Houston Rockets: Rockets Sign Earl Boykins to Beef Up Guard Rotation

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IMarch 27, 2012

Earl Boykins.
Earl Boykins.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

After losing Kyle Lowry to a bacterial infection earlier this month for an indefinite period (possibly for the remainder of the season) and releasing Derek Fisher right after acquiring him from the Los Angeles Lakers, the Houston Rockets have turned to free agency and the D-League to fill out their roster.

The Rockets have been starting Goran Dragic at the point guard spot, but there is not much depth behind him, and due to the scheduling of this abbreviated season, the risk of injury remains quite high.

Looking for a veteran presence in the backcourt, the Rockets turned to Earl Boykins. The 5'5" Boykins has overcome huge odds throughout his career, and plays much bigger than his stature.

He has shown the ability to deliver in the clutch, and will not back down from a challenge. The career of Boykins has been a big source of inspiration for many, and a prime example of how one can overcome set barriers.

The Rockets signed the 13-year NBA veteran to a 10-day contract earlier Monday, and the diminutive guard paid immediate dividends, scoring 10 points and playing a pivotal role in Houston's overtime victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

Boykins should be able to further contribute in a positive manner while the Rockets hold out hope that Lowry can make it back before the end of the regular season.

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The team also added Courtney Fortson from the D-League last week and could opt to add another player if needed, as the regular season winds down and the playoff jockeying starts to heat up.

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