But he also had an ugly exit from Houston. That made him a basketball villain. Not a bad person. But as a character in the Rockets’ basketball story, Harden became detested by some in Houston.
So, he unsurprisingly received a mixed reception in his return with the Nets tonight.
Adam Wexler of SportsTalk 790:
— Adam Wexler (@AdamJWexler) March 4, 2021
Kristie Rieken of the Associated Press:
— Kristie Rieken (@kristieAP) March 4, 2021
It’s a bummer this game happened with limited fan attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic. Return games can have such great atmosphere. It’s always fun to see whether players step up or wilt in that environment.
But the moment is passing.
Eventually, as time heals the wound of his departure, Harden will again become beloved in Houston.