HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Indiana Pacers guard Joe Young was back at his old stomping grounds before Wednesday’s big game against the Rockets. He was at Jack Yates High School to watch his high school jersey be retired.
Joe joins a slew of All-American NBA players, along with his father former NBA player Michael Young, to have the honor.
We talked to Joe about what it means to give back.
“It’s very important to give back. The support that the fans give you, that’s given back from them just to support you, giving you that positive energy on the court. The fans coming in. And just giving back. It means a lot. Especially for the kids so they can see that everything is possible to make, to be successful is very possible,” Joe said.
Joe had a special message for the third place he calls home -- the Factor.
“I want to thank Isiah. Through my whole career he’s been there and really supported me from Day 1, and even through my hard times when I was small he was there for me. And I’m just glad he’s still here for me and still supporting me even when I’m in the NBA,” Joe said.
Joe then hopped onto the court to join the Pacers at the Toyota Center. They lost to the Rockets 118-97. By the way, that's the Rockets sixth consecutive win.