Impact of the fans on the game
Although much is unclear about how the NBA will be able to salvage the season, it’s become common knowledge that the games will be held without fans in the arenas whenever they resume. Many NBA players have expressed their disinterest in playing without fans, including Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.
It’s understandable because players have a connection with the fans, and they’ve become pivotal in helping a player shoot out of a cold streak and maintain their rhythm. There are also players who thrive off of being the villain in road arenas, much like Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook.
House offered his thoughts about the impact fans have on him personally.
I miss playing in the arenas with the big crowd. I think it’ll take awhile to get used to playing without the fans. You practice without the fans, but you play for the fans. So it’s going to be different and will take some time to get used to it.
This is perhaps the most authentic answer House could have given, as he says that he plays for the fans. This is also the type of mentality that has made him become a fan favorite, and have played such a large part in him being treated so warmly by Rockets Nation.
House’s actions off the court have also reflected the attitude of how appreciation and gratitude for the fanbase, which includes him donating turkeys and groceries to Houstonians during Thanksgiving. But he also speaks to an aspect that we’ve not heard other players speak on, which is that they do play without fans all the time, just in practice only.
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