Rockets’ Daryl Morey takes out full-page ad to thank Houston, James Harden, fans
Former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey formally bade goodbye to the city, the franchise, and its fans after 14 years of service with a full-page ad in a newspaper, as posted on his Twitter account.
Thank You 🚀 pic.twitter.com/oMlRwq2z8i
— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) October 18, 2020
Morey previously came from Boston to Houston back in 2006 when he first accepted the offer to become the general manager for the Rockets organization. Established NBA stars like Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady welcomed him in his first season with the team.
Over the past decade, the Texas-based squad perpetually reshuffled their personnel in hopes of finding a winning combination. He saw Jeff Van Gundy leave the head coaching post in 2007 and was replaced by Rick Adelman, followed by Boston Celtics legend Kevin McHale, J.B. Bickerstaff, and the recently-resigned Mike D’Antoni.
Despite having worked with a plethora of notable individuals, Morey’s biggest accomplishment was trading for James Harden Rockets back in 2012. The change in scenery also did wonders for the former Arizona Sun Devil as he took his game to new heights and eventually changed the way the game is being played today.
Morey had the best season of his career when he oversaw the Rockets’ magical campaign in the 2017-2018 season when the team ended with a league-best 65-17 record and finished with the top spot in the stacked Western Conference. They continued their dominant showing in the playoffs only to lose to eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals in seven games.
During that same season, his prized recruit in Harden won the elusive NBA MVP honors while he himself grabbed his first NBA Executive of the Year award. Morey’s resignation shortly came after the Rockets’ failed playoff run in the 2020 NBA Playoffs held in the Orlando bubble. His decision to spend more time with his loved ones served as the primary reason for him to step down from the position.
Despite his 14-year stint being cut short, Morey still managed to have an eventful tenure with the Rockets organization and his contributions will serve as stepping stones for the team’s championship hopes in the future.