American sports executive Daryl Morey, who served as the general manager for Houston Rockets since 2007, has decided to walk out from the team, citing family reasons and his two children, who both are now college-goers.
Daryl Morey leaves Houston Rockets to focus on his family
Daryl Morey spent 13 seasons with the Rockets, during which the team won four Division titles, in 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2020. However, the recent graduation of his youngest son to college has pushed Morey to walk out of his job and to focus on his family for the time being, despite penning down a five-year-long deal with the team last year.
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) October 16, 2020
“For me, it was just a great run,” Daryl Morey said in an interview with ESPN on Thursday. “Personally, the timing worked for me. My youngest son just graduated from high school, and it was just the right time to see what’s next with family and other potential things in the future. It just felt like the right time.”
Daryl made it real clear: Rockets owner Fertitta recalls the GM’s decision
Tilman Fertitta, who became the owner of Rockets in 2017 and expressed his lamentation of seeing the revered GM leave the team. He also revealed that the Morey had already clarified his decision when Fertitta purchased the Rockets.
“Daryl is one of the premier GM’s in the league and I’m disappointed … [but] Daryl made it real clear he wasn’t staying here forever,” Fertitta told The Associated Press. “When I bought the team, he told me that. And he decided this is the time that he wants to change his life.”
Both Morey and Fertitta’s statements were posted on the official Twitter handle of Houston Rockets.
Statement from Tilman Fertitta and Daryl Morey. pic.twitter.com/m3jlUMD06i
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) October 15, 2020
Back in 2019, Daryl Morey fueled the main spark that cracked the relation between the NBA and the Chinese govt, after he openly announced his support towards the protests in Hong Kong.
Voicing his stance for the anti-government and pro-freedom movement of the Hong Kong people, Morey’s tweet included the following caption in an image: “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.”
Morey’s tweet, which he later deleted after it drew criticism from Fertitta, also caused the Chinese Basketball Association to terminate its relationship with the Rockets.