The Lager Line

The Lager Line

Ben DuBose, longtime Rockets media member, writer, and podcast host, discusses the 2022 Houston Rockets offseason while catching up with special guests. Topics include the NBA Draft, the future of the team, and much more.


September 30, 2022 65 min
Friday’s episode features reaction from Ben DuBose and Paulo Alves to an eight-player trade between the Rockets and Thunder, which brought Derrick Favors and a future second-round pick to Houston, along with three other players. Discussion topics include financial and draft motivations for the deal, along with a look at its basketball merits.

The show concludes with a preview of Sunday’s preseason opener versus San Antonio and a loo...
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Brian Barefield joins Ben DuBose from Houston Rockets training camp in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with insight on the latest interviews and on-court activities.

Topics include the personal growth and maturity of Kevin Porter Jr.; prized rookie prospect Jabari Smith Jr. embracing the spotlight with vocal leadership; reasons for relative optimism this season; and much more.
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In this episode, our Ben DuBose explores key storylines to watch for entering 2022-23 Rockets training camp, which begins Tuesday, Sept. 27 in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The show begins with a look the importance of a strong camp and preseason for Kevin Porter Jr., particularly given the looming contract extension deadline in October.

Other discussion topics include the importance of better finishing by Porter and Jalen Green on drives...
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In Wednesday’s episode, Ben DuBose and Paulo Alves discuss group-stage performances by second-year Rockets prospects Alperen Sengun and Usman Garuba at EuroBasket 2022.

Through five games at the conclusion of group-stage play, Sengun is averaging 18.2 points (63.3% FG), 8.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 30.8 minutes for Turkey, while Garuba is averaging 4.4 points (69.2% FG) and 4.8 rebounds in 16.4 minutes for Spain.

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Julian Duncan, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer with the Rockets, and Paul Suarez, Vice President of Digital Marketing, join us for Friday’s new episode of The Lager Line (sponsored by Clutch City Lager of Karbach Brewing).

In the podcast, Duncan and Suarez share what they see as highlights from Houston’s newly released 2022-23 season schedule, as well as thoughts on the epic video that accompanied its reveal on social media.

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Rockets Radio Network analyst and SportsTalk 790 host Adam Wexler shares insight on Houston’s key decisions and priorities over the remainder of the 2022 offseason and the NBA’s 2022-23 season.

Topics include how to evaluate head coach Stephen Silas; why Kevin Porter Jr. could be worth a contract extension prior to the season; what to watch for with the league’s impending schedule release; and second-year points of emphasis for Jal...
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David Weiner, NBA salary cap guru for ClutchFans, joins us with a Rockets financial update covering the remainder of the 2022 offseason and 2023 free agency. Topics include trade aggregation possibilities in August involving players acquired from Dallas for Christian Wood; what Houston’s 2023 salary cap flexibility could bring; rotation battles entering 2022-23 training camp; and much more.
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Bruce Pearl, Jabari Smith Jr.’s head coach at Auburn University, joins us to break down the start to Smith’s young NBA career with the Rockets.

Topics include reaction to Smith’s initial summer league games and how to best utilize him in Houston; what his potential fit alongside Jalen Green looks like; memories at Auburn and on the recruiting trail; early impressions of fellow rookies (and SEC rivals) Tari Eason and TyTy Washington;...
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Our Brian Barefield has followed the Houston Rockets (2-1) for the first three games and associated practices at the NBA’s 2022 summer league in Las Vegas, so we welcomed him to The Lager Line podcast Monday night to share what he’s learned watching Jabari Smith Jr. and company.

Though Smith struggled in his first two games as a shooter, the 19-year-old was very efficient with 19 points in Monday’s win over San Antonio, and he’s reg...
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Matt Moore, national NBA writer for The Action Network (@HPBasketball on Twitter), joins us to recap the 2022 NBA draft and upcoming free agency period for the Houston Rockets.

Was the unexpected draft outcome of landing Auburn forward Jabari Smith, rather than Duke’s Paolo Banchero, a net positive for Houston’s rebuild? Moore joins us to discuss that and much more in Wednesday’s show.

Other topics include a potential new contrac...
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Michael Scotto, NBA insider for HoopsHype, joins our June 24 episode to preview free agency for the Rockets and recap Houston’s strong 2022 draft class — led by Auburn forward Jabari Smith.

In the show, Scotto explains why he concurs with the rave reviews of Rockets general manager Rafael Stone for his work bringing Smith, LSU’s Tari Eason, and Kentucky’s TyTy Washington to Houston.

Topics include Smith’s fit with the Rockets and the...
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Bryan Kalbrosky, veteran NBA draft writer for USA TODAY Sports Media Group, offers his analysis on the trade value Houston received for Christian Wood and potential picks/considerations for the Rockets with No. 3, No. 17, and No. 26 in the 2022 first round. In the episode, Kalbrosky explains that while Paolo Banchero remains the favorite at No. 3, other scenarios — even including Jabari Smith — shouldn't be ruled out.
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Cayleigh Griffin, courtside reporter for AT&T SportsNet Southwest, joins our podcast to reflect on her first three seasons covering the Houston Rockets for television game broadcasts.

Since joining the official television crew in October 2019, Griffin has watched the Rockets evolve from a veteran title contender built around former MVPs James Harden and Russell Westbrook to the current rebuild, led by talented 20-year-old prospe...
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Dave Hardisty, owner of legendary Rockets website ClutchFans, chats with our Ben DuBose about the latest news and rumors surrounding the NBA’s upcoming draft and free agency periods.

Topics include whether Purdue’s Jaden Ivey is a realistic alternative to Duke’s Paolo Banchero at No. 3, along with trade options; criteria at No. 17 and names to watch; whether trades can be found for veterans like Eric Gordon, Christian Wood, and John...
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Kelly Iko, Rockets beat writer for The Athletic, shares his observations after spending a week at the 2022 NBA draft combine in Chicago. In addition to watching prospects, Iko also spoke with many Rockets executives and staffers — including general manager Rafael Stone — after Houston secured the No. 3 overall pick in the draft lottery. As part of this podcast, Iko fills us in on some key takeaways from those conversations.

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Craig Ackerman, voice of the Rockets, joins Friday’s show with reaction to the 2022 NBA draft lottery results and its implications for Houston. Other topics include Jalen Green earning All-Rookie First Team honors; takeaways on Kevin Porter Jr., Christian Wood, and Stephen Silas; and reflections on Craig’s first year as the full-time TV broadcaster alongside new analyst Ryan Hollins.
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Gretchen Sheirr, president of business operations for the Houston Rockets, joins the inaugural episode of The Lager Line podcast, sponsored by Clutch City Lager of Karbach Brewing. Topics on the show include highlights and takeaways from her first year as president; the importance of stability and diversity in the team’s leadership; strategies to get fans, sponsors, and partners on board with a rebuild; what the 2022 offseason and ...
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