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Houston Rockets

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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 2014-2015 NBA schedule.

Houston Rockets 2014-2015 Outlook

The Spurs used last season to show us how motivating a bitter defeat could be; they plowed through the league to win their fifth ring, avenging the devastating loss to the Heat in 2013.

On a smaller scale, perhaps that same narrative will play out for the Houston Rockets, who bowed out of the postseason against a Blazers club few expected would offer resistance.

The Rockets will hope to do more this season. Unfortunately, they’ll have less to work with than they did a year ago. Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik are elsewhere, thinning a rotation that didn’t have much depth to lose. And, of course, Parsons has changed his Texas address.

James Harden and Dwight Howard remain, and they’ll be tested more rigorously than ever before.

If Trevor Ariza avoids the post-contract letdown so many expect and if Terrence Jones takes another step forward, Houston could be more dangerous than it was a year ago.

Toyota Center

Toyota Center is an indoor arena located in downtown Houston, Texas. It is named after the Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota. The arena is home to the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association, the principal users of the building, and the former home of the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League.

Rockets owner Leslie Alexander first began to request a new arena in 1995, and attempted to release the Rockets from their lease at The Summit, which ran until 2003. However, he was denied by arena owner Chuck Watson, then-owner of the Aeros, who also wanted control of a new arena. The two sides agreed to equal control over an arena in a deal signed in 1997, but the proposal was rejected by city voters in a 1999 referendum. It was not until the city and the Rockets signed an amended agreement in 2001, excluding the Aeros, that the proposal was accepted.

Construction began in July 2001, and the new arena was officially opened in September 2003. The total costs were $235 million, with the city of Houston paying the majority, and the Rockets paying for enhancements. Toyota paid $100 million for the naming rights.

Toyota Center
1510 Polk Street
Houston, Texas 77002

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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.