When the Rockets traded away 6-foot-10 Clint Capela in February and started exclusively using players no taller than 6-7, a moniker was born: Pocket Rockets.
When they won five games in a row with that unique lineup, the name picked up steam and started appearing in Houston Chronicle headlines.
That started a mini-debate in the newsroom.
Do you know what Pocket Rocket actually means?
Sure, Pocket Rockets is what poker players call a hand of pocket aces.
Um … try again.
OK. Well, Pocket Rockets is also what local police have long-called miniature motorcycles that sometimes terrorize the streets of local neighborhoods.
In that debate, The Young And Hip taught The Olds that Pocket Rocket is a brand name of a toy that can be found on the shelves of your local, um, adult paraphernalia shop. A lot of you cheeky readers thought that was hilarious.
Which, sure, of course it is.
Looking back, that makes our 2005 headlines about the emergence of mini-motorcycle racing —“PD urges caution with pocket rockets” and “Before you hop on your pocket rocket …” — early candidates for headlines of the century.
Hey, some of us only just recently realized OnlyFans isn’t an internet site where big supporters of the local sports team congregate.
Some of us actually go to The Galleria when we’re visiting Uptown, and don’t make a stop at the nearby Zone D’Erotica.
This isn’t to shame anyone who enjoys a good snicker at our expense. It’s just to let you know, we see your giggles, and raise you a shoulder shrug.
Pocket Rockets is just what we call the undersized lineup for the local basketball team.
And, if somehow the Rockets’ 6-5 P.J. Tucker manages to consistently corral 6-10 Lakers center Anthony Davis in the Western Conference semifinals, which starts Friday night, get used to it, because the Pocket Rockets will be here to stay.