Former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey showed his respect and appreciation for those who helped during his tenure with the team but the one guy he specifically mentioned was James Harden. After 13 successful years with the Rockets, Morey decided to step down from his role as the team's general manager.
During his tenure with the Rockets, Morey established himself as one of the best general managers in the league though he never managed to construct a championship team. In the October of 2012, just before the start of the new season, Morey made a blockbuster trade which saw the Rockets land Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Harden, who was named the Sixth Man of the Year in 2012, wanted to get a new extension with the Thunder but they were willing to give him the money he was seeking. Morey took the chance as he quickly stepped and gave Harden the money he wanted -- the rest is history.
Since becoming a Rocket, Harden has become a top-5 player in the league as the Rockets guard has won an NBA MVP award, three consecutive scoring titles and made eight consecutive All Star appearances. Morey took out a full-page advertisement in the Houston Chronicle to thank numerous people, most notably Harden.
"An entire page could be dedicated just to James," Morey wrote, per ESPN. "He not only transformed my life but also revolutionized the game of basketball -- and continues to do so -- like almost no one has before.
The game is played differently because of James, and on every playground in the world, the next generation of talent is studying and imitating his game."
Morey hopes Harden wins an NBA title with the Rockets
The Rockets haven't missed the playoffs since Harden arrived to the town.
But Harden and the Rockets organization have much bigger goals as they have open about wanting to win an NBA Championship. "I can't believe I won't be able to have another strategy session with James," Morey wrote.
"I loved working together on how to get his incredible Hall of Fame teammates Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook to the Rockets. I will be rooting for James to win a championship in Houston. It's how this story should end."
Morey also showed his appreciation for the city of Houston and Rockets fans. "Your support has kept me energized and inspired. You have been the driving force to our success," Morey concluded. "I am honored to have been a part of your story."