Rockets’ Stephen Silas, Fertittas hand out water outside arena

Sports // Rockets

Matt Young, Chron.com / Houston Chronicle

Feb. 23, 2021Updated: Feb. 23, 2021 3:15 p.m.

The Rockets gave water to more than 3,000 families outside Toyota Center on Wednesday.

Mayor Sylvester Turner, Rockets coach Stephen Silas and members of the Rockets front office, including Tilman Fertitta’s wife Paige and son Patrick, all were helping get water bottles into the trunks of people’s vehicles.

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Silas, who was hired by the Rockets in October, said his family lost water and power just like most of the rest of Houston during last week’s Arctic blast. He also had three pipes at his home burst from the freezing conditions.

“I’ve only been here for a few months, and Houston really is a special place,” Silas said. “When stuff happens, people come together, whether it is this, social injustice, whatever. Houstonians are like, ‘Hey, let’s buckle down and come together and deal with this adversity in the way that we do in Houston.’ It’s awesome.”

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Paige Fertitta, member of the Fertitta family, helps out at a bottled water distributing event Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at Toyota Center in Houston. City of Houston partners with the Rockets to distribute bottled water to people in need.

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