Trae The Truth might not be a household name outside of Houston but the rapper is a legend in H-Town. He's so well respected there for his work in the community, in 2008, the Mayor proclaimed July 22nd as "Trae Day."
During Hurricane Harvey, he and his friends did their best to help as many fellow Houstonians as possible by getting on a boat and rescuing people from flooded homes, one of those people turned out to be Houston native and NBA player Jonathon Simmons.
``Trae the Truth, the rapper, is from Houston and we know a mutual friend from San Antonio. They brought a boat to Houston because (Trae) had to evacuate as well,’’ Simmons said of the rapper, who has gained additional notoriety recently in Houston for helping dozens of others evacuate flooded areas. ``They came and got (Trae) and then he came and got us right away. Luckily, I had a friend in the area who could help us out.’’
``We still had to ride a boat, walk through muddy water and ride on the back of a dumpster truck for like five miles. It was crazy,’’ Simmons recalled. ``I had to hold up my people and I had some kids with me. Most of the kids were old enough to walk, but one of them I had to carry with me.’’
Simmons, who is most known for his rags-to-riches journey from paying $150 to participate in a D-League tryout to becoming a playoff hero with the Spurs to recently signing a $20 million deal with the Magic, said all he had to eat for a day-and-a-half was a pack of ramen noodles.
"We were good for three days, but my other friend’s house had started getting flooded early, so he came there to the house, too. So that gave us another 11 extra people and most of them were kids. We had to let the kids eat first, so most of the last two days it was kind of rough (without food).
"There was at least 20 people in the house and probably eight of them were kids,’’ Simmons added. ``When I was little, my mom always kept the fridge full of stuff (during hurricanes). This time, I ate a pack of ramen noodles and that’s all for like a day-and-a-half.’’
Simmons said he plans on donating time and money to helping his hometown recover.
In the past 24 hours, I've heard from a couple of organizations that are trying to put together a basketball charity relief game, as well as Houston-natives and Kings rookies De'Aaron Fox and Justin Jackson say they both would like to play in one. Since I also live in Houston, I'll do my best in bringing together some sponsors, these organizations and ballers like Simmons, Fox, Jackson so we can put on a great event for the city.