Houston Rockets Owner Leslie Alexander announced Monday that the team will be rocking some specially designed Lunar New Year uniforms to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Why? Because China makes up the Rockets largest international fan base.
Mr. Alexander explained why it was important for the Rockets to recognize the Chinese New Year.
The Lunar New Year uniforms represent a great opportunity to honor our incredibly loyal and passionate fans throughout China. “From the time the Rockets participated in the first live NBA television broadcast in China on June 8, 1994, to my selecting Shanghai’s native son Yao Ming with the first overall selection of the 2002 NBA Draft, to our participation in the first NBA China Games in 2004, the Rockets have always enjoyed a very special bond with our fans across the region. We are thrilled and humbled to establish the Lunar New Year uniforms as a way to honor the culture, heritage and historical and future connection we’ll always enjoy with our Chinese fans.”
For me it was just cool seeing Yao Ming back in a Rocket jersey.
The Rockets will only wear the Lunar New Year (LNY) jerseys three times. It will debut on Sat., Feb 21, vs. Toronto for the Rockets annual Lunar New Year Game. The LNY jerseys will also be worn on Mon., Feb. 23 vs. Minnesota and Wed., Feb. 25 vs. Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers.