Nets star Kyrie Irving sends warning to Rockets fans ahead of James Harden’s return
The Brooklyn Nets are heading to Texas to face the Houston Rockets, which marks the first return of James Harden after his blockbuster trade in January. Kyrie Irving, who knows a thing or two about facing your former team, sent out a warning to Houston ahead the impending return of The Beard.
Per Michael Scotto of USA Today, Irving asked the fans to not hurl insults at Harden. Instead, they should just sit back, relax and enjoy some good old basketball.
“Everybody at home, enjoy the game. There will be no tension or no sh*t talking going on the court or about James in my presence or anybody else’s presence. We’re coming to Houston to enjoy the game of basketball,” the Nets star shared.
It’s impossible to tell whether or not Rockets fans will heed Irving’s words. NBA fans can be rowdy and rude, especially to their former franchise star. Just look at the case of LeBron James when he first left Cleveland or Nets star Kevin Durant after he left the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors.
As for Kyrie Irving, he has been booed in his return to Boston and Cleveland. This is despite that epic clutch shot in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals over Stephen Curry. Yes, it is unfair. But sometimes it’s just the way fans behave. It’s simply impossible to control the feelings of everyone.
Luckily for Nets fans and James Harden, the Rockets’ home arena won’t be packed given the health and safety restrictions. With that said, the boos (if there are any) won’t be as loud as LeBron’s first return to Cleveland.