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Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets Conference Western ConferenceDivision Southwest DivisionFounded 1967History San Diego Rockets
1967-1971
Houston Rockets
1971-present Arena Toyota CenterCity Houston, TexasTeam colors Red, White, and Silver
               Owner Leslie AlexanderGeneral manager Daryl MoreyHead coach Rick AdelmanD-Leagueaffiliate Rio Grande Valley VipersChampionships 2 (1994, 1995) Conference titles 4 (1981, 1986, 1994, 1995) Division titles 4 (1977, 1986, 1993, 1994) Official website rockets.com

The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Their recent 22 game winning streak record broke their franchise record of 15 games in a row and is the second longest winning streak in NBA history. It ended at 22 games on March 18, 2008 against the Boston Celtics.

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Franchise history

See also: Houston Rockets seasons

San Diego Rockets

The Rockets were founded in 1967 in San Diego, and after being bought by Robert Breitbard for 1.75 million dollars,[1] they joined the NBA as an expansion team for the 1967-68 NBA season.[2] The San Diego franchise was named the Rockets, due to the city calling itself "a city of motion",[1] and during their time in San Diego, the Rockets played in the San Diego Sports Arena. Jack McMahon was named the Rockets' coach,[3] and the team's first draft pick, in 1967, was the future Hall-of Fame coach Pat Riley.[4][5] However, the Rockets went on to lose 67 games in their inaugural season,[6] which a then-NBA record for losses in a season.[7]

During the Rockets' years in San Diego, they played in the San Diego Sports Arena.

In 1968, the Rockets won a coin toss against the Baltimore Bullets to determine the who would have to first overall pick in the 1968 NBA Draft.[8] The Rocket selected Elvin Hayes from the University of Houston, who led the team to the franchise's first ever playoff appearance in 1969.[9] However, the Rockets lost in the semi-finals of the Western Division to the Atlanta Hawks, four games to two.[9] In 1970 NBA Draft, the Rockets drafted Calvin Murphy and Rudy Tomjanovich, who would together play all their careers, a total of 25 seasons, with the Rockets.[10][11]

Despite being coached by Hall-of-Fame coach Alex Hannum, the Rockets only tallied a 57-97 record in the following two seasons, and did not make the playoffs in either season.[12][13] Because of the low performance and attendance, Breitbard looked to sell the team,[1] and in 1971, Texas Sports Investments, which was led by real estate broker Wayne Duddleston and banker Billy Goldberg, bought the franchise for $5.6 million, and moved the team to Houston.[1] The franchise became the first basketball team in Texas,[14] and the team's nickname of "Rockets" took on even greater relevance after the move.[15]

1970s

Because the Rockets did not have their own arena in Houston, they played during their first two years at various venues in Houston, including the Astrodome, AstroHall, and Hofheinz Pavilion. They also had to play "home" game in other cities such as San Antonio, Waco, Albuquerque, and even San Diego.[1] During their first season, the Rockets averaged less than 5,000 fans per game, and in one game in Waco, there were only 759 fans in attendance.[1]

Before the start of the 1971-72 NBA season, Hannum left for the Denver Nuggets of the American Basketball Association,[16] and Tex Winter was hired in his place.[17] However, Winter, who said that Hayes had "the worst fundamentals of any player" he had ever coached,[18] applied a system that contrasted with the offensive style to which Hayes was accustomed. Because of the differences between Winter and Hayes, Houston traded Hayes, who had led the Rockets in scoring for four straight years,[19] to the Baltimore Bullets for Jack Marin at the end of the 1971-72 season.[20] Winter left soon after, in the spring of 1973, following the Rockets 10th straight loss,[17] and he was replaced by Johnny Egan.[21]

At the beginning of the 1975-76 NBA season, the Rockets moved into their new arena, The Summit, where they won their first game 104-89 over the Milwaukee Bucks.[22] Under Egan's guidance, and as Tomjanovich, Murphy, and Mike Newlin led the way, the Rockets continued on to finish over .500 for the first time in franchise history, and they made their first appearance in the playoffs since arriving in Houston.[19] The Rockets defeated the New York Knicks, who were led by Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe in a three-game mini-series in the first round, but lost to the Boston Celtics 4-2 in the Eastern Conferencesemi-finals.[23]

At the start of the 1976-77 season, the Rockets negotiated a trade with the Buffalo Braves to acquire Moses Malone,[24] who had previously become the first player to go straight from the high school to the professional level.[25] After Malone led the Rockets in rebounding for the first of six straight times,[19] and established a then-NBA record for offensive rebounds in a season,[24] the Rockets posted a franchise-best 49 wins and finished on top of the Central Division. In the playoffs, Houston defeated the Washington Bullets in six games in the Eastern Conference semi-finals, and advanced to the conference finals for the first time in their history, but they lost to the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers 4-2.[26]

Early into 1977-78 season, at a game on December 9, 1977, Kevin Kunnert got into a fight with Kermit Washington of the Los Angeles Lakers. As Tomjanovich approached the altercation, Washington turned and threw a punch that landed squarely in the face of an approaching Tomjanovich, causing numerous fractures in his face.[27] Tomjanovich spent the next five months in rehabilitation and returned to appear in the 1978 All-Star Game, but his averages significantly declined after the injury,[28] and Houston finished with just 28 wins in the season.[29]

In the following season, Malone, Murphy, and Tomjanovich all played in the 1979 NBA All-Star Game, and Malone received the 1979 MVP Award.[24] The Rockets also sent Lucas to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Rick Barry, who went on to set the NBA record at the time for for free throw percentage in a season by shooting 94.7%.[30] The Rockets went 47-35 in Nissalke's last season as coach, and finished second in the Central Division, but they lost to Atlanta in a best-of-three first-round series.[31] In Houston's 1979-80 campaign, Del Harris replaced Nissalke as head coach, and he led the Rockets to a 41-41 record, tying the San Antonio Spurs for second place in the Central Division.[32] The Rockets defeated the Spurs two games to one in their first-round playoff series, they were swept by the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals.[32]

1980s

In the 1980-81 season, after the newly-established Dallas Mavericks became the third NBA team in Texas,[33] the NBA restructered the conferences and sent the Rockets, who had previously played in the Eastern Conference, to the Midwest Division of the Western Conference. In Harris's second season, Houston tied with Kansas City for second place in the Midwest Division behind San Antonio with a 40-42 record, and qualified for the playoffs with just one game left.[34]

However, Houston began a playoff run began when they upset Los Angeles two games to one, and then defeated George Gervin's Spurs four games to three in the Western Conference semifinals. This resulted in an unlikely conference finals matchup with Kansas City. The Kings, led by Otis Birdsong, Scott Wedman, and Phil Ford fell to the Rockets in five games. The Rockets advanced to the finals, becoming the only team in NBA history to do so after having a losing record in the regular season.[35] However, after splitting the first four games of the series with Boston, Houston eventually lost in six games.[36].

During the season, Murphy, the shortest player in the league, set two NBA records, sinking 78 consecutive free throws to break Rick Barry's mark of 60 set in 1976 and achieving a free-throw percentage of .958, breaking Barry's record set with the Rockets in 1979. Other members of the 1980-81 team were Rudy Tomjanovich, Moses Malone, Robert Reid, Mike Dunleavy, Sr., Allen Leavell, Billy Paultz, Bill Willoughby, Calvin Garrett, Tom Henderson and Major Jones.

The following season, the Rockets improved their regular season mark to 46-36 but were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. The bright spot during the 1981-82 season was that Moses Malone won the league's Most Valuable Player award.

In the 1982-83 NBA season, after trading restricted free-agent Malone to the 76ers, the Rockets fell to a league worst 14-68. In an attempt to improve the franchise's performance, Bill Fitch was hired as coach to replace Del Harris, and with the first pick of the 1983 NBA Draft, the Rockets selected Ralph Sampson from the University of Virginia. The following season was a marked improvement on the previous year. A minor footnote to this season is that Houston allegedly lost its last few games of the season intentionally in order to have a better chance to secure the #1 overall pick [37]. This was the last season of the coin-flip process as the NBA installed the Draft Lottery for the next draft to prevent teams from deliberately losing. Ralph Sampson came away with the NBA Rookie of the Year award.[citation needed]

With the first pick of the 1984 NBA Draft the Rockets selected Hakeem Olajuwon from the University of Houston. The same season, Olajuwon finished second to Michael Jordan in NBA Rookie of the Year balloting.[citation needed] With two dynamic All-Star big men, the Rockets enjoyed great success in the 1986 season, winning the Western Conference Championship in five games over the Los Angeles Lakers and competing in the 1986 NBA Finals for only the second time in team history. However, the Celtics defeated the Rockets four games to two.

In the 1987-88 NBA season, the Rockets lost in the first round of the playoffs. Don Chaney replaced Fitch as head coach. The 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons saw the addition of Otis Thorpe and Vernon Maxwell, but two more first-round exits from the playoffs.[citation needed]

The 1990s

Between 1987 and 1992, the Rockets had winning records, but they never got past the 2nd round of the playoffs. With new coach Rudy Tomjanovich leading the way, the Rockets won 55 games in 1992-93, but the Seattle SuperSonics knocked them off in the Conference Semifinals. It has often been noted that the end of the hard-fought Western Conference semi-final match, which ended in a stirring Game 7, marked the beginning of the championship years to follow. Local sports news channels commented after the loss that while team members were naturally upset at the end of their season, they appeared inspired by the quality of play they had exhibited in the two playoff rounds and were ready to take their place as an elite NBA team. In particular, a conversation on the plane ride home from Seattle between Hakeem Olajuwon and the Rockets team owner is said to have led to greater resolve and a commitment to team leadership on the part of Olajuwon; this leadership is widely credited for the championship runs that followed.

The championship years

On July 30, 1993, Leslie Alexander purchased the Rockets. In Tomjanovich's second full year as head coach, the Rockets began the 1993-94 season with an NBA record start of 15-0. With Hakeem Olajuwon as their center, the Rockets defeated the New York Knicks in seven games to win the championship. After being down three games to two in the 1994 NBA Finals, the Rockets won the last two games on their home court, thanks to a clutch play by Olajuwon. In the waning seconds of the fourth quarter of game 6 the Rockets clung to a 2 point lead when hot shooting guard John Starks, who had scored 27 points in the game until then, pulled up for a potentially game-winning shot. Olajuwon had been blocked by a screen but recovered to block the shot and preserve the lead as time expired. This is often considered one of the greatest clutch defensive plays in NBA History.

The Rockets struggled in the first half of the 1994-95 season. In a midseason trade with Portland, the Rockets obtained star guard Clyde Drexler, who had played alongside Olajuwon at the University of Houston, in exchange for Otis Thorpe. Houston entered the playoffs as the sixth seed in the Western Conference and were underdogs against the 60-22 Utah Jazz in the first round, the 59-23 Phoenix Suns in the second round (who led the Rockets 3-1 before losing three straight), and the 62-20 San Antonio Spurs in the conference finals. In the second game of the San Antonio series, Olajuwon gave a career performance. After a pregame MVP award ceremony honoring David Robinson, Olajuwon dominated the game, outscoring Robinson 42-22 in a Rockets win. Houston won all three series to reach the Finals against the Orlando Magic, whose headline players were Shaquille O'Neal and Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway. Houston swept the series in four straight games. The Rockets became the first team in NBA history to win the championship as a sixth seed. They also became only the second team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit without homecourt advantage. In addition, the team became the first in NBA history to beat four 50-win teams in a single postseason en route to the championship.

Post-championship

After an injury riddled 1995-96 campaign, the Rockets beat the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs but were swept by the Seattle Supersonics in the second round. Houston's aging roster and the reemergence of the Chicago Bulls after Michael Jordan's return the previous season drove the Rockets to make a dramatic trade with the Phoenix Suns that swapped Sam Cassell, Chucky Brown, Mark Bryant and Robert Horry for Charles Barkley. The resulting "Big Three" of Olajuwon, Drexler, and Barkley led the Rockets to a 57-25 record, with a franchise-best 27 road wins. Houston swept Minnesota in the first round and, in a heated 7 game battle, defeated Seattle. The Rockets then fell in the Western Conference Finals to the Utah Jazz, a team they had beaten on their way to championships in '94 and '95.

The 1997-98 season was also marked by injuries, and the team finished 41-41 with the 8th seed in the Western Conference. Houston once again faced the Jazz and lost the series 3-2. Drexler retired after the season and the Rockets made another bold trade to bring in Scottie Pippen to take his place in the Big Three. While Pippen continued to play good defense, he struggled to fit into Houston's offensive system, which was dominated by Barkley and Olajuwon. As a result, the Rockets often struggled. The Rockets lost to the Lakers in the first round 3-1 of the 1999 NBA Playoffs, and during the summer Barkley and Pippen publicly displayed their dislike for each other.

Throughout the post-championship years one of the Rockets main weaknesses was the point guard position. The Rockets had signed Brent Price as the answer at the 1, but he had been severely limited by injuries. That summer the Rockets attempted to address their point guard situation by trading Price, Antoine Carr, Michael Dickerson, Othella Harrington, and a future first round pick to the Vancouver Grizzlies for Steve Francis and Tony Massenburg. Two months later the Rockets dealt the disgruntled Pippen to the Portland Trailblazers in exchange for Walt Williams, Stacey Augmon, Ed Gray, Carlos Rogers, Brian Shaw, and Kelvin Cato. The trade replenished the depth given up to obtain Francis from Vancouver.

Early in the 2000 season Barkley ruptured the quadriceps tendon in his left knee in a game against Philadelphia. When considering his career-ending injury, Barkley displayed his trademark wit by observing, "I'm just what America needs - another unemployed black man." Barkley would go on to rehab and make a token appearance towards the end of the season. With injuries to Barkley and Olajuwon, the rebuilt Rockets went 34-48 and missed the playoffs.

21st century

In 2001, the Rockets worked their way to a 45-37 record and swept every Central Division team, but still did not make the playoffs. An older, waning Olajuwon was traded to the Toronto Raptors in 2001 which left Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley to fill leadership roles. The following season was unremarkable, as the team was mostly made up of rookies and journeymen. Injuries to star player Steve Francis forced him to miss many games. The first season without Hakeem in almost 20 years was a disappointing 28-54.

The abysmal 2002 season had its silver lining, as the Rockets were awarded the first overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. The Rockets selected Yao Ming, a 7 foot and 6 inch Chinese center, who played for the Shanghai Sharks. The 2002-03 basketball season saw marked improvement for the Rockets, with the trio of Yao, Francis, and Mobley leading the team to a 43-39 record. Tomjanovich retired as Rockets coach after being diagnosed with cancer and was replaced by Jeff Van Gundy.

The Rockets moved into the Toyota Center in 2004.

With a 2003-04 regular season record of 45-37, the Rockets earned their first playoff berth since their first round exit to the Lakers in 1999. However, the Lakers again handed the Rockets a loss in the first round. The offseason saw major changes in the roster and dynamic of the team as Steve Francis, Cuttino Mobley and Kelvin Cato were traded to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Tracy McGrady, Juwan Howard, Tyronn Lue and Reece Gaines.

The 2004-05 season saw McGrady and Yao lead the Rockets to their best record in 10 years, finishing at 51-31 and seeded 5th in the Western Conference Playoffs. Their season ended in the first round of the playoffs as they lost to their in-state rival, the Dallas Mavericks four games to three. During the 2005 offseason the Rockets obtained Stromile Swift and Derek Anderson. They also traded Mike James to the Toronto Raptors for Rafer Alston.

Injuries plagued the 2005-06 season. Bob Sura had surgery on his knee the summer prior, Tracy McGrady fought an injured back throughout the season, Yao Ming required surgery to treat an infection in his toe, and David Wesley even fractured a rib falling into a courtside cameraman near the end of the season. With Yao and McGrady rarely on the court at the same time, the Rockets floundered. The team was much more successful during the few portions of the season when its players were relatively healthy. However Jeff Van Gundy and his team frequently expressed the need to play beyond injuries and to not use bad luck as an excuse for losing. By the end of the season, the Rockets led the league in most games missed by players on the roster. The team finished with a 34-48 record.

2006-2007

The Rockets drafted Rudy Gay from the University of Connecticut with the 8th pick of the first round in the 2006 NBA Draft but then traded him and Stromile Swift for Shane Battier who played for the Memphis Grizzlies.The team had a good season led by Tracy McGrady and veteran support from Dikembe Mutombo and Juwan Howard. The Rockets finished that season with a 52-30 record despite injuries; finishing 5th in the Western Conference and claiming the seed from the Utah Jazz. However, once again, Tracy McGrady and the Houston Rockets were unable to pull out of the first round, losing in Game 7 to Utah 103-99. Head Coach Jeff Van Gundy was fired on May 18, 2007.[38]

2007-2008

Main articles: 2007-08 Houston Rockets season

Houston began the 2007-08 season with recently hired Rick Adelman as the team's 11th head coach.[39]

On June 14, the Rockets traded Juwan Howard to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Mike James and Justin Reed.[40]

In the 2007 NBA Draft, with the 26th pick, the Houston Rockets selected PG Aaron Brooks, from Oregon, traded with the SuperSonics to receive Pick #31 PF Carl Landry from Purdue, and with the 54th overall pick selected SG Brad Newley from Australia.

On July 12, guard Vassilis Spanoulis was traded to the San Antonio Spurs along with the rights for the 2009 second-round draft pick. In return, the Rockets received center Jackie Butler and the rights to Luis Scola, a 2002 second-round draft pick yet to play in the NBA. 24 hours after this deal was made, Scola came to a "Basic Agreement" which could see him playing for the Rockets next season.[41] Less than a week later, Scola signed with the Rockets. Scola has performed well during the season, sharing minutes at the power forward position with current starting power forward Chuck Hayes. Scola has brought some much needed rebounding and inside presence that the Rockets desperately showed a lack of in their 2006 NBA Playoffs loss to the Utah Jazz,and he came at a very small price as the Rockets traded away seldolm-used Vassilis Spanoulis for him. Hopefully, Scola will be another piece of the puzzle that the Rockets are attempting to build so they can regain their elite championship stats from the 1990s. [42]

On July 20 guard Steve Francis signed a 2 year deal with the Rockets, ten days after he accepted a buyout of the last two seasons of his $30 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers. He is expected to compete for a starting job with Mike James and Rafer Alston. However, so far throughout the season, the point guard issues have been inconsistent and difficult to work with, because the Rockets have five point guards fighting for playing time. Francis actually did not play for the first several games of the season and many fans began to wonder if head coach Rick Adelman would ever play him and if bringing Francis back to Houston was the right move. However, Francis's playing time has steadily increased as the season has progressed, but knee injuries sidelined him again. [43]

The Rockets have faced the Utah Jazz for two consecutive in the playoffs.

On September 7, it was also announced that the Rockets will debut a new court design for the 2007-08 season. The court design includes a lighter varnished wood inside the three point area, similar to the Seattle Supersonics, while the rest are dark varnished wood. The color red will remain on the Rockets logo, and the script. This court design is similar to the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Hornets, in which most of the hardwood is exposed.[44]

On March 16, the Rockets achieved a 22-game winning streak, setting a franchise record and notching the 2nd longest winning streak in NBA history. The last 10 games were won despite the absence of star center Yao Ming who suffered a season-ending foot injury.[45] On March 18, the streak came to an end at the hands of the Boston Celtics with 94-74 loss.

The Rockets finished their season 55-27.

The Rockets were eliminated by the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs, 4 games to 2, to end the Rockets 2007-2008 season.[46]

Home arenas

San Diego Rockets

Houston Rockets

Logos and uniforms

Logos

Logo from 1967-1971

Logo from 1971-1972

Logo from 1972-1995

Logo from 1995-2003

2003-Current logo

Uniforms

Upon the opening of the Toyota Center arena in 2003, the Rockets decided to re-brand themselves with a new uniform. The Rockets changed from the authentic blue shooting star striped uniform to a modern red and white that accommodated their new logo.

Players of Significance

Current roster

For the complete list of Houston Rockets players see: Houston Rockets all-time roster.
For the players drafted by Houston Rockets, see: List of Houston Rockets first and second-round draft picks.
Houston Rockets roster v • d • ePlayers Coaches Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From 1.0 PG12 USA Alston, Rafer74 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fresno State3.0 SF31 USA Battier, Shane80 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Duke1.0 PG0 USA Brooks, Aaron72 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 161 lb (73 kg) Oregon1.0 PG3 USA Francis, Steve 75 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Maryland3.0 SF19 USA Harris, Mike78 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Rice4.0 PF44 USA Hayes, Chuck78 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 242 lb (110 kg) Kentucky2.0 SG2 USA Head, Luther75 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Illinois1.0 PG8 USA Jackson, Bobby73 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Minnesota4.0 PF14 USA Landry, Carl81 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 253 lb (115 kg) Purdue2.0 SG1 USA McGrady, Tracy (C) 80 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 223 lb (101 kg) Mt. Zion Christian Academy (NC)* 5.0 C55 COD Mutombo, Dikembe86 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Georgetown3.0 SF20 USA Novak, Steve82 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 234 lb (106 kg) Marquette4.5 F/C4 ARG Scola, Luis81 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Argentina5.0 C33 USA Woods, Loren86 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Arizona5.0 C11 CHN Yao Ming 90 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) 310 lb (141 kg) People's Republic of China
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • Injured

RosterTransactions
Last change: 2008-04-28


Unsigned Overseas Draft Picks

Name Current Team League(s) NBA Position Height Weight Born Sergei LishchukAzovmash MariupolUkrainian League/ ULEB CupF/C6'11" 244 lbs. March 31, 1982(1982-03-31) (age 26) Venson HamiltonReal MadridSpanish League/ EuroleaguePF6'9" 254 lbs. August 11, 1977(1977-08-11) (age 30) Lior EliyahuMaccabi Tel AvivIsraeli League/ EuroleagueSF/PF6'9" 225 lbs. September 9, 1985(1985-09-09) (age 22) Brad NewleyPanioniosGreek League/ EuroleagueSG6'7" 205 lbs. February 18, 1985(1985-02-18) (age 23) Kyle HillSnaidero UdineItalian LeaguePG6'2" 185 lbs. April 7, 1979(1979-04-07) (age 29)

Hall of Famers

Retired numbers

High Points

Individual Awards

NBA MVP of the Year

NBA Finals MVP

NBA Defensive Player of the Year

NBA Rookie of the Year

NBA Player ESPY Award

NBA Coach of the Year

NBA Executive of the Year

All-NBA First Team

All-NBA Second Team

All-NBA Third Team

NBA All-Defensive First Team

NBA All-Defensive Second Team

NBA Rookie First Team

NBA Rookie Second Team

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v • d • eNational Basketball Association(2007-08) Eastern ConferenceWestern ConferenceAtlanticCentralSoutheastNorthwestPacificSouthwestBoston CelticsChicago BullsAtlanta HawksDenver NuggetsGolden State WarriorsDallas MavericksNew Jersey NetsCleveland CavaliersCharlotte BobcatsMinnesota TimberwolvesLos Angeles ClippersHouston Rockets New York KnicksDetroit PistonsMiami HeatPortland Trail BlazersLos Angeles LakersMemphis GrizzliesPhiladelphia 76ersIndiana PacersOrlando MagicSeattle SuperSonicsPhoenix SunsNew Orleans HornetsToronto RaptorsMilwaukee BucksWashington WizardsUtah JazzSacramento KingsSan Antonio SpursAnnual events: Playoffs · Finals · All-Star Weekend(All-Star Game · Rookie Challenge · Three-point Shootout · Skills Challenge · Shooting Stars Competition · Slam Dunk Contest) · DraftOther: NBA TV · Current team rosters · List of NBA champions · Midwest Division · Dress code · Salary Cap · Arenas · D-League · WNBA(Finals) · Europe Live Tour · Larry O'Brien Trophy · Finals MVP · 50 Greatest Players · Records · All-Star Game records v • d • eSan Diego/Houston Rockets Houston, TexasThe Franchise Franchise • All-Time rosterSeasonsDraft historyCurrent seasonArenas San Diego Sports ArenaHofheinz PavilionHemisFair ArenaThe Summit/Compaq CenterToyota CenterHead Coaches McMahonHannumWinterEganNissalkeHarrisFitchChaneyTomjanovichVan GundyAdelmanNBA Championships (2) 19941995Western Conference
Championships (4) 1981198619941995Administration Owner: Leslie Alexander• General Manager: Daryl Morey• Head Coach: Rick AdelmanRetired Jerseys 22 Drexler• 23 Murphy• 24 Malone• 34 Olajuwon• 45 Tomjanovich• CD DawsonHall of Famers Charles BarkleyRick BarryClyde DrexlerElvin HayesMoses MaloneCalvin MurphyHakeem OlajuwonD-League Affiliate Rio Grande Valley VipersRivals Dallas MavericksLos Angeles LakersNew Orleans HornetsSan Antonio SpursUtah Jazz v • d • eSan Diego/Houston Rockets seasons 1967-68  • 1968-69  • 1969-70  • 1970-71  • 1971-72  • 1972-73  • 1973-74  • 1974-75  • 1975-76  • 1976-77  • 1977-78  • 1978-79  • 1979-80  • 1980-81  • 1981-82  • 1982-83  • 1983-84 • 1984-85 • 1985-86 • 1986-87  • 1987-88  • 1988-89  • 1989-90  • 1990-91  • 1991-92  • 1992-93  • 1993-94 • 1994-95 • 1995-96 • 1996-97 • 1997-98 • 1998-99 • 1999-00 • 2000-01 • 2001-02 • 2002-03 • 2003-04 • 2004-05 • 2005-06 • 2006-07 • 2007-08 • 2008-09
Bold indicates NBA Finalsvictory v • d • eHouston Rockets 1993-94 NBA Champions

1 Brooks | 7 Herrera | 10 Cassell | 11 Maxwell | 17 Elie | 21 Jent | 25 Horry | 30 Smith | 33 Thorpe | 34 Olajuwon (Finals MVP) | 35 Cureton | 50 Bullard | Coach Tomjanovich

v • d • eHouston Rockets 1994-95 NBA Champions

7 Herrera | 10 Cassell | 11 Maxwell | 17 Elie | 22 Drexler | 25 Horry | 27 Jones | 30 Smith | 32 Chilcutt | 34 Olajuwon (Finals MVP) | 52 Brown | 55 Tabak | Coach Tomjanovich

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