Kenny Smith would like to see Beyonce own a stake in the Houston Rockets franchise.
Kenny Smith thinks that Beyonce would heighten the energy in Houston if she bought the Houston Rockets.
Last month, Rockets CEO Tad Brown announced that longtime owner Leslie Alexander was putting the team up for sale. The Rockets have won two championships since he bought the team back in 1993 for $85 million.
Former Rockets players Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo have expressed interest in buying a stake in the franchise in recent weeks. Grammy Award winning singer Beyonce Knowles, perhaps the most famous Houston-native, wants a piece of the action too.
TMZ asked former Rockets player and champion Kenny Smith if an ownership panel including Beyonce would benefit the franchise, and his answer was an astounding yes, via TMZ Sports.
“I would love to see that. That would be something I look at my daughters and say, ‘Look, see you don’t have to be a part of the team. Own the team!”
The Jet also mentioned that Beyonce would bring “great energy” to Houston and that she wouldn’t become a distraction. Smith then said that it would “change the whole dynamic of sports if she became part owner.”
One cannot understate Beyonce’s celebrity and the impact that her actions carry. When her husband Jay-Z owned part of the Nets in 2012, he moved the franchise to his hometown in Brooklyn. The Nets became a media attraction, with Hov and Beyonce sitting court-side in many of the home games. Everyone was talking about Jay-Z, the Nets owner, even though he only owned one-fifteenth of one percent of the franchise.
Or what about Drake’s relationship with the Toronto Raptors? In 2013, the Raptors named Drake the “global ambassador” of the franchise. The team also holds an annual “Drake Night.” In 2016, each fan received a free shirt and Drake planned the halftime entertainment.
It’s unclear what role Drake actually serves for the franchise, but that’s trivial. Drake is a Canadian-native who is globally famous and he is the face of the NBA’s only international team. His followers become fans of the Raptors because they want to be apart of Drake’s movement.
Beyonce can play a similar role for the Houston Rockets. So many people idolize the singer, and will follow her every move. She’s a great example for young girls of just how far hard work and talent can take you. What else screams success like owning your hometown basketball team?