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Clutch City: Vernon Maxwell

POSTED: Jun 4, 2015 2:50 PM ET

By Fran Blinebury


Vernon Maxwell was equal parts defensive pest, capable scorer and fiery persona on the Rockets' first title team.

"Clutch City" will air at 9 p.m. ET Monday, June 8, on NBA TV. Produced by the Sports Emmy Award-winning NBA TV Originals, "Clutch City" examines the Houston Rockets' 1993-94 and 1994-95 NBA Championship teams.

These are the then-and-now stories of some of the standout players from those teams:

Name: Vernon Maxwell

Position: Guard

Stats in 1993-94 season: 13.6 ppg, 5.1 apg, 3.1 rpg, 1.7 spg

Stats in 1994-95 season: 13.3 ppg, 4.3 apg, 2.6 rpg, 1.2 spg

His part in Clutch City: The man known as "Mad Max" played for nine different teams during his NBA career, but had his most productive time during his 5 1/2 seasons with the Rockets. He was a fearless clutch shooter, who would take any shot in any situation and it was his straight-on jumper with two minutes left in Game 7 of The 1994 Finals that virtually clinched the championship for the Rockets. He was fiery, feisty, tempera-mental player and tough defender and got into more than his share of scrapes with opponents, teammates and fans. His play-ing time was reduced after the Rockets traded for Clyde Drexler in 1995 and was booted off the team following a flare-up with coach Rudy Tomjanovich after the first game of the 1995 playoffs.

After Clutch City: He made eight more NBA stops after leaving the Rockets and retired after the playing 2001 season in Dallas. Maxwell will be 50 years old in September and he re-cently mended fences with the Rockets organization. He's retired, living in Charlotte, N.C., and can usually be found on the golf course.