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James Harden discusses his extension and Houston Rockets 2016 goals

By Tamberlyn Richardson
Apr 21, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) points up after a play during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) points up after a play during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Shortly after inking an extension James Harden was interviewed in Vegas while sitting on the side lines during the Houston Rockets Summer League game.

Jared Greenberg asked James Harden some questions about his extension and what Houston Rockets fans can expect this coming season.

The top lines of the interview were:

  • Harden is grateful for opportunity to be with Houston Rockets for another 4 years
  • He wants to get the organization on a winning path
  • He wasn’t taking any shots at “Super Teams” in his letter penned to red nation
  • Expects Rockets to be very good defensively
  • Has met with Mike D’Antoni several times already to discuss schemes for 2016-17
  • Harden cited being tired from having to do so much on offense. Says he is looking forward to having Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon to help with play making so he can spend more time on defense.  Obviously there are those in Red Nation who’ll need to see it to believe it. And by see it … that means up the ball and locking down on defense.
  • Greenberg speaks to the change of culture. Harden responds that many of the team are in Vegas to work out together and get acclimated to system and with each other.

In Harden’s open letter he referenced ‘Super Teams’ saying the Rockets are not one, rather a bunch of guys who want to win.

We are not a “super-team”, but just a group of guys that want to work hard to be the very best. And our work begins immediately.” – Harden

You can read the entire letter either in the tweet below or on the Rockets website Rockets.com

James Harden's open letter to Red Nation. Was that a shot at GSW? #Rockets #NBA #Harden pic.twitter.com/feRw1V9xXP

— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) July 17, 2016

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