The tension had been building for months.
And after the blockbuster trade that sent the portly Harden to the Brooklyn Nets, some fans needed to vent, which included the owners of a Houston car wash who are venting their disgust of the prolific scorer to the next level.
That’s right: Fans in the Houston area can ditch their No. 13 Harden jersey for a free car wash, ABC 13 reported.
“He gave up on the team,” said former fan Dixie Hernandez to ABC. “He gave up on his fans more importantly. So there’s not much to say, but he’s a quitter.”
Hernandez had brought her brother’s jersey in to the I Car Wash to be tossed in exchange for a car shine following the mega deal, ABC reported.
”I just love the Rockets,” said car wash owner Zishan Quresham to ABC. “I’m really heartbroken right now, and as soon as I saw the news I said, ‘You know what, enough is enough.’ So now I’m sharing my heartache with you, Houston, taking jerseys, and I’m just having them trash it.”
Harden spent eight seasons with the Rockets — leading the NBA in scoring the last three — and while he helped take them to playoffs on multiple occasions, he couldn’t bring a championship to H-Town. The hammer finally dropped when the 31-year-old guard made it abundantly clear that he wanted out of Houston after Tuesday’s 117-100 loss to LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers.
“I love this city,” Harden said after Tuesday’s loss. “I literally have done everything that I can. I mean, this situation is crazy. It’s something that I don’t think can be fixed.”
The Rockets sent Harden to Brooklyn — reuniting him with former Oklahoma City teammate Kevin Durant — in a four-team trade that involved the Pacers and Cavaliers.