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Is James Harden right about the Houston Rockets?

Houston's guard James Harden answers a question after the NBA Japan Games 2019 pre-season basketball match between Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors in Saitama, northern suburb of Tokyo on October 10, 2019. (Photo by TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / AFP) (Photo by TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP via Getty Images)
Houston's guard James Harden answers a question after the NBA Japan Games 2019 pre-season basketball match between Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors in Saitama, northern suburb of Tokyo on October 10, 2019. (Photo by TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / AFP) (Photo by TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP via Getty Images)
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The Houston Rockets standoff with James Harden has taken a turn for the worse after the disgruntled superstar made headlines with his post-game press conference.

After yet another blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Houston Rockets find themselves a half-game from the bottom of the Western Conference. Following their frustrating loss, James Harden had some strong words about the situation that the franchise finds itself in.

“We’re not even close, honestly, to that team — obviously the defending champions — and all the other elite teams out there,” Harden said.

James Harden believes that the Rockets can’t contend and went as far as to say, “We’re just not good enough — chemistry, talentwise, just everything. And it was clear these last two games.” This is the most scathing public criticism that Harden has directed towards the franchise.

Harden had one more parting shot for the Rockets, saying, “I’ve literally done everything I can. It’s crazy. I don’t think it can be fixed. Thanks.” This is the closest Harden has come to flat out demanding that he be traded.

The Rockets mired in a 3-6 start and look to be closer to the number one pick than to the playoffs, but it’s still early and the roster has hardly played together this season. In their first two games, which they lost, the Rockets were without a large portion of their roster as most of the team had to enter into health and safety protocols.

Wood has played like an All-Star and is the best big-man Harden has ever played with while in Houston, and Wall has been much better to start the season than Russell Westbrook. All things considered, the Rockets roster looks like it improved this offseason but James Harden doesn’t seem to be convinced.

Are Harden’s grievances supported by fact or is he simply trying to make the situation so toxic that the Rockets move him sooner rather than later? Let’s see where Harden was right and where he was wrong.

Next: Is James Harden right about the Houston Rockets’ chemistry? 

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