The Houston Rockets have a doghouse. Every team has a coach's doghouse.
There are varying reasons for players to find themselves in that dreaded place. It could be arriving at camp out of shape. Or maybe it has to do with a player not proving that they can be trusted in certain situations. It also could be that the player and coach have simply gotten off on the wrong foot.
No matter the reason, once players find themselves in the doghouse, they know that their cherished playing time will be hard to come by until they can play their way back into the good graces of the powers that be.
Here are a few Rockets who are in Coach Sampson's doghouse.
All stats are accurate as of 12/5/12.
Terrence Jones is a talented player. The Houston Rockets knew this, and that is why they selected him with the No. 18 pick in the first round of last June's NBA draft.
Since he's become a Rocket, Jones played well in the summer league and impressed in camp. But he was sent down to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Houston's NBA D-League affiliate, for a short time and has since been recalled to Houston.
He's appeared in a grand total of seven games and has averaged 3.6 points and two rebounds per game. In the Rockets' first game against the Los Angeles Lakers on November 18, he did manage to produce a nice highlight, a little UK on UK crime against Jodie Meeks.
Before all of these developments, Terrence had the right mindset.
Just waiting for that momentttttt— Terrence Jones (@TerrenceJones1) November 8, 2012
As long as he keeps his head up, he'll be ready when his moment arrives.
When the James Harden trade was finalized and Cole Aldrich joined him as a member of the Houston Rockets, it appeared that it may provide an opportunity for Aldrich to see the court a little more than he did with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Omer Asik was the clear starter at center but there were minutes still up for grabs.
Aldrich dealt with an ankle injury recently, but he has recovered and still hasn't seen the floor. In eight games this season, Aldrich has averaged 8.6 minutes, three points, and 2.1 rebounds—numbers that bear a strong resemblance to his OKC days.
To see footage of Donatas Montiejunas getting substantial minutes, old summer league clips are still the best place to look.
When Terrence Jones and Cole Aldrich compare their time on the court with Donatas', they have to honestly tell themselves that things could always be worse.
The young fella has appeared in three games for the Houston Rockets, averaging three minutes and one point per game as he continues to adjust to the NBA life.
The Houston Rockets bench bailed out the starters in last night's 107-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Still, Kelvin Sampson didn't think things ever got serious enough for him to call Daequan Cook's number.
After the 120-98 loss to his former Oklahoma City Thunder mates, Cook had a four game streak of double-digit minutes going.
Since then, it's gone in the other direction, as there have been "DNP - coach's decision" by his name during the last two outings.
On the season, he has appeared in eight games and is averaging 5.3 points, 1.6 rebounds, and one assist per contest.
If there's anyone who is securely in the Houston Rockets' doghouse, it would be Royce White. White is still inactive and is still at odds with the Rockets handling of his anxiety disorder.
Recently Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports shared his thoughts on Royce's situation.
White, who uses Twitter as a platform to inform people of his condition and to voice his displeasure over various issues let everyone know how he felt.
Idc how good @wojyahoonba is supposed to as a journalist, if something is baseless and not factual, I'm calling it out, bottom line!— Royce White (@Highway_30) November 24, 2012
This is just two of several tweets regarding the situation. No one knows at this point how this will play out, but the twists and turns don't seem to be for the better.