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Rudy Tomjanovich happy but not thinking about possibility of getting into Hall of Fame

Rudy Tomjanovich, Rockets

Former Houston Rockets head coach Rudy Tomjanovich is not letting the compliments about him possibly becoming a Hall of Famer get to his head.

Ex-Rockets star Mario Elie recently heaped praise on Tomjanovich and argued that the two-time NBA Champion coach “needs to be in the Hall of Fame. Elie played for Tomjanovich from 1993 to 1998, helping Houston win consecutive NBA titles in 1994 and 1995.

While Tomjanovich was honored with the praise he received, he said that he is not letting the idea “rent space” in his head.

Tomjanovich, a five-time NBA All-Star, played his entire 12-year NBA career with the Rockets. He served as an assistant coach in Houston from 1983 to 1992. He was the team’s head coach from 1992 to 2003. All in all, he spent 31 years with the organization.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame named Tomjanovich as a finalist in its potential inductees in 2017 and 2018. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it both times. Tomjanovich didn’t make the list of finalists this year.

Tomjanovich should be a Hall of Famer. He has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success in the NBA — his two titles with the Rockets serve as hard evidence. Plus, he has weathered his share of adversity (look no further than the punching incident with Kermit Washington in 1977).

Rudy Tomjanovich is one basketball icon who went through many highs and lows in his NBA career. Rockets fans will rejoice when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame finally enshrines the man they call “Rudy T.”