DeMarcus Cousins called out James Harden for the disrespect all season long. He said the Beard hadn’t given his new teammates any chance of gelling.
Following their second blowout loss to the Lakers last night, Harden publicly demanded a trade. He said he did everything he could from Houston, but that he wasn’t sure it could be fixed. He then went on to suggest his teammates just aren’t good enough.
“We’re not even close, honestly, to that team — obviously the defending champions — and all the other elite teams out there. 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.”
Harden left precious little to play for with his teammates last night. The way he went on air saying his teammates wouldn’t cut it for a championship must have stirred strong sentiments. Boogie Cousins certainly felt slighted by the whole affair, and he let people know about it.
DeMarcus Cousins disses James Harden for being unprofessional
The newly-signed Rockets big man made the following statement:
“Obviously, it’s disrespectful, but everybody has a right to their opinion. We feel some type of way about some of his actions. My interest is to play with John Wall, to be brutally honest, Cousins went on to say. The Harden disrespect started way before. This isn’t something that, you know, all of a sudden started last night.”
DeMarcus Cousins re: James Harden saying Rockets aren’t good enough: “Obviously, it’s disrespectful, but everybody has a right to their opinion. We feel some type of way about some of his actions.”
Cousins says nasty breakups are part of the business.
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This isn’t the first time this season that Cousins has pointedly taken digs at Harden. Following a win in preseason without their franchise player, Cousins had this: “I hope somebody’s watching.”
As somebody who’d signed on to keep trying to play winning basketball, DeMarcus Cousins is definitely in the right here. But such is the nature of the world that brutal honesty can get you hate.