James Harden talks about the drama he had with the Rockets to start the season off; apologizes for how he handled the situation.
The ‘where’s James Harden going to go’ saga finally saw an end to it last month. After months of rumblings around the league about James Harden’s unhappiness with the Houston Rockets, the Rockets decided to pull the plug. This was of course due to Harden publicly coming out to say that they weren’t good enough and that the situation cannot be fixed following an ugly loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
After a month with the Nets, James sat down with Rachel Nichols to discuss his new home in Brooklyn, their defensive struggles, and his situation early on in the season in Houston.
James Harden says that he did what he had to do to get to where he wanted.
It was clear from the jump that James Harden was done with the Houston Rockets franchise. He did everything from missing practice to head to strip clubs, violate COVID restrictions to party with Lil Baby, and more to show to the Rockets management that he wanted out.
When asked by Rachel Nichols about how everything went down with them Harden said, “I apologize for how it went down but I guess I had to do what I had to do in order to get to where I wanted to go. It ended up the right way. I just didn’t like how that month or two played out.”
James Harden on the drama leading up to his departure from Houston: “I apologize for how it went down, but I guess I had to do what I had to do in order to get where I wanted to go. … It ended up the right way. I just didn’t like how that month or two played out.” https://t.co/PUJR7S1OXr
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He also admitted that he’s happy being more of a distributor in Brooklyn rather than a score first guy like he was in Houston. He also opened up about how scoring nearly 40 each night to give the Rockets a shot to win was very taxing on him physically.
James Harden is currently averaging a career best 11.3 assists with the Brooklyn Nets while also dropping 23.9 points per game on the season as a whole.