Rudolph (Rudy) Tomjanovich
NCAA All-American (1970)
U of M Athletic Hall of Honor
Number "45" jersey retired by the U of M
Houston Rockets Coach (1992 - 2003)
Los Angeles Lakers Coach (2004 - 2005)
2x NBA Champion
Rudolph (Rudy) Tomjanovich Jr.
University of Michigan Basketball Player (1967 - 1970)
San Diego/Houston Rockets Player (1970 – 1981)
Houston Rockets Coach (1992 – 2003)
Los Angeles Lakers Coach (2004 – 2005)
Rudy Tomjanovich was born in Hamtramck, Michigan and attended the University of Michigan where he was one of the Wolverines’ top players. He was named to the All-Big Ten teams his last three seasons, earning All-American honors in 1970. He was the second overall player selected in the 1970 NBA Draft by the San Diego/Houston Rockets where he spent his entire eleven season NBA career. During his career, he averaged over 17 points and 8 rebounds per game resulting in being named a five-time All-Star. After retiring as a player, Tomjanovich went on to coach the Rockets from 1992 – 2003, winning back-to-back NBA Championships in 1994 – 1995 and finished his NBA coaching career with the Los Angeles Lakers. His number 45 jersey was retired by both the University of Michigan and the Houston Rockets. Rudy Tomjanovich was inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in 1979 and was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.