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2012 Dallas Mavericks (And Their Fans) Can Look to 1995 Houston Rockets For Hope

In 1994, the Houston Rockets, led by a singular star (Hakeem Olajuwon) and a supporting cast of role players, finally won a championship, after one near-miss (losing to Boston in the 1986 NBA Finals) and a fair amount of disappointing playoff exits. It was a dream season, one that didn’t look likely to repeat itself when the team entered the postseason the next year as a lowly No. 6 seed, despite picking up a still-talented, but largely past his prime Clyde Drexler, now mostly ground-based after a career of high-flying highlights. But they surprised everyone and won a second championship.

In 2011, the Dallas Mavericks, led by a singular star (Dirk Nowitzki) and a supporting cast of role players, finally won a championship, after one near-miss (losing to Miami in the 2006 NBA Finals) and a fair amount of disappointing playoff exits. It was a dream season, one that doesn’t look likely to repeat itself when the team enters the postseason this year as a lowly No. 6 (or maybe No. 7) seed, despite picking up a still-talented, but largely past his prime Vince Carter, now mostly ground-based after a career of high-flying highlights. And then…?

Look, crazier things have happened, is all I’m saying.

8 comments on “2012 Dallas Mavericks (And Their Fans) Can Look to 1995 Houston Rockets For Hope

  1. The absolute championship run ever! Coming in as the 6th seed the Rockets never had home court advantage in any playoff series and they managed to win. The most exciting was the win over Phoenix with the last second three pointer. Take heart Mavs fans and hope Dirk channels his inner Hakeem to take the Mavs all the way.

  2. my bball brain demands i call to your attention the 1981 houston rockets
    coached by former mav coach Del Harris and led by Moses, who averaged like 30 and 15 for the year, the rockets finished with a losing record, prolly 40-42, and lost to a 24-year-old hick from french lick 4-2 in the finals
    IJS, they had more than one near-miss prior to winning twice while mike tried to play baseball

  3. What do you mean hope? The Mavs are the defending champs and are capable of repeating no matter what their seeding is. They’re the team to beat and until they’re knocked off. I’m not going against them like certain “Mavs” fans and the stupid media, locally and nationally.

    “Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion!” – Rudy T.

  4. Well, jrp, obviously you’re right, but I thought I was straining the comparison by going back that far. Moses won the MVP that year, I believe, and remains the most underrated player pretty much ever. Best offensive rebounder in the history of the game. But thank you for making me think about him for a bit.

  5. I may or may not have a youth-sized Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon jersey in my closet. If the Mavs repeat, I will wear that jersey to work. I have no idea why I just made that promise.

  6. I’m still on a championship high, and I promised myself and whoever listened I wouldn’t complain about a my sports world for an entire year if we won. So, yes I still have hope, until I don’t.

  7. How dare you compare Clyde Drexler to Vince Carter? That was a clear slap in the face to and a disrespectful shot at Clyde. Hall of Famer, 50 Greatest Players of All-Time, 10 time All-Star, 3 time Conference Champion, and 1995 NBA Champion etc. Vince is clearly not in the same league as Mr. Drexler.