These are not the Hakeem Olajuwon-Charles Barkley Houston Rockets, whose fierce battles with the Jazz in the 1990s shaped the history of both franchises.

These are not the Yao Ming-Tracy McGrady Rockets, who lost to the Jazz in the first round of the playoffs in 2007 and 2008, launching Utah's best postseason runs since the Stockton-Malone Era

These aren't even the Kevin Martin-Kyle Lowry Rockets, who struggled down the stretch of last year's lockout-shortened season and failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Houston makes its first visit of the season to EnergySolutions Arena on Monday night and those attending should consider buying a program.

Like an aging Hollywood actor, the Rockets' face has been lifted and redone.

You might not recognize them.

After losing seven of its final nine last spring and ending up two games behind the eighth-seeded Jazz in the Western Conference, Houston blew up the roster.

Owner Les Alexander authorized three-year, $25 million offer sheets for restricted free agents Jeremy Lin of New York and Omer Asik of Chicago.

Neither the Knicks nor the Bulls matched.

The Rockets' biggest blockbuster, however, came four days before the start of the regular season.