Although the Houston Rockets have been dismal of late, they entered the season with much different expectations, and especially after reports surfaced that James Harden was disinterested in remaining with the team. The Rockets’ front office began seeking ways to identify the source of his unhappiness, with the goal of arriving at a solution that would keep him in Houston.
This was no different than what the franchise had done for nearly a decade with Harden, as they gave him a hand in roster and personnel decisions, and listened when he suggested for the team to pursue superstars such as Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, and later John Wall.
In spite of that, Harden remained firm on his desire to leave Houston, as he sought an opportunity to form a Big Three with the Brooklyn Nets, consisting of him, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith explains why Houston Rockets fans should be unhappy with James Harden
The move has worked out for Harden and the Nets, as they have won 10 of their last 11 games and look like a formidable threat to make it out of the Eastern Conference. The Rockets, on the other hand, have left many wondering whether or not the best decision is to simply tank and punt on the season, as they’ve suffered double-digit losses in 10 of their last 12 games, including most recently to Harden’s Nets.
On Wednesday morning, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith explained why Rockets fans have reason to be upset with Harden, while pointing out how Harden bears blame in the current state of the franchise.
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