ARIZONA STATE BASKETBALL

ASU product Josh Christopher stars in Rockets’ schedule release skit

Aug 18, 2022, 10:10 AM

Every year, there is going to be a team that pours a ton of energy into its schedule release.

Sometimes they hit. Sometimes they don’t.

For the NFL, you might remember the Los Angeles Chargers doing an anime spoof. That hit.

The Houston Rockets for Wednesday’s NBA schedule release did a workplace skit in their offices featuring a handful of players and there were some funny, charming moments.

First-round pick Jabari Smith Jr. was the lead actor of the short and began the video not being able to get into the building because his keycard didn’t work. We’ve all been there.

Throughout the video, a date or two of a game would be revealed. Sometimes it was right in front of your face, and in other instances, it was more subtle. You’ll have to go Easter egg hunting with a couple of views in order to find them all.

Smith runs into a few of his teammates throughout the office, including fellow rookies Tari Eason and TyTy Washington, plus guard and former Arizona State Sun Devil Josh Christopher.

Christopher is the star of the video as he doodles in his cubicle and feeds his guppies — they are fitting office pets for the guy nicknamed JayGup. Nice.

Head coach Stephen Silas rolls in for a meeting after the Rockets’ mascot Clutch bides time by dancing on the table, wiping out right before Silas’ arrival.

While the video doesn’t really give you a grasp of the schedule until the credits roll, it was a clever skit to allow the players to showcase their personalities, and that’s always a plus.

Arizona State Basketball

Final Four logo...

Associated Press

NCAA presents a plan to expand March Madness tournaments

The NCAA has presented a plan that would expand the lucrative men's and women's basketball tournaments by four or eight teams.

4 days ago

Koa Peat #10 of the Perry Pumas will suit up for the USA U17 team in the World Cup this summer. (Ph...

Damon Allred

Gilbert Perry’s Koa Peat headlines USA Basketball U17 World Cup team

Koa Peat, a star forward at Gilbert Perry and top-5 overall prospect in the 2025 class, will represent USA at the U17 World Cup this summer.

5 days ago

Caleb Love, Arizona Wildcats...

Kevin Zimmerman

A flowchart: Caleb Love’s college return has recruiting fallout for Arizona, ASU and GCU

Caleb Love tested the NBA Draft before he returned to college. The domino effect impacted Arizona, Arizona State and Grand Canyon recruiting.

10 days ago

Head coach Bryce Drew of the Grand Canyon Antelopes reacts to a play in the second round of the NCA...

Damon Allred

Former ASU-committed forward Sammie Yeanay signs with Grand Canyon

Four-star 2024 forward Sammie Yeanay committed to Grand Canyon basketball after he was previously committed to Arizona State.

11 days ago

Big 12 logo...

Arizona Sports

Reports: Big 12 discussing naming rights deal with Allstate

The Big 12 is reportedly considering becoming the first conference to agree to a naming-rights deal with its conference brand.

11 days ago

UConn head coach Dan Hurely...

Arizona Sports

Reports: Dan Hurley rejects Lakers’ contract offer, remaining with UConn

UConn head men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley turned down a six-year, $70 million offer to lead the Los Angeles Lakers.

14 days ago

ASU product Josh Christopher stars in Rockets’ schedule release skit