Houston Rockets Logo History


Since making a splash in the NBA in the late 1960s, the Rockets have donned many Houston Rockets logos & jersey designs.


Houston Rockets Logo: San Diego

With roots in San Diego, California, the San Diego Rockets made their NBA debut during the 1967-68 season. The "Rockets" nickname reflected San Diego as "a city of motion" filled with growing space-age industries. Rockets players including Elvin Hayes, Rudy Tomjanovich and Calvin Murphy would don the blue, orange, and San Diego Rockets logo, which was the official logo of the San Diego Rockets from 1967-1971.

Houston Rockets Logo: Off to Texas

In 1971, Texas Sports Investments bought the San Diego Rockets franchise for $5.6 million and moved the Rockets to Houston, Texas. The San Diego Rockets would make their home in Houston - long hailed as "The Space City," and the "Rockets" nickname would take on an even greater relevance. The Rockets became the first NBA team in Texas history.The newly minted Houston Rockets would adopt a new color scheme - the now-familiar Rockets red and gold - and a new logo, which featured a cartoon depiction of a basketball player wearing a red and gold uniform and spinning a yellow basketball. Fans with Houston Rockets tickets would only see this particular Houston Rockets logo during the 1971-72 NBA season.

Houston Rockets Logo: 1972-1995

The next Houston Rockets logo incorporated the same color scheme of Rockets red and gold. This time around, the Houston Rockets logo featured an golden-orange basketball with bordered with a thick red outline. The word "Houston" is printed in white and the word "Rockets" is printed in black letters across the basketball. Fans with Houston Rockets tickets would see this classic Houston Rockets logo from 1972-1995.

During the two-plus decade span, Houston Rockets tickets featured a number of iconic NBA players donning this famous "ketchup and mustard" Houston Rockets logo, including Moses Malone, Ralph Sampson, Rodney McCray, Calvin Murphy, John Lucas, Rudy Tomjanovich, Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Robert Horry, Kenny Smith, and Mario Elie, among others. Fans with Houston Rockets tickets waved their Houston Rockets logos proudly as the 1993-94 and 1994-95 Houston Rockets basketball teams captured back-to-back NBA Championships!

Houston Rockets Logo: 1995-2003

After the Houston Rockets basketball team won their second NBA Championship, the Houston Rockets logo was changed markedly. No longer did the Houston Rockets logo feature the iconic Rockets red and gold but a new color scheme of red, white, and blue along with pinstripes added to the uniforms. The Houston Rockets logo included a red basketball and a cartoon-like depiction of a rocket ship - a logo that was revealed while aboard the Space Shuttle!

Houston Rockets tickets featured saw Charles Barkley don this Houston Rockets logo along with Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Steve Francis, and many more Houston Rockets greats. C Yao Ming played his first season in the NBA wearing this Houston Rockets logo design. Fans with Houston Rockets tickets had mixed reactions to the new logo but that didn't stop Houston Rockets tickets from flying out of the box office season after season.

Houston Rockets Logo: 2004-Present

The Houston Rockets would kick off the 2003-04 NBA season in style - boasting a new arena (the Toyota Center), a new coach in Jeff Van Gundy, and a newly redesigned Houston Rockets logo and jerseys. Fans with Houston Rockets tickets would see the Houston Rockets return to their traditional Rockets red and white color scheme with a more modern, space-aged Houston Rockets logo, which is a depiction of an "R" that takes off like a rocket ship with twin boosters. Since the unveiling of the new Houston Rockets logo design, Houston Rockets tickets have featured the likes of Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, Ron Artest, Steve Francis, and much more donning the new Houston Rockets logo, which is both classic and trendsetting.

Houston Rockets Logo: Long History

Since getting its start in the NBA in the late 1960s, the Houston Rockets basketball franchise has seen a variety of changes as far as logos, color schemes, and jersey designs go. Now, as fans continue to flock to Toyota Center and Houston Rockets tickets sell out, fans with Houston Rockets tickets can see many different Houston Rockets logos on jerseys, hats, posters, and other team merchandise waved proudly in the stands.  

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