Disgruntled celebrity James Harden mentioned the Houston Rockets are “simply not ok” after the workforce’s second consecutive blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday evening, including that he does not imagine the workforce can enhance sufficient to be a contender.
“I really like this metropolis. I actually have executed every little thing that I can,” Harden mentioned after the Rockets’ 117-100 loss. “I imply, this case is loopy. It is one thing that I do not suppose might be mounted.”
It is the closest Harden has come to going public with the commerce demand that sources mentioned he made throughout the offseason.
Houston has had commerce discussions with a number of groups however is set to stay affected person till its asking worth for Harden is met, a supply advised ESPN.
The Rockets (3-6) have misplaced 4 of 5 video games since Harden, who held out of the start of coaching camp, returned from a proper ankle sprain that brought on him to overlook one recreation. He has scored 20 factors or fewer in every of the previous 4 video games, his longest such stretch since 2011-12, his remaining season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, based on ESPN Stats & Info analysis.
This loss was particularly noncompetitive, because the Rockets trailed 35-14 on the finish of the primary quarter.
“We’re not even shut, actually, to that workforce — clearly the defending champions — and all the opposite elite groups on the market,” Harden mentioned. “I imply, you may inform the distinction in these final two video games.
“We’re simply not ok — chemistry, talentwise, simply every little thing. And it was clear these final two video games.”