Today is a significant day in Rockets history…
On this day 22 years ago, the Houston Rockets completed the rare back-to-back championships as they swept the Orlando Magic in the Finals. The historic team faced many roadblocks on their way to becoming the champs including coming back from a 3-1 lead against Phoenix. They stumbled into the playoffs with the 6th seed in the West and a 17-18 second half record. However, they turned on the heat when they most needed. This team showed why they were called Clutch City and never gave up. They ended the season by sweeping a team with Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway on it. Their path to the championship was never easy but they persevered and won it all.
This championship, of course, was the last one held up by a Rockets team. Daryl Morey and the rest of the front office are ready to change that fact soon. To do that, James Harden needs some more help and that help will come hopefully this offseason. Another star player is necessary if we want to bring back the trophy to Houston once again.
The Michael Jordan Bulls
The popular theory out there is that the Rockets would have never won their two titles if Michael Jordan stayed in the league. This topic is one for a completely different post, but one that needs to be addressed. There is no reason to believe that the Rockets would have lost to the Jordan-lead Bulls. Hakeem Olajuwon was always a tough cover for them and Jordan himself admitted how tough the Rockets were. The Rockets also were the one of the few, if not the only, team with a positive record against the Bulls in the Jordan-era. A series between the two teams would have been amazing and fun to watch, but I still believe the Rockets would pull it off.