Basketball champions: the Houston Rockets
A competitive basketball team from Houston, the Houston Rockets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Rockets were founded in San Diego, however after losing four seasons with little success, the team moved to Houston in 1971 and started afresh. The Rockets went on to rebuild themselves as champions, winning multiple championships and titles. Buy or sell Houston Rockets tickets on StubHub now to watch these basketball legends in action!
Rockets players of the past
The Houston Rockets success wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for their many star players over the years. In 1976, the Rockets made a trade for centre Moses Malone, which led them to their first championship appearance in the 1976-1977 season. The Rockets made finals again in 1981 with Malone’s outstanding contribution, however unfortunately, they couldn’t defeat the accomplished Boston Celtics. In the six years playing for the Rockets, Malone became a true legend, winning the most valuable player award twice and becoming a five-time all-star player. Four years on, the Rockets faced the Celtics once again in another nail-biting championship clash resulting in another defeat by the Celtics. Hakeem Olajuqon was another star player in the '90s, leading the Rockets to great success in 1994, where they won their first ever championship against the New York Knicks. The momentum continued in the following year and the Rockets won their second championship. Houston Rockets tickets are available to buy on StubHub now. Watch them compete for their position in a championship final!
Building of the Rockets’ identity
When the Houston Rockets started in San Diego, their primary colours were gold and green. This would be unrecognisable to fans today as the Rockets' image has evolved immensely over time. After moving to Houston in 1971, the Rockets identity really started to take shape. Updating their colours to red, black, silver and white was a deliberate choice by the franchise to help convey the move to fans. Following the championship win in 1995, the Rockets wanted to modernise their look and revamp their uniforms. Alongside this change, they also introduced a new mascot named Clutch the Bear. Known for being one of the most recognisable mascots in the NBA, Clutch the Bear is still the current mascot for the Rockets. In 2003, the logo change to a styled ‘R’, people say it looks like a rocket taking off. Another fundamental development to their identity in 2003 was when the Rockets moved into a newly built arena, the Toyota Center. This became their new home and helped grow their average spectators per game. To be among the crowd and witness the great Rockets play, buy or sell Houston Rockets tickets on StubHub.