James Harden working with Houston mayor to provide storm aid to city he still calls home

Liz Roscher
·2 min read

James Harden doesn't play for the Houston Rockets anymore, but the city he played in for eight seasons remains close to his heart.

Harden, who was traded from the Rockets to the Brooklyn Nets in January, spoke to the media on Sunday night about his efforts to help the city he still calls home. Houston, as well as numerous parts of Texas, have been struggling with access to power and water after a recent winter storm damaged the power grid and knocked out electricity for millions of Texans.

Harden working with Houston mayor to provide aid

Following the Nets' 112-108 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, Harden discussed what he's been doing to help residents of Houston who are struggling in the wake of power outages and record cold temperatures.

"I have phone calls literally every day, all day trying to impact the city because they’ve shown me so much love and respect in the time that I was there. So I call Houston home. It’s devastating obviously. It’s probably worse than the hurricane because we just don’t know how many people were affected, not having electricity not having power and aren’t able to eat."

Harden said he's working with Body Armor to have water shipped into the city. He's been on the phone with several plumbing companies who are working to fix burst pipes. He's also been talking to Mayor Sylvester Turner about more ways he can help.

“I’ve been in contact with the mayor, Mayor Turner. Just so many people that I’ve known that are able to help while I’m not there. Obviously, this is a huge problem but I try to impact and help as much as I can while I’m out there. And I’ll continue that. It won’t stop because there’s so many people that’s been affected that I can’t stop.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 18: James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 18: James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

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