Houston Rockets fan favorite and veteran forward Gerald Green gave a rather transparent assessment of the situation involving James Harden and the franchise.
It’s well known that James Harden and the Houston Rockets are at a stalemate, as Harden has yet to show up for the Rockets’ training camp (in part because of COVID-19 protocol). Harden was busy living his best life, as he was spotted partying on several occasions while his colleagues and teammates were busy working towards the goal of winning a title during the 2020-21 season.
What’s been unclear is exactly why Harden is unhappy, as we’ve heard rumors ranging from Harden being unhappy with Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta to Harden’s rumored unhappiness with Stephen Silas being named the head coach. What’s been unusual is that Harden has been relatively silent on the matter, while his family has been left to speak for him.
The situation has certainly been a distraction for the team, as Rockets coach Stephen Silas has been left to answer for Harden’s behavior, in addition to several of his teammates, which makes it even more disturbing that Harden hasn’t actually addressed the fiasco that he’s solely responsible for. On Wednesday, Rockets fan favorite Gerald Green gave a rather transparent account of the situation while speaking on SportsTalk 790’s The Matt Thomas Show.
Gerald Green shares thoughts on Harden’s standoff with Houston Rockets
“The whole James situation is definitely weird. Everybody on the team wants to see the full squad. I don’t think there’s one person in the organization that doesn’t want to see the full squad.
I think James is weighing out his options and he’s doing whatever he thinks is best for him. But for us, we’ve gotta focus on getting better and continue to focus on the task at hand, and that’s to win the championship.
As of right now, he’s still on the team. He’s doing whatever he needs to do to make sure, you know, whatever he’s doing. But as of right now, as a team, we’ve really gotta focus on the task at hand, and that’s still winning a championship.”
The Rockets have handled the distraction about as well as one could imagine, as they’ve been working towards getting better and attempting to make a title run, with or without Harden.
There have been new reports seemingly by the hour, although they all hint at Harden being adamant about getting out of Houston. The latest reports are that Harden has added the Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, and Milwaukee Bucks to his desired list of destinations, while he’s been required by the league to miss at least six days, as he has to register six negative COVID-19 tests.
Rockets general manager Rafael Stone still has all the leverage, as Harden is under contract long-term and will surely continue to add teams to his preferred list of destinations the longer the situation drags out.