Former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey took out a full-page ad in Sunday’s Houston Chronicle to thank the Rockets community, specifically singling out James Harden.
Morey announced his departure as general manager Thursday after 14 years with the Rockets. He spent the past 13 years as GM.
Morey recalled some of his memories as GM over the years. He mentioned Harden, saying, “James Harden changed my life” in boldface type.
Morey praised the three-time NBA scoring champion, whom he acquired during the 2012 offseason, saying he “revolutionized the game of basketball — and continues to do so.
“The game is played differently because of James, and on every playground in the world, the next generation of talent is studying and imitating his game,” said Morey, who also tweeted out a picture of the ad.
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Despite never winning a championship with the Rockets, Morey said he will continue to root “for James to win a Championship for Houston. It’s how this story should end.”
In eight seasons with the Rockets, Harden has averaged 29 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.7 assists. He earned the Most Valuable Player award for the 2017-18 season.