“Through volunteers in the community, we were able to connect with others and bring awareness and thank (Rockets general manager Daryl) Morey, who supported the movement.”
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey rocked the NBA earlier this month in a now-deleted tweet when he voiced support for those in Hong Kong.
The tweet caused backlash in China, which led the NBA to fix its PR in the communist nation instead of backing one of their own.
Rockets fans, though, showed common sense during the home opener.
Even Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta criticized his GM. The NBA itself pushed aside Morey after it started to lose money:
The Chinese Basketball Association, headed by former Rockets star Yao Ming, suspended its ties to the Rockets over the tweet.
Events in China promoting a Lakers-Nets series were canceled, NBA media partner Tencent said it was evaluating its plans to cover the league and some Chinese corporations have suspended relationships with the NBA.
But we little people, even those of us who love capitalism and making money, know the truth about China. It’s an oppressive communist country that constantly abuses human rights across the board. It’s trying to keep an iron fist wrapped around Hong Kong.
Rockets fans showed Morey they have his back:
Wednesday’s opening-night games were not televised in China in the wake of Morey’s tweet that caused tension between the NBA and Chinese officials.
Many in the group wore black T-shirts with white letters that read: “Fight for Freedom.”
One man held a sign the read: “Thank you Morey,” with a red heart after Morey’s name. Another sign read: “No censorship in America” and a third declared: “Freedom is not FREE.” Another man held a sign that said: “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong,” which are the exact words included in Morey’s tweet.
Houston physician Tram Ho participated in the display:
“We have been watching the Hong Kong protests the last four months. It’s sad to see,” said Tram Ho, a Houston physician who organized the display.
Ho, who is Vietnamese, said she spent six months as a refugee in Hong Kong between 1981 and 1982 before arriving in the United States. After watching a BBC report on last week’s demonstration in Brooklyn, she was inspired to do something similar in Houston.
“It brought me the idea that we should do the same thing, but I don’t have enough to pay for 300, so we bought 30 tickets,” she said with a laugh. “Through volunteers in the community, we were able to connect with others and bring awareness and thank (Rockets general manager Daryl) Morey, who supported the movement.”
We speak up for the rights of those who can’t not because it’s convenient but because it’s RIGHT. I’ll keep yall updated, if the NBA kicks us out for this, we’ll know where their true values stand ?#HongKong #Rockets #Bucks pic.twitter.com/ySEYH39ELL
— Newton Huynh (@huynhnewtu) October 25, 2019
— Matt Batzel (@MattBatzel) October 25, 2019
— Brian Dobbins (@briandobbins) October 25, 2019
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