James Harden's new restaurant in Houston, Texas, is already getting horrible reviews thanks to the blockbuster trade he forced that sent him across the country to Brooklyn, New York, according to The Houston Chronicle.
The NBA superstar and MVP was planning to open his new restaurant Thirteen later this month in Houston. But, on Wednesday, Harden's wishes were granted and he was sent to the Brooklyn Nets in a league-altering trade that got buried in the news cycle because it dropped at the exact same time as the historic second impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Harden was an icon in Houston and fans spent nearly a decade rooting ardently for him as he racked up scoring titles but struggled with little playoff success.
His decision to force his way out of Houston shocked many fans who had devoted years to supporting him. But spokeswoman Sherrie Handrinos said Harden still plans to open the restaurant, which is named after his jersey number, despite the trade.
"Our entire staff and team are looking forward to providing top-notch service and bringing a one-of-a-kind dining experience to Houston. We are looking forward to sharing our extensive menu and beautiful restaurant with the city,” Handrinos said in an email to The Houston Chronicle.
The restaurant was built around the stylings of Tobias Dorzon, a personal chef for a number of NBA stars, according to the newspaper.
Unfortunately for Harden and his staff, fans are taking out their pain over the trade on the restaurant, filling the internet with negative reviews of the restaurant before it even opens.
"Literal trash just like James harden," one review said, while others had other stinging barbs like "Owner doesn’t know how to cook it up in the court" and "Doesn't quite have that championship taste."
Another review said: "Toxic owner, food just never comes out finished. definitely a choking hazard. [The] owner walked out on the chefs he brought in himself. Wouldn’t touch this place with a 4-mile long pole."
The reviews of James Harden's restaurant is going to be running like this for quite awhile. pic.twitter.com/CvCM2Jtg08
— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) January 14, 2021
I get that people are annoyed at the bad reviews on Harden’s restaurant in Houston. But you can’t judge a whole fan base on some fans handling the situation wrong. As you can see from some of the reviews there’s a lot of appreciative fans out there. pic.twitter.com/YDUv7FSSDc
— Scottish Rockets Fan (@RocketsScottish) January 14, 2021
James Harden is already receiving reviews for his new restaurant in Houston ???????? pic.twitter.com/OYBDe3uYwb
— Clutch Sources (@clutchsources) January 15, 2021
While the reactions seem harsh, Harden's actions over the last few months have drawn eyes across the league.
Harden has faced significant backlash over the past few weeks for his flippant, and to some offensive, conduct in relation to his teammates on the Houston Rockets. After demanding a trade in November, he refused to show up to training camp before the season and intentionally shared videos of himself criss-crossing the country going to strip clubs and parties with Lil Baby.
The events were a flagrant violation of the league's COVID-19 policies and he was fined $50,000 for it, but his actions were seen as part of Harden's efforts to force the team to trade him somewhere else.
"Just not good enough…I love this city. I literally have done everything that I can. I mean, this situation is crazy. It’s something that I don’t think can be fixed," Harden said on Tuesday before the coach of the Houston Rockets, Stephen Silas, told him to stay home away from the team and not come back.
His teammate, DeMarcus Cousins, bashed Harden in a press conference for his behavior.
"Obviously, it's disrespectful, but everybody has a right to their opinion. We feel a certain type of way about some of his actions," Cousins said on Tuesday, according to ESPN.
"This is the nasty part of the business that kind of gets swept under the rug. You deal with some of these things. When guys are in positions of being franchise players or whatever the case may be, it's usually sometimes a nasty breakup."