1. Welcome! Please take a few seconds to create your free account to post threads, make some friends, remove a few ads while surfing and much more. ClutchFans has been bringing fans together to talk Houston Sports since 1996. Join us!

I miss Hakeem Olajuwon.

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by Caddman, May 23, 2015.

  1. Caddman

    Caddman Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 1999
    Messages:
    443
    Likes Received:
    84
    I remember watching the Rockets 20 years ago with my late father. He was talking about how Dream was one of the all time greats and how it was a privilege for him to get to watch him play.

    Not a great free throw shooter early on his career, that was something he improved to become respectable. Though by comparison to the Rocket's current big men, he was great from the line. He worked on his game even into his 30s adding offensive moves to become even more dominant. He didn't win the MVP in 1995, he just let his play do the talking by dominating the league MVP in the Western Conference finals. Also leading the Rockets to their 2nd straight championship. A team that featured the likes of Chucky Brown, Pete Chilcutt, and Charles Jones.

    20 years on and the Rockets haven't found that special type of player. There have been contenders. Steve Francis, Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady, James Harden, and Dwight Howard, but one of these players are in the same stratosphere as Dream.

    I had hoped that James Harden would take not winning the MVP personally and put together a great playoff performance. It hasn't happened though. I was bothered in the regular season by more MVP talk for James than winning a championship talk about the Rockets. I hope James does win his MVP for his sake. And I hope that I don't have to wait another 18 years for another Conference Finals appearance.
     
  2. larsv8

    larsv8 Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2007
    Messages:
    17,781
    Likes Received:
    4,890
    So the narrative you are trying to create here is that Harden was mad about not winning the MVP and there fore he had a bad playoffs? (which he didn't)

    Sorry, but that is pretty r****ded.

    Harden was 2 assists away from 2 triple doubles in the WCF.

    GTFO with that nonsense.
     
  3. dharocks

    dharocks Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2003
    Messages:
    9,018
    Likes Received:
    1,937
    Hell, I miss watching a team that consistently plays smart basketball and hits their FTs.

    The 2008-09 team was infinitely less frustrating (and probably better, before Yao went down). At least then it was only one guy going rogue and playing like a dumbass (well, two if you count Wafer).
     
  4. Scarface281

    Scarface281 Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Messages:
    7,151
    Likes Received:
    887
    And that was still not enough to win. Depressed him and he quit tonight, or is hungover from partying with Drake, or both.
     
  5. Caddman

    Caddman Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 1999
    Messages:
    443
    Likes Received:
    84
    The narrative is that perhaps we've lowered our standard for greatness. There's no comparison to what Olajuwon did in the playoffs.
     
  6. charlieaustin

    charlieaustin Contributing Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2009
    Messages:
    1,182
    Likes Received:
    388
    I guess you missed games 1 and 2? Dream had Kenny, Horry, Max, Clyde, Cassell, Bull all hitting big shots. Who does this current team have?
     
  7. Disciple of RP

    Disciple of RP Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2008
    Messages:
    2,027
    Likes Received:
    141
    To be fair, VERY few in the history of the game are in Hakeem's stratosphere.
     
  8. Easy

    Easy Very Calm
    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2002
    Messages:
    26,126
    Likes Received:
    6,483
    If this team was so bad apart from Harden, then why were people so excited about this team again?

    Something doesn't add up.
     
  9. charlieaustin

    charlieaustin Contributing Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2009
    Messages:
    1,182
    Likes Received:
    388
    Could it be the Warriors are just that good? Rockets had the third best record and are in the final four. At least we aren't the Lakers. Build on this year and come back stronger next year.
     
  10. DaDakota

    DaDakota Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 1999
    Messages:
    106,724
    Likes Received:
    9,778
    Hakeem was a better player than Harden, he played both ends.

    And Harden needs to grow up a little bit - in his dedication and leadership.

    DD
     
    1 person likes this.
  11. Buck Turgidson

    Buck Turgidson Mineshaft Enthusiast
    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2002
    Messages:
    45,555
    Likes Received:
    24,752
    Yes, in 20 years the Rockets haven't found another one of the top 10 players of all time. For shame.
     
  12. tinman

    tinman Contributing Member
    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 1999
    Messages:
    64,308
    Likes Received:
    14,223
    I like our team, don't like this match up .
     
  13. JayGoogle

    JayGoogle Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2007
    Messages:
    35,917
    Likes Received:
    13,061
    Harden is 25. It would be something special if he won a championship at this age, a age some guys are playing their first NBA game. It's fine, it's alright. Lets hope he matures as a player and simply gets better.
     
  14. RocketsInSeven

    Joined:
    May 15, 2015
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    MVP is a regular season award and despite great stats, Hakeem's team was nothing special during the 94-95 season. David Robinson deserved MVP. For that particular regular season. Hakeem is better though, obviously. I've followed the NBA for 25 years and over that time, I put Hakeem on my Mt Rushmore with Jordan, Duncan, and Shaq.
     
  15. RocketsInSeven

    Joined:
    May 15, 2015
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    This is a good post. Look how long it took for Kidd and Dirk to win a championship. You gotta be patient with great players.
     
  16. Zergling

    Zergling Member

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2010
    Messages:
    5,606
    Likes Received:
    3,386
    Harden isn't playing as well as 1994-95 Olajuwon i.e. one of the greatest individual playoff performances in NBA history. We're screwed!
     
  17. sealclubber1016

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2010
    Messages:
    12,969
    Likes Received:
    10,673
    At this point in Dream's career he was anchoring mediocre teams that got bounced in the first round. People have revisionist history when it comes to their hero worship, Dream had many a growing pain before he was ready to lead us to the promised land.

    Dreams narrative is complete, Harden's is just forming.
     
    1 person likes this.
  18. JazzLakerHater

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2011
    Messages:
    2,149
    Likes Received:
    1,021
    Exactly. We can't even beat these guys when both Harden and Howard are on top of their game (Game 2). Just an AWFUL matchup for us.
     
  19. saleem

    saleem Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2001
    Messages:
    23,648
    Likes Received:
    5,527
    No disrespect to the Grandpas. They have tried as hard as they can and been valuable for us too, but Morey couldn't get a better backup than Prigioni. Jarrett Jack would have been better than him.

    It seems like Morey didn't know what to do once Goran refused to come back to Houston.
     
  20. J Sizzle

    J Sizzle Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2012
    Messages:
    38,842
    Likes Received:
    20,091
    Harden has been absurdly good in these playoffs. Anybody thinking he hasn't had a great postseason is hopeless.
     
Loading...

Share This Page

  • About ClutchFans

    Since 1996, ClutchFans has been loud and proud covering the Houston Rockets, helping set an industry standard for team fan sites. The forums have been a home for Houston sports fans as well as basketball fanatics around the globe.

  • Support ClutchFans!

    If you find that ClutchFans is a valuable resource for you, please consider becoming a Supporting Member. Supporting Members can upload photos and attachments directly to their posts, customize their user title and more. Gold Supporters see zero ads!


    Upgrade Now