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James Harden Looking to Honor Nipsey Hussle With Championship Run: 'This Journey That I'm On Is for Him'

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James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during a game on April 2, 2019 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. 

When James Harden took the podium following Wednesday night's thrashing of the Utah Jazz, a reporter noticed a photo of Nipsey Hussle inside the medallion of his silver diamond-encrusted chain. A stern JH13 explained that he's looking to continue the Marathon and honor Nip's legacy with his outstanding play this post-season.

"That name will never die," Harden said when asked why it was important for people to remember Nipsey. "People will remember him. I'm just here because he's one of my close friends. This journey that I'm on is for him. It's plain and simple. That name, Nip, everybody knows that name now. I'm just another person that's helping that name live on."

A heartbroken Harden was excused from practice the day after Nipsey's death, which he described as "one of the worst days of his life" on Instagram. The 2018 NBA MVP also paid his condolences to Nip's family when he joined thousands of others who made their way into the Staples Center for Hussle's Celebration of Life memorial last week. 

Harden and Nipsey grew up in the same area of South Central Los Angeles and both attended Audubon Middle School. The close friends were often spotted hanging out together even with their busy schedules. The Rockets star guard finished game 2's 118-98 dismantling of the Jazz with a triple-double that included 32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. 

Check out the clip of James Harden speaking on Nipsey Hussle below. 


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