Houston Rockets unveil new alternate jerseys

Houston Rockets fans have been patiently waiting for new jerseys for a long time and their wish finally came true.

The Rockets unveiled three new alternate jerseys on Tuesday, September 15 at a private season ticket holder event at the House of Blues in Downtown Houston. Lights shined bright on stage and cameras flashed at Dwight Howard, Donatas Motiejunas and Sam Dekker as they modeled the new alternates.

image: Pictured L-R: Sam Dekker, Dwight Howard and Donatas Motiejunas stand and model the Houston Rockets’ three new alternate jerseys. Photo courtesy of @00rocketgirl on Twitter.

Pictured L-R: Sam Dekker, Dwight Howard and Donatas Motiejunas stand and model the Houston Rockets’ three new alternate jerseys. Photo courtesy of @00rocketgirl on Twitter.

The sickest jersey of the three was rocked by Sam Dekker, which was an all black jersey with red trim around the shoulder, that says “HOUSTON” on the front. THAT is the road alternate jersey for the 2016-2017 season. Yes, unfortunately fans will have to wait one more year to see the incredibly cool black jerseys.

image: Sam Dekker stands and models the new 2016-2017 Houston Rockets road alternate jersey. Photo courtesy of @00rocketgirl on Twitter.

Sam Dekker stands and models the new 2016-2017 Houston Rockets road alternate jersey. Photo courtesy of @00rocketgirl on Twitter.

But, don’t worry because my personal favorite new alternate jersey was worn by Donatas Motiejunas: a “CLUTCH CITY” jersey! The shirts debuted last season versus the Oklahoma City Thunder; now we get actual ketchup and mustard jerseys that say “CLUTCH CITY” on the front. The only downside about those jerseys is they’re the sleeved jerseys, which in my opinion, look extremely ugly but just because they’re ketchup and mustard and say “CLUTCH CITY” on the front. I’m definitely buying one. Fans won’t have to wait long to see the Rockets wear the “CLUTCH CITY” jerseys as they will debut on Nov. 14 at home versus the Dallas Mavericks.

image: Donatas Motiejunas stands and models the Houston Rockets’ alternate pride “CLUTCH CITY” jersey. Photo courtesy of @00rocketgirl on Twitter.

Donatas Motiejunas stands and models the Houston Rockets’ alternate pride “CLUTCH CITY” jersey. Photo courtesy of @00rocketgirl on Twitter.

The last, and my least favorite jersey of the three is the new home alternate jersey, displayed by Dwight Howard, a sleeved all silver with black trim jersey. When you mix a sleeved jersey with the color silver, that spells disaster. That jersey is so ugly I wish they didn’t even unveil it. But, unfortunately we have to live with it because the jersey will make its debut on Nov. 25 at home versus the Memphis Grizzlies and will be worn six times during the season.

image: Dwight Howard flexes and models the Houston Rockets’ new home alternate jersey. Photo courtesy of @00rocketgirl on Twitter.

Dwight Howard flexes and models the Houston Rockets’ new home alternate jersey. Photo courtesy of @00rocketgirl on Twitter.

A downer in the jersey unveilings is that with the three new jerseys, one jersey has been eliminated from the jersey rotation, and that jersey was not only my favorite but a fan favorite as well: the ketchup and mustard alternate jersey that said “HOUSTON” on the front. So go ahead and wear those jerseys for the last time because the Rockets will not be wearing them anymore.

With the jerseys unveiled, which one is your favorite? Which one will you purchase and add to your jersey collection?

image: From L-R: Sam Dekker, Dwight Howard and Donatas Motiejunas pose for a picture as they model the new Rockets alternate jerseys. Photo courtesy of rockets.com

From L-R: Sam Dekker, Dwight Howard and Donatas Motiejunas pose for a picture as they model the new Rockets alternate jerseys. Photo courtesy of rockets.com

 

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May 20, 1995: Mario Elie hits “Kiss of Death” shot

20 years ago today, Mario Elie of the Houston Rockets hit the “Kiss of Death” shot to clinch the Western Conference semifinal Game 7 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Clutch City aims to return in Houston

Born in 1994, Clutch City aims to return in Houston by revisiting history two decades later.

If you weren’t old enough to witness and be part of the historic 1993-1994 and 1994-1995 seasons by the Houston Rockets, don’t worry because so far, history is repeating itself.

Similarities between the ’94/’95 Rockets seasons vs. ’15 season:

-OJ Simpson murder trial in 1995
-Aaron Hernandez murder trial in 2015

-Hakeem Olajuwon starred in Taco Bell commercial in 1995.
-Taco Bell features commercial in 2015 starring James Harden.

-Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, teammates in college at University of Houston, got reunited after Drexler was acquired via trade mid-season in 1995 (Valentines Day).
-Dwight Howard and Josh Smith, teammates in AAU at Atlanta Celtics, got reunited after Smith was acquired via waivers mid-season in 2014 (Christmas).

-Kenny “The Jet” Smith was on the 1994-1995 Rockets roster
-Jason “The Jet” Terry is on the 2014-2015 Rockets roster

-David Robinson wins 1994-1995 NBA Most Valuable Player Award
-Stephen Curry wins 2014-2015 NBA Most Valuable Player Award

-Clyde Drexler gets ejected from Game 1 of the 1995 Western Conference semifinals vs Phoenix Suns.
-Dwight Howard gets ejected from Game 4 of the 2015 Western Conference semifinals vs Los Angeles Clippers.

-Clyde Drexler was ill due to flu in Game 5 of the 1995 Western Conference semifinals vs Phoenix Suns.
-James Harden was ill due to flu in Game 6 of the 2015 Western Conference semifinals vs Los Angeles Clippers.

-Rockets came back to defeat the Phoenix Suns in the 1995 Western Conference semifinals after being down 3-1.
-Rockets came back to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2015 Western Conference semifinals after being down 3-1.

-Mario Elie hit “Kiss of Death” shot from left corner to clinch the victory in Game 7 of the 1995 Western Conference semifinals vs Phoenix Suns.
-Trevor Ariza hit “Kiss of Death” shot from left corner to clinch the victory in Game 7 of the 2015 Western Conference semifinals vs Los Angeles Clippers.

-San Antonio Spurs won season series vs the Houston Rockets 5-1 in 1994-1995, but went on to lose to the Rockets in the Western Conference Finals 4-2.
-Golden State Warriors swept the Houston Rockets 4-0 in the 2014-2015 regular season
-To be continued…..

Eerie much? Not to the fans of history or the Houston Rockets. If history keeps repeating itself, the Houston Rockets will be the 2014-2015 NBA Champions.