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Rockets’ DeMarcus Cousins destroys James Harden amid trade talks

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Cary Erickson | 14 January, 2021, 19:43

After Tuesday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Harden opened up about this trade request, saying his relationship with the team is "something that I don't think can be fixed".

Harden won each of the last three scoring titles by notable margins - 2.3 points over Anthony Davis in 2017-18, 8.1 points over Paul George in 2018-19 and 3.8 points over Bradley Beal last season. Before the shot got to the basket, James turned his back on the ball to face his teammates.

"We felt that it was best for the group and best for James not to come to practice", Silas said. During that stretch, Harden averaged 17.4 points on 37.8% shooting from the field and 25.6% shooting from 3-point range. His team was blown out for a second time in a row by the defending champions. Chemistry, talent-wise. And it was clear these last few games", he mentioned, "I love this city. Veteran team, obviously, championship team, one of the best teams that we have in this league. This situation is insane.

Harden was sidelined again for four days and fined $50,000 by the National Basketball Association for violating the league's health and safety protocols after video surfaced of him attending a private indoor party days before the Rockets' scheduled season opener, which was postponed due to a lack of available players.

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Rockets newcomer John Wall appeared to call out Harden after the defeat for not wanting to buy in with the team.

"At the end of the day, a lot of guys here want to compete at a high level", said Wall, who is staging a comeback with the Rockets after being sidelined by injuries for the past two years. "I don't know. Quite honestly, don't care". Come on man, you want to jump off the cliff after nine games?

The sad thing for Wall is that Harden was potentially over the thought of spending another season in Houston well before the two of them even started playing games together.

The Nets were ready to swoop in, after a shaky defense during the early season proved their best chance to beat teams might be to outscore them.