Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts to a call during the team's NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, Jan.
12, 2021, in Houston.
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Rockets star James Harden reiterated his wish to leave Houston, after the loss at home to the Lakers (117-100) in the NBA regular season on Tuesday, being immediately reframed by the other executive of the team John Wall.
Frustrated as much by the poor level displayed as by his unfulfilled desire to leave, Harden felt that the team were "just not good enough" at a press conference.
“Obviously, there is no chemistry, we lack talent, everything is clear in the last two games.
"And" The Beard "(the bearded man), author of 16 points, well below his usual standards (7 rebounds, 6 assists), to add:" I love this city, I really did everything that I could.
This situation is crazy, I do not think it can get better ”.
"Do you want to get off the ship already?"
John Wall, who then appeared in front of reporters, did not appreciate his teammate's comments and let it be known.
"Come on man, do you already want to get off the ship after only nine games?"
“, He challenged, after questioning his involvement in the team.
“He speaks for himself.
I can't know what he thinks of the team.
What I do know is how hard the guys work to try and improve themselves every day.
I know all the work I have done to come back and be competitive at a high level.
But when some do not want to join from the start, it's complicated to do good things as a team, “reacted the leader long removed from the courts for injuries to the heel and Achilles tendon.
“It's only been nine games.
Come on, man, you want to jump off the cliff after nine games? "
John Wall on James Harden reportedly wanting out of Houston pic.twitter.com/rmevt9SntW
- Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 13, 2021
Frustrated by his abortive departure
Wall arrived from Washington in the offseason, in exchange for Russell Westbrook who failed to form a winning duo with Harden last season.
On which the latter expressed his desire to join another club claiming the title.
To no avail so far, as fruitless talks have taken place between the Rockets and Brooklyn, as well as Philadelphia.
The 2018 MVP, top scorer of the last three seasons (30.4 / 36.1 / 34.3 pts on average), is currently less efficient (26 pts, 11 assists on average all the same).
Result of a complicated start to the season: he resumed preseason training late, was fined $ 50,000 for violating anti-Covid protocol by being unmasked at a party and had an altercation with a team rookie.
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