— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) March 19, 2015
The Houston Rockets have set Thursday aside to commemorate the two legendary championship teams that won it all in the ’93-’94 and ’94-’95 seasons.
The former Champions were treated to a luncheon with all of the other players, management and long-time season ticket holders before being presented to the crowd at halftime of the Nuggets vs Rockets game Thursday night.
Many popular faces from the teams were in attendance including Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Robert Horry, Mario Elie, Otis Thorpe, Vernon Maxwell and most of the members from about two decades ago.
Thankfully the Rockets Twitter (@HoustonRockets) let us in on the festivities as we see former coach Rudy Tomjanovich admiring his newly created Legends Locker and personal interviews with most of the stars from the teams including “The Dream”, Otis Thorpe and a few others.
Halftime brought all of the players out onto the court where they were individually welcomed escorted by a Rockets cheerleader, videos in remembrance of what the team accomplished were playing on the Jumbotron above. Olajuwon came out and had some inspirational and motivational words for the crowd and Rockets team that was suited up for tonight’s game.
NBA.com caught all of the ceremony and you can watch the introductions and Olajuwon’s speech whenever you get a chance.
The former players received a ton of questions about this year’s team throughout the day, and Hakeem even mentioned that they have the ability to win it all, although “it won’t be easy.” The current roster walks into work every day and they see the legends hung up in the hallways of Toyota Center, they know tonight is very unique. Captain James Harden said:
Harden on honoring the Rockets’ championship teams: “We’re trying to do something special like they did.” — Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) March 19, 2015
James Harden may have had a little extra adrenaline flowing through his veins with the legends in the building, Harden put up 50 points, 10 boards and 4 assists.
With only 14 games left before the playoffs, this team has a chance to be “special” very soon!
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