Harden Trying To Make Oklahoma City Return 'Just Another Game'
James Harden makes his first return to Oklahoma City as a member of the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
Harden spent three seasons with the Thunder where he became a fan favorite before he was traded in October.
“I’m on the road trying to get a win,” Harden said Tuesday. “That’s no different than when we played at Memphis or Atlanta or whatever the case may be.”
Harden refuses to give special significance to the game.
“To be honest, I don’t even know,” he said. “It will be good to see some faces, some old teammates and coaches. They’re all my family. I look forward to every single game I play. It’s just another game.”
Daequan Cook expects Harden to be particularly motivated in the game.
“He’s going to be in a different zone,” Cook said. “At the end of the day, if anybody knows, I know this game means a lot to him. He’s going to want to play his best basketball. This game means so much right now to him. You’re going to see a different mindset with him.
“It’s going to be crazy, man. Crazy emotional and very energetic on both sides of the floor for both teams.”