SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports activities’ Jeff Zillgitt examines the newest instance of the NBA being a league that encourages its gamers and coaches to talk up and use their platform, this time within the aftermath of the riots on the Capitol development.


Houston Rockets megastar James Harden didn’t attend the crew’s follow on Wednesday, an afternoon after he voiced a insecurity within the crew, and it isn’t identified if he’s going to ever placed on a Rockets uniform once more.

“We felt it was once highest for James and the remainder of the gang for him to not come to follow nowadays,” Rockets trainer Stephen Silas stated.

The Rockets have sped up their try to industry the disgruntled Harden with Brooklyn and Philadelphia rising as touchdown spots. Silas didn’t know when or if Harden can be again with the crew because the drama escalated after Tuesday’s blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

“We are simply now not excellent sufficient,” Harden stated after the 117-100 loss. “Chemistry, talent-wise, simply the whole lot, and it was once transparent those previous few video games.”

Houston Rockets megastar James Harden has been vital of the crew. (Picture: Carmen Mandato, USA TODAY Sports activities)

He added: “This example is loopy. It is one thing that I don’t believe may also be fastened.” 

The feedback stung Silas, who’s in his first NBA head training task.

“You wish to have everyone to be at the identical web page,” he stated. “You wish to have everyone to be dedicated to one another on an NBA crew. With how issues have long past the previous few days – in reality for some time – I’m now not certain (if the Harden state of affairs is salvageable).”

He later added: “That’s arduous to listen to particularly while you don’t consider it and understand it to not be true.”

Now, the Rockets are looking for an appropriate industry spouse prior to any longer injury is finished. Rockets gamers have had sufficient.

“My passion is to play with John Wall, to be brutally fair,” Rockets middle DeMarcus Cousins stated. “With that being stated, the (Harden) disrespect began approach prior to – his strategy to coaching camp, appearing up the way in which he did, his antics off the courtroom. … This is not one thing that abruptly took place final night time. That is the nasty a part of the industry. … It is totally unfair to the remainder of the fellows within the locker room.”

Harden’s time in Houston is nearing an finish.

Philadelphia and Brooklyn are two groups that may put in combination programs for Harden. Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey has a courting with Harden from their Rockets days. The holdup thus far has been discovering a industry package deal that fits the Rockets, who’ve attempted to discover a deal for Harden since coaching camp. If the Sixers come with guard Ben Simmons, Houston may to find that the extra preferrred industry.

The Sixers are looking for extra draft selections to supply in a deal, an individual acquainted with industry talks informed USA TODAY Sports activities. The individual asked anonymity as a result of he was once now not licensed to talk publicly about industry negotiations.


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