Both players sent scathing messages at a post-game press conference on Tuesday night.
James Harden reiterated his wish to leave Houston, after the loss at home against the Lakers (117-100) in the regular season on Tuesday, being immediately reframed by the other framework of the team John Wall. Frustrated as much by the poor level displayed as by his unfulfilled desire to leave, Harden felt that the team was “just not good enough” at a press conference. “Obviously, there is no chemistry, we lack talent, everything, this is clearly evident in the last two matches.”
And “The Beard”, author of 16 points, well below his usual standards (7 rebounds, 6 assists), to add: “I love this city, I really did everything I could. This situation is crazy, I do not think it can get better ”. John Wall, who then appeared in front of reporters, did not appreciate his teammate’s comments and let it be known. “Come on man, do you already want to get off the ship after only nine matches?” He called out, after questioning his involvement in the team.
“When some don’t want to join from the start, it’s hard to do good things as a team”
“He speaks for himself. I can’t know what he thinks of the team. What I do know is how hard guys work to try and improve themselves every day. I know all the work I have done to come back and be competitive at a high level. But when some do not want to join from the start, it’s complicated to do good things as a team, “reacted the leader long removed from the courts for injuries to the heel and Achilles tendon.
Wall arrived from Washington in the offseason, in exchange for Russell Westbrook who failed to form a winning duo with Harden last season. On which the latter expressed his desire to join another club claiming the title. To no avail so far, as fruitless talks have taken place between the Rockets and Brooklyn, as well as Philadelphia.
The 2018 MVP, top scorer of the last three seasons (30.4 / 36.1 / 34.3 pts on average), is currently less efficient (26 pts, 11 assists on average all the same). Result of a complicated start to the season: he resumed preseason training late, was fined $ 50,000 for violating anti-Covid protocol by being unmasked at a party and had an altercation with a team rookie.