The Houston Rockets depth has been greatly tested this season due to many injuries. Jeremy Lin has been forced into the starting lineup, and Aaron Brooks has stepped up big time in the absence of both point guards at times this season. However, both Francisco Garcia and Omri Casspi have struggled from time-to-time and the Rockets are looking for them to step up as the season goes along. Of course, the Omer Asik situation hasn’t helped out either. Check out the rest of the links for more!
- Evan Drellich (Houston Chronicle) on the Astros finding the AL West a lot tougher than just a few years ago.
“Our division got tougher during the offseason, and that’s something we have to be aware of,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said.
Relative to how the Astros have acted the past two years — not relative to their peers — they can look at this winter as a small coming-out party.
- Ray Kuhn (Climbing Tal’s Hill) takes a look on where Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio stand in their respective chases to the Hall Of Fame.
- David Coleman (Crawfish Boxes) on the baseball Hall Of Fame.
- Astros tweet of the day…
Domingo Santana hit 25 homers in 2013 at 20 years old. Youngest #Astros minor leaguer ever to hit 25+ homers at the Double A level
— Chris Peixoto (@cjpeixoto) January 2, 2014
- Jenny Dial Creech (Houston Chronicle) on the Rockets looking for a spark plug off the bench.
It is something Jeremy Lin has, something James Harden had when he played in Oklahoma City, something McHale had back in his days with the Boston Celtics: the ability to come off the bench and bring an energy to the basketball court.
- The Dream Shake put out there podcast.
- Michael Ma (Space City Scoop) on the Rockets player’s resolutions.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
TNT will show Rockets vs Blazers on Jan. 20 now. They dropped another Lakers game (vs Bulls) I mean, Id rather watch us too. #RedNationRsing
— Houston Rockets Fans (@RocketsFanBase) January 2, 2014
- Jerome Solomon (Houston Chronicle) on Bill O’Brien is his fiery presence.
O’Brien, a young, fiery, Ivy League-educated coach from an Ivy League family, offers a definite contrast to the low-key, down-home Kubiak, who was born in Houston, played at Texas A&M and brought more than 10 years of experience as an NFL offensive coordinator with him to Houston in 2006.
- Randy Harvey (Houston Chronicle) on Bill O’Brien.
- Will Grubb (Sports Radio 610) on Danieal Manning and his excitement for the new Texans coach.
- Texans tweet of the day…
The more I hear about Bill O’Brien, the more I like the hire. Offseason overhaul is off to a good start #Texans
— Nick Scurfield (@NickScurfield) January 2, 2014