NBA free agent Gerald Green is home in Houston for the offseason, so it’s not surprising the impact of Hurricane Harvey resonated with him on a particularly high level. He spent Monday driving around Houston looking for boats so he can help people who have been stranded in their homes due to flooding.
Green, a Houston native, posted this video (with some NSFW language) to his Instagram on Monday.
“Anybody in Houston right now, anybody in Houston got a boat. I don’t care what it is, man, get at me. I’m trying to help out people in Houston, dog. I need somebody with a boat that can help me go out here and rescue people. There’s a lot of people that’s in danger in Houston. There’s a lot of people who’s driving out on these roads. Don’t do it, man. Stay at home. I’ve been driving since yesterday trying to convince people to get out to safety. It’s not safe, to be out here on these roads. Don’t do it. If anybody got a boat, I don’t care where you at. Let me get to you.”
Green isn’t the only Houston athlete pitching in.
Texans star J.J. Watt already donated $100,000 toward relief efforts, and his crowdfunding campaign had raised more than $800,000 as of Monday evening. He also hopes this weekend’s preseason game between the Texans and the Cowboys, which was moved from Houston to Dallas because of the storm, includes some sort of fundraising element for flood victims.
Green went straight from Houston’s Gulf Shores Academy (now Leader’s Academy High School for Business and Academic Success) to the NBA. He also played the second half of the 2007-08 season with the Houston Rockets. He spent last season with the Boston Celtics and is currently a free agent.