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Just for fun, here are listed heights for these five Rockets centers, per Basketball-Reference:

  • Yao Ming — 7-foot-6
  • Ralph Sampson — 7-foot-4
  • Dwight Howard — 6-foot-11
  • Hakeem Olajuwon — 7-foot-0
  • Elvin Hayes — 6-foot-9

Looking at that picture and knowing, as Ethan Sherwood Strauss has pointed out, that Dwight Howard’s draft measurements put him at 6-foot-9 and that he looks about the same height as Elvin Hayes (6-foot-9) and maybe an inch shorter than Hakeem Olajuwon, who most people agree is really 6-foot-10, how tall do you think Dwight Howard really is? I’d wager on 6-foot-9 but I wouldn’t put it past Dwight to choose one height then switch to another then go back to his original then maybe change to a whole new height because it fits him better. You get it.

(via Justin Verrier)

Do you like social media buzzwords such as cross-platform, activations and interactivity while also enjoying basketball and/or the Oklahoma City Thunder and/or the Houston Rockets? If so, this new Nike “Summer Is Serious” contest is literally the definition of “in your wheelhouse.” Here are the rules:

During the Entry Period, submit a photo or video of yourself (subject to the guidelines in Section 5 below) via Twitter, Instagram or Vine using the hashtag #summerisserious. During the period July 8 – 16, 2013 follow @nikebasketball for the daily challenges that will be issued for a specific skill (i.e., shooting, rebounding, etc.). After July 16, 2013, when challenges are no longer issued, you may still submit entries through August 2, 2013. You may submit as many entries as you like, but each entry must be a new original entry that has not been previously submitted.

And here is what you can win:

Sixteen (16) Winners will each receive a three-day trip August 15 – 17, 2013 to New York City to participate in a special Tournament of Champions game with one team of Winners drafted by Kevin Durant facing one team of Winners drafted by James Harden. The game will take place the evening of August 16, 2013. Each Winner will receive a uniform, which includes a jersey, shorts and a pair of shoes.

And here is what you absolutely cannot put in your internet video:

Content Restrictions: The entry must NOT contain:

- People other than entrant in the photo;
- Entrant in a sports team uniform on camera, or mention a team name;
- Logos (other than Nike, Converse, or Hurley);
- Marks that identify a brand (other than Nike, Converse, or Hurley);
- Building signage;
- Material that violates or infringes another’s rights (living or deceased), including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights;
- Images and/or artwork that that are copyrighted, trademarked, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner to post the material;
- Nudity, acts of violence, acts that appear to cause injury or harm;
- Dangerous stunts;
- Real weapons of any kind, including, but not limited to, guns, knives or projectiles;
- Drug use;
- Smoking;
- Material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, age or any other basis protected by Federal, State, or Local Law, Ordinance, or Regulation; and
- Material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where the Entry is created.

So basically, a shot-for-shot remake of Action Bronson’s “Strictly 4 My Jeeps” or most other worthwhile rap videos is completely out of the question, but you can win the chance to play summer ball with two of the NBA’s most famous summer ballers. Seems like a fair trade.

And while I won’t be entering this contest because I have a wedding to go to that weekend, I really hope a TBJ fan somehow makes it on to one of those teams. It’s kind of impossible to tell if they’re looking for actual basketball talent or just straight up laughs when picking these winners, but I’d be willing to bet there’s a little of both out there. So go nuts with your videos and your hashtags, because this could be your one and only chance to to end up in one of those world famous YouTube clips where Kevin Durant makes 50 threes from beyond halfcourt or whatever. I suppose you could also have your face get mushed, but that’s a risk you need to be willing to take.

You can tell this is an old clip because Daequan Cook is still hanging around, but geez is it fascinating to see these pros trying to figure out exactly how far they can stretch their Euro steps without having it be illegal. And it seems like they eventually got to the bottom of things, since James Harden might have the best Euro step in the game right now.

Though now after seeing this, I kind of feel like he should credit Chandler Parsons, Jeremy Lin, Cook and assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff any time he does it, as they are obviously the brain trust behind his mastery. Just throw them a hyperlink or something, just to keep them satisfied.

If we ever find out James Harden is one of those guys who don’t chuck up halfcourters because they’ll hurt his shooting percentage, let’s just show him this footage and say, “Come on, man.” Yeah, he just botched the old practice shot after an intentional foul, but still. Whoops.

Yeah, of course he does. Vampires burn in light.

IMPORTANT INDIEGOGO ALERT:

[Despite] impressive game after game, [Chandler] Parsons is making less than a million dollars a year. And he’s more or less locked into this contract for another two seasons. Grantland founder Bill Simmons called Parsons’ contract one of the best bargains in the NBA.

I ask, a bargain for who?

At a salary of $888,250 this year, Parsons barely takes home $10,000 a game. And that’s before legal fees, agent fees, and taxes. At an average of 15 points/game — Chandler is earning roughly $666 a point. For a little helping of context: Kobe Bryant makes 27.8 million a year which averages out to about $339,000 a game. If Kobe made $666/point, he would need to average 509 points per game to match Parsons’ efficiency.

To make matters worse, mere weeks away from the playoffs, Chandler has been stricken with both a strained calf, food poisoning, and a crushing loss for his alma mater in the Elite 8 at the hands of Trey Burke and his Michigan Blue-ligans. This guy doesn’t need to catch a break, he needs to catch the first flight out to Maui after the season ends!

I whole-heartedly believe Parsons and his Rockets will go far in the playoff season. But, whether he goes for one last victory lap or all the way to championship glory, I think we can all agree Chandler deserves a little rest, relaxation, and hula.

For the same price as an NBA jersey, a round of cold beers at your local sports pub, or nosebleed tickets to a Bobcats-Pistons game, you can help show Chandler Parsons your appreciation for an outstanding season.

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Since he makes roughly $10,000 a game, we thought this extra “game” could be on us. Here’s the cost estimate:

  • $3,000 for a first class (he’s got long legs) round-trip ticket from Houston to Maui
  • $3,000 for a Deluxe Ocean View Room, $500/night x 6 nights
  • $1,500 for Food (he’s 6’9″, guy probably has a huge appetite)
  • $1,500 for Fun
  • $300 for Miscellaneous Expenses ;)
  • $700 for Indiegogo Processing Fee

This is a Fixed Goal Campaign, which means if we don’t reach our goal, we don’t get any of the donations, and Chandler Parsons doesn’t get to go to Hawaii.

We are reaching out to Parsons’s managment concurrent with this campaign to determine the best way to get him the funds. Meaning if, I mean when, we do reach our goal, we can get him on that first flight to Maui as soon as possible.

In.

Well, not really “in” as in “giving money to send a professional basketball player on vacation because he ‘only’ makes $10,000 a game,” but definitely “in” as in “Haha, OK.” I mean, who wouldn’t want to help out Chandler Parsons? He seems like a nice, handsome or pretty kind of guy and I’m sure he’d love a vacation where he can get his chill on.

Not to mention, depending on your donation, you’re going to get some really great prizes. You’ll snag a replica Chandler Parsons jersey (retail $55.43) for a $500 give, some Parsons fan fiction if you donate $100 or even “Greater Satisfaction” for $5, which is far more satisfying than just the standard “Satisfaction” you’ll receive for giving $1. No matter how much you give, you’re totally going to get your money’s worth. Totally.

So yeah, let’s send Chandler Parsons to Hawaii. Not me, specifically, but you guys should definitely do it. I’m sure it’ll mean a lot to him.

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“For the rest of eternity, they’ll show that ‘Longest NBA Winning Streaks’ graphic during an NBA game and viewers will say, “’72 Lakers, ’08 Rockets, ’00 Lakers, ’71 Bucks … wait a second, what????”
– Bill Simmons, 2009 NBA Western Conference Preview

With their wins over the Bucks and Raptors that pushed them to 22 consecutive W’s, the Miami Heat have joined some historic company — championship-winning teams, historic assemblages of Hall of Fame talent, teams that get books written about them and special anniversary nights at their home arenas dedicated to them.

They also joined the 2007-08 Houston Rockets, a team that went 55-27, finished as the five seed in the Western Conference, then lost to the Utah Jazz in six games in the first round of the playoffs.

It’s not really possible to win 22 consecutive games and still fly under the radar, but if it was, the 2008 Rockets would have done it. Even at the time, you wondered why people weren’t making a big deal out of the streak, even though you pretty much understood why — at no point during their historic streak did it really seem like the Rockets were a Finals contender, the best team in the league or even the best team in the West, where the Lakers were surging after the league-rocking Pau Gasol trade, the Spurs were mounting a title defense for the fourth time in nine years and even the Hornets were congealing around their MVP-candidate point guard and starting to look like a real threat. The Rockets were a cute distraction, but few saw them as championship material, especially after they lost one of their core players to a mid-season injury.

Yet the ’08 Rockets did something that, up until last night, only one other team in NBA history had managed to achieve. How’d they do it? Well, in essence, they were a team that came together around a superstar in his last stretch of near-dominance, with role players both veteran and inexperienced stepping up around him, and a relatively soft mid-season schedule (15 of the 22 games were at home, and 12 against non-playoff teams) that allowed momentum to build, before the inevitable regression to the mean reared its ugly head.

Since we probably haven’t thought much about them in the last five years before the Heat went supernova, and we might not have cause to think about them again for sometimes afterwards, I figured a little retrospect was in order. Here are 10 things you may or may not remember about that weird-ass Rockets team and their weird-ass 22-game winning streak.

1. They went 24-20 before the streak began.
The Rockets went all of 2007 outside of the playoff picture in their first season under new head coach Rick Adelman, with incumbent Jeff Van Gundy having been canned in the offseason, after losing in the first round for the third time in his four seasons as head coach (this time after having been up 3-2). The team ended ’07 with a 15-16 record, but started to find a groove in early January, ironically with nominal franchise player Tracy McGrady out with injury, as the team banged out a five game win streak (with other nominal franchise player Yao Ming averaging a 26 and eight on 58 percent shooting). They then grabbed another four straight a few games later (this time with T-Mac back in tow), before achieving liftoff, winning against the Warriors on Jan. 29th and not losing again until March 18th.

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