James Harden‘s No. 13 will reportedly one day hang from the rafters of the Toyota Center.
Per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta plans to retire Harden’s number in recognition of his eight incredible seasons in Houston.
“James Harden will always be a Rocket,” Fertitta told Feigen via text on Tuesday, one day before Harden returns to Houston to face the Rockets for the first time with the Brooklyn Nets.
“Of course, we will retire his jersey. He made my first three years of owning this franchise unforgettable. The success he brought this franchise over eight years and the memories he created for our fan base/community (are) truly remarkable.”
The 2017-18 MVP, three-time scoring champ and nine-time all-star will join the likes of Calvin Murphy (23), Moses Malone (24), Hakeem Olajuwon (34), Rudy Tomjanovich (45), Clyde Drexler (22), and Yao Ming (11).
Harden was traded to the Nets in a blockbuster deal in early January after the disgruntled superstar, who was unable to get the Rockets past the Western Conference finals, had remained quiet through months of reports that he was unhappy in Houston.
Since joining Kyrie Irving and former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Kevin Durant in Brooklyn, forming a “Big Three,” Harden has averaged 25.3 points, 11.3 assists and 8.7 rebounds on 49.0 per cent shooting from the field and 41.9 per cent from three in 22 games.
With files from The Associated Press.