Why I'll Always Love Steve Francis and the Houston Rockets

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“I thought we were really building something, something very good in Houston. Obviously that’s not the direction they want to go. I still think we could be a very good team. I’m not crying. Like I told you before, I know this is a business. Things like that happen. I’m not mad. I’m not upset. This is what they’re trying to do. But like I said, I still think we could be something.”

He stood there looking at the ground with a dissolved, almost spaced, facial reaction.

I remember that as a kid more than I remember the actual interview.

I remember defending him while all my friends would trash his game.

I remember hating Tracy McGrady.

I remember loving Cuttino Mobley.

In an inteview with ESPN, ex-Rockets guard Moochie Norris, who played with Stevie Franchise and Mobley in Houston said:

“They’re like the dynamic duo, Batman and Robin, except maybe they’re Batman and Batman, because neither one of them is the sidekick. You don’t see a lot of guys in the NBA as tight as that, especially after they get traded. But they are. And you should have seen it back when we all played together. I mean, you just never saw one without the other one there.”

I remember wearing the pajama pinstripe #3 jersey for literally 72 hours until my mom, in protest, made me take it off.

One thing is sure, when the city of Houston lost Steve Francis, it lost a genuine piece of Texas‘ soul.

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  • Mike De Moor

    How old are you? Cuz I’m only 24, but I remember being a kid and loving Francis the same way. Him and Mobley were gunslingers, and when they’d throw Moochie Norris in there they were so fun to watch. When they were at their peak (when Francis wasn’t eating McDonalds every night and struggling with migraines), Houston had nothing inside. Kelvin Cato played hard, but didn’t have much talent. Mo Taylor looked stoned half the time… I loved McGrady even before he came to Houston, but Yao made their offense real deliberate and frustrating to watch.

  • Joe Edwards

    Whatsup Mike,
    -Im only 20 but I have an older brother (29) and I always felt that my strongest adolescent memories revolved around Steve & tha cat at the summit before the whole “Toyota” era. Yet my brother definitely got to witness a more successful era (2x clutch city champions)- I still always associate my favorite player as Steve due to the timing of my life…+I actually met Mo Taylor and Eddie Griffin back in the day when I was younger, not the most talented team, but we definitely carried that Houston swagger.
    -& a lot of people still don’t understand why I didn’t love Yao coming to Houston. Just wanted to see more of Steve and the Cat than anything else.