Tuesday, January 21st will see the third annual Houston Sports Awards where three Houston icons will be honored – Rudy Tomjanovich, Mary Lou Retton, and Carl Lewis – as the 2020 Class of the Houston Sports Hall of Fame presented by PNC.
Here is Rudy speaking to Great Day Houston talk show host Deborah Duncan on Tuesday morning:
HFR founder Samir Becic is proud of his friend Rudy T and excited to celebrate this well-deserved honor!
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My Balkan brother, @houstonrockets and @nba legend, Rudy Tomjanovich will be interviewed tomorrow by our favorite 7-time Emmy winning talk show host of @greatdayhouston @deborahduncankhoutv about being admitted into the Houston Sports Hall of Fame 2020. It is beyond well-deserved! Please tune in for the historical interview!
Tomjanovich played his entire career for the Houston Rockets, then coached the team to back-to-back NBA titles (and the city’s first world championships) in 1994 and 1995. Following his team’s sweep of Orlando in the 1995 championship, Tomjanovich delivered an iconic quote to those who doubted his team, saying “Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion.”
He was the second player taken in the 1970 draft and averaged 17.4 points a game over his 11-year playing career. He finished his NBA coaching career with a 527-416 record and coached the U.S. to Olympic gold in 2000 in Sydney.
“I was very surprised,’’ Rudy T said. “Of course, I’m humbled. It means a lot to me, especially because it’s Houston. I lived here, I was part of that fan base for the Oilers, Astros and our basketball team. To get those championships and to be recognized by the city’s hall of fame is fantastic.”
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