With six rings, the ’90s belonged to Michael Jordan and the Bulls — no one is about to dispute that — but while other teams like the Sonics, Hornets, and Magic stand out as some of that era’s great almost teams, the Houston Rockets have the best claim to second place. Is there an asterisk next to the Rockets two titles because they were earned in the brief window when MJ was whiffing in Triple-A baseball and slowly working back from his off-court dalliance? Sure, but a ring is a ring, and both the 1993-1994 and 1994-1995 teams got theirs by beating up on the rest of the league while filling the void left by Jordan’s absence thanks to the star power of Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon (and, later, Clyde Drexler) and a crew of lunch box role players like Robert Horry, Sam Cassell, Vernon Maxwell, and Mario Elie.
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What happened to those champion Rockets after the team eventually came apart? Let’s take a look.
Known as Scotty in his Houston Rockets days when he served as a backup to Sam Cassell, Brooks’ time in the league was mostly unremarkable. After sitting out the 1999 season due to a knee injury, he migrated to the ABA, joining the Los Angeles Stars as both a player and an assistant coach in their only season. Brooks worked his way up the NBA assistant coaching ladder in the early part of the 2000s before ending up as an assistant coach on P.J. Carlesimo’s staff with the SuperSonics, moving along with the team to Oklahoma when they abandoned Seattle. After Carlesimo was fired in late 2008, Brooks slid over and took his place.
Despite a .620 winning percentage and five trips to the postseason (including one trip to the NBA Finals) in seven seasons, Brooks was fired at the end of last season. There hasn’t been much chatter about Brooks’ next move, but he’ll surely be a top candidate for a job opening once he decides to pursue a new gig.