Head Coach: Mike D’Antoni
The Houston Rockets are a Houston, Texas-based team and compete in the NBA as a member of the league’s Western Conference Southwest Division. They hold all of their home games at the Toyota Center, downtown Houston. During its early years in basketball, the team was known as the San Diego Rockets, an expansion team introduced in 1967. In 1971, the Rockets moved to Houston.
Currently, the franchise holds two NBA championship titles and four Western Conference titles. In 1984, the Rockets drafted center Hakeem Olajuwon, who would play alongside 7 feet 4 inches Ralph Sampson, securing one of the tallest front courts in the NBA. The duo led the team to the 1986 NBA finals where they were defeated by the Celtics. The franchise continued to appear in the playoffs throughout the 1980s, but failed to win the championship title. After Rudy Tomjanovich took over as head coach midway through the 1991/92 season, he led the Rockets to the team’s first NBA Finals and won their first championship against Patrick Ewing and the Knicks. The following season, the Rockets repeated as champions with an astonishing four-game sweep of the Orlando Magic.