How the Rockets turned back-to-back champions into a bunch of fed-up, beat-up, washed-up stars

31-Yan, 2021
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From Choke City to Clutch City, the Houston Rocket of the mid-nineties were so cool. They took the '94 title and everyone was like "that's just cuz Jordan switched sports!" So, they clawed their way up from the 6th seed to win it all again in 1995.
The only trouble? When you rise so high, you have farther to fall.
A short-sighted desire to capitalize on aging stars quickly (that'd be Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler), and worry about the future later, led to injuries decimating seasons (poor Charles Barkley), backcourt weakness (prob shouldn't have traded away Sam Cassell), bruised egos (looking at you Scottie Pippen) and the end of an era. The Clutch City Rockets couldn't last forever.
Written and produced by: Clara Morris
Directed and edited by: Jiazhen Zhang
Motion graphics by: Mike Das
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  • Why the hell did they draft rodney mcray over clyde drexler in the first place

    zt1053zt1053Kun oldin
  • Moral of this collapse: don't get old

    Steve Nash ProductionsSteve Nash ProductionsKun oldin
  • Hakeem is easily my favourite basketball player.

    no1wasgeorgiebestno1wasgeorgiebest2 kun oldin
  • we need an update video on the current day Rockets and their collapse (Harden leaves after failing to win a championship so many times with the organization)

    RuskiVodkaRuskiVodka2 kun oldin
  • I have to admit, this puts a smile on my face. I hated the Rockets growing up. Seeing them finally fall and fall hard was satisfying. 😁

    Jeff PryceJeff Pryce3 kun oldin
  • You mentioned Charles Barkley brought them into contention because Hakeem and Clyde were old, they were all in the same draft class together lol

    Jae MJae M9 kun oldin
  • Hakeem should have retired instead of toronto

    Grover RogersGrover Rogers11 kun oldin
  • dont underestimate the heart of a champion!

    Ken MatthewKen Matthew11 kun oldin
  • Picture of Michael Jordan retiring. Picture of Michael Jordan unretiring. Picture of Rodman in Bulls jersey. End of clip

    I'm Not Kevin BrennanI'm Not Kevin Brennan11 kun oldin
  • Give it a few years and the current rockets storyline would probably be another great collapse storyline

    Jazper LeeJazper Lee12 kun oldin
  • I'm sorry but at 6:17 .....Is he making a Doom death noise?????

    Salty Dbacks FanSalty Dbacks Fan14 kun oldin
  • later they got Barkley, but what if they got Barkley when MJ came back? after their 2nd title? So to have Drexler, Barkley, and Hakeem? at a not so old age yet.

    Farquad ShmoogleFarquad Shmoogle14 kun oldin
  • Whether it’s the Knicks or the Magic who won in ‘94 and ‘95, it boils down to the fact that Michael Jordan was playing baseball.

    Droid GracieDroid Gracie16 kun oldin
  • 97 rockets could have beaten the Bulls

    Chris WarrickChris Warrick17 kun oldin
  • 100% because they changed jerseys! what team changes their entire logo uniforms and colors coming off back-to-back championships. the blue rockets jerseys are horrible. the classic red and yellow ones are awesome

    Mason McIntyreMason McIntyre19 kun oldin
  • Hakeem the perpetually too-old-to-play guy

  • now this Rocket team is....💀

    GTGT19 kun oldin
  • I like her writing, but I miss the emotion of the other guy

    BlkCptAmericaBlkCptAmerica21 kun oldin
  • Thanks for the info kind sir

    Ricardo VazquezRicardo Vazquez21 kun oldin
  • This is really high quality content. Great video about a great team, then a not-so-great team, then an ok team

    BilugaBiluga23 kun oldin
  • Pippen has the most disappointing personality ever

    MarceloMarcelo24 kun oldin
  • The Dream/Chuck/ Clyde trio was the archetype of the Garnett/Allen/Pierce trio: An extremely short championship window; that neither the HC, GM, or the fans wanted to admit.

    Sola ScripturaSola Scriptura27 kun oldin
  • Dude, they only had one good player. They over achieved like I mf’er.

    Green LionGreen Lion27 kun oldin
  • H-hey Hakeem, how's the popcorn in the arena?

    Anti HeroAnti Hero28 kun oldin
  • I feel like the Raptors could have one in a few years lol

    Samuel NaibahoSamuel Naibaho28 kun oldin
  • Man, clara sounds like Bart simpson (nancy cartwright)

    Zi SoloZi Solo29 kun oldin
  • Part 2?

    DonovanDonovanOy oldin
  • The rockets really fell apart three times in 20 years. Olajuwon/Drexler/Barkley - 1996-2000, Tmac/Yao/Mutombo - 2004-2010, Harden/Howard/CP3/Westbrook - 2013-2020

    Aakash BadreeAakash BadreeOy oldin
  • That sixth seed was broken by knicks in 98 8th seeded

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  • SPOILERS Michael Jordan came back.

    ryder mccallryder mccallOy oldin
    • Houston didn't play in the Eastern Conference though. Jordan coming back would have nothing to do with how they performed in the Western Conference playoffs.

      Lasiocarpa83Lasiocarpa836 kun oldin
  • great piece!

    Tariq RahmanTariq RahmanOy oldin
  • Those jerseys still give me nightmares...

    Matthew WrightMatthew WrightOy oldin
  • Scottie pippen is a whiny baby

    HazztechHazztechOy oldin
  • My poor Rocketa

    MotaConnoisseurMotaConnoisseurOy oldin
  • The Rockets are interesting, because an MJ-less NBA was ripe for the taking. Sonics, Jazz, and Knicks......this could have been their years. Rockets were never really a contender before MJ retired the first time, and they were too old after he came back. Can you imagine a Rockets team with the Dream, Drexler, and Barkley against the Bulls? Would have been great, but instead we got the Jazz x 2.

    DooDoo PoopDooDoo PoopOy oldin
  • Maryland is a lot colder than Vancouver ... fun fact Vancouver doesn’t snow barely ever and is warm all year round

    Jadie WolczukJadie WolczukOy oldin
  • Her voice is facking annoying

    Polo DonchPolo DonchOy oldin
  • Should have kept Sam and Horry

    Sports FanSports FanOy oldin
  • Why a female telling me about basketball

    Comment GodComment GodOy oldin
    • Sexist

      Ezi rulez 4 evaEzi rulez 4 eva28 kun oldin
  • This video definitely needs a Part 2

    Kyle WilliamsKyle WilliamsOy oldin
  • 1995 NBA Playoffs in a nutshell Malone: Shoots Hakeem: Oh hell no Barkley: Shoots Hakeem: Oh hell no Robinson: Shoots Hakeem: Oh hell no Shaq: Shoots Hakeem: Oh hell no

    Troll KenobiTroll KenobiOy oldin
  • I would really want to see the collapse of AC Milan between 2011 and 2019. With “the return of God” ending

    Zhuoran LiZhuoran LiOy oldin
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    Karin HagermannKarin HagermannOy oldin
  • I haven't heard this person narrate before - Clara, was it? - but she killed it. Please tell me she's done more of the newer Collapse videos.

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  • Houston had some pretty good runs after the back to back championship era. There was the Stevie Franchise era The Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming era and More recently the James Harden era where he won an MVP, eight straight playoff appearances, and three straight scoring tittles. The Rockets will get back to greatness again. I believe.

    Robert HectorRobert HectorOy oldin
  • I can't watch this. Something about the narrator's voice just comes across as contempt for the Rockets. Like there is a joy in their failure. No thank you.

    Orion ForeseeOrion ForeseeOy oldin
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    Baxter TannerBaxter TannerOy oldin
  • Derrick Rose's knees needs its own collapse. Oh wait..

    Pungent SaucePungent Sauce2 oy oldin
  • Claraaaaaa! Excellent work. Love your writing style.

    Wild ZeroWild Zero2 oy oldin
  • They just basically avoid playing the Seattle Sonics in 94/95 otherwise they wouldn’t even get to NBA finals

    Shotguner 42Shotguner 422 oy oldin
  • Too early to do the current rockets?

    TheSilentman19TheSilentman192 oy oldin
  • Is it a collapse because they didn’t win the next five years, that happens to most teams

    Jamal JenningsJamal Jennings2 oy oldin
  • The 95 Rockets should send a Thank You Card annually to Charles Barkley for missing 3 of 4 free throws down the stretch in regulation, overall 1-6 from the free throw line, while scoring only 3 points in the 2nd half and overtime in Game 5 of the WCSF. The Kiss of Death should be a footnote, because the Suns lost that series in Game 5, not Game 7.

    Jack TripperJack Tripper2 oy oldin
  • Stop making jokes you are not funny.

    East KillerEast Killer2 oy oldin
  • This is one of the best episodes. The writing and dramatization worked excellently. Fantastic work with this episode.

    mattatack2the25mattatack2the252 oy oldin
  • This wasn't really a collapse, they were a little unlucky with injuries and the "bearhug". They never really hit rock bottom and bounced back pretty quick. But still a great video...

    André Vital PardueAndré Vital Pardue2 oy oldin
  • san francisco giants collapse please

    mauricio palmarmauricio palmar2 oy oldin
  • A good video, but you didn't mention Otis Thorpe at all, he was both a locker room and fan favourite and a key piece of that first championship squad, not to mention the very player that they traded away to get Clyde Drexler (and Tracy Murray)

    Glen LehaneGlen Lehane2 oy oldin
  • Anywhere barfing Pippen went after that they were finished

    Arthur RobinsonArthur Robinson2 oy oldin
  • Wish it went on longer, would’ve liked to hear about the Yao Ming Tracey Mcgrady time period too

    JensenAmoryJensenAmory2 oy oldin
  • this is us rn :(

    Vinay PillaiVinay Pillai2 oy oldin
  • That “screen” was so blatantly miscalled 😂😂😂

    Jonathan WilliamsJonathan Williams2 oy oldin
  • Should have never traded Otis Thorpe, Robert Horry, and Sam Cassell

    Charles HahnCharles Hahn2 oy oldin
  • A tragic shame we never saw the Bulls and the Rockets in the NBA Finals. Imagine it: Jordan and Pippen taking on Hakeem the Dream and Clyde the Glide? Media hype overload!!!

    Tom DalfonzoTom Dalfonzo2 oy oldin
  • This narrator is trash, like they're sucking on helium.

    MrGuggisbergMrGuggisberg2 oy oldin
  • vancouver is not cold

    elai314elai3142 oy oldin
  • Leafs... js its begging to be done

    Finlay96Finlay962 oy oldin
  • Amazing

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  • 15-1 Vikes

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  • seriously though, who's the narrator?

    Jacob MoldezJacob Moldez2 oy oldin
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  • Great Story

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  • trading mario elie and big shot bob horry for barkley was a mistake!!! horry averaged as many points in the finals against the magic as barkley did on the rockets

    DmndDragonDmndDragon2 oy oldin
  • 45-37 and missed the playoffs! Wow. Cant really blame that on the rockets players, that just shows how stacked the west was

    Rayborn WhitesRayborn Whites2 oy oldin
  • Ideas for this series: 1) 1980s islanders from 4 cups to nothing since. 2) 1980s oilers. Again 4 cups to nothing since.

    Alex DAlex D2 oy oldin
  • SimpNation

    Geralt DoomGeralt Doom2 oy oldin
    • Pretty much.

      Flying VFlying V2 oy oldin
  • Jordan pushed Russell. 🥺

    lovelessissimolovelessissimo2 oy oldin
  • Washed up with two rings. Learn basketball clown

    Sean ZadsalamatSean Zadsalamat2 oy oldin
  • This was good days I went to both parades🤘🏿✌🏿🔥🔥🔥

    Quincy LockettQuincy Lockett2 oy oldin
  • Excited to come back in a year or two to see Rockets Collapse Pt 2: The Harden Era

    El YamsEl Yams2 oy oldin
  • There’s gotta be the collapse of the 76s next

    Xx YoumamXx Youmam2 oy oldin
  • Do one on the "rise of a dynasty" like with the patriots etc.

    ElliotElliot2 oy oldin
  • If Jordan not retired..rockets will eat dust by the GOAT

    I Am Happy.I Am Happy.2 oy oldin
    • Jordan fell flat on his face vs nick Anderson. = Not retired

      FuShengAlexFuShengAlex2 oy oldin
  • If people want to attach an asterisk to the Rockets' championships, they should do the same with Jordan's (since he & the Bulls didn't start winning until the Celtics & Lakers were old). Oh that's right, they just wanna pick & choose when to attach asterisks depending on how it benefits Jordan

    Ellande CampbellEllande Campbell2 oy oldin
    • Exactly....where was the so called "goat" when Hakeem and Ralph led the Rockets to the Finals in 86?

      FuShengAlexFuShengAlex2 oy oldin
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    여자장은우여자장은우2 oy oldin
  • How the Rockets became champions?..Michael Jordan retired..The End lol

    Jayeson MackJayeson Mack2 oy oldin
    • How the Rockets became double champions....swept the Orlando Magic that Jordan and Pippen got flattened by. THE END

      FuShengAlexFuShengAlex2 oy oldin
    • The Rockets went 5-1 against the Bulls during their first 3-peat. Jordan himself has even said that he's glad they didn't have to face the Rockets in the Finals. Steve Kerr (who would know a hell of a lot better than any of us) has said that they wouldn't have won 8 in a row

      Ellande CampbellEllande Campbell2 oy oldin
  • No cap, Collapse is the best sports series on UZworld. It could easily be a documentary series on ESPN.

    GabrielGabriel2 oy oldin
    • A competitor to 30 for 30 for sure

      Flying VFlying V2 oy oldin
  • The 1994-1995 Champion Rockets were created by Michael Jordan.

    Andrew NJAndrew NJ2 oy oldin
    • @FuShengAlex You mean a Rusty MJ who returned mid-season and was conditioned for the wrong sport gave Houston their 2nd Championship.

      Andrew NJAndrew NJ2 oy oldin
    • The 1995 Orlando Magic who stomped Mike outta Chicago that year were swept by Houston

      FuShengAlexFuShengAlex2 oy oldin
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    Christian BunaChristian Buna2 oy oldin
  • I'm not a Rockets fan, but people need to get off the whole narrative about Jordan's retirement/suspension. The Rockets went 5-1 against the Bulls during their first 3-peat, and Jordan has even said that he's glad they didn't have to face the Rockets in the Finals

    Ellande CampbellEllande Campbell2 oy oldin
  • Is it me or does she sound like Ellen DeGeneres

    Big Mike From the WoodBig Mike From the Wood2 oy oldin
  • It's all because MJ retired that's it 😁

    ZjRsXzJm LCBZjRsXzJm LCB2 oy oldin
    • @ZjRsXzJm LCB hey either he was retired and outta the league or not.....make up your mind

      FuShengAlexFuShengAlex2 oy oldin
    • @FuShengAlex You're joking right MJ coming of retirement 🤣😂

      ZjRsXzJm LCBZjRsXzJm LCB2 oy oldin
    • Orlando dumped mj out and Houston swept them

      FuShengAlexFuShengAlex2 oy oldin
  • If rockets not trade horry & cassell, they might be won another ring & maybe destroy jordan & bulls

    C.DionC.Dion2 oy oldin
  • Helps when MJ takes a couple years off. None of the rings happen if he doesn't

    HubbzZHubbzZ2 oy oldin
    • @Ezi rulez 4 eva I wouldn't be so sure about '94. The Bulls had a hard enough time beating Patrick Ewing's Knicks in '92 (7 games) & '93 (6 games, including an 0-2 deficit). No disrespect to Ewing, but Hakeem was much better. In addition to Hakeem, the Rockets' role players were better than what the Knicks had (especially in regards to 3-point shooting). Honestly, I think the Rockets would've also beaten the Bulls in '93. Fortunately for the Bulls, the Sonics were the Rockets' kryptonite

      Ellande CampbellEllande Campbell28 kun oldin
    • The Bulls win in 94 but not 95

      Ezi rulez 4 evaEzi rulez 4 eva28 kun oldin
    • @HubbzZ yeah too bad Jordan fell face first in crunchtime vs the same Nick Anderson that missed 4 ft's vs Houston that swept both he and his Orlando squad.

      FuShengAlexFuShengAlex2 oy oldin
    • Like I said, Steve Kerr (who was on the Bulls for the last 4 or 5 years of their run, and has been in & around the game for decades) would know a hell of a lot better than any of us. Jordan himself even said that he's glad they didn't have to face the Rockets in the Finals

      Ellande CampbellEllande Campbell2 oy oldin
    • @Ellande Campbell wouldn't have happened if mj were there

      HubbzZHubbzZ2 oy oldin
  • The Stockton shot broke my heart. I really thought that was a special team and that they were going to the Finals to take on Chicago.

    Frank AddingtonFrank Addington2 oy oldin
    • That damned Malone moving screen!!! Lol

      FuShengAlexFuShengAlex2 oy oldin
  • This team before clyde who came in 95 literally might be the only team that one a title without a secondary perennial all star beside dream. Maybe that's why the Knicks would have won it all if starks even shot 7 for 18. The knicks were leading starting the 4th. They should have held on to the lead & when riley saw starks I dont know miss 6 straight 3s he should have pulled him. Bc now guys were leaving starks wide open & doubling ewing & harper ( who had a phenomenal series & if the Knicks had won hw was going to be named finals mvp. So give dream all the credit he did it alone. Well he did have bog shot bob who just seems to have fairy magic dust on him. 7 rings with 3 teams & he hit a game winner deep in the finals like 7 times that I saw. I remember hi lites coming on & it was like big shot bob nailed the game winner again.

    Natalie Panaro StackNatalie Panaro Stack3 oy oldin
  • So I'll go with.... bad.

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