The Houston Rockets will see action in the NBA Preseason games 2016 against unfamiliar foe Shanghai Sharks. But the game will have an interesting storyline since the Chinese Basketball Association team is owned by a Hall of Famer who is very familiar to Houston fans.
The Rockets will face the Sharks, which is owned by Yao Ming, who was recently named to the Hall of Fame. Houston are favored to win over the Sharks, who are also preparing for their campaign in the local professional league in China.
The Rockets will be once again led by superstar James Harden, who will be playing in his first season in Houston without Dwight Howard on his side. Howard left the Rockets this summer for the Atlanta Hawks.
In turn, the Rockets added several players who could play big roles for them this season. They signed free agents Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon this offseason. Houston also traded Michael Beasley to the Milwaukee Bucks for Tyler Ennis, who will likely be the main backup to Patrick Beverley.
Meanwhile, the Sharks will look to become as competitive as they can when they face the more talented Rockets squad. The Sharks will lean on a former NBA player, who recently signed with the team after failing to get a contract in the league.
Jimmer Fredette, the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, is now with the Sharks. The 27-year-old guard recently helped Shanghai rule the Merlion Cup in Singapore, where he knocked down three free throws with no time remaining to clinch the title.
Fredette recently admitted that he is still aiming to play in the NBA again. But for now, the former Brigham Young University standout is focused on helping the Sharks.
“I would love to be in the NBA, obviously that’s been my goal for my whole career, but I’m not focused on that right now,” Fredette told Yahoo Sports. “I’m focused on being here, in Shanghai and doing the best I can with this team, to live in the moment. If you’re thinking about future things, you won’t play your best.”
The Houston Rockets vs Shanghai Sharks NBA Preseason match is scheduled on Sunday night at the Toyota Center. Fans can catch the action starting 8 p.m. ET through online live stream via NBA League Pass.