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LeBron under fire for comments on NBA-China row

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:58 PM

After criticizing a Rockets executive for angering China with a 'misinformed' tweet, LeBron James draws flak for 'parroting communist propaganda'

EMBATTLED. The outspoken LeBron James gets into trouble for his opinion on the raging NBA controversy. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron blames China mess on Rockets GM's 'misinformed' tweet

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The NBA controversy continues as LeBron James' comments draw praise in China, but harsh criticism in the United States

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Controversy-hit Rockets beat Raptors in Japan preseason game

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:04 PM

The Rockets split their preseason games with the NBA champion Raptors in a Japan tour overshadowed by the controversial tweet of Houston's general manager

Russell Westbrook picks up his first preseason victory with the Rockets. Photo by AFP

NBA's sheer dominance could limit damage from China backlash

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:59 PM

It's the biggest game in town and that leverage may just carry the NBA past the China crisis

ADVANTAGE. LeBron James and the NBA enjoy a huge following in China. Photo by AFP

Shanghai cancels NBA fan event over 'inappropriate' HK comments

Oct 09, 2019 - 4:36 PM

China calls off an NBA fan night on the eve of a preseason game pitting the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets

HEATED. The NBA and China row continues even as several NBA players like LeBron James and Anthony Davis remain in Shanghai for the Los Angeles Lakers’ scheduled events with the Brooklyn Nets. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Chinese media slam NBA 'about face' on Hong Kong

Oct 09, 2019 - 2:41 PM

As the NBA insists it won't apologize for a controversial Hong Kong tweet, Chinese media say there's now 'little room for reconciliation'

FIRESTORM. James Harden and the Houston Rockets – who are in Japan for preseason events – get a lot of backlash in China. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

NBA champion Raptors trip Rockets in Japan preseason game

Oct 09, 2019 - 10:08 AM

The Raptors spoil the Harden-Westbrook Rockets debut in a Japan preseason game overshadowed by the NBA's China furor

HOT START. Raptors guard Fred VanVleet takes a shot in front of Rockets stars James Harden (left) and Russell Westbrook in their NBA preseason basketball game in Saitama. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Rockets exec says Hong Kong tweet not meant to offend China

Oct 07, 2019 - 3:34 PM

The Rockets have received flak from Chinese fans after general manager Daryl Morey tweeted 'Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong'

ON THE DEFENSIVE. Daryl Morey says his views do not represent the Houston Rockets or the NBA. Photo from Instagram/@darylmorey

'We love China': Harden sorry over Rockets GM's Hong Kong tweet

Oct 07, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The tweet sent out by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has cost the franchise TV exposure and sponsorship in the lucrative Chinese market

DAMAGE CONTROL. James Harden says he 'loves' playing in China. File photo Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

China's CCTV suspends Houston Rockets broadcasts

Oct 07, 2019 - 12:10 PM

The development comes after Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a tweet showing support for the Hong Kong protests

SAVING WHAT'S LEFT. The Rockets have been in damage control since Daryl Morey sent the controversial tweet. Photo from Twitter/@HoustonRockets

Houston Rockets owner distances team from exec's Hong Kong comment

Oct 06, 2019 - 11:38 AM

'Daryl Morey does not speak for the Houston Rockets,' tweets Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta

CHINESE FAN BASE. James Harden and the Houston Rockets enjoy a huge following from China. Photo from Houston Rockets Twitter

Harden, Westbrook want to play for USA at Tokyo Olympics

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Rockets stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook hope to bring their explosive tandem to Team USA's Olympic campaign

ROCKET MEN. Russell Westbrook and James Harden add their names to the list of NBA superstars committing to play in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Photo from Houston Rockets

Houston's Tucker leaves USA squad with ankle sprain

Aug 17, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Just days after injured Raptors guard Kyle Lowry withdrew from the US team, Rockets forward PJ Tucker also suffers a sprain in practice

Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Westbrook 'to sacrifice' for Rockets in Harden reunion

Jul 27, 2019 - 5:13 PM

Fans and pundits have been skeptical of the pairing of NBA's most ball-dominant players, but Russell Westbrook and James Harden believe it will work

MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS. James Harden and Russell Westbrook form a deadly duo for the Houston Rockets. Photo from Twitter/@HoustonRockets

Harden to skip 2019 FIBA World Cup

Jul 20, 2019 - 11:16 AM

Begging off from Team USA, James Harden wants to focus on the new-look Rockets that also now banner Russell Westbrook

TWO STARS OUT. James Harden’s announcement comes just days after Anthony Davis also decides to skip Team USA’s World Cup campaign. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook 'eternally grateful' to OKC, Harden vows 'fun'

Jul 13, 2019 - 10:01 AM

'It's been a dream and a whirlwind,' Russell Westbrook writes as he leaves the Oklahoma City Thunder after 11 seasons

SCORING POWERHOUSE. The Houston power pairing of Russell Westbrook and James Harden unites the NBA's two top scorers over the past 5 seasons. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets eye deal for Thunder star Westbrook – reports

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:15 AM

The Rockets are interested in Russell Westbrook as the Thunder look to rebuild after Paul George asked for a trade to the Clippers to join Kawhi Leonard

BYE BRODIE? Russell Westbrook could reunite with his former Thunder teammate James Harden with the Rockets. File photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

Harden credits international stars for boosting Pinoy NBA dream

Jun 27, 2019 - 4:36 PM

Noting the rise of international basketball players, James Harden says Filipinos should keep chasing the NBA dream

Photo by Michael Gatpandan

Rockets eye Butler deal with Sixers

Jun 27, 2019 - 9:38 AM

James Harden and Chris Paul might just have Sixers star Jimmy Butler as their new Rockets teammate

MAJOR DEAL. Lacking salary cap room, the Rockets may need to trade and involve a third team just to get Jimmy Butler. Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: James Harden maintains urgency as title hunt continues

Jun 26, 2019 - 9:43 PM

In his Manila visit, Rockets superstar James Harden says his drive to win a championship has never been higher

James Harden Presscon. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

James Harden nears Philippine return

Jun 24, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The reigning NBA MVP will arrive in the country on Tuesday, June 25, to meet with his fans and to give back to the community

THE BEARD IN PH. James Harden will visit the country for the fifth time. Photo by Bill Baptist/Getty Images

Rockets coach D'Antoni ends contract extension talks

May 31, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Houston team owner Tilman Fertitta has called the Rockets' playoff defeat to the Warriors 'unacceptable'

NO GO. Weeks after failing to steer James Harden and the Rockets to the conference finals, Mike D'Antoni turns down Houston’s incentive-based offer. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Durant-less Warriors oust Rockets, return to West finals

May 11, 2019 - 12:01 PM

(UPDATED) Steph Curry and Klay Thompson take charge as the Warriors advance to the NBA Western Conference finals for the fifth straight season

SPLASH BROTHERS. Klay Thompson and Steph Curry wrap it up for the Warriors on the road. Photo from NBA Twitter

Warriors a win away from West finals but lose Durant to injury

May 09, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Even minus Kevin Durant late in the game, the defending champion Warriors take a pivotal 3-2 series lead over the Rockets

THRILLER. Steph Curry and the Warriors get the job done at home after outlasting the feisty Rockets. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets stomp Warriors to knot series at 2-2

May 07, 2019 - 12:31 PM

After going down 0-2, James Harden and the Rockets get themselves back in the series against the defending champions

Rockets escape Warriors in OT, trim series deficit to 2-1

May 05, 2019 - 11:52 AM

James Harden knocks in the clutch baskets to highlight a 41-point show

STELLAR. James Harden gives the Rockets a fighting chance in the series against the defending champion Warriors. Photo from NBA Twitter

Rockets aim to 'impose will' against Warriors

May 04, 2019 - 12:23 PM

Houston seeks to capitalize on its homecourt advantage as it tries to dig itself out of a 0-2 hole against Golden State

BACKS AGAINST THE WALL. James Harden and the Houston Rockets could not afford going down 0-3. Photo from Houston Rockets' Twitter account (@HoustonRockets)

After eye injury, Rockets' Harden sets sights on Game 3

May 01, 2019 - 3:07 PM

'I didn't have a doubt he was coming back unless it was something catastrophic,' Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni says of James Harden

POKED. Rockets star James Harden falls to the floor, grabbing his face after being accidentally poked in the eye by the Warriors' Draymond Green. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

More drama as Warriors hold off Rockets for 2-0 lead

May 01, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Injuries hit both teams' superstars, but in the end, the Warriors manage to outlast the resilient Rockets

CHALLENGE. Warriors' Kevin Durant blocks Rockets' James Harden in another tight duel in the Western Conference semis. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors' Durant says Rockets' Harden 'clever' not cheater

May 01, 2019 - 11:28 AM

'I just think that he has a style of play, and it might not be what everybody might like to see, but it's been effective,' Kevin Durant says of James Harden

ALL FAIR. Despite a heated Game 1 duel between the Warriors and the Rockets, Kevin Durant thinks James Harden plays by the league rules. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets' Chris Paul fined $35,000 for referee bump

Apr 30, 2019 - 10:08 AM

'If I'm not emotional, I'm not me, but I've definitely got to be better for my team,' says Rockets star Chris Paul

UPSET. Chris Paul gets ejected in Game 1 of the Rockets’ playoff duel versus the defending champion Warriors. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Kerr 'disappointed' after Rockets fury at officiating

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:24 AM

'I don't remember people falling down on three-point shots all the time when I played,' says Warriors coach Steve Kerr

TENSION. Golden State coach Steve Kerr adds fuel to the duel between the Warriors and the Houston Rockets. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Draymond says officiating 'isn't an exact science' as Harden rues calls

Apr 29, 2019 - 1:45 PM

The Rockets star asks for a 'fair chance' from the referees as the Warriors escape with Game 1 of their West semifinals clash

FIRST BLOOD. Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors escape James Harden and the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals opener. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

Durant, Warriors nip Rockets to clinch Game 1

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:49 AM

The defending two-time NBA champions protect their turf this time after dropping their last two playoff home games to the Clippers in the first round

ONE UP. Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors draw first blood against the Houston Rockets. Photo from NBA Stats' Twitter account (@nbastats)

Rockets finish job, boot out Jazz in 1st round

Apr 25, 2019 - 10:59 AM

Utah managed to avoid a sweep but that only stalled what looked like the inevitable as Houston ends the best-of-seven series in 5 games

ON TO THE NEXT. James Harden and the Houston Rockets are through to the next round of the NBA playoffs. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

No sweep: Jazz blast off Rockets in gutsy Game 4 stand

Apr 23, 2019 - 1:31 PM

Donovan Mitchell fires 19 points in the final frame as the Jazz live to fight another day

SOPHOMORE STAR. Donovan Mitchell puts the Jazz in his back. Photo from Donovan Mitchell's Twitter account (@spidadmitchell)

Rockets escape Jazz despite Harden's struggles

Apr 21, 2019 - 1:58 PM

The Houston Rockets take a 3-0 lead over the Utah Jazz in the first-round playoff series

POOR SHOOTING. James Harden sets a record for most consecutive misses to start an NBA playoff game in history. Photo from Houston Rockets Twitter

Harden drops triple-double as Rockets roll past Jazz

Apr 18, 2019 - 12:41 PM

The Rockets take a 2-0 series lead against the Jazz after another sensational performance from the reigning MVP

UNSTOPPABLE. James Harden and the Rockets deal the Jazz a second straight blowout. Photo from NBA Twitter

Harden, Rockets blast Jazz to clinch Game 1

Apr 15, 2019 - 12:42 PM

In their second straight season to meet in the playoffs, Houston reasserts its mastery over Utah

THE BEARD. James Harden posts a near-triple-double to open the NBA playoffs. Photo from Houston Rockets' Twitter account (@HoustonRockets)

Rockets thump Clippers; Blazers up

Apr 04, 2019 - 5:00 PM

James Harden and Chris Paul team up for 60 points as the Rockets keep hold of the 3rd spot with a win over the Clippers

KEY STRETCH. Chris Paul and James Harden fuel the Rockets’ playoff push for a top 3 berth. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP

Harden's 50-point triple-double fuels Rockets over Kings

Mar 31, 2019 - 11:44 AM

The Rockets oust the Kings from playoff contention as James Harden delivers another record performance

TRIP-DUB TEAR. James Harden posts his 42nd career triple-double.

Rockets romp past Nuggets

Mar 29, 2019 - 11:58 AM

James Harden and the Rockets deal the Nuggets a 27-point whipping in the duel between West contenders

UNSTOPPABLE. Reigning MVP James Harden sustains his solid showing against the No. 2 Nuggets. Photo from NBA Twitter

WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

Mar 28, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Check out an ice-cool maximum, a stunning block and a massive dunk

ICE-COOL. Chris Paul shows off his wares in the Bucks-Rockets duel. Photo from NBA Twitter

Harden cools down but Rockets still beat Pelicans for playoff berth

Mar 25, 2019 - 11:43 AM

Erupting for a combined 118 points in the last two games, the reigning NBA MVP finds no reason to maintain his torrid pace

NO EARLY VACATIONS. James Harden and Clint Capela lead the Houston Rockets to the playoffs for the seventh straight season. Photo from Houston Rockets' Twitter account (@HoustonRockets)

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

Mar 23, 2019 - 11:00 PM

James Harden records another NBA milestone as LeBron James sees his personal playoff streak end

CONTRAST. James Harden (left) relishes a memorable night with the Rockets while LeBron James absorbs a big blow in his debut season with the Lakers. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Harden equals career-high 61 in Rockets win over Spurs

Mar 23, 2019 - 12:41 PM

Reigning MVP James Harden erupts for 61 points to become only the fourth player with multiple 60-point games in a season

CAREER-HIGH. James Harden sizzles in another record-setting night. Photo from NBA Twitter

Harden first in NBA history to drop 30 vs all 29 foes in same season

Mar 20, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The reigning MVP completes the feat with a 31-point outing in the Rockets' dominant win over the Hawks

HISTORY MADE. James Harden becomes the first player since Michael Jordan to score at least 30 points against all NBA teams. Photo from NBA Stats' Twitter account (@nbastats)

Harden drops incredible stat line to power Rockets over Suns

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:03 PM

Reigning MVP James Harden stuffs the stat sheet to help the Rocket escape the Suns

ALL AROUND. James Harden virtually does it all for the Rockets. Photo from NBA Twitter

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:18 PM

Enduring another rough stretch, the Golden State Warriors survive the Houston Rockets' late rally

TOP GUNS. Steph Curry and the Warriors stay on top of the Western Conference. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Minus Durant, Warriors survive late Rockets rally

Mar 14, 2019 - 12:34 PM

(UPDATED) The Warriors hang on against a Rockets side that came close to wiping out their double-digit lead in the closing minutes

CLUTCH. Steph Curry nails two crucial free throws to help the Warriors stay on top. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP