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Houston Rockets Roster Report 2009-10-08

Houston Rockets Roster Report 2009-10-08PLAYER NEWS:

--G Kyle Lowry is considered the backup at the point to Aaron Brooks, but he will often play with Brooks in a small backcourt. He said he would not concede the starting position, instead hoping to beat out Brooks to be the starter.

--G Romel Beck was signed on day into training camp when the Rockets chose to hold off on signing Rashad McCants because of a strained abdominal muscle and Shane Battier went out with a hamstring pull. The Rockets said they had been looking at Beck, a 6-8 shooter from the Mexican national team, long before they had the immediate need because of the injuries.

--F Brian Cook, who rarely played after acquired in the deadline deal from Orlando, returned in much better shape than when he arrived last season and has looked like an option when the Rockets go small in the frontcourt. Though he still will have to rely on his 3-point shot, the Rockets believe his better conditioning will make him more effective in the open court and moving without the ball in the halfcourt.


--F Shane Battier suffered a pulled hamstring on the first day of practice and was expected to be out at least a week.

--G Tracy McGrady will continue his rehab from microfracture surgery until at least Nov. 23, when he will have an MRI to determine whether he will be cleared to join practices.

--C Yao Ming underwent extensive surgery to repair the hairline fracture in his left foot and to realign the foot to alleviate the stress on the bone by reducing the arch of his foot. He is expected to miss the entire season.


Jermaine Taylor, G, 6-4, Central Florida (second round) -- A prolific college scorer, the Rockets hope he can develop a more well-rounded game. He could offer depth, especially if Von Wafer leaves as a free agent.

Sergio Llull, G, 6-3, Real Madrid (second round) -- Signed for two more seasons in Europe, Llull could benefit from the time to develop.

Chase Budinger, F, 6-7, Arizona (second round) -- The Rockets love his athleticism and well-rounded offensive game. Though not a strong one-on-one player, his shooting touch and knack for playmaking could fit well playing with Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady.

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Added: October 8, 2009


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