The Houston Rockets are a professional basketball team in Houston, Texas, that belongs to the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Western Conference, Southwest Division. Its home games are played in downtown Houston’s Toyota Center. Mike D’Antoni became the Rockets’ head coach in June 2016. Over the years, the Houston Rockets have included many incredible players like Hakeem Olajuwon, Moses Malone, Tracy Grady, Yao Ming, Rick Barry, Elvin Hayes, Calvin Murphy, Clyde Drexler, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, Ralph Sampson, and Dikembe Mutombo. . They won their first division title in 21 years during the 2014-15 NBA season.
With the addition of Allstar Chris Paul over the summer, the Rockets are now a true title contender and are currently in second places in the Western Conference behind the Golden State Warriors.
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Founded in 1967, the Houston Rockets are an NBA team that is based in Houston, Texas. They have four Western Conference titles and two National Basketball Association (NBA) championships.
Originally, the team was the San Diego Rockets but they moved to Houston in 1971. The NBA wanted more teams in the west and San Diego was selected for its strong economy and the success of the San Diego Gulls, an ice hockey team. The name “Rockets” was selected through a contest. The name referenced both the Atlas missile and booster rocket program at the local branch of General Dynamics and San Diego’s status as “a city in motion.”
The San Diego Rockets lost 67 games their first season. The team set an NBA record for most losses at the time. Elvin Hayes, Calvin Murphy, and Rudy Tomjanovich improved this score under the management of Hall of Fame coach Alex Hannum but their performance and intendance was still low. As such, founder Breitbard sold the team. The San Diego Rockets became the Houston Rockets. Their name took on an additional meaning since Houston is linked to the space industry. The Houston Rockets were the first NBA team in Texas.
After Johnny Egan joined the Houston Rockets in the 1970s, the team grew in popularity in their hometown. The Summit became the Rocket’s home during the 1975-76 season. They would remain at that location for 29 years.
Moses Malone, who came on board for the 1976-77 season, kicked off an era, lasting from 1976 to 1982. The Rockets immediately won the Central Division and made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals. In 1981, the Houston Rockets made it to their first NBA Finals. Malone was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers when they were unable to continue paying his salary.