Party like it's 1994? Look back at the Rockets' first NBA Championship

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Monday, April 24, 2017
ABC13 coverage of the Rockets 1994 NBA Championship
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ABC13 coverage of the Rockets championship in 1994.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Do the names Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon, Kenny Smith, Robert Horry, Sam Cassell and Mario Elie ring a bell?

More than two decades later, fans are still savoring the Rockets' first NBA championship in 1994. The Rockets win over the New York Knicks would start a trend in Clutch City, with the Olajuwon-led Rockets doing the unthinkable: back-to-back titles.

For most Houstonians, the past seasons have been mixed with a little of nostalgia. The burning sensation of wanting to celebrate another Rockets championship always seems to come to a dismal end.

So, what was life like in Houston when the franchise won its first NBA championship?

For starters, the Rockets played in The Summit -- there was no Toyota Center. In 1994, there was no NRG Stadium, no Minute Maid Park, no BBVA Compass Stadium and no Houston Texans. The Oilers were Houston's football team and played in the Astrodome.

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ABC13 coverage of the Rockets winning the championship in the 1993-1994 season.

What else was different?

  • Only Super Bowl in Houston was in 1974
  • Beltway 8 didn't go all the way around the city
  • The Williams Tower was named the Transco Tower
  • Tropical Storm Allison and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike hadn't happened yet
  • No Houston Dynamo soccer team
  • No Houston Comets WNBA team
  • Bob Lanier served as the mayor of Houston

Maybe, just maybe, we'll have the chance to remember Houston in 2017 after another Rockets championship.

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