James Harden Ties Kobe Bryant’s Scoring Streak

Houston Rockets All-Star guard James Harden notched his 16th consecutive sport with at the very least 30 factors Sunday night time in Orlando, tying Kobe Bryant’s streak consecutive 30-plus level video games.

Harden reached the milestone regardless of an atrocious taking pictures efficiency through which he related on only one 17 three-pointers, and completed 11–32 from the sector.

The reigning NBA MVP went f for 38 factors to go together with his 12 assists and 9 rebounds, although his efforts weren’t sufficient because the Rockets suffered a 116-109 loss to the Magic. Following the sport, Harden was requested about taking pictures 1–17 from behind the arc and fered the next evaluation. 

Head coach Mike D’Antoni added, “The downside is, you’ll be able to’t depend on him being superhuman each night time. We’ve obtained to have some contributions from different guys. I simply thought they got here in with an absence focus, notably on the defensive finish.”

According to ESPN, Bryant scored 30 or extra in 16 straight video games from January 29 by way of February 28, 2003. The streak is the longest for the reason that 1963-64 season, when Wilt Chamberlain had 20 straight video games scoring 30 or extra.

Harden can have an opportunity to notch his 17th straight 30-plus level sport tonight because the Rockets have a fast turnaround at residence in opposition to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Jalen Rose Doesn't Think Carmelo Anthony is Coming Back To The NBA

The previous few years have been fairly tumultuous for Carmelo Anthony. The NBA star has bounced from crew to crew and lately parted methods with the Houston Rockets. Since the Rockets, Anthony has not been capable of finding his approach onto an NBA roster, though some suppose he might hyperlink up with the Los Angeles Lakers to play with LeBron James.

In an interview with TMZ, former NBA participant and present commentator Jalen Rose mentioned Melo will almost certainly not play within the NBA once more, except a crew is determined to exchange an injured participant.

“He can nonetheless contribute. It’s simply … discovering the precise alternative is hard as a result of except there is a main harm, a contender crew in all probability would not add him. And then, a lottery crew might be trying to ‘Stop tryin’ for Zion,’ in order that they’re tanking in rather a lot methods,” Rose instructed TMZ. “Maybe an harm occurs and he will get again within the league.”

Rose continued by saying that Melo will simply make the corridor fame and undoubtedly deserves it. He additionally feels as if Anthony deserves higher than having his profession finish after only a ten sport marketing campaign with the Rockets.

If Melo does get again within the league, who do you suppose he’ll play for.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Downplays MVP Praise After Win Against Houston

Giannis Antetokounmpo, in any other case often known as the “Greek Freak,” was dominant within the Milwaukee Bucks 116-109 win in opposition to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday evening. Antetokounmpo had 27 factors and a career-high 21 rebounds within the match. Considering the sport was in opposition to reigning MVP James Harden, the “Greek Freak” is already being the topic MVP speak his personal. Although he was fast to dismiss it, in line with ESPN.

“All I care about is profitable, to be sincere with you,” Antetokounmpo defined. “I do know by profitable — doing no matter it takes on the market, serving to your teammates and simply leaving it every little thing on the ground — every little thing will take care itself.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo Downplays MVP Praise After Win Against Houston

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Antetokounmpo continued by explaining how he isn’t fairly positive he will be thought of one the most effective gamers within the league simply but.

Per ESPN:

“To be sincere with you, all I care about proper now’s getting higher, serving to my staff win. And turning into the league’s finest participant is] going to take care itself. I do know that in the future it’d occur. I do not know if I am there but, however I will do no matter it takes to get there, as a result of that is what I wish to be.”

The Milwaukee Bucks are first place within the Eastern Conference with a document 29-11 and can tackle the Washington Wizards on Friday evening. 

PJ Tucker Gifted "Rolls-Royce" Air Jordan 3s With New Rolls-Royce Truck

In a league full sneaker freaks, Houston Rockets ahead PJ Tucker has cemented himself as the highest canine all of them.

Tucker routinely reveals as much as gameday with a recent pair kicks on his ft in addition to one other in-hand that he plans to put on for the sport. Additionally, his locker on the Toyota Center is loaded with unique sneakers simply in case he looks like switching it up.

The 33-year previous ahead took to instagram final night time to flaunt his most up-to-date sneaker pick-up, a one–a-kind Air Jordan three that got here together with his newly bought Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV.

According to Tucker, the “Rolls-Royce” Air Jordan 3s have been created by well-known sneaker customizer Jake Danklefs in partnership with Houston’s Post Oak Motor Cars. Inspired by Tucker’s white Rolls-Royce with crimson leather-based inside, the unique 3s function a white python pores and skin higher with a crimson leather-based internal lining and Rolls-Royce logos on the tongue.

Take an in depth take a look at the kicks within the IG posts embedded under, and hold your eyes peeled to see if Tucker laces these up on-court within the close to future.

Michael Carter-Williams Traded To Chicago Bulls: Report

Michael Carter-Williams might have gained NBA rookie–the-year honors again in 2014, however his profession since then has been tumultuous, to say the least, as he has bounced from crew to crew. Carter-Williams began with the Sixers and since then has performed for Milwaukee, Chicago, Charlotte, and most not too long ago Houston. However, in keeping with a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Carter-Williams goes again to the Bulls.

He will not be in Chicago for lengthy although as Wojnarowski continued together with his report, stating the Bulls plan to waive Carter-Williams since his contract can be assured for the season as 5 P.M.

According to Sporting News, Carter-Williams is averaging simply over 9 minutes a sport this season and four.three factors per sport. His play has been a far cry from his rookie season when he completed that marketing campaign with 16.7 factors per sport.

Houston Rockets Set NBA Record In Victory Over Wizards

The Houston Rockets set an NBA file for many three-pointers made throughout final night time’s 136-118 victory over the Wizards, draining 26 their 55 makes an attempt. As Bradley Beal put it (H/T ESPN), they “shot the shit out it.”

The Rockets have been sitting on 25 made three-pointers with roughly 30 seconds remaining in the sport when Michael Carter-Williams buried the record-clinching shot. The 26th three eclipsed the 25 made by the Cleveland Cavaliers towards the Atlanta Hawks on March Three, 2017, based on ESPN.

“We knew that if we did not at the least try it, we’d have heard it within the locker room,” stated Carter-Williams, a profession 25.four% Three-point shooter. Harden added, “Not even us — the group; the group would have attacked them.”

Eight totally different gamers contributed to the three-point onslaught, together with James Harden who hit 6–11 from behind the arc en path to a game-high 35 factors. Chris Paul hit 5 threes, whereas Eric Gordon and Gerald Green every hit 4 a bit. 

After a sluggish begin to the season, the Rockets have now received 5 straight and 7 their final 10 as they’ve climbed to 16-14 for the 12 months.

They’ll look to proceed their scorching fensive manufacturing tonight in Miami after they tackle the Heat in a nationally televised sport airing on TNT at 8pm ET.

NBA Refs' Statement On James Harden’s Step-Back: “We Missed This One”

James Harden did, in actual fact, journey when he pulled f an outrageous double step-back towards Ricky Rubio on Monday evening.

If the video footage itself wasn’t sufficient to persuade you, NBA refs have launched an announcement at this time outlining precisely why it was unlawful and will have been whistled for a touring violation.

 

Harden completed with a game-high 47 factors to associate with six rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals because the Rockets recorded their fourth-straight victory. After the sport, each Rubio and Harden had been requested concerning the controversial step-back.

Per ESPN:

Denver Nuggets guard Isaiah Thomas additionally chimed in on twitter: “Come on cuz lol… There letting that occur now? Lol I’m actually bout to be unguardable.”

Chris Paul On James Harden: “Best Offensive Player I’ve Ever Seen”

James Harden is a menace along with his dizzying handles and patented step-back jumper, but when the NBA permits him to get away with the “double step-back” there’s actually nothing defenders can do. According to Chris Paul, Harden is already one of the best fensive participant he is ever seen.

In case you missed it, Harden debuted his newest fensive weapon final evening throughout Houston’s 102-97 victory.

Harden completed with a game-high 47 factors to go together with six rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals because the Rockets recorded their fourth-straight victory. After the sport, each Rubio and Harden had been requested concerning the controversial step-back.

Per ESPN:

Denver Nuggets guard Isaiah Thomas additionally chimed in on twitter: “Come on cuz lol… There letting that occur now? Lol I’m actually bout to be unguardable.”

Nike Reveals NBA “Earned Edition” Jerseys For Last Year’s Playoff Teams

Nike has as we speak introduced a group 16 “Earned Edition” NBA uniforms, paying tribute to groups that reached the post-season through the 2017-18 marketing campaign. 

In different phrases, particular version uniforms for the next groups:

Eastern Conference: Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards

Western Conference: Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers

According to Nike, every  the brand new appears are variations every crew’s Statement or “City Edition” uniforms. Select groups will debut their uniforms on-court as a component the NBA’s annual Christmas Day lineup video games. Other groups will start sporting their Earned Edition uniforms in video games quickly after.

In case you forgot, the NBA’s Christmas Day slate goes one thing like this:

The Nike NBA Earned Edition uniforms will probably be out there December 19 in restricted portions on nike.com and retailer.nba.com in addition to at crew retailers and choose retail companions.

Take a more in-depth take a look at some the Nike x NBA Earned Edition threads within the posts embedded beneath.

JR Smith Attracting Trade Interest From Rockets & Pelicans: Report

As reported, JR Smith has been yo-yo’ed back and forth the Cleveland Cavaliers’ lively roster, as a consequence of discordance between administration and the teaching workers. In reality, Henny God was one the few Cavs courageous sufficient to lash out in opposition to administration, after Koby Altman seemingly positioned the franchise in “tank mode.” Well, it seems, JR Smith could also be service someplace to another person, someday quickly, if NBA insider Kevin O’Connor the Ringer is to be believed.

According to O’Connor, there are two events within the JR Smith sweepstakes: the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans. The purpose O’Connor thinks JR is attracting curiosity from these golf equipment is that solely $three.9 his annual wage is assured via the 2019-2020 season. At underneath $four million, dealing for JR Smith is a danger some NBA is likely to be keen to incur.

Another NBA insider talking with AmicoHoops believes the Cavs absolutely intend on turning over their complete veteran roster by a February 7 deadline, an operation that’s nicely underway, starting with the wildly unpopular Kyle Korver commerce to the Utah Jazz. Next, George Hill got here f the books yesterday afternoon, in a commerce that reunited the Cavs group with fan favourite Matthew Dellavedova. The query that persists: do these gamers, JR-included, have something left within the tan?

LeBron James Wants Carmelo Anthony To Join Lakers: Report

The Los Angeles Lakers have emerged as a possible touchdown spot for Houston Rockets ahead Carmelo Anthony. According to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon, LeBron James believes his longtime buddy may very well be a contributor on the younger, and injury-riddled, Lakers roster.

The New York Times’ Marc Stein experiences that the Lakers have been “staunchly in opposition to the thought including Carmelo Anthony” coming into the season however because the Michael Beasley signing has not paid f they may very well be prepared to convey the 10-time All-Star on board.

The Lakers (15-9) are already with out Rajon Rondo, who’s coping with a hand damage, in addition to Brandon Ingram, who lately suffered a sprained left ankle that can preserve him on the sidelines for at the least a number of video games.

Anthony, 34, has not performed since November eight after the group introduced that they’d be parting methods with the 16-year veteran. In 10 video games with the Rockets this season, Melo averaged a pedestrian 13.four factors and 5.four rebounds in a career-low 29.four minutes per night time.

While the Rockets look to discover a touchdown spot for Carmelo that fits each events, it is value noting that he cannot be traded till December 15, as a result of he signed with Houston as a free agent this f-season.

The Rockets will host the Lakers on Thursday, December 13 in a nationally televised sport airing on TNT at 8pm ET.

NBA Execs Think Carmelo Anthony Won't Play Again: Report

It’s not that NBA execs are on a witchhunt and due to this fact performing in collusion to have Carmelo thrown out the league. But those that’ve opened as much as ESPN insiders like Brian Windhorst, albeit on the situation they continue to be nameless. The feeling across the league is that Carmelo has performed his final recreation within the NBA, and though it is as much as former NCAA champion to revoke his identify, likelihood is groups across the league “have seen sufficient” to base their determination.

For the file, that does not imply Carmelo Anthony will not settle for a contract abroad if and when his choices run out, however Melo is alleged to be focusing his consideration today on a brand new clothes line, as an alternative hammering his future plans on the courtroom – and by clothes, I do imply hoodies.

But on the flip facet, Brian Windhorst does not totally consider what he is being bought by NBA execs. While airing his findings on ESPN’s The Jump, Windhorst made it abundantly clear that he isn’t bought on the concept Melo is completed as an NBA expertise. His perception is that Melo’s likeability and model potential would possibly persuade a workforce to assume in any other case. But NBA insiders and execs actually agree that Melo has performed his final recreation in a beginning function, one thing he solely did twice over ten video games earlier than the Rockets rubbed him out.

Carmelo Anthony, Houston Rockets Parting Ways: Report

After days rumors that Carmelo Anthony’s transient stint in Houston was on the verge coming to an finish, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski studies that the Rockets are anticipated to half methods with the 10-time All-Star.

Woj studies that the group has no quick plans to waive Melo, and that an ficial announcement is predicted to come back previous to tonight’s nationally televised recreation towards the Golden State Warriors. Anthony, 34, will reportedly stay on the Rockets’ roster in the meanwhile however won’t rejoin the group.

In 10 video games with Houston, Anthony averaged a pedestrian 13.four factors and 5.four rebounds in a career-low 29.four minutes per night time, however he is actually not the rationale why the group is simply 6-7 to date. Dwyane Wade is amongst those that have proven help for Carmelo amid studies his fallout in Houston.

“Trying to make my man @carmeloanthony the autumn man huh!?” Wade just lately tweeted. “Man y’all must cease. That’s the simple method out as an alternative addressing what the true drawback.” Additionally, Wade endorsed a tweet from AP basketball author Tim Reynolds, “Melo deserves higher than this.”

On the flip facet, Tracy McGrady has suggested Anthony to only retire. 

The Rockets will host the Warriors tonight at 8pm ET, airing on TNT.

UPDATE:

Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey issued the next assertion on Carmelo Anthony’s future with the group.

Tracy McGrady Advises Carmelo Anthony To Retire

Carmelo Anthony’s days in Houston look like numbered. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, there have been no ongoing discussions about Melo rejoining the Houston Rockets and his representatives spent Monday gathering data from NBA entrance fices a few potential touchdown spot for the 10-time All-Star ahead.

If nothing materializes, there’s at all times an alternative choice for the 34-year outdated veteran. Retirement. During Tuesday’s taping ESPN’s “The Jump,” Tracy McGrady defined that Anthony ought to “simply go forward and let it go.”

Jason Terry had a distinct stance on the matter. In response to T-Mac’s feedback, Terry tweeted, “I don’t find out about this recommendation. Retire as a result of folks pouring negativity. Sounds like a motive so that you can maintain going @carmeloanthony. #HOF.”

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon notes that Carmelo’s spot on the Rockets is more likely to be stuffed by Gary Clark, an undrafted rookie out Cincinnati.

Anthony has missed the workforce’s final three video games and can possible miss his fourth straight when Houston hosts the Warriors on Thursday evening.

Dwyane Wade Shows Support For Carmelo Anthony Amid Rockets Rumors

The Houston Rockets have gotten out to a sluggish begin this season and it seems like Carmelo Anthony would be the first to go, as stories recommend the group might waive the veteran ahead as early as at this time. 

In 10 video games with Houston this season, Melo is averaging a pedestrian 13.four factors and 5.four rebounds in a career-low 29.four minutes per night time, however he is actually not the rationale why the staff is simply 5-7 up to now. Still, it seems as if his days in H-Town are numbered and that is not sitting proper together with his good buddy Dwyane Wade. 

Wade, who has already introduced that this season will likely be his final within the NBA, took to twitter amid all of the rumors to indicate assist for Melo.

“Trying to make my man @carmeloanthony the autumn man huh!?” D-Wade’s tweet reads. “Man y’all have to cease. That’s the straightforward method out as an alternative addressing what the actual downside.” Additionally, Wade endorsed a tweet from AP basketball author Tim Reynolds, “Melo deserves higher than this.”

Carmelo, 34, hasn’t been with the staff for his or her final two video games with what has been described as an “sickness,” and he did not be part of the Rockets on their journey to Denver final night time, in line with the report. Furthermore, ESPN’s Tim MacMahon stories Rockets gamers and members the teaching workers consider that veteran ahead Carmelo Anthony has already performed in his closing sport for the staff. 

The Rockets will tackle the Nuggets in Denver on Tuesday, adopted by a residence sport towards the defending champs on Thursday night time.