The novel of the offseason, which lasted until the beginning of the 2020-21 campaign, was undoubtedly James Harden’s desire to leave the Houston Rockets, and his subsequent arrival to the Brooklyn Nets via transfer.
Much has been made of Harden’s attitudes to force his exit, and his professionalism (or lack of it), after his problems with the NBA’s coronavirus protocols for attending a party, or for his late arrival at the NBA. training ground. And he even declared publicly that he no longer had anything to offer the Rockets, implicitly calling for his departure.
But if there’s one thing we haven’t heard until now, it was Beard’s version of events. Taking advantage of an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, Harden spoke about that traumatic moment in his career, expressing that he didn’t like the way he ended up leaving the team he led for so many years.
“I don’t like it at all, because I’m not like that,” Harden said. “The drama, or whatever you want to call it, the negativity. I really don’t like negative energy. It is exhausting. So, I don’t like how things happened. I feel like it could have happened so much better, so much easier. But it is what it is”.
Faced with the journalist’s question about whether he would have acted differently now that he knows how things unfolded, Harden is calm with how he handled the franchise privately, beyond the headlines that traveled the world with his images of party while his companions prepared to start the season.
“No. No, because I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful, ”Harden said. “I was not trying to be selfish. I feel like the main office knew where I was and what I wanted. I apologized for how it went, but I guess I did what I had to do to get where I wanted to go. “
While Harden disrespected his teammates (John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins spoke out); According to reports in those days, Houston was increasingly confident of retaining its star for longer. So he decided to force the situation by publicly declaring his desire to leave the team.
Finally, the guard wanted to make it clear that he gave everything he could to the city of Houston, and that his decision was purely competitive. After several years stumbling through the same playoff instances, Barba felt it was time for a change of air. “I hit and hit almost every statistic or individual prize that can be won,” said Harden. “I have always tried to win. Obviously, we fell short and did not reach the goal. That’s the rationale for my decision and the rationale I’m here in Brooklyn to continue to pursue that goal and dream. ” (GG) (NBA Maniacs)