James Harden is going to have to go through some trouble after allegedly punching a fan in Los Angeles, reports TMZ

According to the lawsuit, Harden was on his way out of Greystone Manor nightclub in West Hollywood November 3 - riding in the back seat of some SUV - when he rolled the window down to greet fans.

That's when a man named Barak Golan says he shouted at Harden, "Kobe owns your a**!" and Harden allegedly hit him in the face.

But Harden wasn't done ... Golan says the Rockets guard flipped him off as his SUV sped away.

Golan is now suing for assault and battery, demanding unspecified damages. Harden's representatives made no comment.

Harden has become a face of the NBA, and Adam Silver won't like seeing one of his top men engaging in a physical bout with a fan.

Sure, the fan disrespected the Houston star but that's what fans do. They get under your skin, if anything Harden should've taken it as a motivation to get better.

Harden is at the peak of his career right now and this could be the year where he takes Houston all the way, they haven't had a bad start to the season and their team is looking good. Harden will have to get this unnecessary distraction out of the way, as quickly and quietly as he can.

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