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Rockets unveil plans for new training center

The Rockets give a tour of their new training center that will open in the summer of 2024.

The Houston Rockets, long ridiculed for their - as some call it “high school” - practice facility, unveiled their plans for a state-of-the-art $70 million new practice center. The media was able to take a tour of the new facility and talk with Tillman Fertitta, Rafael Stone and Ime Udoka.

The 75,000 sq foot facility will house two practice courts, Rockets and visitor locker rooms, an executive lounge, offices for Ime Udoka and Rafael Stone, a health facility, a media area and a film room. That is just a fraction of what the building will hold.

Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta spoke to the media and discussed everything from the new facility to the direction of the team. Fertitta spoke about how the new training center will not only benefit the current team but also help in the recruitment of free agents. One of the more interesting parts of Fertitta's press conference was his comments on why the Rockets moved on from some of their young players this offseason.

The Rockets were criticized for most of the summer in part due to their trading of players they drafted in the first round and KJ Martin Jr., who was part of the rotation for a couple of seasons. Fertitta made it clear that he was tired of losing and that it was time to move on from a rebuilding team to a competitive team, and the moves they made this summer were one of the first steps.

Ime Udoka and Rafael Stone also spoke about how the new facility would make it easier for them going forward. Right now at the Toyota Center, you have staff on three different floors and everyone is a good distance away from the one practice court. With the new training center, everyone is on on one floor and they now have two full practice courts and one smaller court for rehabbing and training players. May not seem like a big deal to some people, but every little advantage helps in a league that is constantly changing.

The Rockets hope to have the new training center completed this summer before the start of the 2024-25 season. With the Rockets being one of the surprise teams in the league this season and now a brand new training center, it seems Houston is finally turning the page from the previous three down seasons.