Houston Rockets center DeMarcus Cousins blasted James Harden for his comments following a 117-100 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Following the Lakers loss, Harden said the Rockets weren't good enough and added the situation was unfixable.
"Obviously, it's disrespectful, but everybody has a right to their opinion," Cousins said of Harden's comments, per ESPN. "We feel a certain type of way about some of his actions. "This is the nasty part of the business that kind of gets swept under the rug.
You deal with some of these things. When guys are in positions of being franchise players or whatever the case may be, it's usually sometimes a nasty breakup." Harden requested a trade in the offseason but the Rockets hoped to fix their situation with their disgruntled star.
"Just the approach to training camp, showing up the way he did, the antics off the court, the disrespect started way before [Tuesday night]," Cousins said. "This isn't something that all of the sudden happened last night, but with that being said, like I said, this is the nasty part of the business.
So it is what it is."
Cousins made his comments just before the Harden trade
On Wednesday, the Rockets notified Harden to stay out of practice and later traded him to the Brooklyn Nets, his preferred destination. "I just feel like it's a way about handling business," Cousins said.
"He can feel however he wants to feel about the organization or whatever his current situation is, but the other 14 guys in the locker room have done nothing to him. For us to be on the receiving end of some of the disrespectful comments and antics, it's completely unfair to us."
The Rockets haven't had an ideal start to the season as they own a 3-6 record. "We know what our mindset is coming in every day," Cousins said. "We want to come in and work, get better, lead this younger group.
Regardless of what's going on with the team, the guys that are showing up, that are committed, that are bought in to the task at hand, we're going to go to war with those guys. Whatever those results are, we're going to live with it.
We're going to leave it all on the floor and whatever happens, happens." It remains to be seen if the Rockets will now start to perform much better as the Harden saga is finally over.