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Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni stresses importance of donating blood

Head Coach Mike D'Antoni of the Houston Rockets speaks to the media before Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Golden State Warriors (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
Head Coach Mike D'Antoni of the Houston Rockets speaks to the media before Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Golden State Warriors (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni was on-hand for a team-sponsored blood drive on Sunday, and had a very important message to deliver.

Like every other NBA organization, the Houston Rockets have been out of action since March due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. NBA commissioner Adam Silver ordered teams to shut down their facilities and forbid players from having team workouts, as the league set its sights on flattening the curve and reducing the spread of the COVID-19.

The greater Houston area has been hit hard by the COVID-19, as there have been over 10,000 cases and 246 deaths as a result of the pandemic. This has placed a large demand on law enforcement officials and public health officials, as they’ve been needed now more than ever. The Rockets have done their part to express their appreciation for these frontline workers, as Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta has provided meals weekly for those who have committed to helping the cause.

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On Sunday that continued, as the Rockets hosted a team-sponsored blood drive with Anheuser-Busch and the American Red Cross, which was exclusively held for season ticket holders and guests. The Rockets will also be conducting another blood drive on Tuesday, May 5th from 8 AM-3 PM, and donors will receive a complimentary Rockets gift pack and free tacos as appreciation for the selfless donations.

Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni was in attendance for Sunday’s event and had an important message to deliver, regarding the importance of donating blood amidst the pandemic.

“The donation of blood is very important. Especially in these times it becomes critically important, and it’s the least that we can do. Certain people can help in different ways, and this is a way most people can help,” D’Antoni stated.

But the Houston Rockets coach also made sure to make it known that giving blood is just one of the many potential ways in which we can all help others during this trying time.

“Everybody tries to find out what little they can do for other people,” D’Antoni said. “And it can start with just giving blood, voicing support, and it can be monetary or donating your time. Whatever you feel is appropriate that you can do is definitely welcomed.”

For anyone interested in donating for the Rockets’ upcoming blood drive, you must have an appointment in advance, which will prevent an overflow and ensure a smooth and efficient process. To reserve a spot, visit www.giveblood.org/rockets-blood-drive and choose whichever time slot is best for you.

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Kudos to the Rockets for their continued and consistent efforts to assist the community during this time and kudos to D’Antoni for urging us all to help in any way possible.

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