2018 NBA MVP James Harden thanked the Houston Rockets, their fans and the city of Houston in an Instagram post after he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Harden, who signed with the Rockets in 2012, led Houston to a playoff appearance in each of his season played with the Rockets.
This week, after almost a decade spent with the Rockets, Harden left Houston. "What can I write? What words can convey all the ways I feel," Harden 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 bringing the glory to the city. I fell short and for that I am forever indebted. It’s far from a good bye as I pay all my debts. TMC H Town!" Harden and the Rockets had an ugly split In the offseason, Harden requested a trade but he wasn't traded.
Following a 117-100 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, Harden unloaded in his press conference as he said the Rockets weren't good enough and added the situation there was unfixable. "I mean, this situation is crazy.
It's something that I don't think can be fixed," Harden said. "We're not even close, honestly, to that team -- obviously the defending champions -- and all the other elite teams out there. I mean, you can tell the difference in these last two games.
"We're just not good enough -- chemistry, talentwise, just everything. And it was clear these last two games." Following Harden's comments, the Rockets had no choice but to trade the former NBA MVP as soon as possible.
Rockets center DeMarcus Cousins wasn't happy with the way Harden handled the situation. "Just the approach to training camp, showing up the way he did, the antics off the court, the disrespect started way before [Tuesday night]," Cousins said.
"This isn't something that all of the sudden happened last night, but with that being said, like I said, this is the nasty part of the business. So it is what it is."