Game of Thrones Star Emilia Clarke Once Stole Beyoncé’s Spotlight Courtesy of Special Treatment By James Harden’s Rockets

Published 05/17/2022, 5:30 PM EDT

James Harden is arguably one of the three greatest offensive players this league has ever seen. He was a three-level scorer. Harden could attack at the rim, he could beat you from a distance, and he could hit his free throws. He scored the most points by any player last decade. He was the face of the Houston Rockets for the better part of the last decade. When they played, many celebrities came to see them. And once two “queens” came to see them, but one reigned supreme.

During the 2019 NBA Playoffs, the Houston Rockets were playing the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Semi-Finals. The Rockets were down 3-2 for the series, hence this was an important home playoff game. And in attendance was Beyoncé, who is a native of Houston, and Emilia Clarke, who was fresh from the success of Games of Thrones and was the flavor of the town and the game.

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HOUSTON, TX – MARCH 30: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates a win against the Phoenix Suns on March 30, 2018 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. James Harden finished with a team-high 28 points along with 10 assists and 8 rebounds for the Rockets. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

 

And hence the Rocket’s social media team choose Emilia for a jokey photo-op. That’s exactly what happened at one point when Clutch the Rocket Bear, the local team’s mascot, strolled by clutching a to-go coffee cup. Clarke got a royal introduction in front of thousands of Houston fans, while the spotlight fell off Beyoncé for the large part. It was otherwise a tough night for the Rockets. The Warriors won the game 118-113, and the loss for Houston ended the team’s 2019 playoffs effort.

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James Harden – The uncertain future

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After getting frustrated with not reaching the NBA Finals with the Houston Rockets, Harden demanded a trade. And in December 2020, his wish was granted, as he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets to form a new big three in the east. Harden teamed up with ex-teammate Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. But this reunion was short-lived as one or the other circumstance eventually led to Harden being traded to the 76ers.

May 8, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden (1) reacts to his three pointer against the Miami Heat during the fourth quarter in game four of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Harden has had some injury concerns for the past two seasons. Even if he opts into his player option for the 2022-23 season, the 76ers management will still have an important decision to make.

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Do they give a max contract to a guy who has been declining for two years now? Because if they don’t, they may alienate him and after burning through so many assets for him, a three-month rental will not be a good look. Let us know in the comments below what do you think happens in the offseason.

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Nirjhar Sharma

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Nirjhar Sharma is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a sports enthusiast who follows all major sports and has been watching the NBA for the past 7 years now. A firm believer in the 'Greek Freak' being the best player in the league right now, he believes that the Bucks are primed for another championship run unless the injury bug bites them.

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