Kudos to Les Alexander and all the players and staff who showed up to distribute relief supplies to Hurrican Ike's victims. Les opened his heart and wallet and the players and staff spent their time and efforts to help their fellow Houstonians. Thanks to Luther Head, Rafer Alston, Aaron Brooks, Chuck Hayes and Mike Harris who were there with bells on.
But to be realistic, there were more photographers and reporters there than Rockets players. The event was well promoted. There's nothing wrong with that, I guess. Capitalism has many wonderful side effects. But it begs the question: Where were Tracy, Yao, Shane, Ron, Luis and the rest of the big name players? The players that were there offered platitudes of "We're all in this together" and "We don't have power either." But when you make a million dollars a year or more, it's a little different, guys. Frankly, with the exception of the Rockets staff members that were there anonymously, the whole event left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth.