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  • the fans in Houston gave a mixed reaction to James Harden.

  • That was more cheers than it was booze.

  • And that was pretty much what we expected to hear Harden after forcing his way unceremoniously and on some level unprofessionally out of Houston at the beginning of this season.

  • But having done so much not only for that franchise for that city, you figured there'd be the smattering of boos, there would be the majority would be cheers.

  • And that's certainly what it felt like and sounded like to me as I was following along with it last night.

  • Bear in mind, it's been a brutal time in Houston in so many different ways in ways that are so much more significant than anything that could happen in an NBA arena.

  • The tragedy of the power outages recently and all the rest of that, but of far less consequence, even in sports, you got to Shawn Watson forcing his way out.

  • The Astros just traded away George Springer, and now James Harden is a Brooklyn net.

  • He's on his way to an M V.

  • P may be significant MVP consideration, maybe even winning the award this year.

  • He's playing so well and the Nets might win the championship.

  • And here you are, sitting there watching him do all of this with another team.

  • And so I always look at these circumstances and I try to think to myself, How would I have reacted to this as a fan?

  • In this day and age, I kind of view things differently because I'm just too close to it.

  • Anything that you're as close to as I am to this.

  • It's not that I've lost my passion for it, but I just don't view it the same way I used to.

  • But if I was a fan, if I were right now a lawyer or anything else that I might have done with my life if I didn't do this and this exact circumstance had played out, I don't think I would have cheered for him.

  • I don't think I would have cheered.

  • I look at it like a marriage.

  • We had many great years, many great times.

  • Then at the end, you lied to me, cheated on me, humiliated me publicly, made it clear the only thing that mattered was getting the hell away from me.

  • I'm going to feel some kind of way like that's going to leave a mark.

  • Now, let me ask them.

  • The hashtag crew is here with us this morning.

  • And then the leader of that group is Bubba Brendan Peregrine, my disheveled board operator.

  • And for those who don't know, Bubba is a leading marriage expert in that field.

  • Has written and published many books in that area.

  • So, Bubba, I would ask you, Does that make sense?

  • If you were?

  • And if you could make that analogy if you were a fan of the Rockets last night, would you have cheered or booed James Harden on his return?

  • Yeah, I'd say there's a 0% chance I am cheering that man when he returns.

  • Tell me why.

  • Give me your thoughts on this, Bubba.

  • I think what you said your analogy makes perfect sense.

  • I mean, I think he had a lot of great years and you loved him.

  • He was there, but the ending was terrible.

  • He treated us terribly and was a terrible you know, teammate person in the city at the end and just trash us on the way out.

  • So what?

  • You know, I can't just let that go.

  • I can't just go.

  • Yeah, he's back.

  • Yeah.

  • You know, No, he also.

  • And I will tell you another thing.

  • He also never quite got you to the promised land.

  • Like it might be different if you were sitting there having, you know, soaked in all the champagne of a celebration.

  • If you had seen him win a championship for your city, maybe that buys you a little extra on the way out the door.

  • But again, I think that's right.

  • And this is sports.

  • At the end of the day, I don't like it when people tell me that you shouldn't use certain phraseology or certain thoughts around the world of sports.

  • What he did for that city is wonderful.

  • That will never change.

  • And so if you see him in the street, if you're in Houston and you see him in the street Oh, by all means salute him.

  • He is a critical member of that community.

  • He's done a ton for the city of Houston.

  • God bless him.

  • That's not what we're talking about when you're in the arena that sports, we're all playing a game here.

  • He's playing one literally.

  • We're all playing one, figuratively.

  • This is just a game we're playing.

  • So when he walks into that arena, it's not about what he did for the city.

  • It's not about how what a wonderful person he was there.

  • And I have to believe he gets that we should.

  • All the athletes should get that again.

  • You see James Harden in the street, you salute him in Houston or anywhere.

  • What you've done for the city is fabulous.

  • With all of that.

  • That has nothing to do with this.

  • But in sports, it's all part of the game.

  • You boo him if you want to.

  • I always say there's sports hate, which isn't actual hate, So I have no issue with fans booing James Harden.

  • It's all part of the game.

  • When I was a kid, I used to talk about all the players I hated.

  • I hated Dan Marino.

  • I hated Larry Bird.

  • I hate there's a list of we all have that.

  • We'll have guy literally hate them.

  • I've met Dan Marino a million times.

  • It couldn't be a more charming guy.

  • Very nice, all that kind of stuff.

  • I really don't know, Bird, I don't I don't know him well, but I'm willing to meet him halfway.

  • I know Brady a little bit.

  • Belichick.

  • I root against them in every game they play.

  • I have no issue with you saying, I hate that guy.

  • I hate that team because you don't mean it.

  • And everyone with a shred of common sense knows you don't mean it.

  • So don't let anyone tell you there's anything wrong with saying that again.

  • If you see James Harden in the street, salute him for everything he's done.

  • But if you want to boo him last night on his return, I myself don't have any issue with that.

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