As much as we want to paint the 1994-95 Houston Rockets back-to-back championships picture as a team that was beautiful to watch, cohesive, and a team of destiny, it turns out it wasn't all that way, according to a report by Sports Illustrated.
On the podcast, No Chill With Gilbert Arenas, Vernon Maxwell revealed that during one moment during the 90s, he actually got into an altercation with Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon and tried to stab Olajuwon.
Per Maxwell, Olajuwon was upset at Maxwell for complaining about shot attempts during a game in Seattle and took his frustration out by slapping Maxwell in the locker room during halftime, which Maxwell retaliated by throwing a chair in the direction of Olajuwon but missed and shattered some glass in the locker room. Police heard the altercation and intervened before things got ugly. Had they not intervened, Maxwell had every intention of stabbing Olajuwon, according to Maxwell.
Now we know why they called him "Mad Max," and for good reason. He had a temper and would lose control on occasion. While he was a pivotal part of those back-to-back championships in 1994-95, he was eventually traded for Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler, and the rest is history.
You hear about teammates fighting and bickering all the time in sports. Players will lose their cool and snap. Most of the time, things deescalate before things turn violent. I was shocked to read this story and so glad people intervened when they did, and no one else got seriously hurt. Otherwise, we'd had a whole another story here.