Brooklyn Nets star James Harden recently interviewed with Sports Illustrated’s Michael Shapiro. In their discussion, Harden talked about his offseason rehab, expectations going into next season, and how he reflects on the past year. One topic that came up regarded an upcoming event of his in Houston. Shapiro asked about where Harden stands with the city at the moment. The former league MVP responded with respect.
“Houston will always hold a special place in my heart. I spent the last nine years there. On the court it was what it was. I was disappointed in myself that I couldn�t bring a championship there because that�s what I put the jersey on for every single game. But the community work really lets me see the impact I can have on the city. We�ve been through some tough times with [Hurricane Harvey] and all types of things. And just being able to come back now and be there for people and support them, I�m going to do that as long as I can.”James Harden
Though the superstar left town on a bad note, he remains faithful to those who supported him during his time there. Harden looks to return the favor for as long as he can from the ties he has kept.
James Harden’s Career In Houston
Harden began his Rockets career in the Fall of 2012. He was coming off of a disappointing loss in the NBA Finals with the Thunder. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year looked to re-up with his original team and continue their efforts to win the NBA title. Unfortunately, contractual issues made it too difficult to keep the core in place. This would ultimately lead to Harden’s departure.
Though unforeseen at the time, this change of scenery would mark the beginning of Harden’s ascent to superstardom. James Harden immediately became the franchise star that Houston hoped he’d be. He won three scoring titles and made the all-star game in every season he spent with the Rockets. Throughout his tenure, Harden led the team to several successes. At their peak, the Rockets achieved a 65-win season in 2018, Harden’s MVP campaign. Many saw them as the only legitimate threat to the Golden State Warriors dynasty, and with good reason.
They never did get over the hump and make the NBA Finals. And as he seeks out an opportunity to capture the NBA championship to round out his career, James Harden requested a trade from Houston. This led to his move to Brooklyn early on last season. After last season’s disappointing end, James Harden will keep his championship goal in mind as he hopes to help the Nets win their first title in franchise history.