The Rockets traded disgruntled guard James Harden to the Nets on Wednesday as a part of a four-team deal additionally involving the Cavaliers and Pacers, in line with a number of studies. DeMarcus Cousins most likely will not be sending him a going-away current.
Following the Rockets’ loss to the Lakers on Tuesday night time, Harden provided a harsh evaluation of Houston’s roster and basically put his exit request straight into the microphone.
“[We’re] simply not adequate,” Harden stated. “Clearly chemistry, talent-wise, simply every part. And it was clear, like I stated, these previous few video games. They simply, from the start of the sport, they have been simply aggressive. Veteran staff, clearly, championship staff, among the finest groups that we now have on this league.
“I really like this metropolis. I actually have completed every part that I can. I imply, this example is loopy. It is one thing that I do not assume might be mounted.”
Cousins heard these feedback, and he did not like them. “Boogie” responded with a blowtorch on Wednesday previous to Harden being traded. This is a group of quotes from his media session.
— On if he felt betrayed by Harden: “Me personally, I do not really feel betrayed in any respect. My curiosity was with enjoying with John Wall, to be brutally trustworthy. With that being stated, the disrespect [from Harden] began manner earlier than any interview. Simply the strategy the coaching camp, exhibiting up the best way he did, the antics off the courtroom. The disrespect began manner earlier than.
“This is not one thing that abruptly occurred final night time. However with that being stated, like I stated, that is the nasty a part of the enterprise. It’s what it’s.”
“I do not really feel betrayed in any respect. My curiosity was with enjoying with John Wall, to be brutally trustworthy.”
DeMarcus Cousins on if he feels betrayed by James Harden. pic.twitter.com/yRlyOFw0In
— ESPN (@espn) January 13, 2021
— On Harden saying the staff is not adequate: “Clearly, it is disrespectful, however all people has a proper to their opinion. We really feel a sure kind of manner about a few of his actions. That is the nasty a part of the enterprise that sort of will get swept beneath the rug. You take care of a majority of these issues, and when guys are in positions of being franchise gamers or regardless of the case could also be, it is often generally a nasty breakup. Like I stated, that is all a part of this enterprise.”
DeMarcus Cousins on James Harden’s presser final night time: “Clearly, it is disrespectful however everybody has phrases to their opinion. We really feel a sure manner about a few of his actions…” pic.twitter.com/qyFYxpXzxT
— Adam Spolane (@AdamSpolane) January 13, 2021
— On Harden being disrespectful: “I simply really feel prefer it’s a manner about dealing with enterprise. He can really feel nonetheless he desires to really feel in regards to the group or no matter his present scenario is, however the different 14 guys within the locker room have completed nothing to him. So for us to be on the receiving finish of a number of the disrespectful feedback and antics, it is fully unfair to us.
“Like I stated, we have completed nothing to him. We have solely confirmed as much as work, identical to all people else, and got here in able to work. So like I stated, it is fully unfair to the remainder of the fellows within the locker room.”
DeMarcus Cousins on James Harden: “He may really feel nonetheless he desires to really feel with the group, however the different 14 guys in that locker room have completed nothing to him. For us to be on the receiving finish of a number of the disrespectful feedback and antics, it is fully unfair to us.” pic.twitter.com/s6jumGIYLG
— Salman Ali (@SalmanAliNBA) January 13, 2021
— On if there’s any manner the staff may play with Harden once more: “I do not actually assume that is a query for us. I believe that is a query for him. Will he ever assume he may play with us once more? I do not know. Fairly truthfully, do not care.”