Today, the Houston Rockets annouced they will once again wear a uniform with Chinese characters to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The Rocket will wear the uniform in three games: Feb. 6 vs. the Portland Trail Blazers, Feb. 9 vs. Golden State Warriors and Feb. 10 at Portland.
Announcement: Rockets to wear Chinese Lunar New Year uniforms at 3 home games. Story " https://t.co/KVvSYZokxE pic.twitter.com/VnGyzqaUFt— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 19, 2016
Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said of the jersey:
"We are proud to once again honor our many fans in China by wearing uniforms in recognition of their cultural celebration," said Houston Rockets Owner Leslie Alexander. "The Rockets have a longstanding bond with fans of the region, from our appearance in the first live NBA game televised in China back in 1994, to the incredible career of recent Hall-of-Fame nominee and Rockets legend Yao Ming, to our participation in the first NBA China Games in 2004. It is truly an honor for our organization to continue this tradition."
As as part of the celebration, the NBA released a commercial with Rockets mascot Clutch, James Harden, former Rockets guard Jeremy Lin and Warriors guard Stephen Curry.
The 2016 version is a vast improvement over the 2015 version because it's lack of sleeves.