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Red Nation: 5 Awesome Rockets Tees

Bandwagon, here we come.

By Sarah Rufca Nielsen May 19, 2015

Once the Rockets broke the internet with their Game 6 comeback, everyone in Houston became a basketball fan once again. (Is it really fair to call us fair weather fans when it poured rain all through Game 7? Some of us drove to the bar to watch the game in that. Fair weather yourself.)

Whether you were the first or the last Houstonian on the bandwagon, it's never too late to put your money where your mouth is and invest in a Rockets tee as Houston takes on the Golden State Warriors. Shopping at Academy or the Rockets shop will obviously offer the most selection, but we love the creative designs that companies in Houston and beyond are rolling out, too.

The new American dream is to come up with a clever idea or slogan, put it on a t-shirt, and then retire on your piles of clever t-shirt money. Turning Marshawn Lynch's Beast Mode moniker into Beard Mode qualifies. Beardmode t-shirt, $15 at


Until someone makes a James & Dwight & Jason & Josh & Kevin version, we think the 1994 championship lineup will do quite nicely. 1994 Houston Rockets Honor Roll t-shirt, $23.50 at Honor Roll Designs.


Running Game Clothing makes cute, design-forward Houston fan gear and only Houston fan gear. A lot of the Rockets-related apparel is sold out, but on the women's side there are still some cute Rockets tanks left. Women's Clutch City black racerback tank, $27.99 at


James Harden and his beard have truly brought Houston an embarrassment of riches when it comes to facial-hair-themed slogans. Fear the Beard t-shirt, $17.99 at Monarq Collective.

Did you know that there's a clothing brand called Clutch City Inc that appears to have nothing to do with Houston? We don't like it either, but until Annise Parker can send a cease & desist, their shirts have a subtle take on Rockets fandom that no one else in the stands will be rocking. Clutch Under Pressure tee, $29.99 at


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