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Who is the the Rockets best enforcer ever?

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by hikanoo49, Mar 24, 2020.

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Who is the Rockets best all time enforcer?

  1. PJ Tucker

    4 vote(s)
    14.3%
  2. Kelvin Cato

    1 vote(s)
    3.6%
  3. Charles Oakley

    5 vote(s)
    17.9%
  4. Pig Miller

    1 vote(s)
    3.6%
  5. Jim Peterson

    2 vote(s)
    7.1%
  6. Chuck Hayes

    15 vote(s)
    53.6%
  1. hikanoo49

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    Since there is no basketball games going on, I thought we have some discussion about this. I will have a post and a few of these may some old timers.
     
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    Oakley, Mark Jackson and the Old Knicks who played for Van Gundy for like 3 games doesn't count as Real Rockets
     
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    Uh, OT? Mr. Mean?
     
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    That’s who would get my vote. also the Nigerian nightmare wasn’t anyone to be ****ed with when he entered the league.
     
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    This is list is strange dude

    Should be

    Otis Thorpe
    Barkley
    Ron Artest
    Vernon Maxwell
    Chuck Hayes
    Dream
    Larry Smith
    Ralph Sampson
     
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    Larry Smith.

    He didn’t play around and had no issue smacking or taking down someone for disrespect. He also made sure every foul he gave was a hard foul and he would just knock up against and body his man even when they were not involved in a shot going up.

    He also apparently had no problem confronting guys off the court for what happened on the court.

    I will say I know a lot of players were afraid of Kevin Willis (including some teammates).
     
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    Vernon Maxwell
     
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    Hmm, tough call. Enforcer has always suggested a power forward-type who dished out some punishment when warranted. Maurice Lucas was the perfect example. Rick Mahorn another. Really, that type of player is extinct now because the game is a lot softer and stricter. Seriously, if this happened today, there would be year-long suspensions.



    I don't think PJ Tucker qualifies. Honestly, Trevor Ariza might be more enforcer lol. Chuck Hayes was tough and a great defender but not a fighter. Charles Oakley and Antoine Carr late in their career were here. Moses was a tough dude but was more star than "enforcer". Charles Barkley has to be considered because while he was a star, he didn't take crap from anyone.



    This is a tough one.
     
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    I think it has to be Vernon
     
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    OT came to mind first
     
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    good point. I should have included Otis. He was a warrior
     
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    Barkely Dream Sampson Moses Hayes were all stars so I didn't include that. More role player types
     
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    Good vids

    yeah. the game much more physical back in the day

    I remember players fighting/taking swings that landed on each other and still able to finish the game

    I think one game barkley had a black eye pretty much shut and still finished the game
     
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    Kevin Willis
     
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    And he never missed a game, he played like 500 straight games

    Most underrated feat in Rockets History
     
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    Didn't Barkley get in a fight in pre-season?
     
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    You may have made the worst possible list for your question.
     
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    Oakley was never a Rocket in my book
    He makes Carmelo’s tenure look like he was Dream
     
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    Ariza was our enforcer for a few years, but it was always out of a quiet respect that everyone seemed to have for him. I’ve been watching since 1994, and my answer would be Artest in 2009. Until then, for the entire Yao Ming era we had nobody, and he got beat up and abused and treated unfairly by the refs as a result. Pat Bev filled the void of nastiness a few years later, but you’d classify him more as a ****-stirrer rather than someone who actually prevented fights lol.
     
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