The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston. They compete in the National Basketball Association as a member team of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division; the team plays its home games at the Toyota Center, located in Downtown Houston. The Rockets have won four Western Conference titles; the team was established in 1967 as the San Diego Rockets, an expansion team based in San Diego. In 1971, the Rockets moved to Houston; the Rockets won only 15 games in their debut season as a franchise in 1967. In the 1968 NBA draft, the Rockets were awarded the first overall pick and selected power forward Elvin Hayes, who would lead the team to its first playoff appearance in his rookie season; the Rockets did not finish a season with a winning record for a decade until the 1976–77 season, when they traded for All-Star center Moses Malone. Malone went on to win the NBA Most Valuable Player award twice while playing with the Rockets and led Houston to the Eastern Conference Finals in his first year with the team.
During the 1980–81 season, the Rockets finished the regular season with a 40–42 record. Despite their losing record, they qualified for the playoffs. Led by Malone, the Rockets stunned the entire league by making their first NBA Finals appearance in 1981, becoming only the second team in NBA history to make the NBA Finals with a losing record, they would lose in six games to the 62–20 Boston Celtics, led by Larry Bird, Robert Parish, future Rockets' head coach Kevin McHale. As of 2019, the 1980–81 Rockets are the last team since the 1954–55 Minneapolis Lakers to make it all the way to the NBA Finals with a losing record. In the 1984 NBA draft, once again with the first overall pick, the Rockets drafted center Hakeem Olajuwon, who would become the cornerstone of the most successful period in franchise history. Paired with 7 feet 4 inches Ralph Sampson, they formed one of the tallest front courts in the NBA. Nicknamed the "Twin Towers", they led the team to the 1986 NBA Finals—the second NBA Finals appearance in franchise history—where Houston was again defeated by Larry Bird and the 67-win Boston Celtics.
The Rockets continued to reach the playoffs throughout the 1980s, but failed to advance past the first round for several years following a second round defeat to the Seattle SuperSonics in 1987. Rudy Tomjanovich took over as head coach midway through the 1991–92 season, ushering in the most successful period in franchise history. Led by Olajuwon, the Rockets dominated the 1993–94 season, setting a franchise record 58 wins and went to the 1994 NBA Finals—the third NBA Finals appearance in franchise history—and won the franchise's first championship against Patrick Ewing and the New York Knicks. During the following season, reinforced by another All-Star, Clyde Drexler, the Rockets—in their fourth NBA Finals appearance in franchise history—repeated as champions with a four-game sweep of the Orlando Magic, who were led by a young Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway. Houston, which finished the season with a 47–35 record and was seeded sixth in the Western Conference during the 1995 playoffs, became the lowest-seeded team in NBA history to win the title.
The Rockets acquired all-star power forward Charles Barkley in 1996, but the presence of three of the NBA's 50 greatest players of all-time was not enough to propel Houston past the Western Conference Finals. Each one of the aging trio had left the team by 2001; the Rockets of the early 2000s, led by superstars Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming, followed the trend of consistent regular season respectability followed by playoff underachievement as both players struggled with injuries. After Yao's early retirement in 2011, the Rockets entered a period of rebuilding dismantling and retooling their roster; the acquisition of franchise player James Harden in 2012 has launched the Rockets back into championship contention in the mid-2010s. Moses Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, James Harden have been named the NBA's Most Valuable Player while playing for the Rockets, for a total of four MVP awards; the Rockets, under general manager Daryl Morey, are notable for popularizing the use of advanced statistical analytics in player acquisitions and style of play.
The Rockets were founded in 1967 in San Diego by Robert Breitbard, who paid an entry fee of US$1.75 million to join the NBA as an expansion team for the 1967–68 season. The NBA wanted to add more teams in the Western United States, chose San Diego based on the city's strong economic and population growth, along with the local success of an ice hockey team owned by Breitbard, the San Diego Gulls; the resulting contest to name the franchise chose the name "Rockets", which paid homage to San Diego's theme of "a city in motion" and the local arm of General Dynamics developing the Atlas missile and booster rocket program. Breitbard brought in Jack McMahon coach of the Cincinnati Royals, to serve as the Rockets' coach and general manager; the team, that would join the league along with the Seattle SuperSonics built its roster with both veteran players at an expansion draft, college players from the 1967 NBA draft, where San Diego's first draft pick was Pat Riley. In their first two games of the season, the Rockets were up against the St. Louis Hawks, lost both of those games.
Their first win in franchise history came the next game which occurred three days after against the Seattle SuperSonics. The Rockets won on the road, 121–114. Johnny Green recorded 25 rebounds for the Rockets; the next game, the SuperSonics hold a 15-point lead over the first half against the home team, Rockets the Rockets mounted a comeback to force overtime. However, the Supersonics pulled a
Detective Chief Inspector Walter Dew was a British Metropolitan Police officer, involved in the hunt for both Jack the Ripper and Dr Crippen. Dew was born at Far Cotton, in Hardingstone, one of seven children to Walter Dew Sr, a railway guard, his wife Eliza, his family moved to London when he was 10. As a boy Dew was not a natural scholar, left school aged 13; as a youth Dew found employment in a solicitor's office off Chancery Lane, but not liking the work he became a junior clerk at the offices of a seed-merchant in Holborn. He followed his father on to the railways, for on the 1881 census he is listed as a 17-year-old railway porter living in Hammersmith in London. However, in 1882 he joined the Metropolitan Police, aged 19, was given the warrant number 66711, he was posted to the Metropolitan Police's X Division in June 1882. On 15 November 1886 Dew married Kate Morris in Notting Hill, they had six children. Early in 1887 Dew was transferred to Commercial Street police station in H Division, where he was a detective constable in the Criminal Investigation Department during the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888.
In his memoirs, published fifty years in 1938, Dew made a number of claims about being involved in the Ripper investigation. Dew claimed to know Mary Jane Kelly by sight. "Often I saw her parading along Commercial Street, between Flower and Dean Street and Aldgate, or along Whitechapel Road", he wrote. "She was in the company of two or three of her kind neatly dressed and invariably wearing a clean white apron, but no hat." Dew claimed to have been one of the first police officers on the murder scene, though none of the records mentioning those people who were present list his involvement. Dew wrote that he saw Kelly's mutilated body in her room in Miller's Court and that he regarded it as "the most gruesome memory of the whole of my Police career." Dew wrote that Kelly's open eyes were photographed in an attempt to capture an image of her killer, but police doctors involved in the case had determined that such an effort would be futile. Dew stated that Emma Smith was the first Ripper victim, a view, contested by Ripperologists, opined that "Someone, shared Jack the Ripper's guilty secret."
In 1898 Dew was promoted to Inspector, was transferred to Scotland Yard. He moved to T Division in Hammersmith in 1900, in 1903 was promoted to Inspector First Class and moved to E Division, based at Bow Street. In 1906 he became a Chief Inspector, returned to Scotland Yard. By the time of his retirement from the police in 1910 Dew had received 130 recommendations and rewards from the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and magistrates. In 1898 Dew was involved in bringing international jewel-thief William Johnson, known as'Harry the Valet', to justice. Johnson stole jewelry valued at £30,000 from Mary Caroline, Dowager Duchess of Sutherland while she was travelling by train from Paris to London with her husband, Sir Albert Rollit MP, her brother, his wife and the Duchess' footman and maid. Dew investigated the case together with Inspectors Walter Frank Froest, they tracked Johnson, who by now was spending large amounts of money, to lodgings in London's South Kensington. Despite receiving a seven-year prison sentence, Johnson refused to disclose the whereabouts of the Duchess' jewels, only £4,000 worth were recovered.
Dew had a small role in the Druce-Portland case: he supervised the exhumation of the remains of T. C. Druce which put an end to the Druce claims; when Russian fraudster Friedlauski obtained a position as a clerk on the staff of New York bank J. S. Bache & Co. using the name Conrad Harms in 1909, transferred funds totaling £1,637 14s to his bank account in London, where he subsequently fled, it was Dew who tracked him down. Despite claiming that he was Harms' near identical cousin Henry Clifford, a pretence he maintained when confronted by the wife he had abandoned, Friedlauski/Harms was sentenced to six years penal servitude for fraud and bigamy. Doctor Hawley Harvey Crippen was an American, born in Michigan in 1862, he worked for a patent medicine company. Coming to England in 1900, he lived at 39 Hilldrop Crescent, with his second wife Cora Turner, better known by her stage name of'Belle Elmore'. After a party at their home on 31 January 1910, Cora disappeared. Hawley Crippen claimed that she had returned to the US, added that she had died, had been cremated, in California.
Meanwhile, his lover, Ethel Le Neve, moved into Hilldrop Crescent and began wearing Cora's clothes and jewellery. The police were informed of Cora's disappearance by her friend, strongwoman Kate Williams, better known as Vulcana; the house was searched, but nothing was found, Crippen was interviewed by Dew. After the interview, a quick search of the house, Dew was satisfied. However, Crippen and Le Neve did not know this and fled in panic to Brussels, where they spent the night at a hotel; the following day, they went to Antwerp and boarded the Canadian Pacific liner SS Montrose for Canada. Their disappearance led the police at Scotland Yard to perform another three searches of the house. During the fourth and final search, they found the remains of a human body, buried under the brick floor of the basement. Sir Bernard Spilsbury found traces of the calming drug scopolamine; the corpse was identified by a piece of skin from its abdomen. Crippen and Le Neve fled across the Atlantic on the Montrose, with le Neve disguised as a
Jarrad Waite is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Carlton Football Club and North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League. Born in Devonport, Waite was recruited as the number 46 draft pick in the 2001 AFL draft from Benalla under the father-son selection rule, he made his debut for Carlton in round 2003 against the Sydney Swans. Waite made his stance in the AFL as a prominent forward after he kicked 36 goals in the 2005 season, finishing second behind Brendan Fevola for the club. Waite was shifted from the forward-line into the back-line during the 2007 NAB Cup where he played at centre half-back. However, during the home and away season, he again played predominately as a forward. In 2008, Waite returned to the back-line under new coach Brett Ratten. In 2009, Waite again began to spend time at both ends of the ground. However, in round 9, he suffered a season-ending knee after he tore his ACL after hyperextending his left knee when landing on a straight leg.
He returned in time for the 2010 season. In a small part of football history, Waite was the first player to be substituted off the ground under the AFL's revised interchange rules in 2011. On 12 September 2011, following a round 16 hip injury, Waite was ruled out for the remainder of the 2011 season. In October 2011, after nine seasons with the club, Waite re-signed with Carlton on a three-year deal. In January 2012, he was elevated to the club's leadership group for the 2012 season. On 29 September 2014, Waite parted ways with Carlton after 12 seasons with the club, announcing his decision to exercise his free agency rights. On 3 October 2014, Waite signed a two-year deal with the North Melbourne Football Club. In late August 2018, he announced, he played his last game against St Kilda in Round 23. Statistics are correct to the end of round 9, 2016 In 2011, Waite married long-time girlfriend Jackie Spong, the owner of the Melbourne fashion boutique SISCA, she appeared in the first season of WAG Nation, a reality television series that documents the lives of five wives and girlfriends of Australian sportsmen, for which Waite is a part of the supporting cast.
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