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Rockets’ DeMarcus Cousins rips ‘disrespectful’ James Harden: ‘It’s completely unfair to us’

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, based on a number of experiences. DeMarcus Cousins in all probability will not be sending him a going-away current.

Following the Rockets’ loss to the Lakers on Tuesday evening, Harden supplied a harsh overview of Houston’s roster and basically put his exit request instantly into the microphone.

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“[We’re] simply not adequate,” Harden stated. “Clearly chemistry, talent-wise, simply all the things. And it was clear, like I stated, these previous few video games. They only, from the start of the sport, they had been simply aggressive. Veteran staff, clearly, championship staff, top-of-the-line groups that we’ve on this league.

“I really like this metropolis. I actually have carried out all the things that I can. I imply, this example is loopy. It is one thing that I do not suppose may be mounted.”

Cousins heard these feedback, and he did not like them. “Boogie” responded with a blowtorch on Wednesday previous to Harden being traded. Here 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 taking part in with John Wall, to be brutally sincere. With that being stated, the disrespect [from Harden] began means earlier than any interview. Simply the method the coaching camp, displaying up the way in which he did, the antics off the court docket. The disrespect began means earlier than.

“This is not one thing that rapidly occurred final evening. However with that being stated, like I stated, that is the nasty a part of the enterprise. It’s what it’s.”

— 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 means about a few of his actions. That is the nasty a part of the enterprise that type of will get swept underneath the rug. You cope with all these issues, and when guys are in positions of being franchise gamers or regardless of the case could also be, it is normally generally a nasty breakup. Like I stated, that is all a part of this enterprise.”

— On Harden being disrespectful: “I simply really feel prefer it’s a means about dealing with enterprise. He can really feel nonetheless he needs to really feel concerning the group or no matter his present state of affairs is, however the different 14 guys within the locker room have carried out nothing to him. So for us to be on the receiving finish of a few of the disrespectful feedback and antics, it is fully unfair to us.

“Like I stated, we have carried out nothing to him. We have solely confirmed as much as work, similar to all people else, and got here in able to work. So like I stated, it is fully unfair to the remainder of the blokes within the locker room.”

— On if there may be any means the staff might play with Harden once more: “I do not actually suppose that is a query for us. I feel that is a query for him. Will he ever suppose he might play with us once more? I do not know. Fairly actually, do not care.”

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