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Submitted by on 1, November 5, 2009 – 5:45 amOne Comment
Photo from the Houston Rockets website.

Photo from the Houston Rockets website.

Members of the Houston Rockets basketball team enjoyed some public transit, Alameda style October 28 when they came to the Bay Area for a matchup with the Golden State Warriors.

As those of you who commute to San Francisco on occasion may remember, the Bay Bridge was closed for a spell last week. The Rockets had flown to San Francisco International to meet the Warriors that night, and the company that runs the bus they were to take here said they weren’t sure they could get the team to Oakland in time for the game. So they called Alameda/Oakland ferry General Manager Ernest Sanchez for help.

Sanchez’s team got the group of about 40 Rockets players, coaches and staff on the 4:20 p.m. ferry. He said he didn’t get to take the ride, “but we did send a representative of the Blue and Gold Fleet to make sure they got on board, and to answer questions about who they were,” Sanchez said.

According to this account on ESPN, the Rockets’ Aaron Brooks snapped some photos of his teammates as some of the other riders figured out they were sharing their 20-minute ride with an NBA team.

Houston coach Rick Adelman gave props to the ride (and Sanchez says right now – Indian summer – is a great time to ride).

“This is the first ferry ride I’ve ever taken,” Adelman told ESPN. “It wasn’t bad, beautiful day.”

The Rockets won that game, incidentally, 108-107.

One Comment »

  • Jim Quilici says:

    I take the 4:35 Harbor Bay Ferry every day. I had read about the Rockets plan only minutes before walking to the terminal, but it was still quite a surprise when four of the players were shuttled onto the ramp just as I was boarding. I'm 6'5", but I felt dwarfed by the players, one of which was their injured star, Tracy McGrady. The two players right in front of me were pointing to the Bay Bridge wondering aloud if that was the Golden Gate.

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