James Harden’s relationship with the Houston Rockets seems irreparable after an unbalanced second straight loss that left him venting his frustration with the team.
The Rockets (3-6) are second from the bottom of the Western Conference after Tuesday’s 117-100 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. They lost to the same team 120-102 on Sunday.
Harden, the 2018 NBA MVP, has scored 20 points or less in each of the last four games – his longest streak since 2011-12.
Several reports in the lead-up to the season indicated that Harden was seeking a trade with the Rockets, although the guard pushed back on speculation.
“I love this city. I literally did everything I could,” said Harden. “I mean, this situation is crazy. It’s something I don’t think can be fixed.”
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The Rockets trailed 30 points in the third quarter on Tuesday and Harden said they were well below the quality required to challenge the top teams.
“We’re not even close, honestly, to this team – obviously the defending champions – and all the other elite teams,” he said at a press conference. “I mean, you can make a difference in these last two games.
“We’re just not good enough – chemistry, talent, just everything.”