1. Aaron Brooks Gives Lakers, Jazz Another Headache, but Rockets Get a Migraine

    He zipped past Derek Fisher once. He blew through Steve Blake twice. He nailed a three-pointer with Earl Watson’s forehead inches away from his. He broke ankles and spirits until the hosts realized he might slow himself...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 3 years ago 1,214 reads 2 comments

  2. Shane Battier Could Venture Up I-10 West As Houston Rockets Head South

    A glance at the AT&T Center rafters provides a glimpse into San Antonio Spurs history. Six retired numbers--00, 6, 13, 32, 44 and 50--complement the four championship banners...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 3 years ago 4,105 reads 14 comments

  3. Houston Rockets Go From Grounding L.A. Clippers to Grounded in Dallas

    A professional basketball team from Southern California led the Houston Rockets at home after three quarters Wednesday night. The “Beat L.A.” chant made a cameo appearance inside Toyota Center...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 3 years ago 234 reads 2 comments

  4. Yao Ming's Absence Felt as Orlando Magic Whip Houston Rockets

    The question comes up often. Friends and acquaintances never seem satisfied with my answer. Why, after five straight seasons with five major injuries, do the Houston Rockets continue ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,201 reads 3 comments

  5. Houston Rockets and New York Knicks' Unfinished Business Goes Beyond a Game

    From "nyet" to "hello 'Melo?" New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov's astonishing "no" to Carmelo Anthony made Wednesday's contest between the Knicks and Rockets a bit juicier...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 2,456 reads 3 comments

  6. San Antonio Spurs Defensive Improvements Portend Strong Finish

    Hello again. That might have been Gregg Popovich 's initial reaction after his club stymied a third straight opponent with the suffocating defense that marked and defined four title runs...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 736 reads 2 comments

  7. Houston Rockets Fall Apart with No Clear Fix Available as Trade Deadline Nears

    Welcome back to Choke City. The days of Mario Elie's "Kiss of Death" and Hakeem Olajuwon's last-second tip of a Clyde Drexler-miss are long gone...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,155 reads 2 comments

  8. Houston Rockets Begin New Year with Same Problems from 2010

    The stroke of midnight Dec. 31 marked the start of 2011 and a chance for many to begin self-improvement projects and new life chapters...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 719 reads 2 comments

  9. Amar'e Stoudemire, Steve Nash Now Have San Antonio Spurs In a Stranglehold

    Gregg Popovich followed a wince with a chuckle. This question both amused and infuriated him more than the one about 70 wins two nights ago...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 2,179 reads 3 comments

  10. San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks Will Decide Rivalry Edge in Playoffs

    Charles Barkley seemed to amuse himself as much as he did TNT viewers Thursday night. He followed up another endorsement of the Dallas Mavericks as the best team in Texas by attempting to commend a prominent coach whose name he could not remember...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,331 reads 5 comments

  11. Miami Heat's Firepower a Sight For Houston Rockets To Behold

    With less than 35 seconds left, rare good fortune seemed to smile on the Rockets . Of the five Miami Heat players on the floor available to foul, Chase Budinger wrapped up the right one...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 937 reads 3 comments

  12. San Antonio Spurs Expose L.A. Lakers' Weak Downtown Defense

    Gary Neal rose from the left wing, his feet synchronized, and buried a three-pointer that prompted a perplexed and furious Phil Jackson to call a timeout to stop the second-half bleeding...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 2,737 reads 62 comments

  13. Ho-Ho-Houston Rockets: Team's .500 Record a Gift Worth a Celebration

    Midway through the first quarter, the Rockets ' music director did the unthinkable. He unleashed something in the Toyota Center worse than the Washington Wizards ' road record...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,203 reads 9 comments

  14. Yao Ming's Left Ankle Fracture Takes Stress Out of Houston Rockets' Decision

    Yao Ming emerged from a thick cloud of red smoke and high-fived each of his teammates before trotting to center court to grab a microphone, and the attention and soul of a franchise hoping to satiate its starved fanbase...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 2,020 reads 7 comments

  15. Denver's Mile-High Advantage: Why San Antonio Spurs Veterans Should Rest Tonight

    Leave it to me to tell a future Hall of Fame coach how to run his operation. Gregg Popovich would look so much smarter if he just listened to me and based all of his decisions on our one-sided conversations...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 748 reads 6 comments

  16. E.T., Phone San Antonio: Spurs Gamble By Winning Big With Little from Tim Duncan

    Manu Ginobili cannot describe or identify what he saw in the L.A. skies Dec. 1. Maybe it was his team's offense going up in spectacular smoke, with an explosion to follow...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 633 reads 5 comments

  17. Houston Rockets-Detroit Pistons Match a Fitting Reminder of Yao-McGrady Agony

    T-Mac came back and went to the rack. He fumbled a pass that he could have turned into a layup and instead drove for two free throws. Years ago, Tracy McGrady might have exploded to the rim for a dunk...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,358 reads 2 comments

  18. Hill Yeah: George Hill Helps San Antonio Spurs Pick Up Pace and Keep It There

    Not long ago, the San Antonio Spurs brass wanted to add another athletic Frenchman to the veteran mix. The fallback, or the first option, as some would have you believe, was a 6'2" kid from a no-name university with a freakish wingspan...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,976 reads 10 comments

  19. Houston Rockets' Win Against Los Angeles Lakers Might Save Season

    Shane Battier rose from the right corner and popped a three-pointer to knot the game and maybe salvage the Rockets' miserable 12-loss start. A comatose crowd awoke, and hope was reborn...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 441 reads 3 comments

  20. Thanksgiving Timeout: Kobe Bryant and 23 Other Reasons To Love the NBA

    In honor of Turkey Day, I decided to stuff readers with 24 things related to the NBA for which I am thankful. The prescribed length relates to the number of seconds on the shot clock...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 3,895 reads 11 comments

  21. San Antonio Spurs Go One Louder: Five Reasons for Early 11-in-a-Row Surge

    Manu Ginobili knifed one through the Orlando Magic defense last time, sending play-by-play commentator Bill Land and the AT&T Crowd into delirium...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 3,963 reads 15 comments

  22. Houston Rockets Fail To Launch: No One Can Defend Team's Ductile Defense

    So much for lift-off. After whipping the Minnesota Timberwolves and reeling off two straight against the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks , the Houston Rockets crash ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 671 reads 5 comments

  23. San Antonio Spurs Owner Peter Holt Saved the Marriage That Mattered Most

    Gregg Popovich quipped in 2004 that watching the blotchy Kobe Bryant - Shaquille O'Neal break up was like the fall of the Soviet Union all over again. Wednesday, Popovich, general manager R...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 4,687 reads 4 comments

  24. Tim Duncan Still Stands San Antonio Spurs' Test of Time

    A regular season date against the hapless Indiana Pacers might not send Spurs fans rushing to the AT&T Center box office to snatch up tickets, but opening night several weeks ago mattered...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,174 reads 2 comments

  25. Houston Rockets Ready for Liftoff After Clearing Winless Wall

    The Houston Rockets finally crashed through the last-place wall. Even with an undrafted rookie point guard at the helm, they look ready tonight to topple the Washington Wizards and their prized No...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 392 reads 5 comments