On Sunday, Daryl Morey thanked Houston Rockets fans and Houstonians for their support and for adopting him and his family as one of their own.
Thursday’s news of Daryl Morey’s resignation from the Houston Rockets sent shockwaves to the fanbase, as Morey had become one of the best general managers of his time and in the game today. Morey configured deals with his brilliance and innovation, and consistently swung for the fences as it pertains to adding superstars.
Morey pulled off the greatest fleece in NBA history in 2012 when he acquired James Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a trade that was built around Kevin Martin, which Thunder GM Sam Presti wouldn’t do again. Morey continuously put the Rockets in position to be a contender in the battle-tested Western Conference, while also dealing with cost constraints, leading to low-cost but high-yielding roster additions, such as Chuck Hayes, Josh Smith, Gerald Green, Kenneth Faried, Jeff Green, and the list goes on.
Morey became one of the most beloved sports figures in Houston, as Houstonians and Rockets Nation adopted him as one of their own. On Sunday morning, Morey penned a letter to Houston Rockets fans on his way out the door, thanking them for their support.
Thank You ? pic.twitter.com/oMlRwq2z8i
— Daryl MorΞy ?? (@dmorey) October 18, 2020
Morey thanks Rockets fans for their support
Morey is well-respected around the league and knew how to consistently push the boundaries of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, whether it be creatively working to acquire Chris Paul or even configuring deals like Nene’s now botched contract of 2019, that was intended to create a human trade exception.
Morey is also a stand-up guy, as he spoke up on global social injustices, knowing what backlash he would face, and championed through the adversity he’s faced over the past year. To say Morey changed the game of basketball would be an understatement, as he became known for adopting a style of heaving threes and doing away with the mid-range game, which is also a style that the league has transitioned to since Morey became the GM in Houston.
Good luck to Morey and his family on whatever chapter is next in their life!