This is what growing pains look like in the NBA. The Houston Rockets began 2022-23 looking to take a step up the Western Conference standings, pairing their talented backcourt with a number of intriguing frontcourt pieces. Their plans haven't come to fruition thus far . The league's second-youngest team (behind only the Oklahoma City Thunder) sits at a Western Conference-worst 3–12 despite Wednesday's win in Dallas, and given the state of the current roster, we are unlikely to see the Rockets make a run toward the play-in anytime soon. As the organization places a premium on developing its young talent, another 60-loss season may be the consequence. Evaluating a young and scuffling team is no easy exercise, especially given the admittedly-diminished expectations for Stephen Silas' squad. But let's give it a shot anyway, grading the performance of each Rockets rotation player through the season's first 15 games. Kevin Porter Jr: C Houston's young point guard is … [Read more...] about Grades for each Houston Rockets rotation player through 15 games
It’s hard enough waking up at the crack of dawn for a morning run or finding the motivation to visit the gym after a mentally taxing day in the office. But somehow, without fail, wintertime makes it even more difficult. Between the extra sunless hours and ungodly outdoor temperatures, hibernation is often more plausible than a consistent workout routine. But committing to exercise even during the bleakest of months pays off: Studies suggest that physical exercise can improve symptoms for seasonal depression and “winter blues.” So, even if you’d rather stream every Christmas movie from the comfort of your couch than a single virtual Peloton class this holiday season, it’s likely in your best interest to get moving. And whatever your fitness goals are, Amazon is here to help: The online retail giant currently has oodles of exercise equipment on sale ahead of Black Friday to bulk up your home gym. From steep discounts on the popular NordicTrack Smart Rower to the … [Read more...] about Bulk up your home gym with these killer deals on exercise equipment from Amazon
The Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents voted Tuesday to accept an invitation to join the University of Texas System, selecting the Austin-based system from four across the state that had extended invitations to join their ranks this year. Board members said all four systems — the Texas A&M University System, the Texas State University System, the Texas Tech University System and the University of Texas System — assured them that the East Texas university would be able to keep its autonomy, as well as its name, mascot and school colors. And a financial analysis showed the university would benefit financially in some form from joining any of the systems. But regents said joining the UT System was the most attractive option because of the access to funding from the Permanent University Fund, which consists of assets created by oil and gas revenue from 2.1 million acres of land in West Texas that rake in billions of dollars annually. “Any other regional … [Read more...] about Stephen F. Austin State University moves to join the University of Texas System
The Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents voted Tuesday to accept an invitation to join the University of Texas System, selecting the Austin-based system from four across the state that had extended invitations to join their ranks this year. Board members said all four systems — the Texas A&M University System, the Texas State University System, the Texas Tech University System and the University of Texas System — assured them that the East Texas university would be able to keep its autonomy, as well as its name, mascot and school colors. And a financial analysis showed the university would benefit financially in some form from joining any of the systems. But regents said joining the UT System was the most attractive option because of the access to funding from the Permanent University Fund, which consists of assets created by oil and gas revenue from 2.1 million acres of land in West Texas that rake in billions of dollars annually. “Any other regional … [Read more...] about SFA moves to join University of Texas System
The Houston Rockets ' hopes of making a leap toward playoff contention look slimmer by the week as we roll through the 2022-23 season. Head coach Stephen Silas' squad dropped their 16th game of the season on Wednesday, a listless 120-100 affair in which Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić nearly put up a triple-double in 28 minutes. The Rockets were among the NBA's best teams less than a half decade ago. Reaching those heights again now feels like a distant fantasy. So, what are the biggest problems facing the Rockets—and what hope can we have for the franchise's future? Let's address the situation in our latest mailbag. When will we no longer be the worst team in the NBA? – Phillip Mueller The 2022-23 Rockets aren’t presently the single worst team in the NBA, with that honor going to Eastern Conference also-rans in Detroit and Orlando. But the spirit of Phillip's question remains fair. Houston should be favored to finish with the West’s worst record , and even passing … [Read more...] about Houston Rockets mailbag: What is the path back to contention?
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 21 WalletHub has determined the 2019 best foodie cities in the U.S., and Houston didn't crack the top 20. The personal finance website compared more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities across 30 key metrics including the cost of groceries, affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants and food festivals per capita to calculate its rankings. The culinary hotspots that made the cut are wallet-friendly and cater to diners who prefer to cook at home, explore the local flavors or both. Get a taste of what Houston's diverse culinary scene has to offer: See all the Houston restaurants Guy Fieri featured on "Diners Drive-Ins and Dives" above. Despite its nationally-acclaimed culinary scene, the Bayou City only ranked No. 21. TOP 100: See the best restaurants … [Read more...] about Houston ranks No. 21 ‘Best Foodie City in America’ according to WalletHub study
Whoever said that revenge is a dish best served cold lacked the culinary imagination of Julian Slowik, the famed, revered, and as it turns out quite deranged master chef Ralph Fiennes plays in The Menu . Slowik knows that revenge can be prepared any number of ways. His first and most benign demonstration? A breadboard with no bread, just the sauces you'd dip it in. Some might interpret this opening course as a self-deprecating dig at the conceptual deconstructions of the gastronomy business, but the joke is really on the diners. They've paid $1,250 for their seat at the table, only to be handed a malnourishing punchline instead of an appetizer. It's the tastiest plate they'll receive during a very memorable dinner. The Menu unfolds over a single eventful evening at a haute cuisine hotspot called Hawthorn, where a small group of personally invited guests get more than they bargained for or expected. Audiences might feel the same way by the end of this wickedly dark comedy, which … [Read more...] about ‘The Menu’: A delectably deranged satirical feast
Listen to this article There used to be a time when hypercars were few and far between but now it seems like we're getting a new ultra-powerful, high-priced beast on a weekly basis. De Tomaso Automobili is introducing its curvaceous P900, a track-only machine that bucks the trend by avoiding electrification. Limited to only 18 cars at $3 million a pop, it is touted as being carbon neutral thanks to a newly developed V12 engineered to run on synthetic fuels. The engine is shaping up to be a marvel of engineering as De Tomaso claims it's the smallest and lightest V12 ever developed, tipping the scales at just 220 kilograms (485 pounds). It revs to a screaming 12,300 rpm or 200 rpm more than the Cosworth V12 fitted to the Gordon Murray T.50 . The naturally aspirated mill produces 900 horsepower in a vehicle that has a dry weight of 900 kg (1,984 lbs), thus giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 1:1 akin to the Koenigsegg One:1. De Tomaso P900 19 Photos … [Read more...] about De Tomaso P900 Debuts With V12 And 12,300 RPM Redline