James Harden’s departure from the Rockets wasn’t exactly a clean one. After 8 years with Houston, and nothing to show for it, he forced his way out by going to strip clubs, demanding a trade, and refusing to work with his teammates — and it has clearly left a sour taste in the mouths of Rockets fans everywhere.
After the trade was announced, angry fans flooded the review section of Harden’s new restaurant in Houston, spamming it with negative comments.
Some of the reviews on James Harden’s new restaurant in Houston pic.twitter.com/J40yecURdT
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A car wash in the city was also caught exchanging free washes for Harden jerseys.
Needless to say, Harden isn’t exactly very well like in H-Town, and it’s really not hard to see why. The way he handled the whole city, leaving them in disgrace, without anything to show for his tenure, really doesn’t bode well.
The question is, will there be a redemption arc for him? In Brooklyn, the Beard will have his best chance to win — and his best chance to make amends for his failures.
If he is able to help lead the Nets to success, however, it will likely only serve as more fuel for hate in Rockets fans everywhere.