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James Harden reacts to Kevin Porter Jr.’s 50-point explosion for Rockets

Rockets, Kevin Porter Jr., James Harden

A past lefty shooting guard for the Houston Rockets has given his official blessing to the new lefty shooting guard for the Houston Rockets.

Yes, James Harden has thoughts about Kevin Porter Jr.’s 50-point game:

Porter went to work Thursday night in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks. KPJ ended the night as the youngest player since LeBron James to have 50 points and 10 assists in a single game.

It was a tremendous moment for Porter, who has had a tumultuous career thus far. Despite being the 30th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, he was an obvious lottery talent, but he just fell due to character concerns. After a blow-up in Cleveland, he was traded to the Rockets for a 2024 second-round pick with a top-55 protection.

Porter has been impressive on the court with the Rockets, but he recently was fined $50,000 for breaking the NBA’s health and safety protocols after being involved in an altercation outside of a Miami club that badly injured Sterling Brown. There are questions about whether he can maintain focus off the court, but his on-the-court impact speaks for itself. He is an elite scorer due to his impressive handle, balance, and athleticism.

Harden is one of the greatest players in the history of the Houston Rockets. The comparisons between Harden and Porter are eerie. Both are lefties with smooth handles, impressive shotmaking ability, and similar athletes.

Harden granting Porter his approval likely shows that there is no ill will from Harden toward his heir apparent. As Harden’s career reaches its climax and eventual falling action, Porter will hit his prime.