2. ESPN’s Jay Williams senses trust issues between Harden and Westbrook
According to ESPN’s Jay Williams, James Harden displayed a level of distrust towards Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Williams was making an appearance on ESPN’s morning show Get Up, and was attempting to explain something he felt he observed as it pertained to the relationship between Harden and Westbrook.
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) December 12, 2019
The play he discussed was probably the worst possible example of a bad relationship between the two players, as Harden ultimately passed the ball to Westbrook as opposed to the narrative Williams was pushing. In addition, Westbrook had 20 field-goal attempts in that game, which is actually the same number of attempts he averaged prior to that point.
You would think he would have had less based on what Williams had to say, and you would surely have expected for him to have been able to use more than one play during that game if he were really trying to prove his point. Harden and Westbrook recently explained during their GQ interview how their trust and relationship between one another extends beyond just the basketball court.
Harden said he and the Brodie discuss everything, including relationships and Harden’s love life. Harden also said during the same interview how Russ is misunderstood and is inaccurately depicted off the court.
If there was anyone who believed there were trust issues between Harden and Russ, it’s worth questioning their judgement, because we’d heard prior to the start of the season how their relationship goes back to childhood. But if anyone still thought Williams’ view held truth, hopefully the GQ interview has put that to bed.
But the reality is there were never any trust issues between the two of them and this was all the media trying to create a rift between the Houston Rockets players.
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