Spanish singer Joaquín Sabina already said it on one of his songs:“There is not single love story that has a happy end. It will not have an end if it is love, and if it has an end, it was not happy”. The love story between James Harden and the Houston Rockets has ended after 9 years. Rumors on the shooting guard leaving the franchise from Texas did not stop throughout the entire market and finally the bomb blew up in the evening of Wednesday the 13th, ironically Harden´s number.
A problematic exit:
It was well-known that Harden wanted to leave Houston, he was not comfortable with the team and was not interested in this project. It has been similar to Messi´s case last summer, but this time Harden has ended up leaving. Moreover, this exit has been both problematic and controversial. Harden has showed a very poor attitude, very unprofessional and immoral to his teammates and the franchise: he went out to striptease clubs (violating NBA Covid protocols and being fined with $50.000), a more than questionable physical shape and also personal issues within the locker-room, as he hit a rookie with the ball during a practice. A very unacceptable behavior that does not help at all to the Rockets, who are going to have a tough season, as they are going to rebuild process, but t lest have found their new leader: John Wall.
“We re just not good enough. I love this city and I’ve literally done everything I can. I mean, this situation is crazy, I don’t think it can be fixed”
James Harden Laker´s defeat postgame press conference
Harden was immediately put away from the team after his statement until an agreement for a potential trade would be reached. Stephen Silas confirmed that during next morning´s practice: “We feel that it is the best both for the group and for James that he does not come to practice”.
Houston Rockets have already said by to him on their social media through a picture where they thank him for the 9 years he has spent in the franchise and a video reviewing the best moments from “The Beard” at Houston. On the other side, Harden has posted a video on his Instagram account along with a farewell letter where he assures that he does not have the words to show his emotions.
“Houston you welcomed me with no guarantees. Took a leap of faith and it changed my life and the lives of my family forever. This organization, this city has given me everything I could ask for and more”.[…] “The city opened its arms and welcomed me and my family as one of its own and for that I am forever indebted. I gave my mind body and soul in hopes of bringing the glory to the city. I fell short and for that I am forever indebted. It’s far from a good bye as I pay all my debts”
He is indebted to the city because he has not earned any trophy with the team, though he leaves with a MVP and many nights where he has made fans to get crazy about his numbers. It is saying bye the best player in their history for many, above Olajuwon, McGrady or Yao Ming. Harden deserved to leave before the start of the new season, but he has forced his exit through a very unprofessional way and has created a very negative atmosphere around him.
Now we must see how Victor Oladipo fits in the team, but there are reasons to believe in these Rockets, it is difficult in the short term, but Houston fans are now excited with Wall, Oladipo, Cousins and Wood. However, this season will be a very tough one and the Playoffs goal has gotten even more complicated with the exit of the player that made the difference.
Big three in the Nets:
The Brooklyn Nets were one of the teams that were looking to sign the shooting guard, along with the Philadelphia 76ers. Harden has chosen the most competitive option: to form a Big Three in the Nets with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. A trio that just looks unstoppable: the playmaking from Irving, the step-back from Harden and the versatility from KD, what else can you ask for?
However, the Nets are not s good s they could seem before the start of the season. Kevin Durant keeps showing an excellent level, he is one of the best players in the league, but outcomes are not coming along. On the other hand, Irving is missing, like Chuck Norris. The point guard has not played in the last few weeks due to “personal issues” and both the Nets and the NBA itself are getting mad about the situation, as he was seen at her sister´s birthday party on a video was leaked, a scene that reminds us to Neymar.
The Nets have a more than a competitive roster and they are a candidate for the ring, but their strs must get focused and do what they do best: playing basketball.
Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.