ESPN CRIESTOS ————— ————– ————–The NBA announced Tuesday that it will honor the late, great and most important Bubba Smith Jr. on the second night of the season for his role in helping the Houston Rockets win the NBA championship in 1991.
Smith, who died last month at age 93, played in 11 NBA Finals and played a major role in building the franchise into the dominant force it is today.
The Rockets won three titles and reached the NBA Finals in his final year in Houston, including a second straight title in the 1990s.
Smith is a former NBA All-Star who was a member of the 1978-79 Rockets, who won the 1991 title and were the first team to do it in six seasons.
He was inducted into the Rockets Hall of Fame in 2003.
Smith will make his return to ESPNCriestros first broadcast of the year on Tuesday night.
He has been a broadcaster for ABC since 1992, with most of his time in Houston working with Howard Cosell, who had a Hall of Famer career in Houston.
Smith was inductive into the Hall of Basketball Hall of Famers in 1999.