James Harden and Dwight Howard will represent the Rockets as Western Conference reserves in the All-Star game in New Orleans. Though final say goes through Adam Silver, Harden has a good shot at replacing Kobe Bryant as a starter. Both Harden and Howard were likely candidates all along to be All-Stars together, and they will be joined by Terrence Jones in New Orleans for all the All-Star weekend festivities. Check out the rest of the links for more.
- Evan Drellich (Houston Chronicle) on Nolan Ryan’s potential fit with the Astros.
“I don’t think at this point it’s a situation where he wants the day-to-day responsibilities and making all the decisions, that was pretty clear,” Crane told the Chronicle on Saturday. “He wants to let (Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan) do his job. He believes in what Jeff’s doing and they had a good conversation.”
- Brian McTaggart (MLB.com) asked Astros players and staff for their Super Bowl predictions.
- Greg Thurston (Climbing Tal’s Hill) asks if the Astros will sign another FA starter.
- Astros tweet of the weekend…
— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) February 2, 2014
- Sean Deveney (Sporting News) on the “Hack-A-Howard” approach.
It happened twice this week, and the results were predictable. Playing against the Spurs on Tuesday, Houston was leading, 60-56, with just under four minutes to play in the fourth quarter when coach Gregg Popovich ordered his team to foul Rockets center Dwight Howard, hoping to take advantage of his historically poor free-throw shooting. But Howard made 10 out of 16 in the quarter, and San Antonio’s four-point deficit grew to eight.
- Jenny Dial Creech (Houston Chronicle) on Omri Casspi fitting the Rockets style.
- Michael Ma (Space City Scoop) on the two Rockets All-Stars.
- Rockets tweet of the weekend…
But THE story of this game was JLin’s 1st career triple-double and Pat Bev who while scoreless had 10rebs, 8 dimes and career high 5 steals.
— Craig Ackerman (@ca_rockets) February 2, 2014
- Sean Pendergast (Houston Press) on Charles Spencer not being a fan of the new Texans O-Line coach.
What should be a source of humor, albeit the darkest of dark humor if you’re a Texans fan, is the Twitter timeline yesterday of former Texans offensive lineman Charles Spencer, who played one season under Dunn’s tutelage at the University of Pittsburgh. From what I can gather, Spencer, who still counts himself a fan of the Texans even though his career ended way prematurely because of injuries, is not a big fan of this hire….
- Kara Cook (HoustonTexans.com) on T.J. Yates being recognized by the city of Houston.
- Stephen Forsha (Toro Times) on potential #1 draft pick Khalil Mack.
- Texans tweet of the weekend…
— Ben Tate (@BenTateRB) February 1, 2014