D’Antoni: Harden not only MVP, but most improved, too
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston coach Mike D'Antoni thinks James Harden should win a second straight MVP award.
The veteran coach also believes the Beard should take home another award, too.
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — There were a few things Virginia forward Mamadi Diakite had to do to have a shot in the world of basketball.
He had to listen to his dad. He had to stop kicking a ball...
HOUSTON (AP) — When the Houston Cougars were last in the Sweet 16 Hakeem Olajuwon starred and coach Guy V. Lewis stalked the sideline in his trademark plaid jackets.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — It's beginning to look like old times for Houston in the NCAA Tournament.
Corey Davis scored 26 points to help the third-seeded Cougars beat Georgia State 84-55 in the...
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Kelvin Sampson had little to work with when he took over as Houston's coach in 2014.
The Cougars hadn't won an NCAA Tournament game since Hakeem Olajuwon's final season...
Tony Parker’s double-double lifts Hornets past Heat 125-113
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Before the season, Tony Parker told his new Hornets teammates, "Don't mess with my playoff streak." He wasn't kidding.
"I was serious, because it means something," Parker said. "I feel like I'm a winner. I have won a lot in this league. And I think that is why they signed me."
Parker is doing his best to make sure the Hornets get to the postseason, which would allow the longtime San Antonio Spur to reach the playoffs for the 18th straight season.
Fans started showing up at Toyota Center five hours before tip-off on Sunday.
At first, it was just a few, decked head-to-toe in Houston Rockets’ red and black. They took selfies in front of the downtown arena. They soaked in the pre-playoff quiet before the radio DJs and Rockets cheerleaders and mechanical bull all arrived. And they made predictions:
This Rockets team, so many said, was about excellent players. Not a hurricane. Not a flooded city.
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden grinned as he jogged past courtside fan and Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon after one of his improbable buckets Tuesday night against Washington.
"He said, 'It looked too easy,'" Harden said. "I'm sure he probably felt that same way when he was playing."
Harden had 38 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, leading the Houston Rockets to a 120-104 victory over the Wizards.
Houston chasing history in NCAA matchup with Michigan
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kelvin Sampson cares very little that Houston won its first NCAA Tournament game this week since the Phi Slama Jama days of Hakeem Olajuwon and Co. nearly 35 year ago.
He might care a little bit more about the historical ramifications.
Michigan ready for Houston in West Region’s second round
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — No. 3 seed Michigan (29-7) vs. No. 6 Houston (27-7)
Second round, Midwest Region; Wichita, Kansas, Saturday, 9:40 p.m. ET.
BOTTOM LINE: The Wolverines, who plodded through an ugly win over Montana in the opening round, will try to advance to their fourth Sweet 16 under John Beilein when they face Houston. That would tie Beilein with Steve Fisher for the most in school history.
HARLINGEN — Galen Robinson’s turnaround jump shot was unstoppable.
If a defender let him near the basket, he two-handed slam dunked.
Basketball aficionados in the Valley don’t remember Robinson, but Hakeem Olajuwon, Moses Malone and Clyde Drexler do.
“I had learned my post moves from Hakeem,” Robinson said, recalling their 1999 training sessions.
The former player lives in Harlingen now and plans to share his basketball knowledge and experience to young hoopsters in the Valley.
Harden, Capela lead Rockets to 130-104 win over Nuggets
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and some of his Houston teammates got after Clint Capela after he missed a couple of easy layups in the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets.
"Oh, we yelled at him for missing those bunnies, too, because we've got to look at it as a playoff game and all those points under the basket have to be ... finishes," Harden said.
Capela soon turned things around and more than made up for his early errors.
Detroit — It was a big week for the Pistons, getting a new franchise cornerstone.
It also was a big week for Andre Drummond, one of the biggest beneficiaries of adding Blake Griffin to the fold.
Drummond was named Eastern Conference player of the week on Monday, after averaging 19.3 points — and shooting 64 percent from the field — with 19 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.3 steals and 2.7 blocks, in leading the Pistons to victories over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat.
Lions’ Kenny Golladay still searching for go-to move
Allen Park — In basketball, they're often a more significant part of a player's identity, but in the NFL, players can just as easily make a living off a signature move.
Last week, when talking about the developmental strides of Kenny Golladay, Lions coach Jim Caldwell discussed the importance of the rookie wide receiver finding his skyhook.
Philadelphia — It wasn't Wilt Chamberlain versus Bill Russell, or even Patrick Ewing against Hakeem Olajuwon.
But it wasn't Manute Bol versus Shawn Bradley, either.
Saturday night's hyped matchup between Pistons center Andre Drummond and Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid was good theater, though.
College of Charleston basketball player Osinachi Smart gives back to Nigerian community
Osinachi Smart didn't grow up dreaming about becoming the next Michael Jordan or even Nigerian basketball legend Hakeem Olajuwon
Smart wanted to be the next great soccer player from Nigeria.
However, as Smart grew taller and taller as a youngster, he realized that basketball might be his ticket to an American education.
Pelicans’ Davis, Cousins embracing throw-back lineup
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are focused on how they can best complement one another in the spirit of past big men.
The New Orleans Pelicans' front-court pairing is somewhat of a throwback in a league dominated by up-tempo, free-flowing offenses that space out the court and produce quick, open shots from just about anywhere inside 24 feet.
Houston Rockets owner Alexander is selling team
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets are going up for sale.
Rockets CEO Tad Brown made the announcement Monday, hours after owner Leslie Alexander made the decision.
This Page 1 story, part of a package of stories that also ran in the sports section, ran in the Houston Post on Feb. 15, 1995. The words and the headlines are reprinted below.
Get ready for Phi Slama Jama, Part II. One of Houston's favorite sons is coming home.
When Ezekiel Balogun was 14 years old, he got on a plane by himself in Lagos, Nigeria, for a 13-hour flight from Africa to America.
What awaited him in the U.S., Balogun hoped, was a chance at a better life.
"It was because of the opportunities that America provides," said Balogun, now 19 and a freshman on The Citadel's basketball team. "Back home, if I had just gone to school, getting a job would have been much more difficult. My dreams of playing basketball would be dead for me.
Rockets make NBA-record 24 3-pointers, beat Pelicans 122-100
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets didn't seem too impressed with their latest entry in the NBA record book.
The Rockets made an NBA-record 24 3-pointers, led by Eric Gordon's 7-for-12 effort, and beat the New Orleans Pelicans 122-100 Friday night.
"We just played how we play," said Harden, who shot 6 for 12 on 3s and finished with 29 points. "It didn't feel no different. We shot the basketball, open 3s and you know — they went in."
Harden’s triple-double helps Houston to 8th straight win
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden's latest game left him tied in Houston's record books with perhaps the greatest Rocket of all.
Harden had a triple-double — 15 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds — in just three quarters to lead the Rockets to their eighth straight win, 132-98 over the short-handed Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
James moves into 9th on scoring list as Cavs top Heat 114-84
CLEVELAND (AP) — Another game, another milestone for LeBron James.
The four-time MVP scored 27 points to move into ninth place on the NBA scoring list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Miami Heat 114-84 on Friday night.
James passed Elvin Hayes on a driving layup with 6:58 remaining and has 27,315 career points. The Cavs star was removed about a minute later and received a loud ovation from the Cleveland crowd.
Embiid grabs conference
Rookie of the Month award
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid picked up a big honor. Embiid was named the NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games that were played in October and November.
Embiid, a 7-foot-2, 275-pounder, leads all rookies in scoring, rebounding, blocks per game and three-point percentage. He is third in field-goal percentage and sixth in free-throw percentage. He averages 22.8 minutes a game, which ranks him fourth among NBA rookies.
Antetokounmpo gets triple-double, Bucks beat Magic 93-89
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo's sixth career triple-double put him in elite company.
Antetokounmpo had his first triple-double of the season to lead the Milwaukee Bucks over the Orlando Magic 93-89 on Monday night.
"It was a good one," Antetokounmpo said. "We got the win, so it feels great. It feels even better."
Cavaliers’ James moves into 10th on NBA scoring list
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cleveland's LeBron James moved into 10th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list, passing Hall-of-Famer Hakeem Olajuwon by converting a fastbreak layup with 6 minutes, 2 seconds left in the first quarter of the Cavaliers' game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.
Olajuwon finished his career with 26,946 points.
Cavaliers stay unbeaten with 128-122 win over Celtics
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James approached another milestone and the Cleveland Cavaliers remained unbeaten.
Just another day of work for the reigning NBA champions in their 128-122 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.
James scored a season-high 30 points and moved within two points of passing Hakeem Olajuwon for 10th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
Dream seasons: Hakeem Olajuwon, Rudy T and ‘heart of a champion’ lead Rockets to consecutive NBA titles
More than two decades later, the greatest team in Houston sports history is still celebrated everywhere. Its legacy endures not just for the sublime play of Hakeem Olajuwon, the unprecedented obstacles overcome, or even the ground it broke as the first major sports team in Houston to win a championship.
The Houston Rockets' 1994 and 1995 championships are commemorated everywhere for the words spoken moments after the second title was won. Before NBA Finals games are...
The Spurs signed Pau Gasol, beefing up a front line that will be without Tim Duncan next season for the first time in 19 years. They also brought back guard Manu Ginobili for a 15th season.
The 7-foot Gasol, 36, has won two NBA titles and is a six-time All-Star. He is one of six players in NBA history to reach 19,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocks along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Garnett and Duncan, who...
Spurs make it official, sign forward Pau Gasol
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs signed Pau Gasol, beefing up a front line that will be without Tim Duncan next season for the first time in 19 years. They brought back guard Manu Ginobili, too.
The 7-foot Gasol has won two NBA titles and is a six-time All-Star. Gasol is one of six players in NBA history to reach 19,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocks, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Garnett and...