New Rockets Clutch City trailer released

While the sting of the Rockets playoff exit certainly has not worn off yet, the NBA released a new trailer for their latest documentary Clutch City all about the Houston Rockets two championship runs in the mid-90’s. The documentary features interviews with Rudy Tomjanovich and many of the Rockets players, including Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Robert Horry, Kenny Smith, Sam Cassell, Vernon Maxwell and Mario Elie, as they reflect on the team’s championships in 1994 and 1995.

It will premiere on Monday, June 8 at 8 p.m. CT on NBA TV, the evening after game two of the NBA Finals. There will also be a 30-minute show preceding the documentary with Robert Horry and other guests adding more thoughts on the Rockets championships. Here’s the link to the Clutch City trailer: Click here.

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Maxwell speaks about his departure from Rockets title team

It’s been a long time since the Houston Rockets won their championships. It’s been about that same amount of time since former Rockets guard Vernon Maxwell has been in Houston. But there he was with 12 other members of the Rockets only two title teams during a photo session and luncheon, joking around and catching up with the “Clutch City” Rockets. His departure from the second title team in 1994-95, during the playoffs, has long been discussed, though not often by Maxwell. He discussed it at length in the video below, expressing regret over how he handled the situation after the Rockets traded for Clyde Drexler and his own playoff role was diminished. He said it took a long time to get past the title that the team won after his exit.

 

Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Otis Thorpe, Mario Elie, Robert Horry, Maxwell, Matt Bullard, Pete Chilcutt, Chris Jent, Earl Cureton, Charles Jones and Tim Breaux were honored at a luncheon following the photo session and will be part of a huge celebration Thursday night at halftime of their game against the Denver Nuggets. Here are some photos.

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Here are some additional photos I posted on my facebook page.

Hakeem Olajuwon Says Michael Jordan ‘Far Superior’ to LeBron James (VIDEO)

Houston Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon was conducting an television interview (seen below) and was asked if LeBron James is one of the greatest players of all time. He immediately responded with “Yes.” Then, unprompted, expanded on his answer and brought up comparisons to Michael Jordan, which he said were unfair. Hear his answer in the video link below.

And Rockets’ fans, stick with the video after that answer as he recounts his greatest basketball memory.

Hakeem Olajuwon Says Michael Jordan ‘Far Superior’ to LeBron James (VIDEO).

Is this just a guy backing a guy who played in his era, versus the guy playing now?

He does mention how tough the league was when Jordan and Olajuwon played. He has worked with LeBron James on the court, during previous offseasons, so he definitely knows his game pretty well.

I imagine this gets more run than it probably deserves – especially since Jordan is better than James – see what I did there!

Hit me up in the comments section or on twitter with your thoughts.

(h/t to Slam Online)

Dwight is Not Hakeem

This doesn’t need to be said, does it? I sure hope not, but let’s make sure no one gets confused.

photo courtesy rockets.com/Jason Friedman

photo courtesy rockets.com/Jason Friedman

Dwight Howard is a highly decorated, highly athletic NBA beast. Hakeem Olajuwon is the same, just a retired version. As expected, the duo along with other members of the Houston Rockets staff, including head coach Kevin McHale, have already begun workouts in preparation for Howard’s “Rockets launch.”  When Jason Friedman, Rockets.com beat writer tweeted out the photo of the on court workout, it once again got fans wondering just how awesome and unstoppable Howard was about to become after these lessons.

I’ll say it, too – it would be tremendous if Howard started to play even a little like Dream on offense. But that is very, very unlikely. It’s the same point I’ve been making since the pursuit of Howard began. He’s entering his 10th season – he is what he is. When healthy, he is the best center in the NBA. In my opinion, clearly the biggest difference-maker in the paint in this league. Period. But an offensive force? A go-to, first-option player, like Olajuwon? I’m gonna again say no.

Expecting Howard to develop as an offensive player seems more like hope, than a real possibility. He’ll score off of effort and brute force, just like Shaquille O’Neal, or at least that what he should be trying to do. He’s not going to just flat out beat guys with his quickness in the blocks or with a wide-array of moves both with his back to and facing the basket, as Hakeem consistently did. Improvement with footwork, recognition of situations and maybe slightly quicker decision-making can be things that Dream passes on to Howard. Just don

‘t expect much else. Howard acknowledged as much, saying he’s not trying to emulate Olajuwon, but rather trying to pick up things, much smaller things, that could enhance his own game.

The offense should fit him well. It should be a lot like what he had around him in Orlando, except better, mainly because James Harden is significantly better than any teammate he had there. Who he is today, could very well be good enough to help guide Houston to a title. There have been questions about his motivation to work in the past and at least this early trip to the court, might suggest he is, as he says on his own twitter page, “After the ring!”

Dream is truly a one-of-a-kind offensive talent, arguably the most skilled offensive shot maker from the post in league history. In other words he’s what Dwight is not. But a championship…or two…could certainly make them seem similar enough.

– Wex (@awexler)

I posted this video awhile back, but I’ll re-post it here, because the draft express crew did such a great job analyzing Howard’s game.

Rockets: Legacy of Bigs

It’s been a couple of weeks since the Rockets introduced Dwight Howard as the latest in their Legacy of Bigs. A huge banner was unfurled down the parking garage that blazing hot afternoon at the Howard fan rally, depicting Howard, Hakeem Olajuwon, Yao Ming, Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes and Ralph Sampson in the long line of great Rockets centers. That same day Rockets TV announcer Bill Worrell sat down with Dwight, Yao, Dream and Ralph along with Clyde Drexler and Calvin Murphy. Team owner Leslie Alexander also sits in for the discussion about the Rockets past, present and future.

The Legacy of Bigs program premieres tonight at 6:30. Click this link for a quick preview.

screen cap courtesy CSN Houston

screen cap courtesy CSN Houston

– Wex (@awexler)