Denver Rockets

Country United States United States
City Denver
Founded 1967

The team Denver Rockets was a charter member of the American Basketball Association(ABA). From 1967 to 1974 it played as the Denver Rockets after which it became Denver Nuggets and joined the NBA. This team was originally called as Denver Larks and it was planned that they would play in Kansas City which was then changed to Denver. The owner of the team had a Rocket Trucking company and hence the name was Rockets.

In the 1967-68 season the Rockets has 45 wins and 33 losses due to which they were placed the third in the Western Division and on an average they had 4128 fans per home game. In the 1968-69 season they won 44 games and lost 34 and again stood third with an average of 4302 fans per home game. During this season the head coach was Bob Bass.

For the 1969-70 season the head coach of the Denver Rockets was John McLendon who was the first African-American coach in the ABA. He was replaced by Joe Belmont under whom the team won 42 games and lost 14. The underclassman Spencer Haywood jumped from college to the ABA and signed a three-year contract.

In the 1970-71 season the team signed another underclassman Ralph Simpson in the team. Belmont was replaced as coach by Stan Albeck. The team won 30 games and lost 54 in the season and secured the fourth place in the Western Division.

Some of the players in the 1971-72 season were Dave Robisch, Al Smith and Mary Roberts. In the 1972-73 season there were players like Ralph Simpson and Warren Jabali and the team finished with 47 wins and 37 losses. During the 1973-74 season the Rockets had 37 wins and 47 losses with an average home attendance of 4132.

Major achievements

In the 1969-70 season Spencer Haywood was the game

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