1. Small Brooks Plays Big For Houston Rockets, Lightens Life After Yao

    Less than 24 hours after depressing news again punched the Houston Rockets in the collective gut, it was the team's littlest guy who made everyone forget about the big downer. Yao Ming will miss the rest of the postseason with a broken left foot...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 291 reads 1 comments

  2. Yao Ming's Foot Injury Breaks Houston Rockets' Dream

    Yao Ming tumbled to the floor late in Friday's 108-94 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and came up limping. The diagnosis a few hours later was an ankle sprain that left him questionable for Sunday's pivotal contest...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 1,482 reads 2 comments

  3. Gregg Popovich's Dilemma: Why the Spurs Coach Must Take the Risk He Fears

    Less than two weeks after an unceremonious first round ouster at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks, the San Antonio Spurs sit at the intersection before the crossroads. This tired, old team needs an injection of new life...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 860 reads 2 comments

  4. Rockets-Lakers: How Houston Can Retake Series Command

    The Houston Rockets lost more than their cool Wednesday night. With a 111-98 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, they surrendered command of the series. The team’s primary assignment as the scene shifts to Toyota Center this weekend: get it back...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 148 reads 2 comments

  5. Rockets-Lakers: Perception Of No Chance Gives Houston One

    Don't call the Houston Rockets underdogs. Call them underpuppies. Don't call this tantalizing second-round matchup David vs. Goliath...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 478 reads 10 comments

  6. Kleeman's Jumphook: First Round Lessons From The 2009 NBA Playoffs

    The Atlanta Hawks eliminated the Miami Heat in game seven 91-78 to put the first round of the playoffs in the books. One series has joined the conversation as one of the all-time greats...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 45 reads 1 comments

  7. Houston Rockets Finally Blast Off Without Tracy McGrady

    Twelve years of choke jobs, embarrassment and playoff futility ended emphatically Thursday night when the Houston Rockets thumped the Portland Trail Blazers 92-76. The Houston Rockets last won a playoff series in 1997...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 1,518 reads 9 comments

  8. Dear Houston Rockets, We've Been Here Before—How About a Change?

    The Houston Rockets returned to Clunk City form Wednesday night, blowing a big chance to close out the inexperienced Portland Trailblazers and win their first series since 1997...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 61 reads 0 comments

  9. San Antonio Spurs Need Plan B and Healthy Manu Ginobili, Not a Eulogy

    In the end, what once made the Spurs mighty doomed them against a team too hot at the right time. Now, with the basketball universe in chaos, spectators must chew on the possibility ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 43 reads 6 comments

  10. Tim Duncan's Unhappy Birthday Tells Spurs' Story

    Tim Duncan turned 33 on Saturday and did something he never does on such an occasion: He lost a playoff game. After getting thumped 88-67 in one of the worst postseason performances in franchise history, the Spurs promised a better game four effort...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 5 years ago 139 reads 4 comments

  11. I'm Not Fronting: Rockets' Postseason Success Depends on Yao

    The Houston Rockets second-half execution against Portland in game three was dreadful.Yao Ming scored a mere seven points on the night on 2-of-7 shooting. Ron Artest attempted zero shots in the first half and missed his first four of the second...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 5 years ago 185 reads 2 comments

  12. Kleeman's Jumphook: Eight Early Lessons From The 2009 Playoffs

    Most of my articles pertain to the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks because, well, I live in Texas, and I watch them a lot...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 5 years ago 866 reads 1 comments

  13. Spurs' Biggest Draft Mistake Gives Them Hell Again

    Picture him in a Spurs uniform slashing to the basket and making defenses pay for open perimeter looks. Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford should think about it. They imagined it in 2003 and passed because they wanted somebody else...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 5 years ago 820 reads 2 comments

  14. When It Comes to the West Playoff Seeding, These Sorry Losses Matter Most

    The NBA playoffs begin today, and for several Western Conference teams, they begin on the road. I usually shun numbers-only articles because they do not tell a complete story...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 5 years ago 120 reads 1 comments

  15. Five Reasons to Love The Houston Rockets

    The Houston Rockets' season ends tonight where it began. One night after a lackadaisical home win over the Memphis Grizzlies, the Rockets headed to Dallas for an October 30 showdown with the Mavericks...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 5 years ago 47 reads 4 comments

  16. Five NBA Teams and the Potential Playoff Matchups They Should Avoid

    With the regular season's finish line in sight, a number of teams can still control their own destinies by winning all of their remaining games...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 5 years ago 1,479 reads 4 comments

  17. What Made Manu Ginobili Springfield Material Now Ruins the Spurs

    The San Antonio Spurs already slim championship hopes suffered a fatal blow Monday evening. Specifically, to Manu Ginobili's right ankle. This was supposed to be his good one...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 5 years ago 441 reads 3 comments

  18. Spurs' Problem In Cleveland: When The King Reigns, It Pours

    The San Antonio Spurs picked the worst time to visit Quicken Loans Arena. Actually, they did not pick this fate, and Gregg Popovich joked that he wanted to find the scheduler who did and kill him...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 5 years ago 103 reads 1 comments

  19. Spurs Streak the Wrong Way With Duncan Hobbled, Fall Victim to Own Psychology

    Gregg Popovich's nightmare began an hour before tipoff of a key game Feb. 15 against the Dallas Mavericks. Tim Duncan had just finished a shoot-around and was preparing for his usual pre-game rest—when both knees locked up...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 5 years ago 307 reads 8 comments

  20. Kleeman's Jumphook: The NBA's Best Defenders, Pt. 1

    Writer's note: I must apologize for the confusion this article has caused. This is the first of a three-part series on the NBA's best defenders. Hence, of course, the "Pt. 1" in the headline...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 5 years ago 1,959 reads 43 comments

  21. Kleeman's Jumphook: Ageless Mutombo, Manu Magic, Mavs vs. Lakers and More

    When you see the Kleeman's Jumphook tag, prepare for a hodge-podge piece. I throw these together when I want to write about several topics under one umbrella...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 5 years ago 206 reads 5 comments

  22. Tony Parker Teaches Aaron Brooks Tough Lesson: Will He Learn As Spurs Star Did?

    Any discussion about the NBA's best point guards usually begins with Chris Paul and Deron Williams. It includes a slew of other names, from Chauncey Billups to Jason Kidd...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 5 years ago 533 reads 3 comments

  23. Gregg Popovich's Philosophy Will Win Tonight's Vaunted Spurs-Lakers Matchup

    The San Antonio Spurs will host the Los Angeles Lakers in the first game of TNT's much-hyped Thursday night doubleheader. This battle features the teams with the Western Conference's top two records, and the winner grabs the season series...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 5 years ago 344 reads 4 comments

  24. Rockets Will Face Tough Road To Credibility After Agonizing Home Loss

    Maybe the Rockets finally reaped the bad karma from all of the times they tried to give away Monday's 97-95 win in Denver . They gift-wrapped Wednesday night's marquee home date against the Los Angeles Lakers ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 5 years ago 483 reads 7 comments

  25. Smart, Ego-Free Role Players Make San Antonio Spurs Special

    Writer's note to editors: please do not file this under the 'game recap' section. I still consider it more of an opinion piece...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 5 years ago 327 reads 1 comments