Rockets' crazy situation can't be fixed, insists want-away Harden

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 14 Jan 2021

James Harden's frustration with the Houston Rockets boiled over after their second blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in three days.

Harden, the NBA's top scorer the past three seasons, finished with 16 points on five-of-16 shooting in the 117-100 home loss, in which the Lakers led by as many as 30 points.

"I love this city," Harden said. "I literally have done everything that I can. This situation is crazy. It's something that I don't think can be fixed."

The season opened last month with Harden the center of trade-demand reports. Possible trades have reportedly been discussed with various teams, but the Rockets expect a big return for their star and no deal is yet in the offing.

Guard John Wall, who arrived in Houston this season in the trade that sent Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards, admitted that team chemistry was lacking. "When you have certain guys that don't want to buy in, it's hard," said Wall, who scored 10 points and handed out five assists in the loss.

Forging a relationship with Harden has also been difficult, Wall added. "It's been a little rocky, not going to lie about that. I don't think it's been the best it could be. That's all I can say."

At 3-6, the Rockets are second bottom in the Western Conference.

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