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Daryl Morey admits Rockets make most decisions with Warriors in mind

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Daryl Morey admits Rockets make most decisions with Warriors in mind

Grass is green, the sky is blue, and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is still obsessed with knocking off the Warriors.

Morey admitted as much in an interview with the Houston Chronicle, telling the paper that "a very high percentage" of the Rockets' decisions this offseason are made with one thing on their mind:

Same as last year, it's very likely to win the title we're going to have to beat the Warriors at some point. We're doing what we can to prepare for them. To me, that's what any rational person would do. I'm intrigued by some thinking it's odd that we say that. Maybe because it's not a norm. Ask any fan, 'Who do you have to beat to win the title?' They're going to say 'the Warriors.' It seems like [general manager] speak or coachspeak to not say that.

Morey told anybody who would ask last season that the Rockets were single-mindedly obsessed with beating the Warriors in the playoffs. Houston came close last season, jumping out to a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals, before Golden State stormed back to win the final two games in Rockets star Chris Paul's injury absence.

Morey responded with a substantial makeover of his roster. Defensive stoppers Luc Mbah a Moute and Trevor Ariza are gone, while Carmelo Anthony, Michael Carter-Williams, Marquese Chriss, James Ennis and Brandon Knight are in. The Rockets were one of the West's best defensive teams last season, and Morey expects the team to withstand the loss of Ariza and Mbah a Moute.

"We can be [as strong defensively]," Morey told the Chronicle. "They were both extremely good defenders. So it will be a challenge. That was a big part of our meeting. [Assistant coach Roy Rogers] was walking through what changes and how excited he was with what he was planning to do and the personnel we have to be better than last year."

Morey -- as well as the Warriors -- will get a first look at whether or not Houston's offseason was successful on Nov. 17, when the Rockets host the defending NBA champions.  

Kawhi Leonard to miss Warriors-Raptors at Oracle Arena with hip injury

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Kawhi Leonard to miss Warriors-Raptors at Oracle Arena with hip injury

Raptors star forward Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out against the Warriors for Wednesday night's showdown at Oracle Arena, the team announced an hour before tipoff.

This is Leonard's second straight game missed with a hip injury. He missed Tuesday night's game against the Clippers as well. 

When the Warriors played the Raptors earlier this season, Leonard scored 37 points in a 131-128 overtime win over the reigning champs. The stars are coming out in Oakland tonight, but this will be a big loss for Drake's favorite team while E-0 and Co. can take a deep breath. 

Leonard only played in nine games last season for the Spurs. He was traded to the Raptors in the offseason and has been on a tear in Toronto. 

Through 22 games played, Leonard looks like an early MVP candidate. So far he has averaged 26.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. 

A prop was released to determine next NBA player to deny moon landing

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A prop was released to determine next NBA player to deny moon landing

The world now knows Steph Curry doesn't believe man has landed on the moon

All right ... 

Of course, since making these claims, the Warriors star point guard took a few steps back and said he was "obviously" joking when he made said remarks (whether you believe him or not is up to you). But now we have a fun game to play since this went down.

Well, not a game, but some odds.

The wonderful people at bookmaker.eu just released a prop on who will be the next NBA player to deny the moon landing. 

The front-runner at the moment is Nick Young at +350.

Here are the rest of the players who could be in denial of the moon landing:

JR Smith +550
Michael Beasley +650
John Wall +650
Draymond Green +700
DeMarcus Cousins +800
Dennis Rodman +800
Kyrie Irving +1000
Charles Barkley/Shaq/Ernie Johnson +15000

So, the next time Barkley or Shaq are being interviewed, ask if they believe man has walked on the moon. The worst-case scenario is they would get an invite from NASA for a tour.