Rockets star James Harden’s Houston restaurant opening in January amid trade rumors
Houston Rockets star James Harden has been the subject of trade rumors for month, with innumerable persons speculating as to his future in Houston.
But in the meantime, Harden is preparing to open his own restaurant.
“The Beard” will unveil his new restaurant, Thirteen, on January 22 in Midtown, per Amy McCarthy of Eater. It will be an upscale venue headed by chef Tobias Dorzon, who formerly served as a personal chef for star athletes like LeBron James and DeSean Jackson.
Of course, Harden’s business ventures do not necessarily have to do with his professional exploits. The former league MVP has been insistent in his love for the Houston community in spite of trade demands. But those demands might also be softening a bit.
Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reported Harden still “prefers” to be dealt, but Rockets insiders are feeling optimistic he will remain with the team at least through the remainder of the 2020-21 season:
Front office executives around the NBA say Houston is growing more confident that Harden will be content to stick around at least through the rest of the season.
The Rockets fell to 3-5 after Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. But they have faced a fairly tough opening slate of games, and there are reasons to be encouraged.
John Wall is averaging over 20 points and asserting himself as an offensive playmaker, while Christian Wood has been a dominant force inside. Houston might still have untapped potential, which could be unleashed as the season rolls along.
In any event, Harden will expand his business portfolio with the new restaurant even as his basketball future remains something of an uncertainty with the Rockets.
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