October 3, 2013 at 1:15 pm
It took a week, but the media was finally allowed in early enough to see some Rockets scrimmage action on Thursday (Day 6 of Training Camp). That means we got our first glimpse of Dwight Howard with his new Rocket teammates.
Dwight did have a couple of dunks, including an alleyoop feed from Omri Casspi. I thought Terrence Jones looked really good — he nailed a couple of threes, worked inside and hit the boards and slammed home a missed free throw just before the final buzzer. I thought Donatas Motiejunas looked good as well, hitting a long three early in the first game and scoring inside twice (one was a goaltending block by Dwight).
The Rockets’ coaching staff was really stressing that both teams push the tempo — that much was evident. White Team, led by Jones, Jeremy Lin and Aaron Brooks, knocked off the Black Team, led by Dwight, James Harden and Patrick Beverley. This was the full “second game” with lots of editing to save time on the video. We walked in during the “first game,” but Harden and Howard were both out of the game when we came in. The footage from the first game is now found below as well.
So here you go, hot off the press:
We came out on to the floor when this short scrimmage was pretty far along, so there’s not as much there. It was the first game, before the one you saw above this. Harden and Howard were out when we came in but quickly returned to the court. Motiejunas had some nice plays in this one.
Harden to Ronnie Brewer to Howard for the slam
Casspi finds Howard for the alleyoop
October 3, 2013 at 8:13 am
Dwight Howard is laced up and ready to go as training camp for the much-anticipated 2013-14 Houston Rockets season is in full swing and the first preseason game is this Saturday at the Toyota Center.
How have the Rockets players looked in person? Can Howard and Omer Asik work together? Who will be the team’s starting power forward and is there even a question at point guard?
The ClutchFans Podcast makes a return to discuss those topics as Dave Hardisty (Clutch) and Lance Thompson welcome in Ben DuBose (The Cat) to talk all things Rockets after Media Day last Friday and training camp practices all this week.
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October 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm
Rockets practice was scheduled to end Wednesday at noon, so I got there at 11:15am, plenty of time to get settled in before the media would be called in.
I knew I was in trouble when I got out of the elevator and Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin were hanging out in the hall. Practice was already over… ended by McHale early without warning (same as Day 3). It’s been that kind of week. However, I have a feeling tomorrow will be the day we will finally see some live scrimmage action.
What was left after practice? Dwight Howard staying later to practice free throws and Omri Casspi shooting on the other end. No offense to Casspi, but I opted for Dwight.
October 1, 2013 at 9:50 am
What a difference a year makes.
Those two guys in the middle weren’t with the Rockets this time last year
At this time last year, the Houston Rockets sported a young roster long on trade assets but short on star talent. The marquee name on the roster was the recently-acquired Jeremy Lin (whose track record consisted of a few short weeks of “Lin-sanity” and not much else), and the roster was otherwise headed by the likes of Kevin Martin (scorer extraordinaire and “everything else” not-so-extraordinaire), Chandler Parsons (a solid second round pick with “quality role player” potential) and new starting center Omer Asik (he of the 3.1 point-per-game average the prior season in Chicago). Add in a slew of young power forwards, including one (Royce White) making news for not showing up to training camp, and the Rockets weren’t exactly looking like playoff contenders, let alone title contenders.
Then, everything changed.
September 29, 2013 at 3:42 pm
The Rockets did scrimmage today, but we did not get to see any of it so we’re yet to see Dwight Howard in action with his new teammates. Here are some videos from Day 2 of Houston Rockets Training Camp.
September 29, 2013 at 1:13 pm
Hakeem Olajuwon was there again on Day 2 of Houston Rockets training camp, and though we again did not get to see any scrimmage, we did see Olajuwon work on post moves with young Rocket Donatas Motiejunas.
D-Mo called it a “pleasure” and an “honor” that Hakeem invited him to workout with him.
“You see, he moves faster than me on the court,” said Motiejunas. “I don’t know how old is he. He didn’t tell me how old is he. I was impressed. I was thinking he’s like a center, a big guy, but he moves like a forward. There are many things I can take from his game and apply to mine.”
Here is some video of the workout as well as interviews with both Motiejunas and Olajuwon.