James Harden may have left the Houston Rockets in a messy divorce, but the All-Star guard wants the city to know there are no hard feelings.
On Monday, five days after Harden was traded to the Brooklyn Nets, the three-time scoring champion and former league MVP, expressed his gratitude to the organization and city of Houston, whom he said he is “forever indebted” to in a thread on Twitter.
“What can I write? What words can convey all the ways I feel,” he said. “Houston you welcomed me with no guarantees. Took a leap of faith and it changed my life and the lives of my family forever. This organization, this city has given me everything I could ask for and more.
“Before the scoring titles long before MVP you believed. For that I am forever indebted. The city opened its arms and welcomed me and my family as one of its own and for that I am forever indebted. I gave my mind body and soul in hopes of bring the glory to the city. I fell short and for that I am forever indebted.”
Those words struck a much different tone from what Harden said after his final game in Houston, in which he referred to the situation as something that “cannot be fixed” after months of trying to force his way out of town.
Harden has faced harsh criticism from pundits and former players, such as Shaquille O’Neal, who said Harden did not give Houston his all and failed to step up when it mattered most.
As Harden looks to win a championship with the Nets, his relationship with the Rockets and their fans may need some time to heal.