H ouston native and Orlando Magic star Jonathon Simmons escaped Hurricane Harvey with some help from … Trae tha Truth? Yup.
Simmons, who just signed a $20 million deal with the Magic earlier this summer, was pushed out of his downtown Houston apartment by the storm and took cover at a friend’s house in the suburbs. While the house didn’t flood, they quickly ran out of food, with more than 20 people taking refuge there after their homes had flooded. In the interest of letting others eat, all he had for days was a pack of ramen.
“I had bought all of these air mattresses and covers and blankets and food and water for everybody. 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],” the shooting guard told the official NBA site.
Then he knew that he had to get his friends somewhere safe—which is when rapper Trae tha Truth came to the rescue.
“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. 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,” Simmons revealed.
But despite the tough times that his hometown has fallen upon, he’s never been more happy to call Houston his birth place. “It’s devastating,’’ Simmons said. “Luckily, none of my family was seriously affected, but I see a lot of my friends suffering and that’s difficult. But I’m also proud of how the city of Houston has come together to help one another. On the upside and the brighter side, there’s that seeing how people have been there to help one another.’’