There’There is no question that James Harden’s departure from Houston was less than ideal. He threw a tantrum similar to a three-year-old at a grocery store before being moved to Brooklyn.
But no matter how Harden left the city, his last days in Houston don’t define his entire tenure there. It’s clear that the superstar still has a love for the place that helped make him a future Hall of Famer.
Harden was reported on Sunday night to have donated 3,000 meals to people in Houston affected by the severe cold that hit Texas last week. The entire state has experienced power outages and food shortages since historic snow levels and freezing temperatures destroyed infrastructure in the state.
At a postgame press conference Sunday, Harden says he is constantly making calls to people in the city to more effectively help those affected.
Earlier this month Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors was passionately enraged about how players are vilified once they say they want to be traded, highlighting inconsistencies in the way organizations and fans treat those players. And there were certainly many in Houston who saw Harden differently due to his repeated requests to leave, and they continued to demonstrate Green’s point of view.
However, as Green emphasized, these players also have a humanity that should not be ignored. The same humanity that says “I deserve to be happy”, when asking for an exchange, also says “I must help people” through a crisis.
I’m not saying it’s okay how Harden navigated his departure from Houston. But I support your decision to want to leave an organization if you want to. Too often we hold athletes to robotic standards, and when one tries to break form, we crush them.
Harden cannot be faulted for wanting to explore his happiness and keep quiet about his disinterest towards average Texans facing a life or death situation.
Good for Harden for trying to help the Houston community.