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Former Rockets GM Daryl Morey praises James Harden in newspaper ad

Daryl Morey stepped down from his position as general manager of the Houston Rockets on Thursday after 13 seasons, saying it was the "right time" to do so. 

Morey's resignation won't go into effect until Nov. 1 as he continues to help Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta in the franchise's search for a new head coach. Still, his time in the organization is winding down, and Morey took the time to thank the numerous amount of people who helped him during his tenure with the team. 

The 48-year-old took out a full-page ad in the Houston Chronicle for Sunday's paper and saved his highest praise for James Harden, who he says changed his life. 

"James Harden changed my life," Morey wrote in bold print. "An entire page could be dedicated just to James. He not only transformed my life but also revolutionized the game of basketball -- and continues to do so -- like almost no one has before. The game is played differently because of James, and on every playground in the world, the next generation of talent is studying and imitating his game."

Morey brought Harden to the Rockets from Oklahoma City in a major 2012 trade, which was one of only 77 trades that he made as Rockets general manager. 

Harden won the 2017-18 MVP award and the past three scoring titles with Houston. He also was named to eight straight All-Star teams and took the Rockets to the postseason in each of his seasons in Houston. Quite frankly, it's no surprise that Morey had so much praise for Harden, as the 31-year-old has done a tremendous amount for the organization. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. Although many think Boston sports fans are insufferable, Erin tries to see things from a neutral perspective. Her passion is hockey, and she believes defense wins championships. In addition to covering sports for Yardbarker, she covers Boston sports for NBC Sports Boston. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90

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