Houston Rockets star guard James Harden didn't hold while revealing how he honestly feels about his team and their current situation. Harden, who reportedly requested a trade from Houston the offseason, hasn't yet been traded and he looks disgruntled.
On Tuesday, the Rockets stood no chance on their home floor against the Los Angeles Lakers as the defending champions won 117-100. Harden, who arrived to Houston in 2012, has never won an NBA title and he believes the window for winning a championship in Houston is closed.
On Sunday, the Rockets also stood no chance against the Lakers as the Purple and Gold won that game 120-102. "I love this city. I literally have done everything that I can," Harden said after the Rockets' 117-100 loss.
"I mean, this situation is crazy. It's something that I don't think can be fixed." "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."
John Wall not a fan of Harden's comments
Wall, the No.
1 pick of the 2010 NBA draft, arrived to Houston via a trade this offseason. Shortly arriving to Houston, Wall expressed his hope and desire that Harden would stay with the team. Nine games into the season, the Rockets look nowhere close to being a contender as they stand at 3-6.
"He's talking to his own opinion. I can't know what he thinks about the team or what he feels like we are," Wall said. "I know how much hard work these guys put in ... to try to get better every day. I know how much work I put into it to get back and compete at a high level.
"There's a lot of guys here that want to compete at a high level. Like I told everybody tonight and told the guys before, when one through 15 guys are all on the same page and they commit and they know their role and they know what they want to get out of this and that's to win, it'll all be fine.
But when you have certain guys in the mix that don't want to buy in all as one, it's going to be hard to do anything special or anything good as a basketball team."