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Rockets’ Gary Clark Talks Impact Season for Houston

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Houston Rockets undrafted rookie Gary Clark has been a surprise this season, playing so well that he overtook the minutes allotted for veteran forward Carmelo Anthony, who the Rockets eventually parted ways with, and continues to be a player for the team.

Clark has worked hard to gain a spot in the rotation, and it is paying off.

“I used to hear it all the time,” Clark said, according to Maurice Bobb of Bleacher Report. “They didn’t think I could play in the NBA. That was the one thing that I heard more than anything else: ‘This kid, he’s too small, he’s not long enough, he’s not athletic. He can’t shoot it that well, so he can’t play in the NBA.’”

“Gary Clark’s a player,” D’Antoni said. “He’s a player. His defense, his rebounding—smart, right position, shoots the ball. I mean, he’s a player.”

“When it comes down to winning, I do the things that a team needs,” Clark said. “I don’t always score. I will never complain about scoring or shots. But you’ll see me getting steals, rebounds, blocking shots, getting other guys opportunities to score. All I’m about is winning.”

“You can just see it,” Rockets MVP guard James Harden said. “From blocking shots to running the floor to rebounding the ball and grabbing offensive rebounds — just the way he plays — that’s what we need from him.”

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Rockets’ James Harden Prefers to Play in a System Versus Hero Ball

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Houston Rockets superstar James Harden has been having a phenomenal season offensively, but many people aren’t a fan of his “hero ball” style of play to rack up the stats.

Golden State Warriors’ guard Steph Curry said that he spoke with Harden, and that Harden stated his preference to play in a system, rather than play “hero ball”.

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2019 | @stephencurry30 on conversation with @jharden13 “I talked to James in the back… obviously complemented him on what he’s done. First thing he says is, it’s fun, but I want to play different. Playing by myself or whatever , heroball — the people wanna play in a system where they actually can play beautiful basketball with guys that know how to play.”

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Rockets Interested in Markieff Morris

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The Houston Rockets are keeping an eye on one veteran free agent as they prepare for the stretch run following the All-Star break, according to The Athletic’s Kelly Iko.

That veteran free agent is Markieff Morris, who is currently out with a neck injury but is expected to be ready following the All-Star break, according to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner.

Morris averaged 11.5 points per game for the Washington Wizards this season, and could provide a versatile forward to the Rockets offensive arsenal.

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Knicks’ Wesley Matthews Generating Interest from ‘Multiple Teams’

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New York Knicks veteran swingman Wesley Matthews may be on limited time with the Knicks as he is generating interest from a number of teams.

According to the New York Post’s Marc Berman, the Knicks have received
“multiple inquiries” about Matthews, with the Philadelphia 76ers expected to have interest as well.

Per the report, the Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Golden State Warriors are hoping that the Knicks buyout Matthews so he can hit the free agency market.

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