Hayes came back to Houston (he went to UH) after his most productive years were behind him. Of course, so did Clyde, but the championship he helped us win pretty much solidified him as deserving a retired jersey.
Yeah I was 6 and at the "game of the century" and my love of basketball started directly with 'E'. The historical impact of Guy V. bringing him here desegregated the SWC and sped up the process by which this city procurred an NBA team in the first place. When I was in college and saw Dream play I became 6 again. I've been 6 again all this week. 'E's playing with the Rockets (twice), being the franchise's first draft pick and his impact on hoops in Houston is enough to get that man's jersey retired. You can tell I'm slightly biased.
Off-topic here, Jeff there are a few E.C. guys on this board, that's where I got declan, sometimes I think we're all the same people.