Former Rockets Beat Writer Reflects On 1995 Championship

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By SportsRadio 610
(SportsRadio 610) -- The Houston Rockets' run to a second consecutive NBA championship in 1995 was so improbable, one insider who was closest to the team still does not know how they pulled it off.
Fran Blinebury, who covered the Rockets' back-to-back title runs in the 90s, joined In The Loop to reflect on that 1995 season. 

Hakeem Olajuwon, the team leader, was suffering from an iron-deficiency anemia and missed stretches of games. The trade for Clyde Drexler, which saw the exit of locker room favorite Otis Thorpe and the declining of minutes for guards like Vernon Maxwell, could have been a combustible moment for the team. 

But the team not only survived it, backing into the playoffs as a sixth seed, but they took down Western Conference juggernauts in the Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs before sweeping the Orlando Magic in the Finals.

Blinebury credits the leadership on the team for getting them through rough patches. He wasn't quite sold on the Rockets as a championship team until Mario Elie's shot in Game 7 of the semifinals to eliminate the Suns.