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January 18, 1994 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He was too good to be true. Akeem Olajuwon was innocent as a fawn, gifted as a god. In a world of head cases, he was pleasant and easygoing. He would have been the All-American boy except he was from Nigeria. Not to worry. In the years that passed, he got Americanized. He became rich and famous, not to mention notorious. He was paid millions of dollars and blamed for many Houston Rocket disappointments that weren't his fault.
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May 12, 2009 | Broderick Turner
Energy. Effort. Drive. Determination. If only the Houston Rockets could bottle all they had in Game 4 at home and bring it with them for Game 5 tonight at Staples Center. With those characteristics, the Rockets overcame the loss of injured center Yao Ming to a broken left foot and tied their Western Conference semifinal series with the Lakers at two games apiece. "We know it's going to be a different game, but we know we have to play the same way," said Rockets Coach Rick Adleman on Monday.
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June 15, 1995 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The improbable had already given way to probably in the days leading up, but when the end to their magical run finally came Wednesday night, when the Houston Rockets completed the four-game sweep of the Orlando Magic for the NBA title, the shock value still seemed so wonderful. Rockets 113, Magic 101, before 16,611 at the Summit for the back-to-back championships.
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May 12, 2009 | Mike Bresnahan
Staff writer Mike Bresnahan ties up some loose ends on days of Lakers playoff games. -- View from the other bench Houston Chronicle columnist Richard Justice wrote on his blog that Rockets fans should "all pause to consider how much fun this is." "The Rockets are deeper into the playoffs than they've been in 12 years," he wrote. "They've lost their two best players and their backup center, and they're still exchanging punches with the Western Conference's best team.
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August 27, 1988 | Associated Press
Houston Rockets center Akeem Olajuwon has demanded to renegotiate his contract, which already will pay him a total of more than $23 million, a Houston television station reported Friday. "Akeem is seeking to renegotiate because he wants to be paid up to par with other superstars around the NBA," a source told KRIV-TV. Rocket General Manager Ray Patterson declined comment to the Associated Press.
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April 26, 1991 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Braced for problems, the Lakers got one Thursday night that even the Houston Rockets couldn't have anticipated. This one came from way down the bench. But today, rookie Dave Jamerson needs no introduction, or so you would think considering his second-quarter scuffle with Terry Teagle got Teagle ejected from the opening game of the best-of-five first-round series at the Forum. He got booed, but so did Rocket teammate David Wood, an obvious victim of mistaken identity.
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August 4, 1996 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1836, the year the Alamo fell, a couple of land speculators named John K. Allen and his brother Augustus figured that a low, flat, grassy stretch of land about 50 miles north of Galveston might amount to something more than a breeding ground for mosquitoes. They were right. The place turned out to be Houston, and after a ship channel was dredged to the Gulf of Mexico, it eventually grew to be the fourth-largest city in the United States.
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March 31, 1992 | From Associated Press
Saying he is ready to play, Houston Rocket center Hakeem Olajuwon also said he wants to be traded at the end of the season. Olajuwon, who has played his entire career at the University of Houston and for the Rockets, said too much has been said in the controversy over his injured left hamstring. "I'm not coming back for them (management)," Olajuwon said Monday. "It's for my teammates and the fans, but I would not like to play for the Rockets next season.
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November 3, 1988 | Associated Press
Joe Barry Carroll, the No. 1 choice in the 1980 National Basketball Assn. draft, was acquired by the New Jersey Nets Wednesday in a six-player deal with the Houston Rockets. The Nets also got guard Lester Conner from the Rockets and sent guards Frank Johnson and Lorenzo Romar, swingman Tony Brown and 7-foot 1-inch center Tim McCormick to Houston. The 7-1 Carroll, acquired by Houston from Golden State in December, played in 77 games last season. He averaged 12.
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March 12, 2008 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Matching history should come easy for Houston tonight. Seeking to equal the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, the Rockets will play the Atlanta Hawks, who have lost 13 of their last 17. With a victory, Houston will have 20 in a row, the same streak Milwaukee had during the 1970-71 season. The longest winning streak in league history belongs to the Lakers, who won 33 in a row during their championship season of 1971-72.
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May 11, 2009 | Mike Bresnahan
As if things weren't bad enough for the Lakers, they added injury to insult. Forward Lamar Odom sat in the locker room with two electro-stim pads attached to his lower back as he slowly, almost achingly, pulled on his clothes, as good a metaphor as any after the Lakers' 99-87 loss Sunday to Houston in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.
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May 1, 2009 | Mark Heisler
In the good news for the Houston Rockets, they just got out of the first round of the playoffs for the first time in 12 years. In the bad news, they now play, uh, a team to be named later since no one said a word about the Lakers afterward. So there was no bad news, at least Thursday night.
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March 19, 2008 | From the Associated Press
HOUSTON -- It took the team with the NBA's best record to end the Houston Rockets' 22-game winning streak. Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics stopped the remarkable run emphatically Tuesday night, pulling away in the second half for a 94-74 victory. The Rockets hadn't lost since Jan. 27 and put together the NBA's second-longest winning streak. It ended 11 victories shy of the 1971-72 Lakers, who won 33 in a row.
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March 12, 2008 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Matching history should come easy for Houston tonight. Seeking to equal the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, the Rockets will play the Atlanta Hawks, who have lost 13 of their last 17. With a victory, Houston will have 20 in a row, the same streak Milwaukee had during the 1970-71 season. The longest winning streak in league history belongs to the Lakers, who won 33 in a row during their championship season of 1971-72.
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April 26, 2005 | J.A. Adande
Tracy McGrady won the duel and the battle, and is halfway to winning the war. It's not just the Larry O'Brien Trophy that's open to all comers this postseason. The floor's open for the title of Most Desirable Player, applications being accepted throughout the playoffs. In this bracket it's Houston's McGrady versus Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, and right now McGrady is rolling.
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February 7, 2005 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
A week ago, it looked as if the Laker game here would be remembered as another trip by Rudy Tomjanovich to the city that made him famous. Events being what they were, it instead will be marked as a game the Lakers had no chance at winning, and then every chance at winning, only to be denied in the end, the stunned look on Lamar Odom's face showing all that needed to be said.
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October 2, 1999 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Scottie Pippen got his wish, or at least part of it. Houston got rid of its problem, and about $54 million of future salary. And Portland got a major, if aging, new puzzle piece, which it can either use to boost its revamped roster for a serious title run, or to lure Glen Rice from the Lakers, who so far remain uninterested in taking on Pippen's gigantic future salaries.
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May 13, 1999
FRAN BLINEBURY, HOUSTON CHRONICLE If an octopus had hands, there still wouldn't be enough fingers to point at all that went wrong with the Rockets this time. No breakdowns in the final minute. Just a train wreck from the opening quarter. No game that got away. Just a team that never showed up. No offense. No defense. No chance. No Scottie Pippen. Now no margin for error after the 110-98 thumping by the Lakers on Tuesday night that was never that close.
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December 28, 2004 | From Associated Press
The New Orleans Hornets, off to a 2-25 start, traded shooting guard David Wesley to the Houston Rockets for Jim Jackson and Bostjan Nachbar on Monday. Wesley had played for the Hornets since the 1997-98 season, compiling averages of 14.7 points and 4.6 assists. He is the franchise's career leader in games started and ranks in the top three in 12 other categories. Wesley averaged 13.9 points and 4.2 assists in 26 games with the Hornets this season.
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November 13, 2004 | J.A. Adande
Tonight, Rudy Tomjanovich will step into an arena where he never coached a game to face a team stocked overwhelmingly with men who never played for him. And yet ... "It's going to be tough," Tomjanovich said. "Emotional," chipped in Carroll Dawson, the Houston Rockets' general manager and Tomjanovich's longtime friend. Tonight Tomjanovich's new job as coach of the Lakers takes him back to Houston, where he lived for 33 years, back to the home of the only other employer of his adult life.
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