For Valentine's: The Five Best Recent Rockets Bromances
Since NBA All-Star Weekend is coming to Houston, some former and present Houston Rockets may get to rekindle the flame of the bromance they once shared with their teammate.
Here's a look at some of the best Rockets bromances over the last couple of years.
5. Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler
The two first met during their days at the University of Houston and formed Phi Slama Jama. However, their bromance took a hit when Drexler declared for the 1983 NBA Draft. The two had success as franchise players, with Drexler a part of the Portland Trailblazers and Olajuwon as a Rocket.
However, during the 1994-1995 season, they needed each other. Olajuwon's Rockets were struggling and Drexler's Trailblazers were having a fire sale.
Cupid struck on Valentine's Day 1995, bringing Drexler back to Houston (cue the Peaches and Herb song now!).
The rest is history. The bros swept the Orlando Magic in 1995, winning the championship they missed out on in college. After they both retired, Olajuwon asked Drexler if he would be the one to induct him into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, which is essentially a bro proposal, to which Drexler accepted and said this to Fox 26:
"Hakeem has been like a brother to me since the first time I met him when he came over from Nigeria," Drexler said. "He has always been a special friend and he knows I'm supportive of everything he does and vice versa."
4. Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley
If you were to compile a long list of bromances across all of sports, television, etc. the Steve Francis-Cuttino Mobley bromance would be in the upper echelon of that list. The two were inseparable and had a chemistry that other duos could only hope to have. After every shot, dunk or and-1, the duo would share an embrace even stronger than that of a married couple.
During their Rockets tenure, the two did almost everything together, from discussing alley-oops to hanging out with each other's family. When the thought of Francis' daughter and Mobley's son were to get married, Mobley responded, "That would be incest."
Mobley assisted Francis in the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, a huge step in their bromance. However, their tenure with the Rockets came to an end when they were both traded to the Orlando Magic, where their bromance would ultimately end.
They were finally split when Mobley was dealt to the Sacramento Kings, in what was to be their darkest day. The two were incredibly hurt. Mobley went on to wear his bro's number 3 with the Kings. Francis took it harder as injuries piled up and he declined statistically.
While the two dominated on the court, they had some special moments off the court. They shared inside jokes, did commercials and may have even watched Brokeback Mountain together.
The bros were often injured, which, at times, makes you wonder, "What could've been?" if they were fully healthy. They never really met expectations since the duo failed to get out of the first round together (not including 2009, since McGrady didn't play, but was technically on the roster).
However, when McGrady made the decision to play in China this season, Yao was one of the people he name-dropped, in what was essentially a letter to the people he loved (awww!). So, the bromance lives on!