The Houston Rockets are a professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association (the NBA). The Houston Rockets play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference with four other teams: the San Antonio Spurs, the Dallas Mavericks, the New Orleans Hornets and the Memphis Grizzlies. Rockets tickets will surely be hard to come by during the 2010-2011 NBA schedule.
Rockets 2009-2010 Outlook
After three consecutive seasons with at least 50 wins and 3 straight trips to the Western Conference playoffs, the Houston Rockets found themselves on the outside looking in after a 42-40 season. Yao Ming's season-ending foot injury suffered before the start created an ominous tone for the Rockets heading into the season. That being said, it was still impressive that the Rockets finished the season with a winning record without their top player. Guards Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin emerged as legitimate NBA players, and power forward Luis Scola proved a force to be reckoned with night in and night out. Martin led the team in scoring with his 20.6 points per game average, while Brooks averaged 19.6 points per game and 5.3 assist per game. Scola knocked down 16.2 points per game and also led the team in rebounding with 8.6 boards per game.
With Yao Ming returning for the upcoming season, the Rockets are very optimistic of their chances to return to the post-season and contend for the top spot in the deep Western Conference. The Rockets hope that teams will have trouble guarding both Ming and Scola and that Martin and Brooks will continue to mature and make teams pay if they focus too much on the Rockets' big men. Look for big things for this Rockets squad in the upcoming season -- get your Rockets NBA tickets at the Toyota Center before it's too late.
The Rockets franchise was founded in San Diego, California in 1967. The San Diego Rockets selected legendary player and head coach Pat Riley with their first ever draft pick in the 1967 NBA draft. The San Diego Rockets lost a then-record 67 games in its first season in the NBA. The San Diego Rockets never had a winning record during its first 4 seasons in San Diego. Following the 1970-1971 NBA season, the Rockets franchise moved to Houston, Texas.
The Houston Rockets did not reach the playoffs in its first 3 seasons in the city of Houston. The Houston Rockets finished with a 41-41 record during the 1974-1975 which was good enough for a trip to post-season play. After a 1st round upset win over the New York Knicks led by Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe, the Philadelphia 76ers ousted the Houston Rockets in the Conference Semifinals. The Houston Rockets recorded its first ever winning record in 1976-1977 with a 49-33 record. That year the Philadelphia 76ers ousted the Houston Rockets in the Conference Finals in a hard-fought series.
Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon led the Houston Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995. Since the 1995 NBA Championship win, the Houston Rockets have only advanced to the Western Conference once.
The Houston Rockets have retired the following players’ numbers: Clyde Drexler’s #22; Calvin Murphy’s #23; Moses Malone’s #24; Hakeem Olajuwon’s 34; Rudy Tomjanovich’s #45; and Carroll Dawson’s “CD” to honor the long-time assistant coach and General Manager following his 2007 retirement.
All Houston Rockets basketball games can be seen on the FSN Houston and FSN Southwest Television Networks. NBC, ESPN and TNT may also televise Houston Rockets games based on the popularity of the game. Tune into the Houston Rockets Flagship radio network SportsRadio 610 on your AM dial to catch each Houston Rockets basketball game on the radio.