James Harden has been in the spotlight ever since he made some interesting comments about his former team the Rockets after a Tuesday blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I love this city,” Harden said Tuesday.
“I literally have done everything that I can. This situation is crazy. It’s something that I don’t think can be fixed.”
Harden’s comments about the Rockets hit hard. The team eventually suspended him and then traded him Wednesday to the Brooklyn Nets.
The shooting guard became one of the biggest superstars in the league in Houston, leading the league in scoring but always falling short of delivering a championship.
Harden is slated to make his Nets debut Saturday against the Orlando Magic, but on Friday he said ‘so long’ to the city that embraced him, penning a letter about the city that he now used to play for.
James Harden thanks Houston pic.twitter.com/WOpYWbfgnP
— Undefeated without Harden (@DreamShakeSBN) January 15, 2021
The Rockets got close to making it to the NBA Finals with Harden. In the 2017-18 season, they lost in the Western Conference Finals to Golden State four games to three.
Harden’s unhappiness has been one of the biggest storylines thus far in the young NBA season. The Rockets felt they had no choice but to move him to the Nets on Thursday as part of a blockbuster four-team deal that also involved the Pacers and Cavaliers.