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Sources — Rockets, Gordon reach $54.5M deal

[ad_1] Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon has agreed to a three-year, $54.5 million contract extension that will take him through the 2022-23 season, league sources told ESPN on Friday night.Gordon's deal -- which starts with the 2020-21 season -- includes a $20.9 million season in 2023-24 that would become guaranteed if Gordon makes an All-Star team or if the Rockets win an NBA championship during the course of the deal,
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Harden working to unleash one-legged 3 in NBA

[ad_1] HOUSTON -- James Harden isn't just playing around in pickup games when he launches the one-legged, stepback 3-pointers seen in viral videos shot during open runs this summer.Harden, the Houston Rockets' superstar who led the NBA in scoring the last two seasons, is searching for ways he can continue to improve and innovate his game."I'm always trying to be creative," Harden told ESPN after giving away bicycles to dozens
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Rockets’ Tucker withdraws from Team USA camp

[ad_1] ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker has withdrawn from consideration for USA Basketball's World Cup roster, meaning 14 players remain in consideration for 12 spots.Tucker withdrew Friday, citing a minor left ankle issue. He has twisted the ankle twice in the last several days and decided the best move would be to let it fully heal before going to training camp with the Rockets next month."I twisted
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Morey — ‘Factual’ Harden a better scorer than MJ

[ad_1] Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has always championed his players, and he has gone to a new extreme in praising James Harden."It's just factual that James Harden is a better scorer than Michael Jordan," Morey said on the "Selfmade with Nadeshot" podcast.Morey acknowledged that people "hate" his take but explained how the numbers support his statement."Based on literally, like you give James Harden the ball and before you're
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Sources — Clips vs. Lakers tops Christmas games

[ad_1] A marquee matchup of two new dynamic duos created this offseason will headline the NBA's Christmas slate this year.The LA Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers will play at Staples Center on Dec. 25, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The meeting will pit LeBron James and new teammate Anthony Davis against reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.James will likely play in his 14th Christmas game this year and
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After doubts, Melo confident he wants to play

[ad_1] Carmelo Anthony says the end of his tenure with the Houston Rockets made him question whether he wanted to still play in the NBA."I felt like the game didn't want me back at that point in time," Anthony told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith on First Take, referring to a period in which he described himself as being "emotionally vulnerable."Now, Anthony says the passion to play is back."I'm in the
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Westbrook — Ready to sacrifice for Rockets, title

[ad_1] Only a few minutes into his introductory news conference, Russell Westbrook said something Friday that would've caused a collective spit take around the NBA just a few weeks ago."I only care about one team," Westbrook said, "and that's the Houston Rockets."After spending his first 11 seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Westbrook officially embarked on a new chapter Friday. It was a somewhat surreal image, Westbrook dressed in Rockets
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New move will look like a travel; it’s not

[ad_1] James Harden says he tries to come up with something innovative every offseason, something more creative than his latest move.Two years ago, Harden perfected the step-back jumper. Last summer, the Houston Rockets guard then perfected the side step-back jumper. In a Q&A session Friday with young fans at a promotional event attended by local Houston media, Harden said he will be working on yet another move this summer, and
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New move will look like a travel; it’s not

[ad_1] James Harden says he tries to come up with something innovative every offseason, something more creative than his latest move.Two years ago, Harden perfected the step-back. Last summer the Houston Rockets guard then perfected the side step-back.In a Q&A session Friday with young fans at a promotional event attended by local Houston media, Harden said he will be working on an another move this summer and it will "look