HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Ever since arriving at Rockets training camp a week after the rest of his teammates, James Harden has danced around the widespread report that he'd like the Rockets to trade him elsewhere. That jig ended after the Rockets 117-110 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night at Toyota Center.
"This situation is crazy, it's something that I don't think can be fixed," Harden said before leaving the podium after taking just two questions.
The Rockets are 3-6 after a second lopsided loss to the Lakers in a three game stretch at Toyota Center. They trailed by 21 points after a quarter on Tuesday night and didn't pull to within 20 until garbage time in the fourth quarter.
"We're not even close, honestly, to that team, obviously, the defending champions, and to all the other elite teams out there," Harden said. "You can tell the difference in these last two games."
The comment was striking. Harden, who is as confident as they get, has never spoken out that bluntly about his team, and he continued from there when asked if he was surprised the Rockets never made a run to get back in Tuesday's game.
"We're just not good enough. Obviously, chemistry, talent-wise, just everything, and it was clear these last few games. From the beginning of the game, they were just aggressive, veteran team, obviously, championship team, one of the best teams we have in this league."
Of the 13 players to suit up with Harden on Tuesday, only P.J. Tucker, Eric Gordon, and Ben McLemore had shared the floor in an NBA game with Harden for more than a minute, and when you factor the departures of Mike D'Antoni and Daryl Morey, this Rockets team is nothing like the teams of the past, and Harden is clearly ready to move on.
"I love this city. I literally have done everything that I can."