- Houston Rockets
- August 9, 2018
The Houston Rockets are a professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1967 as an expansion team, they were initially established in San Diego under the name San Diego Rockets. In 1971, the Rockets moved to Houston and became the Houston Rockets. The club competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league’s Western Conference Southwest Division. Throughout their career they won two NBA Championships (1994, 1995), four Conference titles and six Division titles.
The Houston Rockets colors are red, silver, black, white; and their home arena is Toyota Centre. The team’s current owner is the American billionaire businessman Tillman Fertitta, while their head coach is Michael Andrew D’Antoni.
Founded in 1967 by Robert Breitbard under the name San Diego Rockets, the club joined the NBA as an expansion team for the 1967-68 season. After losing four consecutive seasons, in 1971 they moved to Houston and became the Houston Rockets. During the 1976-77 season, the Rockets marked the first Central Division winning in the franchise history, qualifying for the Eastern Conference finals. The team lost to the Philadelphia 76ers four games to two.
In 1986, with team players such as the future Hall of Fame Centre Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson, the Rockets made another NBA Finals appearance where they lost to the Boston Celtics. For the rest of the decade, the team managed to qualify for the postseason, but they failed to advance past the second round of the playoffs.
The arrival of Rudy Tomjanovich
During the 1991-92 season, Donald Ray Chaney was fired as head coach and Rudy Tomjanovich took his place. Tomjanovich’s activity marked the most successful period in franchise history, leading the Houston Rockets to two consecutive championships. Led by Hakeem Olajuwon, guard Sam Cassell and forward Robert Horry, the Rockets won back-to-back NBA titles in the 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons. In the 1995-96 season, the team won 48 games season and Olajuwon became the NBA’s all-time leader in blocked shots. Throughout the playoffs the Rockets defeated the Lakers before a sweep by the Seattle SuperSonics.
2003 – Present
The 2003-04 season brought with it a lot of changes for the Rockets. The team moved to their current home arena, Toyota Centre, and redesigned their uniforms and logo. A major change came when Rudy Tomjanovich resigned as head coach due to critical health problems and Jeff Van Gundy took his place. In spite of all the new adjustments, they managed to finish the regular season with a record of 45-37, but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.
With a new head coach on board, Rick Adelman, the Rockets ended the 2008-09 regular season with 53-29, qualifying for the playoffs, where they beat the Portland Trail Blazers four games to two in the first round and lost 4-3 to the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round. During this season, two players suffered serious injuries: Yao Ming had a fracture in his left foot; and Dikembe Mutombo injured his knee badly enough to make him retire after 18 seasons in the NBA.
With James Harden, Trevor Anthony Ariza and Dwight Howard as new additions to the team, during the 2014-2015 season the Houston managed to beat the Utah Jazz, claiming their first ever Southwest Division title and first Division crown since 1994. In the first round of the playoffs thy defeated the Dallas Mavericks 4-1, the Los Angeles Clippers 3-1 in the second round but lost to the Golden State Warriors 4-1 in the Conference Finals. However, the season marked two important events for the team: the 56 wins were the third-best regular season record in franchise history and they returned to the Conference Finals for the first time in 18 years.
The Houston Rockets were purchased by Tillman Fertitta in 2017. The team finished the 2017-18 regular season with 65 wins, the best in franchise history. In the first round of the playoffs, the Rockets confronted the Minnesota Timberwolves, followed by the Utah Jazz in the second round. During the Conference Finals, the All-Star NBA player Chris Paul was injured, his absence leading to the winning of the Golden State Warriors 4-3 against the Houston Rockets.
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