Stars of Houston
The Houston Rockets have had many players on their roster from top talents to flops in their franchise history. But the talents they have had and still have are excellent. The Rpckets managed to trade this Chris Paul for Russell Westrbook but the team also has names such as James Harden but that is not the only thing because the Rockets have a list of hall of famers who also played for Houston, think of names such as: Moses Malone , Tracy McGrady, Hakeem Olajuwon, Chris Paul, Scottie Pippen, Yao Ming
James "The Beard" "Harden
The 8-foot forward played college basketball for Syracuse before appearing in the NBA in 2003-2004. Carmelo Anthony led his college team to their first NCAA championship and was part of the United States basketball team that took the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. In 2008 he won gold with the US national basketball team at the Beijing Summer Olympics and in 2012 he won gold again at the London games.
Carmelo Anthony is considered one of the NBA's greatest talents and spent a long time with the Denver Nuggets until he entered the New York Knicks in 2011. "Melo's" wish came true, he always wanted to play for his hometown New York. In the 2017 offseason, he was sent to Oklahoma City in a trade where the Knicks got Enes Kanter, among others. After a few difficult seasons in New York. After playing 1 season for Oklahoma City, he was traded to the Houston Rockets after a major transfer soap. He hardly played there and his contract was terminated. After not playing for a year, he has been signed with the Portland Trail Blazers where he will play with the number "00".
History of the Houston Rockets
The Rockets won only 15 games in their debut season as a franchise in 1967. The following year In the 1968 NBA draft, the Rockets received the first draft pick, selecting power-forward Elvin Hayes to take the team to his first playoff appearance. lead in his rookie season. The Rockets didn't finish the season with a winning record until the 1976-77 season, when they trade for All-Star center Moses Malone. Malone went on to win the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award twice while playing with the Rockets and lead Houston to the Eastern Conference Finals in his first year with the team.
During the 1980-81 season, the Rockets closed the regular season with a record of 40-42. Despite their losing record, they qualified for the playoffs. Under Malone's leadership, the Rockets stunned the league through their first NBA Finals appearance in 1981, becoming only the second team in NBA history to reach the NBA Finals with a losing record. They would lose to the Boston Celtics 62–20 in six games, led by Larry Bird, Robert Parish and future Rockets head coach Kevin McHale. As of 2019, the 1980-81 Rockets will be the last team since the 1954-55 Minneapolis Lakers to reach the NBA Finals with a losing record.
Awards from the Rockets
Despite Houston's great players and a compassionate fan base, they have been unable to bring home a Championship in recent years. This has not always been the case, the Houston Rockets have already been awarded twice as NBA Champions this was the case in the 1994 and 1995. In addition, they have often won the Western Conference Title, they did in 1981, 1986, 1994 and 1995.