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Mar 29, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Houston Rockets guard Pablo Prigioni (9) passes the ball as Washington Wizards forward Nene Hilario (42) looks on during the second half at Verizon Center. The Houston Rockets won 99 - 91. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 29, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Houston Rockets guard Pablo Prigioni (9) passes the ball as Washington Wizards forward Nene Hilario (42) looks on during the second half at Verizon Center. The Houston Rockets won 99 - 91. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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The summer is coming to a close and most of the big offseason moves have been made, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on in the Houston Rockets world.

Firstly, it’s high time for Houston Rockets fans to start caring about Nene. Any good fan knows how important it is to keep up with the players’ offseason activities, especially when they’re playing basketball for the Olympics. Space City Scoop editor Tamberlyn Richardson reported on how the newest Rocket performed as he and his fellow Brazilians were defeated by Lithuania. Nene might be past his prime, but the big man is still quite solid as a rough and tough rebounding center.

That being said Nene was the heart and soul of Brazilian’s defense against Lithuania. He solely held down Jonas Valanciunas to only 6 points and was the only respectable presence inside Brazil’s paint as he led the game in rebounds with 8 boards.

With Ruben Magnano deciding to field a small lineup featuring three guards: Marcelo Huertas, Leandro Barbosa and Alex Garcia all players under 6’5” Nene had to deal with almost every defensive responsibility and did the best he could. His strength still plays a factor and will undoubtedly be greatly appreciated by Red Nation fans in the future.

In other news, Colin Ainsworth of The Dream Shake reminds Red Nation about one of the team’s most obscure players in franchise history, Royce White. Despite never touching the floor in regular season game for the Rockets, White’s name is etched in Houston’s books with the way the team mishandled how his mental illness affected his career.

Look, here’s the thing: athletes, just like everyone else, suffer from mental illness, and it is important that we as fans, and as just people in general, treat that illness with the respect and care that it deserves. If Royce had a bad shoulder, we would be shocked if the team didn’t help take care of that. Those of us who experienced shoulder problems would probably even be pissed off.

I think Royce White is important, but I’m the type of person who appreciates the emotional athlete, or the athlete who makes us think outside of the sport.

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To wrap things up for today’s Daily Rocket Science, Andrew Gould of Bleacher Report wrote on Adidas revealing the official logo for James Harden. While it’s unclear when Beard-related gear will go on sale, this is one step in the right direction (even if the logo hasn’t been received all that well so far).

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— James Harden (@JHarden13) August 9, 2016

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