When workmen showed up Wednesday across from Barclays Center, it didn’t take long for onlookers, including fans, to figure out what was going on. Giant murals of James Harden were being painted on the three sides of the former Triangle Sports building at Flatbush Avenue and Fourth Street.
Anthony Puccio was first to tweet about it.
James Harden mural currently being put up across the street from Barclays Center.— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) April 7, 2021
@_KD2 | @JHarden13 pic.twitter.com/0DRmlETocQ
Kyle Diangkinay posted images as well ... suggesting that the mural is probably an adidas promotion...
Have to imagine it’s @adidasHoops related with the stencil for @JHarden13 being put in place on the other side of the building @APOOCH / @TheHoopCentral / @Ballislife https://t.co/ssjlAU8BPu pic.twitter.com/5TOT09RjGD— kyle (@_KD2) April 7, 2021
Not long after, Harden himself seemed to confirm, re posting Diangkinay’s images.
April 7, 2021
It shouldn’t be a surprise. After all, Harden is in the midst of a 13-year, $200 million endorsement deal with adidas.
Shortly after 4 p.m., the mural really started to take shape around the abandoned building, as our Alec Sturm posted...
Here’s a view of another side of the building: pic.twitter.com/VNiRorbJDY— Alec Sturm (@Alec_Sturm) April 7, 2021
Other fans played tourist as well... like this from Hoodie Harden (@hardenbbq)...
By nightfall, the text accompanying the image of Harden was visible...
A new mural going up across from Barclays Center. The text next to Harden says: “Where some see a scoring title, I see the possibilities of elevating those around me...” pic.twitter.com/dZgFll1NMW— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) April 7, 2021
If indeed it is adidas, it won’t be the first time a Nets player got a mural from his footwear sponsor. Last year, Kyrie Irving got the mural treatment.
That was Nike, of course.