Another thing you guys shared was a relationship with the late, great Nipsey Hussle. Where were you when you heard the news of his passing?
Westbrook: Hearing the news, James was one of the first calls I made. There was no hesitation about it because we understand his impact, what he was doing and why. We understand who he was. It wasn’t no fluff. Now the rest of the world understands.
Harden: A couple days before he passed, I had rented a house in L.A., and he pulled up by himself—no security, no nothing. Beats [by Dre] set a whole dinner up. They came and cooked at the house, and we were talking. He had a deal with a casino.
Westbrook: Yep, in Vegas.
Harden: He wanted to do a Marathon sports agency. [The Marathon was Hussle’s multifaceted company, which sought to uplift the local L.A. community.] So me, him, and [James’s manager] Zo and all the homies, we were just talking about it. We just had an in-depth conversation, smoking a cigar in the back, just chopping it up about how big we can make this. And then one day I’m sitting back in Vegas, and I get the phone call, and I’m like, “It’s impossible.”
Westbrook: It’s impossible. Like, Nipsey Hussle?
Harden: I still want to figure out how to make [the agency] happen. Like, that’s one of my goals.