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Rockets: How the Houston Comets became the dynasty that started it all for the WNBA

Cynthia Cooper #14 of the Houston Comets
Cynthia Cooper #14 of the Houston Comets
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Tammy Jackson and Kim Perrot of the Houston Comets Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger /Allsport

The Houston Rockets‘ 2020-21 season is nearly over, as the NBA’s regular season will be effectively over on Sunday. However, this year marks the WNBA’s 25th anniversary with the season starting today for the 12 teams currently in the WNBA.

Even though it is a great day for women’s sports, there’s one team that is missing from this major milestone: the Houston Comets. For the younger generation that may not know about them, the Comets were the first dynasty in the WNBA.

How the Houston Rockets helped the Comets become the original dynasty in the WNBA

The Comets were part of the original 8 teams and actually started in the Eastern Conference.  The Comets were owned at the time by Leslie Alexander, who of course, was also the owner of the Houston Rockets.

Alexander bought the Houston Rockets in 1993, and just like that, had two rings in his first two years of ownership. Prior to the formation of the WNBA, women had to continue their post-collegiate basketball careers overseas, as there wasn’t a professional league in the states.

With the formation of the WNBA, all of that changed, and the Comets’ four-year dynasty is a big reason why the WNBA is able to celebrate 25 years today. Let’s take a look back at how the Comets were not only the best WNBA team, but the best team in Houston during the late 90s and early 2000s, as they were even better than the Houston Rockets.

Next: How Rockets helped form the Comets

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