Rockets Alternate Logo
The Houston Rockets have a long and proud history of creating alternate logos to represent their team. From the classic “Clutch City” logo to the modern “Rockets Red Glare,” each one has been designed with care and thoughtfulness in order to capture the spirit of this great franchise.
The first alternate logo for the Rockets was created in 1995 when they unveiled their new look featuring a rocket soaring through space with an orange flame trailing behind it. This design was meant to reflect both Houston's place as a leader in aerospace technology as well as its status as an up-and-coming basketball powerhouse. The next year saw another change, this time featuring two crossed rockets under a red circle that reads "Houston Basketball." This emblem soon became known affectionately by fans simply as "the H," and is still used today on merchandise such as T-shirts and hats.
In 2003, after years of success on the court including back-to-back NBA championships won by stars like Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, the team decided it was time for yet another update – introducing what would become known around town (and beyond) simply at “Clutch City." Featuring two white letters Cs intertwined inside an orange ring adorned with five stars representing each championship banner earned during that era —this iconic image continues to be one of the most beloved symbols associated with not only professional sports teams but also Houston itself! Finally, in 2019, the organization released its newest iteration: The Rocket Red Glare which features bright yellow flames encircling bold black lettering. This fiery representation perfectly encapsulates all that makes being part of Rocket Nation so special - from intense loyalty among players & fans alike right down to a passionate commitment to excellence on the court!
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2020 - Present
A space shuttle mashed with a letter “R” blasting off through a basketball hoop. Length of the trails beneath the ship altered for 2019 – 2020 season.
2015 - 2019
Red initials “HR” with black drop shadowing. The letters have a rocket ship look to it. The letters “HR” stand for the city and the team’s nickname: Houston Rockets.
2004 - 2019
White “H” and “R” shaped like a rocket ship taking off in white on a red background. The letters “HR” stand for the city and the team’s nickname: Houston Rockets.
2004 - 2019
White “H” and “R” shaped like a rocket ship taking off in between the wordmark “HOUSTON ROCKETS” in white on a red background.
1996 - 2003
A blue, red and white rocket orbiting a metallic letter “R.” The letter “R” represents the team nickname Rockets.
1996 - 2003
A blue, red and white rocket orbiting a orange basketball.