An American professional basketball team the Huston Rockets based in Huston, Texas. As a member team of the league’s Western Conference Southwest Division, they compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The home ground of the team is at Toyota Center, situated in Downtown Houston. The team was founded in 1967 as the name of San Diego Rockets, an extension team originally based in San Diego. Years after in 1971, the rockets stimulated Houston. In the NBA championship, the rockets have won two times and four Western Conference titles.
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After Yao’s early retirement in 2011, the Rockets entered a period of rebuilding, completely dismantling and retooling their roster. The acquisition of franchise player James Harden in 2012 has launched the Rockets back into championship contention in the mid-2010s. Moses Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, and James Harden have been named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player while playing for the Rockets, for a total of four MVP awards. The Rockets, under general manager Daryl Morey, are notable for popularizing the use of advanced statistical analytics (similar to sabermetrics in baseball) in player acquisitions and style of play.
During the NBA 2012 off-season after the roster moves done by Morey, there were only 4 players that left 2011-12 roster Rockets; Greg Smith, Chandler Parsons, Patrick Patterson, and Marcus Morris. The most notable acquisition was regaining sixth man of the year James Haden, who was called a “foundational” player by Morey. Harden had an immediate impact on the team as with 37 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists, 4 steals and a block in the season opener against the Detroit Pistons. Combining McHale’s up-tempo offense and Harden’s performance, Houston became one of the highest-scoring offenses in the NBA.
Eager to add another franchise player to their team, the Rockets heavily pursued and then acquired Jeremy Lin during the off-season, the first American of Taiwanese and Chinese descent to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Lin led the Knicks to seven straight victories while establishing an NBA scoring record in February 2012. Also, they pursued free-agent center Dwight Howard in the 2013 off-season. He officially signed with the Rockets on July 13, 2013.
The 2015–16 season saw Kevin McHale fired after a bad start where the team only won 4 of its first 11 games, and assistant J. B. Bickerstaff took over coaching duties. When the 2016–17 season started, Harden was off to a great start and was widely considered a top MVP runner along with Kawhi Leonard, alongside former teammate Russell Westbrook. During the 2017 off-season, the Rockets were purchased by Houston restaurant billionaire Tilman Fertitta for $2.2 billion. On April 7, 2019, against the Phoenix Suns, Houston became the first team in NBA history to make 25+ two-pointers and 25+ three-pointers in the same game, outscoring their last four opponents by 117 points, second-best in a four-game span in franchise history; additionally, the Rockets’ 149 points tied the fourth-most in franchise history and are the most since February 1993.