Tony Allen sounds off on James Harden’s legacy with Rockets
Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden will make his much-anticipated return to the Toyota Center on Wednesday to face his former team Houston Rockets. In case you were living under a rock—a rock with no wifi—Harden had a rather acrimonious exit in Clutch City as he forced a trade to the Nets.
Harden on Tuesday admitted he’s a little anxious about how Rockets fans will receive him in his return. But for former NBA swingman Tony Allen, no matter what happens, Harden should hold his head up high, especially with the way The Beard helped the community.
When you put on for the city on and off the court the way James Harden did in the H, it’s only right you show love and hang that jersey, no matter how it ended.
💯 % class!
— Tony Allen (@aa000G9) March 3, 2021
Harden and Allen, who was named to the NBA All-Defensive Team six times in his solid career, had their fair share of battles, and the former Memphis Grizzlies mainstay knows how fantastic Harden was for the Rockets.
The former MVP spent eight years with the Rockets, bringing them to the NBA Playoffs during his entire tenure, including a pair of trips to the Western Conference Finals. He was also named to the All-Star Game in all those eight seasons.
Harden, however, felt before the season that it was time for him to move, saying he gave his all to the Rockets. While his exit wasn’t ideal, it was hard to fault him for doing so. He even turned down a contract extension that could make him buy Jupiter (the actual planet, not some random strip club), so it was clear it wasn’t about the money anymore.
Recently, Harden, who’s been having MVP numbers, spent thousands of dollars to feed people in Houston, who got stranded because of the winter storm.
As Tony Allen said, James Harden is a real one.