The Rockets were founded in 1967 and were initially an NBA team located in San Diego, California. After four years they were moved to Houston, Texas, a city they have made their home ever since. Houston Rockets tickets have always sold well among locals, who have really taken to having an NBA team in their city. The Houston Rockets have managed to win two NBA titles in their history, in 1994 and 1995. The team has also won four conference titles and four division titles. The Houston Rockets tickets have sold well in part due to some outstanding players who have represented the team. Moses Malone and Hakeem Olajuwon are the two stands out Houston Rockets stars over the past 50 years. Both were named NBA MVP of the Year, with Malone winning the award twice.
The early 2000's were not an easy time for the Rockets. They were going through a poor batch of results and Houston Rockets tickets were not as eagerly sold as before. Fans were getting a bit disgruntled with the team. However, the 2002 NBA Draft brought Yao Ming to Houston. The giant 7 ft 6 inch Chinese star played center for the Rockets and helped drag them to within an inch of the playoffs.
In 2004, Ming was joined by Tracy McGrady who was traded from the Orlando Magic. His arrival brought yet more playoff appearances for the Rockets, yet they have never managed to get to a conference or NBA finals in the past decade. Under coach Rick Adelman, they also amassed the second longest win streak in NBA history. However, with various trades and injuries to key players, the Rockets have struggled over the past two years. Season Houston Rockets tickets holders will be hoping that 2012-2013 brings an upturn in fortunes for their beloved team.
The Toyota Center is the home stadium of the Houston Rockets and can hold 18,043 fans. They moved to the stadium in 2003-2004, after playing in smaller arenas that only held around 10,000 fans. Most games have Houston Rockets tickets selling out, especially games against big teams such as the Lakers, Celtics, and recently the Miami Heat. Fans will be hoping they can buy Houston Rockets tickets in large numbers for playoff games in the new season. There is no atmosphere quite like the Toyota Center during a big playoff game.
Along with the Dallas Mavericks, the Rockets are the premier basketball team of Texas and they have plenty of fans not only in the city of Houston but within the state in general. Many fans travel long distances just to attend home or away games. This loyal following has made the Houston Rockets a very unique team.
Mascots have always been an important part of the atmosphere at Rockets games and help in selling Houston Rockets tickets. There was an eight year period where the Rockets had two mascots, the Rocket and a large Teddy Bear. The Rocket was famous for performing daring acrobatic feats, something that always had the crowd in great spirits pre-game and at half time. Now the Teddy Bear is the Rockets' sole mascot.
This summer has seen the Rockets make some moves in the trading period. Jeremy Lin and Omar Asik have arrived from the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls on three year, 25 million dollar contracts respectively. The Rockets fans are excited and will be hoping for a terrific season in 2012-2013. Management expect excellent Houston Rockets tickets sales stats.
11-28-13: The 11-5 Houston Rockets continue to play excellent basketball, including winning all three of their games this week against playoff level competition – and without superstar James Harden who missed all three games with a sore left foot. Jeremy Lin was starting in Harden’s place before he bruised his right knee in Houston’s Wednesday night over the Atlanta Hawks. Lin’s X-rays were negative and he isn’t expected to miss much time, if any.
11-22-13: Scoring points has proved to be no problem for the league-leading offense of the Houston Rockets. Stopping people from scoring? Yeah, that’s been a thing. Despite having three-time DPOY Dwight Howard manning the middle, the Rockets are struggling to play team defense have been exposed so far this year. Despite the atrocious defense, Houston isn’t exactly in a doom and gloom situation. After winning three of their last four against inferior opponents, the Rockets sit at 8-5 on the year. If Daryl Morey can flip Omer Asik into solid assets and Kevin McHale can get the team playing together, things will be fine in H-town.
11-15-13: Houston endured a few injuries in week three, as James Harden and Chandler Parsons both missed some time. Point guard Patrick Beverly returned from injury sooner than anyone thought, however, and helped the Rockets get to 6-4 in week three. Trade rumors involving big man Omer Asik continued to cloud the Rockets, but elite offensive ball via Jeremy Lin and James Harden paced the Rockets as they exited Thursday night with a big win over the New York Knicks.
11-8-13: Bringing in Dwight Howard made a lot of noise, but it’s also already paid off huge dividends. Howard has combined with fellow post man Omer Asik to dominate the glass for Houston, while the team has gotten off to a solid 4-2 start. James Harden and co. have been everything people expected them to be, but so far their defense has been lacking in spurts. Once the Rockets correct that, they could be borderline unstoppable.
11-1-13: Yes, here he is: Mr. Dwight Howard. He had a very nice preseason in leading the Rockets to a 6-1 record, but get ready for the criticism to begin sometime soon. There will be a huge microscope on Houston as this team is one of the favorites to make it to the NBA Finals. James Harden had a fantastic preseason, in which he shot better than 50 percent from both the field and 3-point territory. Howard is not the only newcomer to the Rockets this season: Omri Casspi, who formerly with the Cavaliers, is now in Houston and will add some size at the forward position.
10-18-13: The Houston Rockets lost their first preseason game to the New Orleans Pelicans 116-115, but have won their last three. James Harden leads the team with 21.0 points per game by actually scoring exactly 21 points in all four preseason games. The Rockets are keeping up with their high scoring ways from last season, yet to score less than 100 points in a game yet. The Rockets have three preseason games remaining, all with Southwest division rivals:
- Oct 21 vs Dallas
- Oct 24 at San Antonio
- Oct 25 at Memphis
8-23-13: My, oh my, what a difference a year makes. The Houston Rockets landed the ultimate free agent prize this summer when Dwight Howard committed to spending four years pretending to be committed to his new home. With two elite superstars and a strong surrounding cast, the Rockets moved into immediate contention in a crowded Western Conference.
The Rockets will open their home schedule on Wednesday, October 30th against the Charlotte Bobcats. A tough early season schedule will bring the Lakers and Clippers to Houston in back to back games on Thursday, November 7th and Saturday, November 9th, respectively. The Oklahoma City Thunder will visit Houston on Thursday, January 16th and once again on Friday, April 4th.
Key Home Games:
- October 30th – Charlotte Bobcats
- November 7th – L.A. Lakers
- November 29th – Brooklyn Nets
- December 18th – Chicago Bulls
- January 3rd – New York Knicks
7-5-13: Dwight Howard has decided to leave the Lakers and will take his talents to Houston. The deal can't be made official until July 10th so as of now it's not known whether he will part of a sign and trade or not.
Rockets 2013 Draft Summary
Round 2, Pick 4: PG Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
6-12-13: After a very interesting off-season last year, the Houston rockets may be in for another this July. With rumors circulating about Dwight Howard possibly signing with them as a free agent the rockets and their fans must be excited to build upon their 45 win season. The addition of James Harden immediately made the Rockets a legit playoff team. Now coach McHale and company are looking to take the next step and contend for the Western title. Omer Asik had a career year averaging a double-double but is probably better suited as a backup on a contending squad. Enter Dwight Howard?
2-19-13: The rockets are 6-4 in their last ten games and have climbed into the Western Conference playoff picture as the 8th seed. With elite play from James Harden and the emergence of Jeremy Lin continuing, the Rockets and their run and gun style have giving teams fits their 29-26 record is slightly misleading. An 18-8 record at home has overshadowed spotty road play as well as defense. Defense has been an issue however the Rockets do score 106 point per game, which is number one in the NBA. Conversely they are ranked 29th in points allowed and will have to correct this if they want to make any playoff noise. With the trading deadline approaching, expect the Rockets to be active.
11-26-12: The Rockets had what many consider to be a very interesting off season. With the excruciating addition of Jeremy Lin and the dramatic James Harden trade with the Thunder they sit at 6-7. Jeremy and the Rockets enjoyed a laugher against his former team, the New York Knicks last week, winning by 28 in Houston. The Rockets score 101 points per game; 4th best in the league. The Rockets have the Raptors and Thunder next on the schedule this week. This team should continue to progress and ride the wave of inspired play from Chandler Parsons.