Har­den plans to be in Hous­ton ‘for­ever’

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James Har­den, who re­cently signed the rich­est con­tract in NBA his­tory, says he wants to re­main a Hous­ton Rocket “for­ever”. The 27year-old Amer­i­can agreed last week a four-year su­per-max­i­mum con­tract ex­ten­sion that means he will make $228 mil­lion over the next six NBA sea­sons through 2022-23. “I know where home is,” Har­den said. “I know where I want to be. I know where I want to re­tire ul­ti­mately and where I want to win a cham­pi­onship. Ev­ery­thing is go­ing to hap­pen here in Hous­ton, and that’s the rea­son I’m here for­ever.” Asked Satur­day how it felt to have the league’s top con­tract Har­den replied, “It’s cool. I’ve worked ex­tremely hard. But it doesn’t re­ally mean any­thing with­out hold­ing that cham­pi­onship up. That’s why I’m in the gym ev­ery sin­gle day, and I won’t stop un­til I get it.” The Rock­ets signed Har­den to the ex­ten­sion de­spite his dis­ap­pear­ing act in the Rock­ets sea­son-end­ing play­off se­ries against the San An­to­nio Spurs. In game five of the Western Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals, Har­den de­liv­ered a list­less per­for­mance and game six was even worse. —AFP

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