This series of articles will celebrate (or laugh at) some of the worst professional sports teams of all time. I will focus on teams within my lifetime so expect the worst from the 1970s to present day.
The Houston Rockets made it to the NBA Finals in 1981. Two years later, the Rockets were one of the worst teams in NBA history. How did the Rockets fall so hard, so fast? It started in the summer of 1982.
Moses Malone was the franchise player for the Rockets in the early 1980s. The 6-11 centre who earned the nickname “The Chairman Of The Boards” for his rebounding prowess, was the NBA MVP in 1981, as he led the Rockets to a finals appearance. However, Malone’s contract was up following the 1981-82 season, which made him a restricted free agent. Rockets management allowed Malone to explore his options, as the franchise decided…
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