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Houston Rockets Tickets
Houston Rockets Tickets
The Houston Rockets hold the distinction of being the first of the three Texas-based NBA teams to win an NBA title during its time in the league. The Rockets were originally in San Diego after joining the league in 1967. They moved to Houston in 1971 and enjoyed a surge in success after acquiring Moses Malone through a trade in 1976. Malone helped the Rockets reach the NBA finals for the first time in 1981. Houston reached its pinnacle after drafting Hakeem Olajuwon in 1984. Olajuwon helped the Rockets return to the NBA finals and used his scoring and rebounding prowess to lead Houston to back-to-back NBA titles in 1994 and 1995. Hopes of similar success under Yao Ming never materialized. Yao was drafted in 2002 and was an all-star throughout his career, but nagging foot injuries forced his retirement in 2011.
Toyota Center, Home to the Houston Rockets
Toyota Center, a sports facility built in 2003, has been home to the NBA's Houston Rockets since 2005. The 18,500-seat arena also plays host to Houston Aeros hockey games and is a popular venue among the Harlem Globetrotters, orchestral groups, and rock performers. Special perks include the exclusive Lexus Lounge and superior cuisine from Red and White Bistro. The multi-use stadium won the Allen Award for Civic Enhancement in 2003.
Houston Rockets and the Western Conference
In the Southwest Division of the Western Conference, the Houston Rockets battle for the division title against the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Hornets, and Memphis Grizzlies. Previously known as the San Diego Rockets, the team relocated to Houston in 1971 and won its first division title in 1977. Since then, the team captured three more division titles, which led to four conference championships overall. Of the team's four trips to the NBA Finals, the Houston Rockets brought home the trophy twice in 1994 and 1995.
Houston Rockets 2012 Team Outlook
Facing a season of rebuilding since the retirement of 7-foot-6 center Yao Ming, the Houston Rockets will enter the 2012 season with a new head coach, former Boston Celtics forward, Kevin McHale. McHale spent 13 seasons with the Celtics where he, Larry Bird, and Robert Parish led the team to three NBA championships in the 1980s. Returning players to the Rockets roster include Patrick Patterson, Kyle Lowry, Terrence Williams, and Jordan Hill. With Patterson's consistency, Hill's offensive potential, and the eagerness of rookies Marcus Morris and Donatas Montiejunas, McHale just might have another championship team on his hands.