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lost their 9th straight game against the Spurs, even though Houston showed
some character by staying in it despite Steve Francis' absence.
Hakeem Olajuwon was a monster early on, and made many Rocket fans feel
as if it were 1995.
overcome Grizzlies, survive ugly game December
82 Grizzlies 75
began the game unable to buy a basket, falling 0-9 early against
the Vancouver Grizzlies. However, the inspiring play coming from Matt
Bullard (!) and Cuttino Mobley proved to be too much for the struggling
SamCassell makes his first contribution to the site through a recap of
the game in Canada.
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For those of you that need to have your voice heard, please be sure
Maurice Taylor grabs 7 boards- Rockets lose November
81 Celtics 95
One night after delivering an impressive victory over the Indiana Pacers,
the Rockets came up flat against the struggling Boston Celtics. Houston
played their worst game of the season, and shot a paltry 32% from the
Grab Bulls by the Horns November
110 Bulls 83
Francis showed why he should have been the lone Rookie of the Year last
season. He led the Rockets over Elton Brand and the Bulls with 28 points
and 8 assists.
The game was never in doubt, as the Rockets jumped to a quick 13-0 lead
and never looked back.
fall in Hill-less Detroit October 24
Thomas tries to get past Eric Montross during tonight's game
at Auburn Hills
fact that Grant Hill split town didn't make a difference tonight.
Heck, the Pistons didn't even need Jerry Stackhouse. Through a
respectable collective effort in which five Pistons scored in
double figures, the Rockets weren't able to end their preseason
on a positive note and lost 107-103. Their record for the preseason
was a respectable 4-3.
Our usual strength was our weakness tonight. Cuttino Mobley shot
4-14 while Steve Francis only managed 8 points.
Bullard tried to make up for their lackluster play by shooting
9-12 and registering 22 points. Jason
Collier silenced critics for at least one night by chipping in
with 11 points and 7 rebounds in 21 minutes.
Hakeem Olajuwon was missing through injury as was Maurice Taylor.
Shandon Anderson is still out due to his mother's illness, which
claimed her life last night. Box
The Dream October 26
NBA.com has come out with an excellent
tribute to Hakeem Olajuwon's career. As part of the "You
Asked for It" feature, John P. Lopez gives fans a clear perspective
on what most Houstonians think about our center.
fans have spoken October 25
After asking the fans who they think is the biggest question mark coming
into the 2000-2001, most people tend to have a common position in mind.
This opinion seems very logical, as both Kelvin Cato and Hakeem Olajuwon
need certain conditions to perform well. Dream needs to stay healthy,
while Cato needs to realize his amazing potential.
Cato and Dream had 39% and 43% of the votes, respectively. Steve Francis
ended up with 13%, while Maurice Taylor had 4%. It seems that most fans
know what to expect from Williams, Thomas, Mobley, and Anderson. All
received no votes.
We have now installed a brand new poll about our rookie, Jason Collier.
Take a moment to let your opinion be known.
of the Rockets' crucial acquisitions in recent years, Shandon Anderson
does the little things that don't show up on the stats sheet. He plays
smothering defense, is a great team player, and doesn't have the ego
that would cause many players to detest his role on a basketball team.
Azim has made it a personal crusade to teach fans what Anderson truly
means to this club; he is indispensable.
a Prayer for Saandon October
this hasn't been confirmed, several reliable posters from the Clutch
BBS have said that Shandon Anderson's mother passed
away last night. If you have been wondering why he hasn't suited up
for the past few exhibition games, Anderson was back home to visit
his ailing parent.
This situation is specially sad, seeing that Anderson had to go through
his father's death just three years ago (during the 1997 NBA Playoffs).
Cuttino Mobley's importance in this young squad cannot be underestimated,
even though he starts off most games on the bench. Not only does he
spark our bench production (first in scoring among non-starting NBA
players last season), he is also an integral part in the formula for
a team with improving chemistry and confidence. Together with Steve
Francis, they form one of the deadliest duos in the NBA.
Cat takes a look
at Cuttino's career with the Rockets, and how he thinks the season
treat our $31 million man.
Drew gets his wish, traded to Chicago September 28
Rockets have finally pulled the trigger on a deal that was set to
happen as far as a few weeks ago. Bryce Drew, our third string point
guard, finally got his wish by getting
traded to a team close to home and where he
is almost guaranteed a starting position. The Rockets will supposedly
receive either a restricted first round pick or two second rounders.
averaged 5.1 points and 2 assists during his two seasons with the
Rockets. As a starter (in a span of five games last year), he averaged
17.2 points and 6.6 assists. Those numbers are pretty impressive and
prove that he is starter material.
finally over. Mo Taylor has finally signed for the $2.5 million exception
and was officially announced a Rocket in an official team conference
held on August the 25th.
What should Rocket fans think about the recent acquisition? How has
Taylor fared throughout his career? What should we expect? We here
at the Space Center have compiled an exclusive report, containing
full details on the signing. Includes articles by Ace, The Cat, and
Azim da Dream.
Hoops TV had an old college teammate meet up with Steve Francis
in order to give the fans an inside look into his life. The group
goes over to the Westside training facility, where Francis schools
several other known players, with a little help from Cuttino Mobley.
Former Rocket Mario Elie has found a team in the Phoenix Suns. The
long time killer of the Arizona team signed for an undisclosed amount.
It's going to be a strange situation for us Rockets fans, as during
our title runs they were seen as our archenemies.
We have recently added a brand new message board to the site. It is
an excellent board with new features, and it similar to the elite
boards that are seen all over the web. Click here
to take part in the discussions.
Space Center is proud to announce that one of the great posters from
the Clutch BBS, The Cat, has joined us right here to provide you with
some original commentary on the Rockets.
Be on the look out for The Cat's upcoming columns, which promise to
be the most interesting on the page if we go by his comments down
at the Clutch BBS.
New Rockets Banner Exchange! August
you been working hard on your Rockets web page but without the deserved
The new Space Center Banner exchange, the first launched by a Rockets
fan page, is a great way to promote your web site on Rockets fan pages
all over the net.
What do you have to do to take advantage of these new developments?
1) Have your own Rockets web page.
2) Create a banner (468 X 60 and under 12K). If you do not have one,
Gobi Productions will create one for you at no charge. Please be patient
for the banner to arrive, as the design could potentially take a while.
Simply fill out the easy form found here
and shortly after you will receive the needed code in your inbox!
All banners submitted will have equal priority, but please make sure
you have the code up before submitting any further questions.
All information asked for is essential to join the ring, so
please make sure it is all correct.
NB Webmasters, please do not copy this idea for use on your own Rockets
web site. One banner exchange for Rocket fans is enough and the
stealing of my creations will not only set you in a bad light, but
will ruin the fun for others. What's the point of having four sites
with the same concept, but with only a few members? Exactly, it's
I am sorry that I have to mention this, but other sites have been
taking advantage of such things, and I do not appreciate it. My ideas
are just that; mine.
The fans have spoken! August
According to a recent poll conducted right here at the Space Center,
the majority of Houston Rockets fans believe that we'll be able to
shake our status of a lottery team by making the playoffs next season.
Over 57% voted for an option, which dictated that we would be among
the best eight in the Western Conference. 29% feel we will become
the 7th seed, 14% think we'll squeeze into the playoffs as the eight
seed, while another 14% voted the Rockets as the future Western Conference
we also had our pessimistic (or are they realistic) fans who feel
we still don't have the tools to make a playoff run.
11% voted that as long as Hakeem is a Rocket, we won't be going anywhere
due to his taking up so much cap space with his $16 per season. Come
on, guys, he deserves it!
A large percentage of 22% feel we still need to add some bulk to our
front lines. This is also my sentiment if we are to make it past the
first round, but I still voted for the 7th seed for this particular
question. We are a playoff team, albeit not a very good one.
Think about it. We were 9th last season even though we had to make
a quick transition from the old to the new. Surely, with the seasoning
our young guns have experienced this past summer in combination with
the massive work outs they seem to have gone through (please let this
be true, Kelvin Cato) we will make it.
A very small minority still believes we will not improve. 7% feel
we are still a lottery team, and call for time as so to give the players
time to gel, gain experience, and maybe a player or two in the draft.