Houston Rockets Meme Circulating the Internet
Die-hard fans deserve all the praise in the world, don’t they?
Well, of course, they do!
Being a loyal, passionate and dedicated supporter of something is highly valued and respected, particularly in the world of sports. To have shown one’s support for his or her favorite teams, since the beginning, through thick and thin, is a remarkable trait for a sports fan to possess. Loyalty, passion and dedication, through the good times and the bad, are truly appreciated.
It is no wonder then that a pair of well-known characters from the hit television series Pokémon is featured on a sports-related meme circulating on the Internet. The meme indicates that these two particular characters from the TV series are perfect examples of aforementioned die-hard fans. Apparently, the man and woman being shown in the top portion of the meme have proven themselves to be “true” supporters of their favorite NBA basketball team: the Houston Rockets.
For those who don’t know, the Pokémon characters seen in the picture are two of the show’s antagonists. They are the adversaries, or bad guys, who often stand in the way of the heroes of the show. The woman’s name is Jessie; the man’s name is James. Jessie is pictured on the right; James is pictured on the left. Together, they make up two-thirds of a troublesome trio known as “Team Rocket.”
The pictured members of Team Rocket are annoying troublemakers on TV. The meme, however, portrays them in a positive, favorable way. It appears as if this pair of evildoers is not so bad after all, once you really get to know them. As it turns out, they just so happen to be devoted NBA fans full of enthusiasm and team spirit.
Don’t believe me? Check out the meme below and see for yourselves. Go Rockets!
For Pokémon fans, the meme is an obvious allusion to the name “Team Rocket,” which sounds like it could be the name of a Houston Rockets fan club full of hyperventilating NBA enthusiasts. It really is quite the clever allusion, if you get it.
The bottom portion of the meme, which features a picture of the official logo for the professional basketball team, asks readers if they’ve been just as devoted and enthusiastic about the Rockets over the years as Jessie and James have been.
Speaking of James, how about that franchise player over in Houston with the same first name? It’s been hard not to watch and cheer on the Rockets, ever since they acquired James Harden. Now in the prime of his career, the 6-foot-5 guard is playing out of his mind and showing no signs of letting up anytime soon.
Thus far, Harden has played five seasons with the Rockets; the upcoming 2017-18 NBA season will be his sixth with the franchise. During his five-year span in Houston, he has been reaching his full potential, which he showed flashes of earlier in his career, prior to joining the Rockets. The future looks bright for Harden and his team.
Last season, Harden was spectacular, to say the least. He led his team to 55 regular-season wins and a playoff berth while playing in the tough Western Conference, the stronger of the league’s two conferences. He finished the regular season with a total of 22 triple-doubles, which was second-most in the league for the season. He finished with seven 40-point triple-doubles, which was also second-most for the season. The two 50-point triple-doubles he recorded are currently tied for second-most 50-point triple-doubles in an NBA career. He was also the runner-up for the NBA MVP award for the second time in his career.
Harden saw more than just second place last season, though. The bearded floor general was the 2016-17 NBA assist leader; he averaged a season-best 11.2 assists per game, which is also a career-high. He became the first player in NBA history to record multiple 50-point triple-doubles in a single season. He also set the Rockets’ franchise record for most career triple-doubles, surpassing the previous record held by Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon.
Furthermore, Harden became the first player in NBA history to record at least 2,000 points, 900 assists and 600 rebounds in a single season. The 64 double-doubles he accumulated during the 2016-17 regular season were the most in the league last year. He was also the league’s only unanimous All-NBA First Team selection.
Harden signed a four-year, $228 million contract extension with the Rockets in July 2017, making him the NBA’s highest-paid player. The funny thing is, he had just signed another contract extension with the team a year earlier; that one was a four-year, $118 million agreement, with a player option for the fourth year. The new deal keeps Harden on the roster for much longer now. It appears as if the Rockets are just as dedicated to him as Team Rocket is.
With his new contract extension, which will keep him in Houston through the 2022-23 season, Harden now has his sights set on the NBA Finals, a postseason level he has yet to reach with the Rockets. He wants to bring another championship banner to Houston, not just simply make the playoffs.
The Rockets start their 2017-18 regular-season schedule on the road against the defending NBA champions at Oracle Arena on Oct. 17. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. EST. The game will be televised nationally on TNT.
But don’t just settle for watching their first game, though; you should check out Harden and the Rockets play throughout the entire upcoming season. You’ve gotta catch ‘em all! *Wink*
*Meowth, a cat-like Pokémon, is the third and final member of Team Rocket. Meowth, of course, is not pictured in the meme above.
*I dedicate this article to the people of Texas going through hard times right now because of Hurricane Harvey. I’d also like to give thanks to the NBA players who have decided to donate money to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. James Harden, specifically, donated $1 million to the cause, according to multiple sources.
Furthermore, current but soon-to-be former Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has supported the cause as well; he donated $10 million, also according to multiple sources. Pray for Texas.