Why Rockets GM Daryl Morey isn’t bothered
As an NBA GM, Morey has a far different perspective than the rest of us, because part of his job is to scout international players, which are games that don’t always draw the biggest crowds. Morey has also had to scout less coveted players, as the Rockets aren’t generally drafting in the first round of the NBA Draft, which we know is by design.
To that point, Morey was also spot-on in pointing out that many players have ascended through the G-League, which haven’t traditionally sold out the arenas. Several of the Rockets players have had stints in the G-League, such as P.J. Tucker, Robert Covington, and Danuel House, to name a few. By Morey’s logic, it won’t be an unusual experience for them.
It’ll be an odd experience for Rockets fans to watch the games without hearing the crowd roar after seeing Russell Westbrook dunk over a towering defender. There are those like former Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy who have expressed concerns about having games without fans, and the concerns are understandable.
But Rockets fans shouldn’t worry, as Morey has experienced it plenty of times, and stated that it “definitely works.”