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Locked on Rockets, part of the Locked on Podcast Network, offers a daily look inside the Houston Rockets and the NBA. The show is hosted by Ben DuBose, a reporter with the Rockets' flagship station SportsTalk 790.

Locked on Rockets, part of the Locked on Podcast Network, offers a daily look inside the Houston Rockets and the NBA. The show is hosted by Ben DuBose, a reporter with the Rockets' flagship station SportsTalk 790.
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Locked on Rockets, part of the Locked on Podcast Network, offers a daily look inside the Houston Rockets and the NBA. The show is hosted by Ben DuBose, a reporter with the Rockets' flagship station SportsTalk 790.






Locked on Rockets — September 25 — Media Day impressions and looking ahead to training camp

Our Ben DuBose offers his primary takeaways from Monday's annual Media Day with the Rockets at Toyota Center, including the importance of closure on the Carmelo Anthony front. We then look ahead to Tuesday's first day of training camp and a few of the leading storylines as the Rockets begin gearing up for the Oct. 17 season opener. #Rockets #NBA #MediaDay

Duration: 00:43:57

Locked on Rockets — September 24 — On life after Carmelo Anthony, and Houston vs. OKC comparisons

Carmelo Anthony is finally off the market, and our Ben DuBose breaks down where things went wrong for the Rockets in trade negotiations and what his addition to OKC means for the Western Conference this season and the long-term positioning and strategy of both franchises. #Rockets #NBA #Carmelo #Thunder

Duration: 00:43:12

Locked on Rockets — September 23 — On the latest Carmelo NTC report, and reasons not to panic

With the Carmelo Anthony trade talks again heating up, our Ben DuBose explains why he isn't particularly despondent following Friday night's reports that Anthony might also waive his no-trade clause for Cleveland and one other team (in addition to Houston). #Rockets #NBA #Knicks #Carmelo

Duration: 00:37:50

Locked on Rockets — September 22 — Reaction to Knicks' front-office commentary on Carmelo Anthony

New York Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry answered a number of questions regarding Carmelo Anthony at a regularly scheduled press conference Friday, and our Ben DuBose attempts to decode what it all means. #Rockets #NBA #Knicks #Carmelo

Duration: 00:36:14

Locked on Rockets — September 21 — Exploring the latest round of Carmelo Anthony trade rumors

As the start of training camp looms, Ben DuBose examines the latest round of rumors on social media regarding Carmelo Anthony trade talks and explains why he isn't deterred by a tweet from Jason McIntyre indicating that Melo could accept a trade to Portland. #Rockets #NBA #Knicks #Blazers #Carmelo

Duration: 00:22:37

Locked on Rockets — September 20 — On Houston's courtship of Andre Igoudala and the role of Chris Paul

Led by Chris Paul, the Rockets allegedly put together "the best recruiting presentation of all time" earlier this summer in their pursuit of Golden State swingman Andre Igoudala. In today's episode, we break down the nitty gritty of the story and explain why it speaks extremely well to the culture of the Rockets as an organization. #Rockets #NBA #Warriors

Duration: 00:26:17

Locked on Rockets — September 15 — On James Harden and Chris Paul's rankings in the new #NBARank lists

With new #NBArank lists from ESPN and Sports Illustrated giving James Harden and Chris Paul average rankings of 6.5 and 7, respectively, Ben DuBose explains why Paul's figure feels appropriate but Harden's appears too low. #Rockets #NBA

Duration: 00:33:16

Locked on Rockets — June 30 — Roundtable: On Paul's integration, finding a third star, and MLE/BAE targets

In this roundtable episode, Aly Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) and Grayson Skweres (@g_skweres) join Ben to explore the integration of Chris Paul from an Xs and Os perspective, the feasibility of acquiring a third star such as Carmelo Anthony or Paul George, potential lower-level targets for the MLE and BAE, and much more. #Rockets #NBAFreeAgency #NBA #CP3

Duration: 00:44:15

Locked on Rockets — June 29 — Takeaways from the Morey, D'Antoni presser and extended CP3 analysis

With the Chris Paul trade now official, Daryl Morey and Mike D'Antoni met with local media and explained the background of the deal. Ben shares what he learned from the GM and head coach — including why the Rockets made the trade before free agency — and looks ahead to what might come next (Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Paul Millsap?). #Rockets #NBA #NBAFreeAgency #CP3

Duration: 00:37:58

Locked on Rockets — June 28 — Immediate reaction to the Chris Paul trade

The Rockets pulled a stunner on Wednesday by trading for Chris Paul, who opted in for the final year of his existing contract at $24 million. Ben explains why it's a home run for the Rockets, both from the standpoint of adding a future Hall of Famer and doing it at a much lower cap figure than anyone expected. #Rockets #NBA #NBAFreeAgency #CP3

Duration: 00:13:19

Locked on Rockets — June 28 — Why a Ryan Anderson trade could be the first domino

New rumors from ESPN have the Rockets as an increasingly serious threat for Chris Paul while also remaining in the mix for Paul George. In our latest episode, Ben examines the potential of Daryl Morey's two-part plan and explains why moving Ryan Anderson as soon as possible is essential. #Rockets #NBA #NBAFreeAgency

Duration: 00:21:53

Locked on Rockets — June 25 — Scouting reports on Hartenstein, Cam Oliver, and Zhou Qi; New FA rumors

With the 2017 NBA Draft in the books, hoops researcher Patrick Oxford (@HoopsMetrOX) gives his scouting report on recent additions to the Rockets — including second-round pick Isaiah Hartenstein, undrafted free agent pickup Cameron Oliver, and 2016 selection Zhou Qi. To close out the show, Ben offers quick hits on the latest free agency rumors with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. #Rockets #NBA #NBADraft #NBAFreeAgency

Duration: 00:54:42

Locked on Rockets — June 22 — Draft recap: Hartenstein at 43 and no major moves yet

After a week of heavy rumors, nothing major materialized on draft night for Daryl Morey and the Rockets. Ben examines the choice of 19-year-old European big man (and potential stash) Isaiah Hartenstein at pick 43, as well as the trade of pick 45 to preserve potential cap flexibility. We also explain why the lack of a major trade (Paul George) or salary-clearing move (Ryan Anderson, Pat Beverley, Lou Williams) shouldn't be a concern just yet. #Rockets #NBA #NBADraft #NBAFreeAgency

Duration: 00:17:29

Locked on Rockets — June 20 — Tuesday rumors: Beverley, George, Harden's extension, and more

With the draft under 48 hours away, transaction rumors are flying — particularly involving always-aggressive GM Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets. We break down all of Tuesday's headlines, including local stories on James Harden and Pat Beverley and national headlines involving Paul George and Kristaps Porzingis. #Rockets #NBA #NBAFreeAgency #NBADraft

Duration: 00:42:49

Locked on Rockets — June 19 — What a hypothetical Paul George deal could look like for Houston

ESPN's Brian Windhorst expects the Rockets to be involved in trade discussions for disgruntled Pacers star Paul George, so what might a potential deal look like? Our Ben DuBose gives his early thoughts on possible departures from the Houston side, led by Eric Gordon and Pat Beverley. #Rockets #Pacers #NBA #NBAFreeAgency

Duration: 00:25:04

Locked on Rockets — June 18 — Context behind Pat Beverley's commentary on CP3, his future in Houston

Rockets guard Pat Beverley went out of his way Sunday to address recent Chris Paul rumors, and we explain the specifics of how the pursuit of CP3 and other factors related to the league's new CBA make this a key business offseason for him. #Rockets #NBA #NBAFreeAgency #CP3

Duration: 00:19:52

Locked on Rockets — June 16 — Exploring new Chris Paul rumors and his potential basketball fit in Houston

Our latest show examines the Los Angeles Times report that Chris Paul will meet with the Rockets in free agency, followed by an Xs and Os discussion with Paul (@RocketIntellect, interview at 22:05) on the potential basketball fit of CP3 alongside James Harden in Mike D'Antoni's system. #Rockets #NBA #CP3 #NBAFreeAgency

Duration: 00:54:42

Locked on Rockets — June 14 — Is Houston a potential destination for Chris Paul?

Adrian Wojnarowski lists the Rockets among the leading suitors for Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, and Ben explains why it could be more reasonable scenario for GM Daryl Morey than many may have thought. #Rockets #NBA #Clippers #NBAFreeAgency

Duration: 00:33:08

Locked on Rockets — June 8 — Zhou Qi rumors; MK Bower on building a contender in Warriors' era

In our latest episode, we examine recent rumors linking China's Zhou Qi with an imminent move to Houston and chat with Rockets beat writer MK Bower (15:08) on the team's broader offseason needs. Among a number of topics, MK and Ben weigh in on whether it's even possible to build an NBA contender in the near future — given how dominant Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry's Warriors currently appear. #Rockets #NBA #NBAFinals #NBAFreeAgency

Duration: 00:53:58

Locked on Rockets — May 29 — Revisiting the voided Pau Gasol trade and Daryl Morey's mindset at the time

In the wake of a new David Stern interview rehashing the voided December 2011 trade that would've sent Pau Gasol to the Rockets and Chris Paul to the Lakers, we take a look back and reflect on why Houston is better off now, what Daryl Morey's plan was at the time, and the importance of adjusting team-building strategy to the overall strength of the league in a particular year. #Rockets #NBA #NBAFreeAgency

Duration: 00:25:49

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