The connection between James Harden and the Houston Rockets appears unsalvageable.
The previous NBA MVP concluded his press convention Tuesday night time following the Rockets’ 117-100 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers with a searing indictment of the crew.
“We’re simply not ok,” Harden mentioned. “Chemistry, talent-wise, simply the whole lot, and it was clear these previous few video games.”
The Rockets are 3-6 on the season, second-to-last within the Western Convention and coming off two straight losses to the defending champion Lakers.
Harden’s needs for a commerce out of Houston had been made clear within the lead-up to the season, and he appeared to suggest Tuesday night time together with his closing remarks that he nonetheless needs to be traded.
“I like this metropolis. I actually have accomplished the whole lot that I can,” Harden said.
“This example is loopy. It is one thing that I do not suppose could be fastened.”
Harden, 31, is in one of many greatest scoring funks of his profession. He is been held to twenty factors or much less for 4 straight video games, a streak he hasn’t skilled since 2011-12, his remaining 12 months with the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder earlier than he was traded to the Rockets.
Harden’s new backcourt working mate, John Wall, weighed in on the dysfunction surrounding Harden and the crew – each instantly and not directly.
“I believe it has been a bit rocky. Cannot lie about that,” Wall said concerning how issues have been going with him and Harden as a duo. “I do not suppose it has been the most effective it might be, to be trustworthy. That is all I actually can say.”
Wall, although, also seemed to criticize Harden’s commitment to the crew, with out mentioning the longtime Rockets star by title.
“I advised the blokes earlier than, when the 1-through-15 guys all on the identical web page they usually commit they usually know their position they usually know what they need to do they usually know what they need to get out of this, and that is to win, you all shall be effective. However when you’ve sure guys within the combine that do not need to buy-in all as one, it may be exhausting to do something particular or do something good as a basketball crew,” Wall mentioned.
“We won’t dwell down on it as a result of it is solely been 9 video games. Like, come on man, you need to leap off the cliff off of 9 video games? There’s a whole lot of basketball nonetheless to be performed,” Wall added.