The San Diego Rockets were a professional basketball team playing with the National Basketball Association from 1967 to 1971. The Rockets are now known as the Houston Rockets.
The city of San Diego was granted a team following the expansion of teams in the NBA in 1967. The team was bought together and owned by Robert Breitbard who named the team as Rockets after the Atlas Rockets made for NASA in the city. The team colors were green, yellow and white. The team logo was a blue rocket taking off against an orange basketball in the backdrop with a blue ring which had San Diego Rockets written in orange. The team arena was the San Diego Sports Arena.
In 1967 when it all started, the Rockets could not perform well and finished last with just 15 wins and 67 losses, one of the worst loosing records in the NBA. The Rockets managed to perform better in 1968 with the draft of Rookie Elvin Hayes who led the charts for the league’s best scoring average that season with 28.4 points per game. The Rockets who qualified for the playoffs, did not manage to overcome the Atlanta Hawks. Elvin Hayes continued his impressive scoring in 1969 and 1970, finishing third in the league both seasons with 27.5 ppg and 28.7 ppg respectively. The Rockets were headed to Houston by the end of the 1970- 1971 season after failing to qualify for the playoffs. The Rockets were bought by Billy Goldberg and Wayne Duddleston for $5.6 million and moved to Houston, Texas where the team was christened as the Houston Rockets.
In a total of 328 games the Rockets played in San Diego as the San Diego Rockets, they won 119 games and lost 209 games.