Houston, We Have an All-Star Problem!
It seems to be that All-Star James Harden is at his breaking point with Clutch City. After Tuesday nights game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Rockets lost 117-100, bringing them to losing 4 out of 5 games since his return. Who wouldn’t be mad at those results, but this isn’t something that recently happened. Harden has been weighing his options with other teams since the 2018 season, it’s only now he’s public with it. According to ESPN, “Harden made it clear to owner Tilman Fertitta before the season that he did not believe in the franchise’s direction and ability to contend, and preferred to be traded to a team that was in a better position to win, sources said.”
Over many times during the season, Fertitta exclaimed to Harden that he would explore the trade market when the time was right, on his terms. Frequently assuring Harden that he would trade him.
“We’re not even close, honestly, to [the Lakers] — obviously the defending champions — and all the other elite teams out there,” Harden said. “I mean, you can tell the difference in these last two games. “We’re just not good enough — chemistry, talentwise, just everything. And it was clear these last two games.”
But he’s not the only one that had something to say at the virtual conference on Tuesday Night. Recently traded from the Washington Wizards to the Rockets, John Wall entered the conversation regarding Harden’s comments about the franchise and where he stands.
“Come on, man, you want to jump off the cliff after nine games?” Wall asked. “There’s a lot of basketball still to be played.” He continued to explain that when everyone’s on the same page, knows their roles, and what they want, that’s when you’ll start seeing games being won.
“But, when you have certain guys in the mix that don’t want to buy in all as one, it’s going to be hard to do anything special or anything good as a basketball team.”
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