The Houston Rockets have now cruised through two games at home against the Utah Jazz, but James Harden's relentless pursuit of the NBA Finals is a journey that holds meaning beyond his personal achievements, one dedicated to his late friend, rapper Nipsey Hussle:
“That name will never die,” Harden said of his late friend after notching a 32-point, 13-rebound, 10-assist triple double in a 20-point win over the Jazz on Wednesday night. “People remember him. I'm just here because he's one of my close friends and this journey that I'm on is for him. It's plain and simple. Like that name, Nip, everybody knows that name now. I'm just another person helping that name live on.”
Harden says his journey is for Nipsey 🙏
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 18, 2019
The Beard is one of many prominent NBA players who suffered a great loss after the Los Angeles-based rapper and entrepreneur was shot six times and killed outside of his own clothing store, Marathon, on March 31.
Others like Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and Montrezl Harrell have paid their respects on the court, as well as off it, celebrating his memory and all that he stood for.
James Harden, a Bellflower, California native, was hit especially hard after seeing the impact his death had in the L.A. community, as he invested in rebuilding and giving back to his neck of the woods after becoming a prominent name in the music industry.