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The Rockets are throwing it all the way back to before the team was even in Houston for their Nike Classic Edition uniforms. The Rockets alternate jerseys for the upcoming season are white with green and gold — gold lettering and numbers outlined in green, along with green and yellow stripes across the top of the shorts — as a tribute to the franchise’s origin as the San Diego Rockets.
The Rockets wore the green and gold for their first four seasons – in which they never finished above .500 despite having players like Elvin Hayes, Calvin Murphy, Rudy Tomjanovich and Pat Riley – before Texas Sports Investments bought the franchise for $5.6 million and moved it to Houston. The new ownership kept the name since Rockets made even more sense in Houston than it did in Southern California, but changed the team’s colors.