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

31 Th01, 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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  • Thanks for the info kind sir

    Ricardo VazquezRicardo Vazquez6 giờ trước
  • This is really high quality content. Great video about a great team, then a not-so-great team, then an ok team

    BilugaBiluga2 ngày trước
  • Pippen has the most disappointing personality ever

    Marcelo SichonanyMarcelo Sichonany3 ngày trước
  • 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 Scriptura6 ngày trước
  • Dude, they only had one good player. They over achieved like I mf’er.

    Green LionGreen Lion6 ngày trước
  • H-hey Hakeem, how's the popcorn in the arena?

    Anti HeroAnti Hero6 ngày trước
  • I feel like the Raptors could have one in a few years lol

    Samuel NaibahoSamuel Naibaho7 ngày trước
  • Man, clara sounds like Bart simpson (nancy cartwright)

    Zi SoloZi Solo8 ngày trước
  • Part 2?

    DonovanDonovan9 ngày trước
  • 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 Badree11 ngày trước
  • That sixth seed was broken by knicks in 98 8th seeded

    Reyes Dave AbrahReyes Dave Abrah13 ngày trước
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    Raina RhysRaina Rhys14 ngày trước
  • SPOILERS Michael Jordan came back.

    ryder mccallryder mccall14 ngày trước
  • great piece!

    Tariq RahmanTariq Rahman19 ngày trước
  • Those jerseys still give me nightmares...

    Matthew WrightMatthew Wright20 ngày trước
  • Scottie pippen is a whiny baby

    HazztechHazztech23 ngày trước
  • My poor Rocketa

    MotaConnoisseurMotaConnoisseur24 ngày trước
  • 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 Poop25 ngày trước
  • Maryland is a lot colder than Vancouver ... fun fact Vancouver doesn’t snow barely ever and is warm all year round

    Jadie WolczukJadie Wolczuk26 ngày trước
  • Her voice is facking annoying

    Polo DonchPolo Donch26 ngày trước
  • Should have kept Sam and Horry

    Sports FanSports Fan26 ngày trước
  • Why a female telling me about basketball

    Comment GodComment God27 ngày trước
    • Sexist

      Ezi rulez 4 evaEzi rulez 4 eva7 ngày trước
  • This video definitely needs a Part 2

    Kyle WilliamsKyle Williams28 ngày trước
  • 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

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

    Zhuoran LiZhuoran LiTháng trước
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    Karin HagermannKarin HagermannTháng trước
  • 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.

    An Idiot Plays Live StreamAn Idiot Plays Live StreamTháng trước
  • 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 HectorTháng trước
  • 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 ForeseeTháng trước
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    Baxter TannerBaxter TannerTháng trước
  • Derrick Rose's knees needs its own collapse. Oh wait..

    Pungent SaucePungent SauceTháng trước
  • Claraaaaaa! Excellent work. Love your writing style.

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

    Shotguner 42Shotguner 42Tháng trước
  • Too early to do the current rockets?

    TheSilentman19TheSilentman19Tháng trước
  • Is it a collapse because they didn’t win the next five years, that happens to most teams

    Jamal JenningsJamal JenningsTháng trước
  • 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 TripperTháng trước
  • Stop making jokes you are not funny.

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

    mattatack2the25mattatack2the25Tháng trước
  • 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 PardueTháng trước
  • san francisco giants collapse please

    mauricio palmarmauricio palmarTháng trước
  • 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 LehaneTháng trước
  • Anywhere barfing Pippen went after that they were finished

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

    JensenAmoryJensenAmoryTháng trước
  • this is us rn :(

    Vinay PillaiVinay PillaiTháng trước
  • That “screen” was so blatantly miscalled 😂😂😂

    Jonathan WilliamsJonathan WilliamsTháng trước
  • Should have never traded Otis Thorpe, Robert Horry, and Sam Cassell

    Charles HahnCharles HahnTháng trước
  • 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 DalfonzoTháng trước
  • This narrator is trash, like they're sucking on helium.

    MrGuggisbergMrGuggisbergTháng trước
  • vancouver is not cold

    elai314elai314Tháng trước
  • Leafs... js its begging to be done

    Finlay96Finlay96Tháng trước
  • Amazing

    Ale DemeterAle Demeter2 tháng trước
  • 15-1 Vikes

    Anthony LaurenoAnthony Laureno2 tháng trước
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    Lindsey SilvaLindsey Silva2 tháng trước
  • seriously though, who's the narrator?

    Jacob MoldezJacob Moldez2 tháng trước
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    Thomas SrsichThomas Srsich2 tháng trước
  • Great Story

    123agv123agv2 tháng trước
  • 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 tháng trước
  • 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 tháng trước
  • 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 tháng trước
  • SimpNation

    Geralt DoomGeralt Doom2 tháng trước
    • Pretty much.

      Flying VFlying V2 tháng trước
  • Jordan pushed Russell. 🥺

    lovelessissimolovelessissimo2 tháng trước
  • Washed up with two rings. Learn basketball clown

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

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

    El YamsEl Yams2 tháng trước
  • There’s gotta be the collapse of the 76s next

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

    ElliotElliot2 tháng trước
  • If Jordan not retired..rockets will eat dust by the GOAT

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

      FuShengAlexFuShengAlexTháng trước
  • 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 tháng trước
    • Exactly....where was the so called "goat" when Hakeem and Ralph led the Rockets to the Finals in 86?

      FuShengAlexFuShengAlexTháng trước
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    여자장은우여자장은우2 tháng trước
  • How the Rockets became champions?..Michael Jordan retired..The End lol

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

      FuShengAlexFuShengAlexTháng trước
    • 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 tháng trước
  • No cap, Collapse is the best sports series on VIworld. It could easily be a documentary series on ESPN.

    GabrielGabriel2 tháng trước
    • A competitor to 30 for 30 for sure

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

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

      Andrew NJAndrew NJTháng trước
    • The 1995 Orlando Magic who stomped Mike outta Chicago that year were swept by Houston

      FuShengAlexFuShengAlexTháng trước
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    Christian BunaChristian Buna2 tháng trước
  • 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 tháng trước
  • Is it me or does she sound like Ellen DeGeneres

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

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

      FuShengAlexFuShengAlexTháng trước
    • @FuShengAlex You're joking right MJ coming of retirement 🤣😂

      ZjRsXzJm LCBZjRsXzJm LCBTháng trước
    • Orlando dumped mj out and Houston swept them

      FuShengAlexFuShengAlexTháng trước
  • If rockets not trade horry & cassell, they might be won another ring & maybe destroy jordan & bulls

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

    HubbzZHubbzZ2 tháng trước
    • @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 Campbell7 ngày trước
    • The Bulls win in 94 but not 95

      Ezi rulez 4 evaEzi rulez 4 eva7 ngày trước
    • @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.

      FuShengAlexFuShengAlexTháng trước
    • 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 tháng trước
    • @Ellande Campbell wouldn't have happened if mj were there

      HubbzZHubbzZ2 tháng trước
  • 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 tháng trước
    • That damned Malone moving screen!!! Lol

      FuShengAlexFuShengAlexTháng trước
  • 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 Stack2 tháng trước
  • So I'll go with.... bad.

    DJTV30DJTV302 tháng trước
  • Houston should have and could have kept Horry and Maxwell but Clyde should have been traded after the ‘95-96 season and if they had gotten Barkley at least a year earlier than they did,they at least beat ‘96 Sonics and probably Utah in ‘97!with Horry and Barkley along with Dream strong chemistry.Also the Rockets could have gotten a player via trade or free agency such as Chris Webber,Sprewell,Mashburn or Tim Hardaway around ‘96-97 ..they would have probably added extra years to Charles and Dream’s careers to about 2-3 more years.

    Oj XOj X2 tháng trước
  • I think the tacit theme of this video is that this is what Reinsdorf/Krause thought could happen in Chicago. "A short sighted desire to capitalize on aging stars..."

    Chris DellChris Dell2 tháng trước
  • it doesnt show how houston became champions. the title sucks

    Johnson Visperas MY WORLDJohnson Visperas MY WORLD2 tháng trước
  • 9:21 Turrible

    BrockBrock2 tháng trước
  • The post Malone/Stockton jazz?

    gatorsfan4evergatorsfan4ever2 tháng trước
  • Aye, at least we got Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady, Steve Francis and very good players after. Hakeem Olajuwon will always be in our hearts in Houston.

    TheDream HoustonTheDream Houston2 tháng trước
  • Do a episode about the Grit and Grind Grizzlies

    The Blazing BlazikenThe Blazing Blaziken2 tháng trước
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    Michael MontaltoMichael Montalto2 tháng trước
  • Extremely well written. Great job.

    Ali KasimAli Kasim2 tháng trước
  • It's all fun and games until secret base releases a video about your favorite team's collapse

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  • young pieces like SA always did with Duncan.

    soiung toiuesoiung toiue2 tháng trước
  • Do emenem till I collapse

    Dustin CrawfordDustin Crawford2 tháng trước
  • It's a shame Hakeem didn't get help until the twilight if his career. He should very much be in those. Jordan, kobe, Lebron, Bird ,Wilt, Kareem conversations.

    deathwished13deathwished132 tháng trước
    • @soiung toiue cool story. Too bad Orlando retired Mike from the 95 playoffs and Houston swept them.

      FuShengAlexFuShengAlexTháng trước
    • Jordan “retiring” = the ONLY reason the rockets won two NBA titles

      soiung toiuesoiung toiue2 tháng trước
  • Too bad Barkley, Malone, Stockton, Reggie never got rings but there being so many awesome players in that era is why it is the best and most competitive.

    TurkTurk2 tháng trước
  • Golden State Warriors coming soon!

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  • Well it's not like the Rockets were going or beat the Bulls when MJ returned in 1995 and from there Bulls went on a 3 peat

    J Rod13J Rod132 tháng trước
    • @J Rod13 well the bulls wouldn't have beaten the Rockets the year you're talking about Jordan returning either

      FuShengAlexFuShengAlexTháng trước
    • @FuShengAlex even if the rockets kept their championship squad they still wouldn't beat the bulls after the 1995 season

      J Rod13J Rod13Tháng trước
    • @J Rod13 well that's not what you said. Your statement clearly says he returned in 95 and the Bulls went on a 3peat.

      FuShengAlexFuShengAlexTháng trước
    • @FuShengAlex dude I'm talking about after the 1995 season. Rockets wouldn't beat the Bulls in the 1996 finals. Bulls beat SuperSonics the team that swept the rockets

      J Rod13J Rod13Tháng trước
    • Uhhhh Jordan returned and they got eliminated by Orlando who Houston swept

      FuShengAlexFuShengAlexTháng trước