Canaan gets replacement No. 1 Rockets jersey
Isaiah Canaan's path to the Rockets sounds like his NBA Draft was like a date with destiny.
One wouldn't ordinarily think this to be the case with someone from Biloxi, Mississippi who only met up with the Rockets during the Combine and for no set-up workouts with the team after. But this pleasant surprise may have been meant to be from the time Canaan was about seven years old. That was when he received his first NBA jersey: the Rockets number-one jersey of Tracy McGrady. It didn't hit him until after he got home from the gathering he had for the draft festivities.
"I was like, 'Wow, things happen in amazing ways,'" Canaan said. "I was very excited. My family was excited for me. It's been a long time coming for me. I worked very hard to get to this point and I'll continue to do the things that got me here and just try to be successful."
Canaan's actually not sure why he had a Rockets jersey as his first jersey. It's just the way things worked out.
"Somehow, some way it got in the house," Canaan said. "I remember wearing it a few times. I wore it to school. I probably wore it once a week. It was my only jersey."
Canaan lost the jersey in the wake of Hurricane Katrina's destruction, when he lost just about everything. Canaan said he only had three to four days of clothes left in the aftermath. But on Friday, he had that Rockets' number-one jersey back in his arms - only this time, this jersey had his name on the back of it.
"Man, that's amazing," Canaan said. "It lets me know I came a long way and that God works in mysterious ways. I mean, it's a blessing and I'm going to take advantage of the opportunity that's given to me and try to do everything I can to help this team win."