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Daryl Morey has put together a Rockets team that could end up a dark-horse challenger for the NBA title, but even he has some regrets. Chief among them is his pick of Royce White in the first round of the 2012 draft. Morey told ClutchFans.net, a Rockets fan site, "I take some sort of pride in that you could argue that Royce White is the worst first-round pick ever.'' White hasn't played a game in the NBA, but he's been battling a severe anxiety disorder that has prevented him from continuing his career. Knowing that, Morey's comments might be seen as a case of piling on.
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What's up in Western Conference?
If the Minnesota Timberwolves were in the Eastern Conference -- like, say, their neighbors the Milwaukee Bucks -- they'd be fourth, with an 11-12 record. Instead, the Kevin Love-led team is in the West ... where it's 11th. And just half a game out of 13th. Tough conference, eh? Which teams will come good?
Howard to face Lakers as a Rocket
The hype surrounding Thursday's Lakers versus Rockets game has much more to do with last season's Dwight Howard-Lakers saga than what will happen in the first of four matchups this season between the two teams. Howard's former coach and teammates have been asked about his decision to leave Los Angeles for Houston -- leading Pau Gasol to say you have to "respect" his decision. What will happen when Howard faces his former team for the first time since signing with the Rockets?
Dwight Howard goes off in debut
It looks like all Dwight Howard needed was a change of scenery. Coming off a disappointing season with the Lakers, Howard answered at least a few of his doubters with a 17-point, 26-rebound performance in his debut with the Rockets. Howard dismantled the Bobcats, leading his team to a 96-83 victory and looking like he and James Harden were born to play together, but will he keep it up over the full season?
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NBA 5-on-5: Houston Rockets
Is Dwight Howard's will play in a stable environment a must-see this season? Or are you more interested to see how James Harden's play will change with the addition of Howard? Is Jeremy Lin's role with the team the biggest question facing the Rockets? The NBA 5-on-5 guys had their say and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in.