While Harden’s exit from Houston left a foul taste in the organization and cities’ mouths, he has expressed remorse for how things went down. Harden grew into the MVP-caliber player he is today in Houston and has always expressed his affinity for the city.
Even though Harden is no longer in Houston, he is still making a positive impact on the city. Matt Musil of KHOU-TV reported that Harden’s Houston restaurant, Thirteen, is handing out 3,000 meals to those impacted by the weather conditions.
The weather also led to multiple postponements for the Texas NBA teams. The NBA postponed Friday’s matchup between the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets, citing a “government shutdown” of the Toyota Center. Earlier that week, the Mavericks game against the Pistons was also postponed due to power outages.
Fans will always attach Harden to Houston. The Rockets were consistently one of the most competitive teams in the league. They helped push forward a new era of basketball from a management and playstyle perspective. Unfortunately, their peak coincided with the Golden State Warriors’ run to multiple championships.
Hopefully, the end of the Daryl Morey and Harden iteration of Houston won’t overshadow the Rockets’ influence and success.