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About Houston Rockets
History of the Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets, who play as part of the Southwest Division of the NBA's Western Conference, became a franchise in 1967 as the San Diego Rockets. From 1967 to 1971, the team struggled like any expansion team does in their beginning years, only making the playoffs once and finishing with a losing record their first season. Although they only played four seasons in San Diego before moving to Houston, the Rockets acquired multiple players that became staples of their history during that time. In 1968, the Rockets drafted Elvin Hayes and followed that in 1970 when they drafted Rudy Tomjanovich and Calvin Murphy. The latter two would eventually have their numbers retired by the team. Following the move to Houston, Texas, for the 1972 season, the Rockets continued to struggle each season, unable to finish with a winning record until the 1976-77 season when they won 49 games. That year they were able to make it all the way to the Conference Finals, where they lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in six games. In 1981, the franchise once again had a mediocre season, which was fortunately good enough to still qualify for the postseason. In the NBA Playoffs, the Rockets surprised everyone in Houston and across the country, as they made it all the way to the NBA Finals. Matched up against the Boston Celtics, the Houston Rockets' magical run ended with the Celtics taking the title.
After a couple more disappointing seasons, the Houston Rockets had the first overall selection in consecutive seasons in 1983 and 1984. With those draft selections, Houston took two centers, Ralph Sampson and Hakeem Olajuwon. While Sampson had a good career, Olajuwon became the best player in Rockets history. "Hakeem the Dream," as he became known, played seventeen seasons in Houston, helping lead them to three NBA Finals appearances and winning two of them in 1994 (against the New York Knicks) and 1995 (against the Orlando Magic). He was also a 12-time NBA All Star, two-time NBA Finals MVP, two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and won the NBA's Most Valuable Player award in 1994. His number was retired in 2008. James Harden joined the Rockets in 2012 and the franchise has been rejuvenated. Their fan base loves going to games to see "The Beard" compete at a high level every night. In the offseason, the Rockets restocked, adding crucial pieces such as Chris Paul, Gerald Green, Nene, and Eric Gordon. They also hired Mike D'Antoni as head coach. He favors an up-tempo, offensive minded style of play that is fun to watch.
Most Recent Season
The 2017-18 Houston Rockets season was the first with point guard Chris Paul on the roster. The team experienced their best record in franchise history, finishing the regular season 65-17. The Rockets also clinched the Number 1 seed for the first time in franchise history. In the playoffs, the Rockets first met the Minnesota Timberwolves and won the series four games to one. Advancing to the Conference Semifinals, the Rockets met the Utah Jazz who they also beat 4-1. Their playoff run came to a heartbreaking end when they met the Golden State Warriors in the Conference Finals. The Rockets fell to the Warriors, losing the series 4-3. Will this upcoming season be the year the Rockets can make it to the NBA Finals?
This season the Rockets will be welcoming Carmelo Anthony from the Oklahoma City Thunder and Michael Carter-Williams from the Charlotte Hornets. Fans are extremely excited to see what Carmelo will bring to the team. Harden, Paul, and Green are all returning, so this season is sure to be impressive. The 2018-19 Houston Rockets season will kick off on October 17th at home against the New Orleans Pelicans. The second game of the season will be against Lebron and the Lakers at the Staples Center on October 20th. Throughout the season the Rockets will face their divisional rivals including the New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, and Memphis Grizzlies. The Rockets will go up against the Golden State Warriors four times during the regular season. Those will definitely be exciting matchups! The Rockets are hoping to return to the finals and make it to the NBA Finals. Will you be at the Toyota Center to cheer on your favorite NBA team? TicketNetwork has all your access to Houston Rockets tickets. Check out our vast selection of Houston Rockets tickets and grab yours today!