James Harden really, really wants out of Houston.
The Rockets star, who had a tumultuous start to the season and has all but asked publicly sent elsewhere, sounds now like he is simply done with the organization.
Harden walked out of his interview with the media following their 117-100 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night with a pretty clear message.
“We’re just not good enough,” Harden said. “We don’t, obviously chemistry, talent-wise, just everything — and it was clear these last few games … I love this city. I literally have done everything that I can.
“I mean, this situation is crazy. It’s something that I don’t think can be fixed.”
Harden dropped 16 points and had seven rebounds and six assists in their 17-point loss at the Toyota Center on Tuesday, which marked their second-straight to the Lakers.
John Wall: ‘It’s been a little rocky’
Harden’s arrival back in Houston before the season was a bit rough.
The 31-year-old was fined $50,000 for allegedly attending a birthday party last month, which made him late for team camp. He was also reportedly “unmoved and uninterested” in teaming up with John Wall — who the team traded for in a deal that sent Russell Westbrook to Washington.
That, Wall said Tuesday, still seems to be the case.
“It’s been a little rocky,” Wall said of his start with Harden, via The Athletic’s Kelly Iko. “I don’t think it’s been the best, that’s all I can say.”
He did, however, elaborate on their locker room issues.
“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, to do anything good as a basketball team,” Wall said.
“It’s only been nine games. Come on, man, you want to jump off the cliff after nine games?”
“It’s only been nine games. Come on, man, you want to jump off the cliff after nine games?"
John Wall on James Harden reportedly wanting out of Houston pic.twitter.com/rmevt9SntW
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 13, 2021
Tensions have been rising in Houston for quite some time, too. The team culture, according to a shocking ESPN story last month, revolved completely around him. He also reportedly got into multiple confrontations in practice and even threw a basketball at rookie Jae’Sean Tate.
Actually getting out of Houston, however, could prove difficult. Harden is in the second year of a massive four-year, $171 million deal. Though the Rockets are still discussing trade scenarios with teams, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that no deal is imminent and their “asking price remains steep.”
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