Rockets' legends show up to early Jam Session event
The Rockets treated 11,000 special fans to an early look at the NBA All-Star Jam Session going on during All-Star Weekend in Houston.
The 11,000 tickets were given to employees, family, friends, sponsors, and season-ticket holders. The Jam Session was in full swing with several Rocket legends making their way to the George R. Brown Convention Center. Among those in attendance: Yao Ming, Calvin Murphy, Robert Horry, Clyde Drexler, Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Major Jones, John Lucas, Dikembe Mutombo, and more.
Fans were ecstatic to be given the exclusive sneak peek.
"It's pretty cool meeting Yao," said Ricardo Munoz, a Rockets' season ticket-holder. "And his parents were there. Never seen his parents before. His dad's about 6-9, 6-10. It was pretty crazy to see them here too."
"I think it's terrific," Hayes said. "I think that the fans are just great for coming out, supporting basketball, and I think it's great for Clyde Drexler, John Lucas, Moses Malone, Yao Ming, and all the guys out here, sharing and visiting with the fans. There's nothing like it. This is what All Star is all about."
"It's always great to see how much the fans appreciate the game of basketball," Horry added. "And we try to come out and show our love and support for the fans by doing things like this to show that we do care. We do appreciate everything they've done for us to make the NBA what it is."
"The whole weekend has something for everyone," Drexler said. "Three-point, the dunk, the skills (contests), got the Sunday game, got the legends brunch, so there's something for everyone, including Jam Session, where we are today. So it's a great weekend. If you're a basketball fan, it doesn't get any better."
Jam Session goes from February 14-17 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Event officials say this is the first time the Jam Session has a Digital Village that features a Twitter wall, an Instagram wall, and a YouTube wall where fans can watch the NBA D-League All-Star game in six different languages. That's just one of the many interactive elements from Jam Session. For more information on all that Jam Session has to offer, check out their website at www.nba.com/jamsession/.