When Michael Jordan decided to retire from the NBA and pursue a professional baseball career, the league needed a team to step up and fill the void left by the absence of the greatest athlete ever to play the game.
In the wake of MJ and the Chicago Bulls' first title three-peat, the Houston Rockets were happy to step up and take over as the league's dominant squad.
After winning the 1994 NBA title, the Rockets came back and did it again in 1995, sweeping the Orlando Magic in the Finals.
However, that season more than 20 years ago was the last time a Rockets team has defeated a San Antonio Spurs team in the playoffs, earning a 4-2 series victory in the Western Conference Finals.
This year, the two teams are at it again, with the Western Conference semifinal series tied at one game apiece heading into Friday night's Game 3 in Houston. As the two rivals prepare to do postseason battle once again, here's a look back at what that 1995 title-winning squad is up to today.
Olajuwon was arguably the NBA's biggest star while Jordan was away. In the 1994-95 season, he averaged 27.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game.
The 7'0" center was the league's MVP in 1994, made 12 All-Star teams and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
Hakeem the Dream is still a prominent figure in Houston and often attends Rockets games. He also works with current NBA big men on their post games.
Midway through the 1994-95 season, the Rockets traded Otis Thorpe to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Drexler, who played collegiately with Olajuwon at the University of Houston.
The move paid off, as Drexler averaged 21.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists in his time with the Rockets.
Like Olajuwon, Drexler is still a public figure in Houston and currently serves as an analyst for home Rockets broadcasts.
Smith started an impressive 81 games for the 1994-95 Rockets, averaging 10.4 points and 4.0 assists per contest.
The Jet has had perhaps the most prominent post-basketball career, as he currently serves as an analyst on TNT's popular Inside the NBA show.
Smith also serves as an analyst for CBS during the annual NCAA March Madness basketball tournament.
Big Shot Bob was a key contributor for the 94-95 Rockets, averaging 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game to go with 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks.
After a career in which he won an impressive seven NBA titles, Horry now serves as an analyst for the Spectrum SportsNet.
Mad Max averaged 13.3 points and 4.3 assists per game for the Rockets in 94-95 while appearing in 64 games (54 starts).
The Rockets involved Maxwell in the pregame ceremonies before Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, inviting him to address the crowd prior to tipoff.
As a second-year player during the 94-95 season, Cassell served as a valuable bench contributor for the Rockets, averaging 9.5 points and 4.9 assists while appearing in all 82 games.
Currently, Cassell serves as an assistant coach for Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers. He previously served as an assistant with the Washington Wizards.