The 1994-95 Houston Rockets were truly a legendary team, with both chemistry and determination. The team was successful in capitalizing on their championship caliber talent, and was led by the great head coach, Rudy Tomjanovich. Though they did not finish so hot in the regular season, they still had a winning record of 47-35. They placed third in their division, and 6th overall in the Western Conference. This was perhaps a championship hangover, as they had finished with a 58-24 record the year before and had a grueling run to the championship, which ended in a seven game series win over the New York Knicks.
The 1994-95 team was led by the great Hakeem Olajuwon, who towered over defenders in the NBA. Also, Clyde Drexler was an outstanding forward. The Rockets were a deep team, who were willing to dig deep and they eventually beat the Orlando Magic in the finals. The finals series score was 4-0, with the Magic enduring an embarrassing sweep. At least Shaq put up a great fight for the Magic, and averaged 28.0 PPG.
This Houston team is widely considered one of the greatest in NBA history, as the roster in both years was very skillful. The big question is, where are these standout athletes today? You will be surprised to hear what some of these legends are up to nowadays, and in what endeavors they are involved. Though there were hall of fame caliber players on this team, there were also bench warmers. Guys who didn't get in the game much. This team was as good as the players performed, as is any.
One interesting fact about this season is that Clyde Drexler did not become a Rocket until February of 1995. He was traded for Otis Thorpe, and Drexler helped lead the team to playoff excellence. Without Clyde, The Rockets would NOT have won their second championship, nor would they have been necessarily in the playoffs either. The fact that this team swept the Orlando Magic solidified their status as a great team -- a great team that persevered through the hardships in playoff basketball, and beat out a tough team led by Shaquille O' Neal.
Where are these legends now?
15 Zan Tabak
Zan Tabak is now a coach in Tel Aviv. Standing at seven feet, Tabak is a great mentor for big men overseas. He did actually work for the Knicks as a scout in 2006, but his skills were better suited as a full-time head coach. He first was a head coach in Spain, and then Poland. Tabak has had a very good career, and been a good teacher overseas.
14 Tim Breaux
13 Chucky Brown
12 Adrian Caldwell
11 Pete Chilcutt
10 Charles Jones
9 Carl Herrera
The Venezuelan basketball role player was the first from his country to join the NBA. Herrera coached for Gatos de Monagas upon retirement too, after retiring from the game in 2008, having played in his home country for a while after leaving the NBA in 1999.
He actually was involved in a shooting in 2014, and hospitalized. Herrera was at a club in his home country, and shots rang out at him. He was quickly transported to the emergency room, and shot up with various medicines. Thankfully, he did get better, and healed pretty well.
8 Mario Elie
7 Tracy Murray
6 Vernon Maxwell
5 Scott Brooks
4 Robert Horry
The sports commentator is currently living in Houston. He works at Time Warner Cable SportsNet. Horry is known as one of the most clutch NBA players to ever grace the court. Winning seven NBA Championships is no joke.
3 Kenny Smith
2 Clyde Drexler
1 Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon
Up until 2002, Hakeem was a dominant force in the NBA. A 12 time NBA All-Star, Olajuwon made his mark in the NBA.
Today, he is retired. He does charity events, and is a devout Muslim. He attended the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game. He trained NBA centers, such as Emeka Okafor and Yao Ming. He also was a mentor to Kobe Bryant. Hakeem keeps busy by helping out players currently in the NBA as well, like Omer Asik, Kenneth Faried and Carmelo Anthony. He is a good trainer, who knows the game from being a center himself. A true NBA legend, he continues to better the game of basketball.
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