Daryl Morey: “James Harden changed my life”

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Daryl Morey, who has recently resigned from the position of the General Manager of the Houston Rockets, shared an open letter to the fans of the team.

He shared the letter via a tweet. Morey, who has been with Houston since 2007, singled out the Rockets’ superstar James Harden as the one who changed his life.

Dear Rockets fans,

Thank you for an amazing 14 years. Your love, support and energy meant the world to me.

My family and I came to Houston as yankees, nervous about how the city would welcome us and honored that Leslie Alexander had trusted me lo help run a legendary franchise. I came into an organization with Hall of fame players Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady already in place and a championship legacy built by Houston legends Hakeem Olajuwan and Clyde Drexler. Walking into work on the first day was exciting, daunting, and inspiring.

Soon enough, the nervousness washed away and we came to feel like adopted Texans. What followed was the most amazing 14 years of my life. I could not imagine my good fortune to be surrounded by incredible people like Tad Brown, Carroll Dawson, Steve Clifford, Sam Hinkie, BJ Johnson, Keith Jones, Dennis Lindsey, Tony Nila, Gersson Rosas, Rafael Stone, Tom Thibodeau, and Jeff Van Gundy. The bar was so high that when we added additional talent – such as Rick Adelman, Kenny Atkinson, JB Bickerstaff, Mike D’Antoni, Chris Finch, Sachin Gupta, Artūras Karnišovas, John Lucas, Kewn McHale, Monte McNair, Nick Nurse, Jimmy Paulis, and Eli Witus – it took forever to find them. It is a testament to the deep bench of talent the Rockers have always had that eleven of these people have gone on to become GMs or head coaches of their own teams. I am thankful to everyone I have worked with at the Rockets. There are tar too many to list each of them by name. Our success was only because of you.

Thank you to Tilman, Paige, Michael, Patrick, Blayne, and Blake Fertitta. Your unwavering support and trust in me — from the moment you bought the team, and through both great and challenging limes — is something I will never forget. With your leadership, and with the excellent people you have in place throughout the organization, there are championships in the Rockets’ future.

Thank you for the memories. I have so many. As a rookie GM we started the seam 15-17 and my nerves returned. We then went on a magical 22-game winning streak. The image of Rarer Alston tong full Skip-2-My-Lou dribbling out the clock in front of Sasha Vujačić for win #22 will be etched forever in my memory. By 2009, we were able to add some of my all-time favorite players, such as Ron Attest, Shane Battier, Aaron Brooks, Chuck Hayes, Carl Landry, Kyle Lowry, Dikembe Mutombo, and Luis Scola, to the core of Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. I can’t think of a better group of players and teammates. That team was unfortunately derailed by injuries. We remained a fun, hard-working group afterwards, but it did teach us what life was like without a superstar In the NBA. And then…

James Harden changed my life.

An entire page could be dedicated just to James. He not only transformed my life bur he also revolutionized the game of basketball — and continues to do so — like almost no one has before. The game is played differently because of James, and on every playground in the world, the next generation of talent is studying and imitating his game. I can’t believe I won’t be able to have another strategy session with James. I loved working together on how to get his incredible Hall of Fame teammates Dwight Howard, Chris Pad and Russell Westbrook to the Rockets. I will be rooting for James to win a championship for Houston. It’s how this story should end.

Finally, I want to say thank you again to the city of Houston and to all Rockers fans. Your support has kept me energized and inspired. You have been the driving force to our success. I am honored to have been a part of your story.


Daryl Morey

It is expected that Morey will remain in the NBA and his next stop should be a team in the Eastern Conference.