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Encyclopedia > Houston Rockets
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2007-08 Houston Rockets season
Houston Rockets
Conference Western Conference
Division Southwest Division
Founded 1967
History San Diego Rockets
1967-1971
Houston Rockets
1971-present
Arena Toyota Center
City Houston, Texas
Team colors Red, White, and Silver
Owner Leslie Alexander
General manager Daryl Morey
Head coach Rick Adelman
D-League affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Championships 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. Image File history File links Soccerball_current_event. ... The 2007-08 Houston Rockets season will be their 41st season in the National Basketball Association and 37th in Houston. ... Image File history File links Houston_Rockets_logo. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The Southwest Division is a division in the Western Conference of the NBA. The Mavericks, Rockets, Grizzlies, Spurs all came from the now defunct Midwest Division and the Hornets came from the Central Division in the Eastern Conference. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... The interior of the arena, during an ice hockey game The Toyota Center is an indoor arena located at 1510 Polk Street in Downtown Houston, Texas. ... Houston redirects here. ... Leslie Les Alexander is the current owner of the NBAs Houston Rockets. ... Daryl Morey (born 1972) was named assistant general manager of the Houston Rockets on April 3, 2006 and will replace Carroll Dawson as general manager in 2007. ... Richard Leonard Adelman (born June 16, 1946 in Lynwood, California, United States) is the incoming head coach of the Houston Rockets. ... The NBA Development League, or D-League, is the National Basketball Associations officially sponsored and operated developmental basketball organization. ... The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are a team of the NBA Development League to begin play in 2007. ... The 1994 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1993-1994 NBA season. ... The 1995 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1994-95 NBA season. ... AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... This article is about the sport. ... Houston redirects here. ... NBA redirects here. ... This is a list of the longest winning streaks in National Basketball Association history. ... is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Franchise history

The Rockets, along with the Seattle SuperSonics, entered the NBA in 1967 as an expansion team, based in San Diego. The San Diego franchise was named the Rockets, since it was the city where the Atlas Rockets for NASA were made. They selected Pat Riley with their first draft pick in 1967. They went on to produce a then-NBA record 67-loss season. The Seattle SuperSonics (or simply Sonics) are an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Americas Finest City Location Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates , Government County San Diego Mayor City Attorney         City Council District One District Two District Three District Four District Five District Six District Seven District Eight Jerry Sanders (R) Michael Aguirre Scott Peters Kevin... For other uses, see NASA (disambiguation). ... For the American guitarist, see Patrick Riley. ... 1967 NBA Draft Round One Round Two Categories: | ...


San Diego Rockets

In 1968 the Rockets won the coin toss versus the Baltimore Bullets, giving them the first overall pick in the 1968 NBA Draft. They selected Elvin "the Big E" Hayes from the University of Houston. Hayes led the team to the franchise's first ever playoff appearance in 1969. The Rockets lost in the Western divisional semi-final to the Atlanta Hawks four games to two in a best-of-seven series. The Washington Wizards are a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The 1968 NBA Draft produced future Hall of Famers with the first two picks, Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld. ... Elvin Ernest Hayes (born November 17, 1945 in Rayville, Louisiana) is considered as one of the all-time great collegiate and professional basketball players. ... For other system schools, see University of Houston System. ... The 1969 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1968-1969 season. ...


The 1970 NBA Draft brought Calvin Murphy and Rudy Tomjanovich to the Rockets - both significant to the franchise during and after their playing careers were over. The 1970 NBA Draft is known for having one of the most talented pools in draft history. ... Calvin Murphy (born May 9, 1948, in Norwalk, Connecticut) is a retired American professional basketball player who played as a guard for the NBAs Houston Rockets from 1970-1983. ... Rudolph Tomjanovich, Jr. ...


Coached by Jack McMahon and Alex Hannum, the Rockets tallied a 119-209 record over their tenure in San Diego. John Joseph (Jack) McMahon (born December 3, 1928 – died June 11, 1989) was a professional basketball player and coach. ... Alexander Murray Hannum (July 19, 1923 - January 18, 2002) was a pro basketball coach. ...


Move to Houston

In 1971, real estate broker Wayne Duddleston and banker Billy Goldberg bought the franchise for $5.6 million and relocated the team from San Diego. The Rockets originally had been named for San Diego slogan, "A City in Motion," but with the move to Houston their name took on even greater relevance. Houston is home to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and Mission Control, which received national attention during Project Apollo. Houston's major league baseball team, the Astros, were similarly named, and their stadium was the Astrodome, all with a futuristic theme. Eventually, Houston's WNBA team would be named the Houston Comets, continuing that theme. Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ... Goldberg discussing his new book with Mark Leyner in New York City, August 2006 Billy Goldberg (b. ... An aerial view of the Johnson Space Center facility of Houston in 1989 The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) is the National Aeronautics and Space Administrations center for human spaceflight activities. ... Mission Control Center (MCC) is a unit that manages aerospace flights. ... Project Apollo was a series of human spaceflight missions undertaken by the United States of America (NASA) using the Apollo spacecraft and Saturn launch vehicle, conducted during the years 1961 – 1975. ... The Houston Comets are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Houston, Texas. ...


1970s

The Rockets began playing at various venues in Houston, including the Astrodome, AstroHall, and Hofheinz Pavilion. They also played games at HemisFair Arena in San Antonio and in Waco. However, fan support was weak in the football and baseball-dominated city, and the Rockets averaged fewer than 5000 fans per game during their first Houston season. It was mused that the local churches in Waco drew more attendance than the Rockets. The Reliant Astrodome, formerly just the Astrodome, is a domed sports stadium in Houston, Texas, and is part of the Reliant Park complex. ... Photograph of a sign at the entrance to the Reliant Park Complex, with Six Flags Astroworld in the background Reliant Park (formerly the Astrodomain) is a complex in Houston, Texas named after the energy company Reliant Energy. ... Hofheinz Pavilion is a 8,500-seat multi-purpose arena in Houston, Texas. ... The HemisFair Arena was an indoor arena located in San Antonio, Texas, United States. ... San Antonio redirects here. ... For the Branch Davidian siege in Waco, Texas, see Waco Siege. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... This article is about the sport. ...


Before the start of the 1971 season, Coach Alex Hannum left for the Denver Nuggets of the American Basketball Association. Tex Winter was hired as the new coach shortly before the team was sold. Coach Winter applied a triple-post offensive system that contrasted with the offensive style to which Hayes was accustomed. Houston soon traded Hayes to the Baltimore Bullets for Jack Marin. Lack of success did little to capture the city's attention, and in the spring of 1973, following the Rockets 10th straight loss, Winter was relieved of his duties. Morice Fredrick Tex Winter (born February 25, 1922) is a successful American basketball coach and innovator of the triangle offense. ... The Washington Wizards are a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Jack Marin John Warren Jack Marin (born October 12, 1944, in Sharon, Pennsylvania) is an American former professional basketball player. ...


In 1975 the Rockets moved into their posh new home, The Summit, which they would call home for the next 28 years. The Summit represented a lavish new breed of sports arena, replete with amenities, that would help the NBA grow from a second-tier professional sport into the multi-billion dollar entertainment industry that it is today. The Summit stands among the high-rise office buildings of Greenway Plaza, ca 1995 The Compaq Center, originally named The Summit, was a multi-purpose sports arena in Houston, Texas. ...


With Coach Johnny Egan's guidance and Tomjanovich, Murphy, and Mike Newlin leading the way, the Rockets made their first appearance in the playoffs since arriving in Houston. The Rockets defeated the New York Knicks (led by Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe) in the first round, but lost to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals. John Francis Johnny Egan (born January 31, 1939 in Hartford, Connecticut) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ... Michael F. Newlin (born January 2, 1949 in Portland, Oregon) is a former NBA basketball player. ... The 1975 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1974-1975 season. ... Knicks redirects here. ... Walter Clyde Frazier (born March 29, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia) is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Vernon Earl Monroe (born on November 21, 1944, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American former professional basketball player known for his flamboyant dribbling, passing and play-making. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


At the start of the 1977 season, the Rockets negotiated a trade with the Buffalo Braves to acquire Moses Malone, who as a high school star made the unprecedented decision of bypassing college basketball to sign on as a professional with the Utah Stars of the ABA in 1974. The Rockets defeated the Washington Bullets in the 1977 Eastern Conference semi-final, but lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in the Conference Finals. Malone made an impressive showing against Washington's Elvin Hayes and waning star Wes Unseld. Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... The Los Angeles Clippers are a National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who also played in the American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ... The Utah Stars was an American Basketball Association (ABA) team based in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. // The Anaheim Amigos, based in Anaheim, California, began play in the fall of 1967, in the Anaheim Convention Center. ... The Washington Wizards are a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Westley Sissel Wes Unseld (born March 14, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American former basketball player and coach in the NBA. Unseld is a prominent member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans. ...


On December 9, 1977, in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Kunnert got into a fight with the Lakers' Kermit Washington. As Tomjanovich approached the altercation, Washington turned and threw a punch, landing squarely in the face of an approaching Tomjanovich, causing extensive structural damage to his cranium. The shocking scene became the defining moment of the Rockets' 1977-78 season as well as the playing careers of Tomjanovich and Washington. Tomjanovich spent the next five months in rehabilitation and returned to appear in the 1978 All-Star Game. A book by John Feinstein recording the events surrounding this event and the different paths that Tomjanovich and Washington have taken since that day is entitled "The Punch". is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Kevin Robert Kunnert (born November 11, 1951 in Dubuque, Iowa) was an NBA basketball player. ... Kermit Alan Washington (born September 17, 1951, Washington, DC) is a former professional basketball player who played ten seasons in the NBA. Washington is best remembered for punching opposing player Rudy Tomjanovich during an on-court fight on December 9, 1977. ... Cranium can mean: The brain and surrounding skull, a part of the body. ... The 1977-78 NBA Season was the 32nd season of the National Basketball Association. ... John Feinstein is an American sportswriter and commentator. ...


Malone received the 1979 MVP Award. Not exceptionally big or quick, he used footwork and positioning to become a successful center in the NBA. Malone, Murphy, and Tomjanovich all played in the 1979 NBA All-Star Game. Rick Barry was signed for the 1979 season from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for John Lucas. Barry averaged a modest 13.5 points and set a new NBA record, posting a .947 free-throw percentage for the season. He would play one more year for the Rockets before retiring in 1980. National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Award was first awarded after the 1955-56 NBA season. ... Richard (Rick) Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944, in Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American former professional basketball player. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ...


The Rockets went 47-35 in 1978-79, Nissalke's last season as coach. They finished second in the Central Division, losing two straight to Atlanta in a best-of-three first-round series.


Del Harris replaced Nissalke as coach for the 1979-80 campaign. The Rockets finished the year at 41-41, tying the San Antonio Spurs for second place in the Central Division. After beating the Spurs, two games to one, in the first-round playoff series, they were swept by the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals. Del Harris Delmer W. Harris (June 18, 1937, Plainfield (or Orleans), Indiana) is a former NBA head coach and current assistant coach of the Dallas Mavericks under head coach Avery Johnson. ... The 1979-80 NBA Season was the 34th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The 1980 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1979-1980 season. ...


1980s

For the 1980-81 season, the arrival of a third NBA team in Texas, the Dallas Mavericks, caused the NBA to restructure the conferences and sent Houston to the Midwest Division of the Western Conference, which also included San Antonio, Kansas City, Denver, Utah, and Dallas. The 1980-81 NBA Season was the 35th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ...


Houston tied with Kansas City for second place in the Midwest Division behind San Antonio with a 40-42 record, barely qualifying for the playoffs. The Sacramento Kings are a National Basketball Association team based in Sacramento, California. ...


Houston's playoff run began with a draw with the defending NBA Champion Lakers in the first round. The Rockets upset Los Angeles two games to one, 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 championship series with Boston lasted six games with Boston claiming the championship. George Gervin (born April 27, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional basketball player, a shooting guard for the American Basketball Associations (ABA) Virginia Squires and San Antonio Spurs and the National Basketball Associations (NBA) San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls. ... Otis Lee Birdsong (born December 9, 1955 in Winter Haven, Florida) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Scott Dean Wedman (born July 29, 1952 in Harper, Kansas) is a former NBA basketball player. ... Phil Jackson Ford (born February 9, 1956 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina) is a former professional player in the National Basketball Association. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


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. Rudolph Tomjanovich, Jr. ... Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who also played in the American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ... Robert Keith Reid (born August 30, 1955 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Mike Dunleavy Sr. ... Allen Frazier Leavell (born May 27, 1957 in Muncie, Indiana) is a retired American basketball player. ... William Edward Bill Paultz (born July 30, 1948) is a former professional basketball player nicknamed The Whopper and standing 611. Except for Basketball Hall of Famer Dolph Schayes, Paultz made more consecutive playoff appearances than any other player in professional basketball history. ... William (Bill) Wesley Willoughby (born May 20, 1957 in Englewood, New Jersey) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Thomas Edward Tom Henderson (born January 26, 1952 in Newberry, South Carolina) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Major James Brooks Jones (born July 9, 1953, in McGehee, Arkansas) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA. He attended and played collegiately at Albany State University. ...


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. The 1981-82 NBA Season was the 36th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who also played in the American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ...


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 [1]. 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] The 1982-83 NBA Season was the 37th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Bill Fitch (born 1935) is an NBA coach who has been successful in making teams playoff contenders throughout his coaching career. ... Del Harris Delmer W. Harris (June 18, 1937, Plainfield (or Orleans), Indiana) is a former NBA head coach and current assistant coach of the Dallas Mavericks under head coach Avery Johnson. ... The 1983 NBA Draft took place on June 28, 1983 in New York City. ... Image:Ralph Sampson. ... The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ... The NBA Draft Lottery is an annual event selecting the top picks of the following NBA Draft. ... Image:Ralph Sampson. ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-1953 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ...


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. The 1984 NBA Draft saw the selection of four players who would be named among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History at the leagues 50th anniversary in 1996: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and John Stockton. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... For other system schools, see University of Houston System. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The 1986 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1985-1986 NBA season The Boston Celtics won the series over the Houston 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 1987-88 NBA season was the 42nd season of the National Basketball Association. ... Donald R. Chaney (born March 22, 1946 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a former pro basketball player and coach. ... The 1988-89 NBA season was the 43rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1989-90 NBA Season was the 44th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Otis Henry Thorpe (born August 8, 1962 in Boynton Beach, Florida) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. A graduate of Lake Worth High School, Thorpe was drafted by the Kansas City Kings as the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 1984 NBA Draft and... This article is about the American basketball player. ...


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 committment to team leadership on the part of Olajuwon; this leadership is widely credited for the championship runs that followed. Rudolph Tomjanovich, Jr. ...


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. Leslie Les Alexander is the current owner of the NBAs Houston Rockets. ... The 1993-94 NBA season was the 48th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Knicks redirects here. ... The 1994 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1993-1994 NBA season. ... John Levell Starks (born August 10, 1965 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American former basketball player who gained fame while playing at shooting guard for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association in the 1990s. ...


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. The 1994-95 NBA season was the 49th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former National Basketball Association shooting guard. ... For other system schools, see University of Houston System. ... Otis Henry Thorpe (born August 8, 1962 in Boynton Beach, Florida) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. A graduate of Lake Worth High School, Thorpe was drafted by the Kansas City Kings as the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 1984 NBA Draft and... The 1995 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1994-1995 season. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965)) is a retired American NBA basketball player, who is often considered one of the greatest centers to ever play the game. ... The 1995 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1994-95 NBA season. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Anfernee Deon Penny Hardaway (born July 18, 1971, in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American NBA basketball player specializing as a point guard and shooting guard. ...


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 Seattle SuperSonics (or simply Sonics) are an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... Samuel James Cassell (born November 18, 1969 in Baltimore, Maryland), commonly referred to as Sam Cassell, is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the NBAs Boston Celtics. ... Clarence Chucky Brown (b. ... Robert Horry (born August 25, 1970 in Harford County, Maryland) is an American National Basketball Association basketball player. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... The 1996 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1995-1996 season. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ...


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. The 1997-98 NBA season was the 52nd season of the National Basketball Association. ... Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas) is a former American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is most remembered for leading the Chicago Bulls together with Michael Jordan to six championships and being one of the best all-around players... The 1999 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1999 season. ...


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. Hartley Brent Price (born December 9, 1968 in Shawnee, Oklahoma) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA. He is the younger brother of former Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Mark Price. ... Antoine Labotte Carr (born July 23, 1961) is a retired 16-year National Basketball Association journeyman player well known for the sunglass shades he wore onto the court. ... Michael DeAngelo Dickerson (born June 25, 1975 in Greenville, South Carolina) is a former professional basketball player who was a member of the Houston Rockets and Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies. ... Othella Harrington #24 of the Chicago Bulls attempts to pass against Primoz Brezec #7 of the Charlotte Bobcats during the fourth quarter at the United Center on January 27, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Memphis Grizzlies are a National Basketball Association team based in Memphis, Tennessee. ... Steve DShawn Francis (born February 21, 1977, in Silver Spring, Maryland,[2] U.S.) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Nicknamed The Franchise[1] and self-described as Steve-O, his on-court and off-court antics have generated considerable controversy throughout... Tony Arnel Massenburg (born July 31, 1967 in Sussex County, Virginia) is an NBA basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a National Basketball Association team based in Portland, Oregon. ... Walter Ander The Wizard Williams (born April 16, 1970 in Washington, DC) is a former professional basketball player. ... Stacey Orlando Augmon (born August 1, 1968 in Pasadena, California) is an American professional basketball player who plays in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets. ... Edward (Ed) Gray (born September 27, 1975 in Riverside, California) is a professional basketball player who was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the first round (22nd pick) of the 1997 NBA Draft. ... Carlos Cornelius Rogers (born July 2, 1981 in Hephzibah, Georgia) is a American football cornerback. ... Brian K. Shaw (born March 22, 1966 in Oakland, California) is a former professional basketball player. ... Kelvin T. Cato (born August 26, 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. He is currently playing center for the Detroit Pistons. ...


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 Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Steve DShawn Francis (born February 21, 1977, in Silver Spring, Maryland,[2] U.S.) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Nicknamed The Franchise[1] and self-described as Steve-O, his on-court and off-court antics have generated considerable controversy throughout... Cuttino Rashawn Mobley (born September 1, 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. ...


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 2002 NBA Draft was held on June 26, 2002 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yao (姚) Yao Ming (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ) (born September 12, 1980, in Shanghai, China) is a Chinese professional basketball player and is arguably the best center in the National Basketball Association (NBA) today. ... The Shanghai Sharks (Chinese: 上海大鲨鱼; Hanyu Pinyin: ), are a Chinese Basketball Association team based in Shanghai, China. ... The 2002-03 NBA season was the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Jeff Van Gundy (born January 19, 1962 in Hemet, California) is an American basketball head coach, currently for the National Basketball Associations Houston Rockets. ...


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 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2004 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2003-2004 season. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr (born May 24, 1979, in Bartow, Florida) is an American professional basketball player, currently positioned at starting shooting guard for the Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Juwan Antonio Howard (born February 7, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves. ... Tyronn Jamar Lue (born on May 3, 1977 in Mexico, Missouri) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. Lue attended Raytown High School in Missouri. ... Clifton Reece Gaines (born January 7, 1981 in Madison, Wisconsin) is a professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. Gaines, a 6 6, 205 lb point guard played high school basketball at Madison West in his hometown. ...


McGrady and Yao led 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. The 2005 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2004-2005 season. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ... Stromile Swift (born November 21, 1979 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a 69 230 pound professional basketball player currently with the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. ... For the American football player, see Derek Anderson (football player). ... This article is about the basketball player. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... Rafer Jamel Alston, a. ...


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. The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... David Barakau Wesley (born November 14, 1970, in San Antonio, Texas) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Jeff Van Gundy (born January 19, 1962 in Hemet, California) is an American basketball head coach, currently for the National Basketball Associations Houston Rockets. ...


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, 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.[1] Rudy Carlton Gay, Jr. ... The University of Connecticut is the State of Connecticuts land-grant university. ... The 2006 NBA Draft was held on June 28 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. ... Jeff Van Gundy (born January 19, 1962 in Hemet, California) is an American basketball head coach, currently for the National Basketball Associations Houston Rockets. ...


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.[2] The 2007-08 Houston Rockets season will be their 41st season in the National Basketball Association and 37th in Houston. ... Richard Leonard Adelman (born June 16, 1946 in Lynwood, California, United States) is the incoming head coach of the Houston Rockets. ...


On June 14, the Rockets traded Juwan Howard to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Mike James and Justin Reed.[3] is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Juwan Antonio Howard (born February 7, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Justin Michael Reed (born January 16, 1982 in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American professional basketball player currently with the Houston Rockets of the NBA. // Reed led the University of Mississippis Ole Miss Rebels as part of the Provine Posse, the three former Provine High School teammates who played together...


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. The 2007 NBA Draft was held on June 28, 2007 at the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City and was broadcast in the United States on ESPN. The first 14 picks in the draft belonged to teams that had missed the 2007 NBA Playoffs, with their... Aaron Jamal Brooks (born January 14, 1985, in Seattle, Washington) is an American basketball player who was selected 26th overall in the 2007 National Basketball Association Draft by the Houston Rockets. ... Carl Christopher Landry (born September 19, 1983 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Houston Rockets. ... Bradley Newley (born February 18, 1985, in Lower Mitcham, South Australia) is an Australian professional basketball player for the Panionios BC of the Greek Basketball League and the ULEB Cup League. ...


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.[4] 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. [5] is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Vassilis Spanoulis (Greek: Βασίλης Σπανούλης; born August 7, 1982 in Larissa, Greece) is a Greek professional basketball player who currently plays point guard for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Spanoulis was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2nd round (50th overall) of the 2004 NBA Draft. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... Jackie Butler (born March 10, 1985 in McComb, Mississippi) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA with the Houston Rockets. ... Luis Alberto Scola Balvoa (born April 30, 1980 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentinian professional basketball player. ...


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. [6] is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Steve DShawn Francis (born February 21, 1977, in Silver Spring, Maryland,[2] U.S.) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Nicknamed The Franchise[1] and self-described as Steve-O, his on-court and off-court antics have generated considerable controversy throughout... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Rafer Jamel Alston, a. ...


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.[7] is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Seattle SuperSonics (or simply Sonics) are an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. ... For other uses, see Red (disambiguation). ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Charlotte Hornets redirects here. ...


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.[8] On March 18, the streak came to an end at the hands of the Boston Celtics with 94-74 loss. is the 75th day of the year (76th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yao (姚) Yao Ming (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ) (born September 12, 1980, in Shanghai, China) is a Chinese professional basketball player and is arguably the best center in the National Basketball Association (NBA) today. ... is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


Other facts

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Arena history

San Diego Rockets
San Diego Sports Arena (1967-1971)
Houston Rockets
Hofheinz Pavilion (1971-1975)
HemisFair Arena (San Antonio) (1972-1973)
The Summit (Later "Compaq Center") (1975-2003)
Toyota Center (2003-present) The iPayOne Center(formerly San Diego Sports Arena) is an indoor arena located on Sports Arena Blvd in Point Loma, San Diego, California off of Interstate 8. ... Hofheinz Pavilion is a 8,500-seat multi-purpose arena in Houston, Texas. ... The HemisFair Arena was an indoor arena located in San Antonio, Texas, United States. ... The Summit stands among the high-rise office buildings of Greenway Plaza, ca 1995 The interior of Lakewood Church Central Campus The Lakewood Church Central Campus, formerly known as The Summit and later the Compaq Center, is a house of worship in Houston, Texas. ... The interior of the arena, during an ice hockey game The Toyota Center is an indoor arena located at 1510 Polk Street in Downtown Houston, Texas. ...


Logos and uniforms

Logos

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.

Season-by-season records

Main article: Houston Rockets seasons

Draft picks

Main article: List of Houston Rockets first and second-round draft picks

Players

Main article: Houston Rockets all-time roster

The following is a list of players, both past and current, who appeared at least in one game for the Houston Rockets NBA franchise. ...

Basketball Hall of Famers

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Retired numbers

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Current roster

Houston Rockets roster
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Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
PG 12 Flag of the United States Alston, Rafer 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fresno State
SF 31 Flag of the United States Battier, Shane 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Duke
PG 0 Flag of the United States Brooks, Aaron 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 161 lb (73 kg) Oregon
PG 3 Flag of the United States Francis, Steve  Injured 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Maryland
SF 19 Flag of the United States Harris, Mike 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Rice
PF 44 Flag of the United States Hayes, Chuck 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 242 lb (110 kg) Kentucky
SG 2 Flag of the United States Head, Luther 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Illinois
PG 8 Flag of the United States Jackson, Bobby 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Minnesota
PF 14 Flag of the United States Landry, Carl 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 253 lb (115 kg) Purdue
SG 1 Flag of the United States McGrady, Tracy (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 223 lb (101 kg) Mt. Zion Christian Academy (NC)*
C 55 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Mutombo, Dikembe 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Georgetown
SF 20 Flag of the United States Novak, Steve 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 234 lb (106 kg) Marquette
F/C 4 Flag of Argentina Scola, Luis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Argentina
C 33 Flag of the United States Woods, Loren 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Arizona
C 11 Flag of the People's Republic of China Yao Ming  Injured 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 Injured

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Unsigned Overseas Draft Picks

Name Current Team League(s) NBA Position Height Weight Born
Sergei Lishchuk Azovmash Mariupol Ukrainian League / ULEB Cup F/C 6'11" 244 lbs. March 31, 1982 (1982-03-31) (age 26)
Venson Hamilton Real Madrid Spanish League / Euroleague PF 6'9" 254 lbs. August 11, 1977 (1977-08-11) (age 30)
Lior Eliyahu Maccabi Tel Aviv Israeli League / Euroleague SF/PF 6'9" 225 lbs. September 9, 1985 (1985-09-09) (age 22)
Brad Newley Panionios Greek League / ULEB Cup SG 6'7" 201 lbs. February 18, 1985 (1985-02-18) (age 23)
Kyle Hill Snaidero Udine Italian League PG 6'2" 185 lbs. April 7, 1979 (1979-04-07) (age 29)

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High Points

Individual Awards

NBA MVP of the Year The National Basketball Association (NBA) first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ...

NBA Finals MVP Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who also played in the American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The National Basketball Association Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the player who has exhibited exceptional play during an NBA Finals series. ...

NBA Defensive Player of the Year Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The National Basketball Associations Defensive Player of the Year Award has been handed out since 1983. ...

NBA Rookie of the Year Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-53 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ...

NBA Player ESPY Award Image:Ralph Sampson. ... Steve DShawn Francis (born February 21, 1977, in Silver Spring, Maryland,[2] U.S.) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Nicknamed The Franchise[1] and self-described as Steve-O, his on-court and off-court antics have generated considerable controversy throughout...

NBA Coach of the Year Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The person recognized as the NBA Coach of the Year receives the Red Auerbach Trophy. ...

NBA Executive of the Year Tom Nissalke is a former professional basketball coach in the NBA and ABA. He has coached several teams in both leagues, and has an overall coaching record of 371-508. ... Donald R. Chaney (born March 22, 1946 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a former pro basketball player and coach. ... The NBA Executive of the Year Award is the award given by the National Basketball Association to the leagues best front office executive. ...

All-NBA First Team Ray Patterson (November 23, 1911 - December 30, 2001) was an American animator. ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ...

All-NBA Second Team Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who also played in the American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ...

All-NBA Third Team Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who also played in the American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ... Image:Ralph Sampson. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yao (姚) Yao Ming (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ) (born September 12, 1980, in Shanghai, China) is a Chinese professional basketball player and is arguably the best center in the National Basketball Association (NBA) today. ... Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr (born May 24, 1979, in Bartow, Florida) is an American professional basketball player, currently positioned at starting shooting guard for the Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ...

NBA All-Defensive First Team Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former National Basketball Association shooting guard. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yao (姚) Yao Ming (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ) (born September 12, 1980, in Shanghai, China) is a Chinese professional basketball player and is arguably the best center in the National Basketball Association (NBA) today. ... Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr (born May 24, 1979, in Bartow, Florida) is an American professional basketball player, currently positioned at starting shooting guard for the Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The NBA All-Defensive Team is the NBAs annual honor given to the best defensive players in the NBA during the regular season. ...

NBA All-Defensive Second Team Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Rodney Earl McCray (born August 29, 1961 in Mount Vernon, New York) is a retired American basketball player. ... The NBA All-Defensive Team is the NBAs annual honor given to the best defensive players in the NBA during the regular season. ...

NBA Rookie First Team Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who also played in the American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Rodney Earl McCray (born August 29, 1961 in Mount Vernon, New York) is a retired American basketball player. ... The NBA All-Rookie Team is a set of annual awards recognizing the top rookies in the National Basketball Association. ...

NBA Rookie Second Team Elvin Ernest Hayes (born November 17, 1945 in Rayville, Louisiana) is considered as one of the all-time great collegiate and professional basketball players. ... Calvin Murphy (born May 9, 1948, in Norwalk, Connecticut) is a retired American professional basketball player who played as a guard for the NBAs Houston Rockets from 1970-1983. ... Joe C. Meriweather (born October 26, 1953 in Phenix City, Alabama) is an American former professional basketball player. ... There have been several well-known people named John Lucas, including: Sir John Lucas (Royalist) John Lucas (philosopher) John Lucas, professional basketball player, Houston Rockets, NBA John Meredyth Lucas, screenwriter, director John Lucas (VC), the recipient of the Victoria Cross John P. Lucas - American general in WWII. ... Image:Ralph Sampson. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Steve DShawn Francis (born February 21, 1977, in Silver Spring, Maryland,[2] U.S.) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Nicknamed The Franchise[1] and self-described as Steve-O, his on-court and off-court antics have generated considerable controversy throughout... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yao (姚) Yao Ming (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ) (born September 12, 1980, in Shanghai, China) is a Chinese professional basketball player and is arguably the best center in the National Basketball Association (NBA) today. ... The NBA All-Rookie Team is a set of annual awards recognizing the top rookies in the National Basketball Association. ...

Robert Horry (born August 25, 1970 in Harford County, Maryland) is an American National Basketball Association basketball player. ... Matt Maloney (born December 6, 1971 in Silver Spring, Maryland) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Cuttino Rashawn Mobley (born September 1, 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. ... Michael DeAngelo Dickerson (born June 25, 1975 in Greenville, South Carolina) is a former professional basketball player who was a member of the Houston Rockets and Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies. ... Wikinews has related news: Former Timberwolf Eddie Griffin dies at 25 Eddie Jamal Griffin (May 30, 1982 – August 17, 2007) was an American professional basketball player. ... Luther D. Head (born November 26, 1982 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Houston Rockets. ...

References

  1. ^ Van Gundy dismissed as Rockets coach. Houston Chronicle (2007-05-18).
  2. ^ Jonathan Feigen (2007-05-21). Adelman reaches deal to coach Rockets. Houston Chronicle.
  3. ^ Marc Stein (2007-06-14). Rockets, Wolves finalize swap of Howard, James.. ESPN.
  4. ^ Jonathan Feigen (2007-07-14). Scola to play for rockets. Houston Chronicle.
  5. ^ Damien Pierce (2007-07-17). Scola signed rockets. Rockets Official Website.
  6. ^ Jonathan Feigen (2007-07-20). Francis returns to Rockets. Houston Chronicle.
  7. ^ Damien Pierce (2007-09-07). Home Improvement. Rockets Official Website.
  8. ^ Yao done for season with stress fracture in left foot
  9. ^ 2006 Inductees, The Official Mascot Hall of Fame (2007).

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