Five Things To Know About The Houston Rockets:
# In a game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Yao Ming scored 20 points, making all of his shots (9 field goals and two free throws). This performance led to a memorable televised incident where TNT basketball analyst Charles Barkley, having lost a bet in which he stated Yao would never score 19 points in a game for the season, was supposed to literally kiss the buttocks of his TNT co-analyst Kenny Smith, but was forced to fulfill the bet on a donkey brought onto the TV set by Smith.
# Yao Ming was voted as a Western Conference All-Star in February 2005 after shattering the record for most All-Star votes with 2,558,278, breaking Michael Jordan's previous record.
# Tracy McGrady’s son was born December 27, 2005 during a 82-74 loss against the Utah Jazz in which McGrady left during halftime to be with his wife who was in labor.
# Dikembe Mutombo’s full name is Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean Jacques Wamutombo.
# Dikembe Mutombo is one of two NBA players to wear the largest basketball shoes, size 22, the other being Shaquille O'Neal.