors continued to swirl. We explore all the headlines in tonight's show, including the latest on a potential trade for New York's Carmelo Anthony, a recap of GM Daryl Morey'...
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Locked on Rockets — July 3 — On the hard cap, a...
In tonight's episode, we celebrate Nene's decision to re-sign for the non-Bird amount (3 years, $11.9M) — which fills Houston's backup center slot while also allowing the Rockets to maintain ample flexibility with the use of their mid-level exception (...
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Locked on Rockets — July 2 — On P.J. Tucker's d...
The Rockets made their first big move of free agency late Saturday night, agreeing to terms with veteran forward (and 3&D specialist) P.J. Tucker on a four-year, $32-million deal. We break down Tucker's fit with the Rockets and also explore how his con...
27 min
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Locked on Rockets — July 1 — Day 1 FA rumors: I...
Ben DuBose recaps a wild Day 1 of free agency for the Rockets, including the latest rumors on Nene, Zhou Qi, Andre Igoudala, Iman Shumpert, and a handful of widely speculated trade targets to fill the elusive "third star" role alongside Chris Paul and ...
40 min
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Locked on Rockets — June 30 — Roundtable: On Pa...
In this roundtable episode, Aly Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) and Grayson Skweres (@g_skweres) join Ben to explore the integration of Chris Paul from an Xs and Os perspective, the feasibility of acquiring a third star such as Carmelo Anthony or Paul George...
43 min
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Locked on Rockets — June 29 — Takeaways from th...
With the Chris Paul trade now official, Daryl Morey and Mike D'Antoni met with local media and explained the background of the deal. Ben shares what he learned from the GM and head coach — including why the Rockets made the trade before free agency — a...
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Locked on Rockets — June 28 — Immediate reactio...
The Rockets pulled a stunner on Wednesday by trading for Chris Paul, who opted in for the final year of his existing contract at $24 million. Ben explains why it's a home run for the Rockets, both from the standpoint of adding a future Hall of Famer an...
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Locked on Rockets — June 28 — Why a Ryan Anders...
New rumors from ESPN have the Rockets as an increasingly serious threat for Chris Paul while also remaining in the mix for Paul George. In our latest episode, Ben examines the potential of Daryl Morey's two-part plan and explains why moving Ryan Anders...
21 min
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Locked on Rockets — June 26 — What NBA Awards r...
Several Rockets took home marquee honors at Monday's NBA Awards, including Coach of the Year Mike D'Antoni, Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon, and MVP runner-up James Harden. Meanwhile, Pat Beverley won the league's inaugural Hustle Award and was named...
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Locked on Rockets — June 25 — Scouting reports ...
With the 2017 NBA Draft in the books, hoops researcher Patrick Oxford (@HoopsMetrOX) gives his scouting report on recent additions to the Rockets — including second-round pick Isaiah Hartenstein, undrafted free agent pickup Cameron Oliver, and 2016 sel...
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Locked on Rockets — June 22 — Draft recap: Hart...
After a week of heavy rumors, nothing major materialized on draft night for Daryl Morey and the Rockets. Ben examines the choice of 19-year-old European big man (and potential stash) Isaiah Hartenstein at pick 43, as well as the trade of pick 45 to pre...
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Locked on Rockets — June 21 — Morey lands exten...
The rumor mill picked up even more steam Wednesday, with the Rockets remaining linked to Paul George and new reports indicating future interest in Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Paul Millsap, and Kyle Lowry. We break down the implications of all the news, ...
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Locked on Rockets — June 20 — Tuesday rumors: B...
With the draft under 48 hours away, transaction rumors are flying — particularly involving always-aggressive GM Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets. We break down all of Tuesday's headlines, including local stories on James Harden and Pat Beverley and ...
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Locked on Rockets — June 19 — What a hypothetic...
ESPN's Brian Windhorst expects the Rockets to be involved in trade discussions for disgruntled Pacers star Paul George, so what might a potential deal look like? Our Ben DuBose gives his early thoughts on possible departures from the Houston side, led ...
24 min
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Locked on Rockets — June 18 — Context behind Pa...
Rockets guard Pat Beverley went out of his way Sunday to address recent Chris Paul rumors, and we explain the specifics of how the pursuit of CP3 and other factors related to the league's new CBA make this a key business offseason for him. #Rockets #N...
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Locked on Rockets — June 16 — Exploring new Chr...
Our latest show examines the Los Angeles Times report that Chris Paul will meet with the Rockets in free agency, followed by an Xs and Os discussion with Paul (@RocketIntellect, interview at 22:05) on the potential basketball fit of CP3 alongside James...
53 min
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Locked on Rockets — June 14 — Is Houston a pote...
Adrian Wojnarowski lists the Rockets among the leading suitors for Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, and Ben explains why it could be more reasonable scenario for GM Daryl Morey than many may have thought. #Rockets #NBA #Clippers #NBAFreeAg...
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Locked on Rockets — June 8 — Zhou Qi rumors; MK...
In our latest episode, we examine recent rumors linking China's Zhou Qi with an imminent move to Houston and chat with Rockets beat writer MK Bower (15:08) on the team's broader offseason needs. Among a number of topics, MK and Ben weigh in on whether ...
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Locked on Rockets — June 1 — Previewing the NBA...
Today's episode previews the NBA Finals from a Rockets perspective, with our case for why a Warriors loss and Cleveland win would each benefit Houston. In closing out the show, Ben explores a handful of recent rumors on free agents and a common fallacy...
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Locked on Rockets — May 29 — Revisiting the voi...
In the wake of a new David Stern interview rehashing the voided December 2011 trade that would've sent Pau Gasol to the Rockets and Chris Paul to the Lakers, we take a look back and reflect on why Houston is better off now, what Daryl Morey's plan was ...
24 min
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Locked on Rockets — May 25 — Quality over quant...
In today's episode, we explore the many reasons that backup center (and pending free agent) Nene appears likely to return, as well as why that could make the Rockets unlikely to seriously pursue mid-tier options in this summer's free agency. #Rockets ...
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Locked on Rockets — May 24 — Reaction to the Ch...
Longtime target Chris Bosh appears set to become a free agent, but is it realistic for him to be medically cleared to play? Ben explains why he doubts Bosh ever plays again, but adds that if he somehow does, he thinks the Rockets are a clear frontrunne...
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Locked on Rockets — May 23 — On internal trade ...
The Rockets enter free agency with ~$11 million in cap room, but could they create even more to go after top-tier options? We examine internal trade candidates to create space, including why players with expiring contracts in 2018 (Trevor Ariza, Lou Wi...
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Locked on Rockets — May 19 — Why GSW's dominanc...
With the Warriors and Cavaliers now 19-0 in the playoffs, we explore how that could be beneficial to Daryl Morey's sales pitch moving forward. In the second half of the show (14:38), NBA TV's Brian Geltzeiler (@hoopscritic) joins us to explain his crit...
47 min
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Locked on Rockets — May 16 — Final thoughts on ...
With the benefit of waiting a few days to gain perspective, what did we learn about James Harden this postseason, and what does it mean entering 2017-18? We dissect the flaws behind popular Harden narratives and also examine a few non-Harden storylines...
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Locked on Rockets — May 12 — Exit interview tak...
In today's show, Ben explores the most interesting tidbits from Friday's exit interviews, including the Rockets' potential search for a No. 2 facilitator after James Harden and Nene's desire to re-sign in Houston. On the second half of the show (18:50)...
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Locked on Rockets — May 11 — Offseason needs co...
The Rockets never recovered from their Game 5 meltdown, losing in a Game 6 rout to the Spurs to end the series (and the season). We break down the downward spiral, including an awful night for James Harden, questions over leadership, and whether the so...
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Locked on Rockets — May 9 — Late-game blunders ...
The Rockets had a golden opportunity in Game 5 to take the road game they needed to knock out the Spurs... and they blew it. We break down the all the failures in late-game execution, with plenty of blame for James Harden and Mike D'Antoni, along with ...
23 min
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Locked on Rockets — May 8 — Exploring immediate...
With the groin injury to 34-year-old backup center Nene now confirmed as season-ending, we examine how his absence could influence matchups with the Spurs and Warriors and why it might not be as significant as some fear. To close out the show, we also ...
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Locked on Rockets — May 8 — Harden, Gordon pick...
The Rockets tied their second-round series in Sunday night's Game 4 with a huge 125-104 win over the Spurs in Houston. We reflect on all the major storylines, including James Harden's MVP efficiency (28 points, 10-of-18 FG, 12 assists), another ironman...
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Locked on Rockets — May 6 — Popovich's adjustme...
Despite 43 points from James Harden, the Rockets gave back home-court advantage to the Spurs in Friday night's 103-92 loss in Game 3. We break down all the main storylines in our postgame recap, including the re-emergence of LaMarcus Aldridge, the succ...
28 min
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Locked on Rockets — May 4 — On adjustments, Ton...
Eric Spyropoulus, Rockets beat writer for HoopsHabit, helps us explore the impact of Tony Parker's series-ending injury, the health of James Harden, and what adjustments Mike D'Antoni and the Rockets need to make before Game 3 on Friday night in Housto...
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Locked on Rockets — May 3 — Spurs dominate four...
The Spurs outscored the Rockets by 20 points in the fourth quarter, and as a result, the series is tied heading back to Houston. Our show breaks down what went wrong for the Rockets, including an off night for James Harden, subpar rebounding across the...
21 min
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Locked on Rockets — May 2 — Healthy Harden, imp...
The Rockets obliterated the Spurs in the first half Monday night, coasting to a crucial road victory in Game 1. We examine all the highlights, including much improved shooting, a healthier James Harden, continued strong defense, and Clint Capela's fine...
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Locked on Rockets — May 1 — Jeff Garcia offers ...
Spurs writer and Locked on Spurs host Jeff Garcia offers his keys to the Rockets-Spurs series from a San Antonio perspective, including why he disagrees with Ben and thinks the Spurs are likely to win the series in six or seven games. #Rockets #NBA #S...
27 min
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Locked on Rockets — April 30 — Full Spurs vs. R...
Salman Ali and Forrest Walker of Red Nation Hoops join Ben for a full Spurs-Rockets series preview, with emphasis on Trevor Ariza's defense of Kawhi Leonard, the importance of outside shooting, a role for Sam Dekker, and why James Harden and Clint Cape...
40 min
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Locked on Rockets — April 28 — First impression...
With the Spurs now official as Houston's second-round opponent, Ben examines the pros and cons of the matchup and explains why his early prediction is Rockets in 6. Ben also breaks down the history of Mike D'Antoni and Gregg Popovich and explains why m...
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Locked on Rockets — April 27 — Tad Brown on pla...
Rockets CEO Tad Brown joins us for an exclusive interview with his thoughts on the first-round series win, Houston's perception as a destination franchise, efforts to boost fan engagement at Toyota Center, potential changes to game start times, and muc...
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Locked on Rockets — April 26 — On Houston's imp...
On this off-day episode, we examine the long-term importance of Houston's improved perception after the first-round series win, as well as the impact of Calvin Watkins' departure from ESPN on national coverage of the Rockets. #Rockets #NBA #NBAPlayoff...
34 min