Toyota Center public announcer Matt Thomas tried to use the same tone and excitement on Wednesday night, and James Harden’s turn appeared in the starting lineup introduction, just like he has in the past eight seasons As done in.
Of course, the situation is completely different. The reaction of Houston Rockets fans was the same. They greeted Harden’s cheers and boos because the MVP faced him for the first time since he was asked to trade to the Brooklyn Nets seven weeks ago. Former team.
Harden said: “As far as playing in Houston, the fans have a lot of emotions, but I know that will happen.” “I just want to come out and perform for them here.”
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This is the Rockets’ 13th losing streak, because the team’s longest losing streak in 20 years has been extended to the All-Star Game, so the Rockets are limited to eight available players.
Rockets point guard John Wall said: “We have been losing, we really need to take a break to clear our minds, find ourselves, work hard to keep some players healthy, and once again form a complete team.” At 41 minutes Finished 12 out of 30 beats within. “I don’t know when the last time we had a complete team. Tonight we only had eight people in the team, but we did not stop fighting. We have been competing, we have been fighting, this is something you can respect thing.”
Among the reduced capacity crowd, a small group of fans booed Harden every time Harden touched the ball at the beginning of the game to express their dissatisfaction with Harden’s pressure to trade him. like. According to research conducted by the Elias Sports Bureau, Harden became the sixth player to win a triple-double against the previous team. He said that the boos did not affect him.
Harden said: “Once I enter that stadium, it is trying to win.” Harden has only 10 of the 15 people on the field. “I don’t really worry about anything else. That’s how I feel-winning the game and doing everything I can to do what I’ve been doing. I’m not showing off or trying to do anything different that I have never done before. thing.”
The Rockets as an organization gave Harden a warm welcome back to Houston. Before and after the game, he chatted and hugged several staff and players in Houston. A tribute video was played during the first pause of the game, showing highlights of Harden’s eight seasons in Houston and his charitable behavior in the community.
“You can say what this means to him,” Nets coach Steve Nash said. “This place is very special for James. Houston means a lot to him-the city, the organization, what he has achieved here in this team. I know this is a big game for him. I am He is proud of the way he handles it.”
Harden said that he learned on the Internet on Tuesday that Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta plans to eventually retire Harden’s No. 13 jersey and hang it on the Toyota Center after.
“My reaction is to hope I did it right. Obviously, I didn’t win the championship, but the work on and off the court [I] In the past eight years, he has performed very well,” he said, “I think that is the only thing I haven’t done or completed, is winning the championship, which is difficult to achieve. But in terms of making this city exciting and taking care of the fans inside and outside the stadium, this is my contribution, I hope so. [lack of a championship]. “