April 23 - Wow, your responses have been overwhelming! In a span of eight days, we received nearly 1,500 e-mails from our passionate fans with opinions that have run the gamut. You've told us to go retro, be trendsetters, go with a simple look, change colors, you name it. What types of suggestions have we received? A small sampling of responses on a variety of topics is provided below.
Mario Elie - 1995
Steve DiPaola /Allsport
LEAVE THE PAST BEHIND
Please don't go back to the red and gold. Let's move forward not backward.
ROCKETS RED GLARE
The navy blue has to go. I liked the red and gold. I like red and dark purple. I think the uniforms need some life! Bright colors, and I think one of the colors should be red to maintain some level of continuity with the historic (and winning) past.
Esther de Ipolyi
DONT GO CHANGIN
I think your current uniforms are great. The colors are nice, vibrant and fresh.
LETS BE UNIQUE
Bring back the old RED and YELLOW color scheme. The current colors are nice and popular, but you will be fighting the Texans for athletic apparel supremecy. There is no sense having similar colors in your uniforms. KEEP IT SIMPLE!
Cuttino Mobley - 2002
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When we changed from the "red" look to the "blue" look in 1995, I didn't like it; however, as I got used to the new uniforms, I realized they were more professional looking, and I've come to love them.
I have had the unique opportunity to see the Rockets in all of their incarnations and I grew up loving the red and gold uniforms. It's about history, it's about legacy. I can remember squinting to see the players on the court in the middle of the football field at the Astrodome, to being a ballboy at The Summit. I can remember the Rockets first playoff win. I remember the Rockets beating the New York Knicks, with Walt Frazier, in a best two-out-of-three series, and then losing to the Celtics. Everybody remembers Ralph's prayer to beat the Lakers. And no one forgets those championships. One common thread - they always wore red and gold.
I saw all this and much more as a player's son and as a coach's son and more importantly as a Rockets fan. We share a history. I came here from San Diego with them and I saw them change from green and gold to red and gold and I want to see them change back. The Rockets have a championship history - let's celebrate it with a return to the past. We can update the styles but not the colors. Don't strip us of our history.
John Egan Jr.
Kenny Smith - 1994
KEEP THE STRIPES
I like the pinstripes because they are unique. Not many teams in the league have the pinstripes.
LOSE THE STRIPES
I believe the pinstripes are the most important thing that need to be left OFF the new unis. Those stripes are horrible. But I do like the current color scheme. Although, I would love to see the old red road unis.
The pinstripes are very sophisticated looking.
WHAT WOULD BABE RUTH THINK?
Eddie Griffin - 2002
Bill Baptist/NBAE/Getty Images
TIME IS ON MY SIDE
I like red and blue, two bright colors. The pinstripes are good, I have gotten used to them.
CUT THE CHEESE
The current jerseys are pretty nice, but lose the pinstripes; they look cheesy. I think the jerseys would look awesome without the pinstripes.
Charles Barkley - 1997
Stephen Dunn /Allsport
HEAD OF THE CLASS
I think it would be classy as an organization to try and incorporate the classic uniforms the Rockets wore when the two championships were won and still use the colors we have now. No pinstripes, leave that to the baseball boys. The flash is going away from most teams right now. Back to the tradition.
OUT WITH THE SAME OL
I think that you should go with something new, something no one has seen before. Who wants to see the same old thing?
BACK TO THE FUTURE
As a Rockets fan since the late 70s, when the team announced the last change of the uniforms, I was excited. I'd grown tired of the red and gold. I now have grown extremely tired of these uniforms. They've been called clown suits and pajamas and I must agree. It's only too bad that we have to play in them one more year. I would like to see a very basic, neo-classic and clean look. The whole NBA product has gotten too hype oriented and away from playing basketball. I would like to see a uniform reflective of tradition first and foremost and looks to the future.
Fred B. Hink
Ralph Sampson - 1987
MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU
It would be great for the Rockets to have an enforcer-type appeal. Maybe that will stress an aggressive and assertive mentality for the team. Make the logo very menacing and intimidating.
LESS IS MORE
I would like to see a return to the classic look that the team had when they won the two championships. With professional basketball uniforms, I think less is more, and that there is just too much going on in the current uniforms. The Rockets don't need trendy colors or gimmicky mascots like the expansion teams have. The new uniforms should be classy and reflect that of an established and respected organization.
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
As for the option of classic or trend-setting, I would like to see a combination of the two. When bell-bottom jeans came back into style that was a classic concept with a late 90s flair. I would like to see the Rockets in uniforms that are classic concepts with millennium flair the best of both worlds.
Tvon L. Keels