Still Winners Even In Defeat

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: May 18, 2009

HOUSTON — It was a wonderful ride and a great season of accomplishments as the Houston Rockets overcame every bit of adversity that a team could possibly face and they brought hope back to Clutch City.

Houston took the Los Angeles Lakers, the Western Conference No. 1 seed to a seven-game series and lost 89-70 to end the 2008-09 season. Despite trailing by 25 points in the first half of the game-seven finale, head Coach Rick Adelman could not help but laud his teams efforts for taking the series to the max.

“I’m really proud of of our team. I mean the everybody- the way the they responded. Losing Yao, T-Mac, Deke, we still found ways to win. Some of those young players really improved during the series. We had our ups and downs, but I’m really pleased with them and I look forward to next season.”

The Rockets brought back hope to those who might have lost their jobs and gave them something else other to think about after what had happened to them personally. I ran into so many people who were at many games during the Portland and Los Angeles series who were there just to enjoy the moment.

Hope came in the form of Barbara Bush and former president George Bush attending a game at courtside. It’s always good to see the former president, but it was the first time since heart surgery that Mrs. Bush had been seen publicly.

Hope was seen in Ron Artest showing people that he can control himself and be a team leader and help the younger players around him and make them better. That showed as the playoffs continued and many players who came off the bench stepped up and played as if it where their last game.

Hope was watching small, but lighting quick Aaron Brooks become the future leader of the team in a trade that most questioned whether it would work out or not.

It seemed to be good for both parties as the team traded Rafer Alston who helped the Orlando Magic advance past the defending NBA Champion Boston Celtics and into the Eastern Conference Finals where they will face the well-rested Cleveland Cavaliers.

And hope is that Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey will keep everyone in tact and have a good draft next month in anticipation of the 2009-10 season. Both Ron Artest and Von Wafer are free agents and both expect to be back next season.

But for the city of Houston, the Rockets brought hope to both young and old as they gave this city a glimmer of what FAITH IN GOD IS ALL ABOUT!