Why did we retire #11 for Yao Ming instead of Vernon Maxwell?

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Should we have retired #11 for Vernon Maxwell instead of Yao Ming?

  1. Yes, Clutch City forever.

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  2. No, I like YOFs.

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  1. swyyyguy

    swyyyguy Member

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    Yao Ming was a failure compared to Vernon Maxwell. He never accomplished anything. Yeah, he brought us some more Asian fans and made Les a lot of money by tapping into that Chinese market but he didn't do much else. I guess he made a few all-star teams due to the China vote. On the other hand, Vernon Maxwell was CLUTCH CITY. He was a key contributor to TWO championships. Vernon was known for his toughness and hitting clutch shots.

    What do you guys think?
     
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  2. Nook

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    I think you have a really small wang.
     
  3. swyyyguy

    swyyyguy Member

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    Are you thinking of @tinywang?
     
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    davidio840 Contributing Member

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    Lmao.


    But anyways your polls are Sopha King stupid.
     
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  6. lnchan

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    It's both of their birthdays today...
     
  7. lnchan

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    You mean 1.5 championships. He was MIA in the playoffs the 2nd time around. Literally MIA. Like Derrick Rose MIA. I forgive him of course... but still.
     
  8. tinman

    tinman Contributing Member

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    Why don't we retire your thread starting abilities?
     
  9. swyyyguy

    swyyyguy Member

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    True, but he still contributed to that team and has 2 rings to show for it.
     
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  10. eric.81

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    I love Mad Max. Love... and I forgive him, too... but I don't forget. Straight up walked out on a championship team.
     
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    I'll admit it does bug me as a long-time Rockets fan that we retired #11 for Yao when Mad Max was instrumental in that first championship. He saved the team in Game 3 at Phoenix when they were on the verge of getting swept. He was huge in that 5th game against Utah to clinch the Western Conference title. And obviously the big 3-pointer late in Game 7 vs the Knicks that pretty much sealed the deal.

    Yes, Maxwell quit on the team in the 1995 playoff run. But that doesn't negate what he did in 1994. I get Yao's symbolic importance to this franchise and to the league and he was a terrific player when healthy. But in the end, the farthest the Rockets ever got with him was Game 7 of the Semifinals and he wasn't even around past the 3rd game of that series.
     
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  12. theimpossibles1

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    The answer is simple.

    China money.
     
  13. McLovins

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    Yao Ming was a failure, always hurt, specifically at playoff time. Couldn't get up and down the floor, which slowed the whole team up. Not even a good rocket, retire jersey, come on. He did hit free throws, which was nice.
     
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    This is clearly a shot at people who do not want Tracy retired and the arguments they use. He's not serious about Max
     
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    Vernon Maxwell was a role player. Role players usually don't get their jerseys retired. Its like retiring Robert Horry's jersey.
     
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    50 year old maxwell has made amends with the Rockets and the fans.
    As a fan who met him recently with other ClutchFans , he's appreciative that we remember him jacking John Starks.
    For others like Steve Francis who's lost his way it's good to see Maxwell being a model citizen
     
  17. count_dough-ku

    count_dough-ku Contributing Member

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    It shouldn't be retired. But if #11 is gonna hang in the rafters, Maxwell's name should be on it before Yao's.
     
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  18. tinman

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    He was also the one who started Clutch City, because the Rockets were labeled "CHOKE CITY" after losing 2 games in a row to Phoenix.
    they were down at half in game 3 in Phoenix, until Maxwell went crazy for 35 points and the Rockets rode that comeback all the way to the title.
     
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    Just logged in to say that this is the f'n funniest thing I saw on the net in years....GJ. IM pissing myself every time the GIF starts
     
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