OAKLAND - Aaron Brooks never figured he'd take a ferry to a game. Not in the NBA, anyway.
The Houston Rockets traveled by boat to their game with Golden State on Wednesday night, plus a bus ride on either side.
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is closed for emergency repairs after a cable on the bridge’s upper deck snapped Tuesday, leaving the Rockets with two options to get to Oracle Arena: an early bus ride on a longer, alternate route over a different bridge, or a quick and scenic ferry trip with the public.
Brooks, a graduate of Seattle’s Franklin High School, even clicked photos of his teammates on the 20-minute trip across San Francisco Bay. About half the team and staff came on one ferry, then the rest a little bit later.
“You know, our first boat ride together, you want to make a memory,” Brooks said. “I feel like I’m part of the city. ...
“This had to be a first. We always see the boats. It was different. I never imagined being in the NBA I’d take a ferry to a game. It was nice, scenic. We had a great tour guide in (Bay Area native) Chuck (Hayes) – even though Chuck doesn’t know where the Golden Gate Bridge is. It was still cool nevertheless.”
Houston stayed in San Francisco – typical for visiting teams – and had to get to the East Bay to face the Warriors.
“This is the first ferry ride I’ve ever taken,” Houston coach Rick Adelman said. “It wasn’t bad, beautiful day.”