The Houston Rockets have been trying to find their way again after decades of success.
Prior to this rebuilding phase, the Rockets have been fortunate enough to field several different playoff teams across several decades.
The 1990-era Houston teams are the best in franchise history as they won two NBA championships behind the play of Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon.
Their next best stretch came during the 2010s when they traded for James Harden who led them to numerous playoff appearances and came the closest to knocking off the superteam Golden State Warriors.
However, the Rockets teams of the 2000s were great in their own right as they nearly got to the Finals on a few occasions.
Metta Sandiford-Artest was a key member of those Houston squads which explains his surprising pick for the most dominant player ever via The Bootleg Kev Podcast.
“I just never seen nothing like it. Like that guy’s different. Playing with him it was so easy to win. It is so easy to win. I’ve never played with anyone as dominant,” Sandiford-Artest said.
Metta World Peace on Yao Ming:
“I just never seen nothing like it. Like that guy's different. Playing with him it was so easy to win. It is so easy to win. I've never played with anyone as dominant." pic.twitter.com/wcOu2ROfKK
— NBA Retweet (@RTNBA) October 6, 2023
Fans will raise eyebrows at Sandiford-Artest singling out Yao Ming given that he won a title with Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
Ming was an amazing player in his own right, making several All-Star teams and serving as the offensive hub for the Rockets all those years.
Unfortunately for Ming and Sandiford-Artest, they had to play in the decade dominated by the San Antonio Spurs and Lakers who boasted their own legendary big men in Tim Duncan and Shaquille O’Neal, respectively.
However, Ming is still widely regarded as one of the best players ever and the greatest player to come out of China.NEXT: Ime Udoka Reveals Why Rockets Landed Fred VanVleet Over Another Star