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Former Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich’s words forever ingrained in Houston sports history


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Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich, center, is surrounded by his team as they hoist the NBA Championship Trophy overhead following the Rockets 113-101 victory over the Orlando Magic in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 14, 1995, in Houston. The win gave the Rockets their second straight NBA title, with a 4-0 sweep in the best-of-seven series. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) less
Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich, center, is surrounded by his team as they hoist the NBA Championship Trophy overhead following the Rockets 113-101 victory over the Orlando Magic in Game 4 of the NBA … more

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Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon, left, and Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich shake hands as they celebrate their second straight NBA championship, Wednesday, June 14, 1995, in Houston. The Rocket beat the Orlando Magic 113-101 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals to sweep the Magic 4-0. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) less
Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon, left, and Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich shake hands as they celebrate their second straight NBA championship, Wednesday, June 14, 1995, in Houston. The Rocket beat the … more

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Former Rockets Head Coach Rudy Tomjanovich, right, smiles as he talks with Niko Howard, 11, left, and his brother Ben Howard, 12, second from left, as he signs autographs for fans before an NBA game, at the Toyota Center, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, in Houston. less
Former Rockets Head Coach Rudy Tomjanovich, right, smiles as he talks with Niko Howard, 11, left, and his brother Ben Howard, 12, second from left, as he signs autographs for fans before an NBA game, at the … more

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Earl Campbell on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Earl Campbell on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle



Former Houston Rocket Hakeem Olajuwonon the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Former Houston Rocket Hakeem Olajuwonon the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Nolan Ryan on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Nolan Ryan on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Houston Astros outfielder George Springer the blue carpet with his wie, Charlise, before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Houston Astros outfielder George Springer the blue carpet with his wie, Charlise, before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Calvin Murphy waves to fans on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Calvin Murphy waves to fans on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle



Hall of Famer and former Houston Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell and his wife, Rachel, on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston. less
Hall of Famer and former Houston Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell and his wife, Rachel, on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in … more

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Baseball Hall of Famer and former Astros star Craig Biggio at the Houston Sports Awards on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at the Hilton of the Americas.

Baseball Hall of Famer and former Astros star Craig Biggio at the Houston Sports Awards on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at the Hilton of the Americas.

Photo: Matt Young


Debbie Clemens takes a photo of her husband Roger Clemens being interviewed on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Debbie Clemens takes a photo of her husband Roger Clemens being interviewed on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Dikembe Mutombo on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Dikembe Mutombo on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle



George Forman poses on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

George Forman poses on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Vince Young on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Vince Young on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Craig Swaisgood carries the Commissioner’s Trophy on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Craig Swaisgood carries the Commissioner’s Trophy on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Former Rockets GM Carroll Dawson on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Former Rockets GM Carroll Dawson on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle



Former Houston Astros manager Art Howe shakes hands with Roger Clemens on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Former Houston Astros manager Art Howe shakes hands with Roger Clemens on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch and his wife, Erin, on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch and his wife, Erin, on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Raul Marquez on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Raul Marquez on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni with his wife, Laurel, on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni with his wife, Laurel, on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle



Geoff and Kory Blum on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Geoff and Kory Blum on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Charli Collier, of Barbers Hill High School, center, on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Charli Collier, of Barbers Hill High School, center, on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Houston Rockets’ Clutch gets his photo taken with women on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Houston Rockets’ Clutch gets his photo taken with women on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Craig Swaisgood carries the Commissioner’s Trophy on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Craig Swaisgood carries the Commissioner’s Trophy on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle



Houston Texans Chris Covington on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Houston Texans Chris Covington on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Former Houston Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini gets interviewed on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Former Houston Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini gets interviewed on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Toro poses with Chester Pitts and his son, Chester Pitts III, on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Toro poses with Chester Pitts and his son, Chester Pitts III, on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Steven Lopez with his brother Jean Lopez on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Steven Lopez with his brother Jean Lopez on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle



Nolan and Ruth Ryan on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Nolan and Ruth Ryan on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Houston Dash head coach Vera Pauw on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Houston Dash head coach Vera Pauw on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Former Houston Rockets guard Robert Reid at the Houston Sports Awards on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at the Hilton of the Americas.

Former Houston Rockets guard Robert Reid at the Houston Sports Awards on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at the Hilton of the Americas.

Photo: Matt Young


Former Houston Astros pitcher and manager Larry Dierker at the Houston Sports Awards on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at the Hilton of the Americas.

Former Houston Astros pitcher and manager Larry Dierker at the Houston Sports Awards on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at the Hilton of the Americas.

Photo: Matt Young



Houston Texans linebacker Rodney McCray at the Houston Sports Awards on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at the Hilton of the Americas.

Houston Texans linebacker Rodney McCray at the Houston Sports Awards on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at the Hilton of the Americas.

Photo: Matt Young


Former Houston Rockets forward Rodney McCray at the Houston Sports Awards on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at the Hilton of the Americas.

Former Houston Rockets forward Rodney McCray at the Houston Sports Awards on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at the Hilton of the Americas.

Photo: Matt Young


Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch draws a raffle ticket for a fan to attend the dinner while on the blue carpet with Robert Boudwin before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston. less
Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch draws a raffle ticket for a fan to attend the dinner while on the blue carpet with Robert Boudwin before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, … more

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Houston Dynamo coach Wilmer Cabrera at the Houston Sports Awards on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at the Hilton of the Americas.

Houston Dynamo coach Wilmer Cabrera at the Houston Sports Awards on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at the Hilton of the Americas.

Photo: Matt Young



R. L. Bell gets photo bombed by Patti Smith on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

R. L. Bell gets photo bombed by Patti Smith on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Clutch the bear runs down the line high-fiving fans along the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Clutch the bear runs down the line high-fiving fans along the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Fans wait for athletes to walk down the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Fans wait for athletes to walk down the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Students with Cy Falls High School holler as they see their coach Richard Flores walk on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Students with Cy Falls High School holler as they see their coach Richard Flores walk on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle



Herman Eagleton, an Astros and Texans fan waits for athletes to walk down the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Herman Eagleton, an Astros and Texans fan waits for athletes to walk down the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


Fans watch athletes walk on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Fans watch athletes walk on the blue carpet before the start of the Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle


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