James Harden appears to be heading for a Houston Rockets exit after his frustrations escalated after the team’s loss to the Lakers.
Harden reportedly wants to be traded to the Philadelphia 76ers or another NBA contender, and the former MVP got a clear message after the Rockets were swept aside by defending champions Lakers 117-100 on Tuesday.
The Rockets star walked out of his post-game press conference, not before telling the media, “I love this city. I literally did everything I could. This situation is crazy. C ‘is something I don’t think can be fixed. “
Led by Harden, the Rockets have reached two Western Conference Finals, while Houston has made three semi-finals since the eight-time All-Star was acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012.
In 2019-20, Harden’s points scored and points scored on his assists averaged 52.4 per game. He followed 53.9 in 2018-19, 51.3 in 2017-18 and 56 the previous season.
It marked four successive seasons with over 50 points per game created, tying Oscar Robertson (1963-64 to 1966-67) for the longest streak in NBA history.
Harden averaged 34.3 points, 7.5 assists and 6.6 rebounds per game for the Rockets, who lost in the Western Conference semifinals at Walt Disney World Resort.
But Harden looks out of shape and in a bad mood in 2020-21 amid ties to the 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors.
Harden only managed five of 16 shots from the field, as he only managed one of his six three-pointers for 16 points in 31 minutes as the Rockets slumped to 3-6.
“We’re not even close, honestly, to this team – obviously the defending champions – and all the other top teams,” said Harden. “I mean, you can make a difference in these last two games.
“We’re just not good enough – chemistry, talent, just everything. And that was clear the last two games.”
Moments after Harden left the podium, his Rockets teammate John Wall stepped in and the five-time All-Star didn’t hesitate to address the situation in Houston.
“When you have some guys in the mix who don’t want to buy, all as one, it’s going to be hard to do something special, to do something good as a basketball team,” said Wall, which was acquired by the Rockets after Russell Westbrook was traded to the Washington Wizards.
Wall added: “We can’t dwell on that because there are only nine games. Come on man, you want to jump off a cliff after nine games. There is still a lot of basketball to play.”
Asked about his partnership with Harden on the pitch, Wall said: “I think it’s been a bit difficult. I can’t lie about it. I don’t think it’s the best it can be, to be. honest. That’s all I really. could say. “