Rudy Tomjanovich

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Basketball Player
Date of Birth November 24, 1948
Place of Birth Hamtramck, Michigan
Age 71 years old
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Rudy Tomjanovich

Rudolph Tomjanovich Jr. is an American retired basketball player and Hall of Fame coach. His professional playing career, which lasted between 1970 and 1981, was entirely spent with the San Diego / Houston Rockets. Tomjanovich was a five-time NBA All-Star forward; four consecutive times between 1974 and 1977, and again in 1979. He also made the playoffs five times: in 1975, 1977, and consecutively between 1979 and 1981. On December 9, 1977, during a game between the Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Tomjanovich was the victim of a life-threatening punch to his face brought upon him by Lakers power forward Kermit Washington. This ended his season after 23 games; after fully recovering, Tomjanovich played in the NBA for three more seasons. After about eight years of being an assistant coach, Tomjanovich was promoted to head coach of the Rockets from 1992 to 2003, including when the Rockets won two consecutive NBA championships in 1994 and 1995.

Born: November 24, 1948, Hamtramck, Michigan
Nationality: American
Listed height: 6 ft 8 in
Listed weight: 228 lb
High school: Hamtramck (Hamtramck, Michigan)
College: Michigan (1967–1970)
Position: Forward
NBA draft: 1970 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2, San Diego Rockets
Number: 45

About Rudy Tomjanovich

5-time NBA All-Star forward who played for the San Diego and Houston Rockets from 1970 to 1981. He won back-to-back Championships as head coach of the Houston Rockets in 1994 and 1995.

Before Fame

He played for the Michigan Wolverines before being selected as the second overall pick by the San Diego Rockets in 1970.


He served as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2004-05 season, then became a scout for the team.

Family Life

He married Sophie Tomjanovich in 1978.


Legendary center Hakeem Olajuwon was the centerpiece in the two Rockets teams that won back-to-back titles.

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  • United States men's national basketball team coaches
  • Houston Rockets assistant coaches
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  • American Olympic coaches
  • Michigan Wolverines men's basketball players
  • National Basketball Association players with retired numbers
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  • National Basketball Association All-Stars
  • Basketball players from Michigan
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