Nets star James Harden reacts to Rockets’ plan to retire his No. 13 jersey
There’s nothing but love between James Harden and the Houston Rockets. The newest Brooklyn Nets superstar is standing firm in his stance that there’s no animosity between him and his former franchise as both sides look to move on and progress after their messy breakup which ended Harden’s eight-year relationship with Clutch City.
As a sign of their gratitude to their former franchise player, Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta announced that they plan on retiring Harden’s No. 13 jersey to honor the former MVP. Harden’s reaction just validates the mutual respect from both sides.
“Hopefully, I did something right,” Harden shared after he visited the Rockets for the very first time on Wednesday, via Michael Scotto of USA Today. “Obviously, I came up short of a championship, but the work non and off the court that I put in over those past right years was elite. I think that’s the only I didn’t do, [win] a championship.”
Harden did do quite a lot in his eight seasons in Houston. Aside from winning his first league MVP award as a member of the Rockets, Harden earned three scoring titles and was an eight-time All-Star. He also led the franchise to eight straight playoff appearances including two WCF stints.
The 2018 MVP was again at the top of his game when he paid a much-awaited visit back to the Toyota Center. In true James Harden fashion, ‘The Beard’ dropped a triple-double performance of 29 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists at the expense of his former team–handing Houston their 13th straight defeat.