As a kid reading the back of a Tree card, I didn’t quite understand how he’d been in the league so long. He never averaged even 10 points per game. The true importance of defense, especially post defense, didn’t click with me as a little dude. But Tree in his time was nicknamed “The Intimidator” for a reason. Rollins remains ninth all-time in blocked shots in NBA history.
One of the game’s classic shot blockers, Rollins came to Houston after spending a season with the Detroit Pistons. The longtime Hawks center saw extended playing time early in 1991/92 because of Hakeem Olajuwon’s injury problems.