During the Houston Rockets game versus the Spurs Friday the teams’ fans from around the world tweeted their support.
One thing became abundantly clear during the Houston Rockets game versus the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. The Rockets fan base is strong.
Living in Toronto I’ve become accustom to seeing fans from all over the world who love basketball and have adopted certain teams as their favorite.
In fact, I was shocked in the recent GM survey when the Raptors weren’t top 4 for best home court given Jurassic Park and all. But, I digress…
I’ve noticed fans who live outside North America aren’t limited to fans who have moved to another country. Rather, they are NBA fans, who like many of us have always followed and supported a specific team.
In some cases fans happened to become major supporters because of a certain player on the team. Whether it was Yao Ming, Hakeem Olajuwon or James Harden. Or in some cases fans become excited by a style of play. Whatever the reason a fan falls in love with a team the fan support for the Rockets is strong.
Covering the Houston Rockets I’ve become acquainted with some loyal fans who follow Red Nation in China, Australia and Brazil.
Friday, Rockets fans all over the world (and in one case another planet) showed up in droves on Twitter.
Here’s an example of the tweets which made the telecast:
— kenny chacko (@hotchackolate) October 22, 2016
India (who consequently is also a BIG Harden fan based on his twitter handle):
— Pepe Harden (@PepeHarden) October 22, 2016
— curly tsunami (@tsunamicurly) October 22, 2016
— YT Primo (@YTprimissimo) October 22, 2016
— Eduardo Hoff (@eduardo_hoff1) October 22, 2016
— Mateus Ferreira (@Mateus66716) October 22, 2016
Canada (no… it’s not me):
@ROOTSPORTSSW watching the game from Montreal Canada
— Shiraz30 (@shiraz302) October 22, 2016
— dane (@iamdaneroy) October 22, 2016
@ROOTSPORTSSW biggest Houston Rockets fan in Australia here!!!! Go Rockets!!!!
— Sidonio Barcelos (@Arigulis) October 22, 2016
— Jas Grewal (@jasgrwal) October 22, 2016
@ROOTSPORTSSW go rockets!!die-hard rockets fan from China living in AUS
— Lawrence Hsu (@XYM86010) October 22, 2016
— Adam Sipeli (@Grizzly_Shark) October 22, 2016
— Mikal (@Zoom_KBK) October 22, 2016
Of course the loyal local fans in Texas:
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— InfoManu (@InfoManu) October 22, 2016
@rootsportssw watching spurs vs rockets. Give your Philippines fans some love, Matt Bullard!!! =)
— Ryan Supersticioso (@YesImRyanS) October 22, 2016
@ROOTSPORTSSW from Colombia supporting our favorite team ROCKETS. Vamos ROCKETS!!!!
— YENNY RANGEL (@yrangelalvarez) October 22, 2016
Other worldly :
But, by far my favorite of the night which elicited a laugh out loud moment came from:
— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) October 22, 2016
Suffice to say Red Nation extends to all corners of the globe. Including (if you believe it) other planets. Or just like most of us in North America, simply on our couches. Despite James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon and Clint Capela resting, Rockets fans were still hoping for the victory.
In the end, it was the Spurs night, but these preseason games are meant as a primer to the real games which start next week.
To that end, this season there is plenty to look forward to. High scoring offense of the Rockets is just the tipping point. Will James Harden return to the MVP conversation? Can the Rockets be the top offense in the NBA? And, can Houston reclaim a top seed in the West?
Just 4 more sleeps until those questions begin to be answered.
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