Scott Boeck, USA TODAY
Printed 11: 59 p.m. ET Feb. 12, 2021 | Up up to now 12: 02 a.m. ET Feb. 13, 2021
James Harden is sorry.
Or no longer it has been a month since his divorce from the Houston Rockets, and as he reflects support on it, he apologizes for how the eight-plus years with the organization ended.
“I fabricate no longer care for it the least bit because that will not be any longer who I am,” Harden suggested ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “The drama, the additional whatever you would be looking out to call it, the negativity for me. I fabricate no longer in actuality care for damaging energy. That’s draining. So I fabricate no longer care for how it necessarily took place.
“I feel care for it can also have took place loads smoother, loads less complicated, however it indisputably is what it’s far.”
“(The Rockets are) real no longer appropriate ample,” he talked about. “Chemistry, talent-smart, it was once clear.
“I love this metropolis. I actually have carried out all the pieces that I’m in a position to. I mean, this recount is loopy. It’s one thing that I don’t focus on would possibly per chance additionally be fastened.”
James Harden sits down & opens up about his contemporary characteristic in Brooklyn, what he didn’t care for about his departure from Houston, and the Nets’ championship probabilities: “We’re more than assured that it be going to be sophisticated for a workforce to beat us four times in a perfect-of-seven sequence.” pic.twitter.com/rZKkwFs1jg
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) February 12, 2021
He was once traded to the Brooklyn Nets the next day in a blockbuster deal.
Harden never reached the NBA Finals with the Rockets and he was once clear this season was once going to lastly cease up the identical. Even before the season started, the 2018 NBA MVP knew his time with the workforce had bustle bitter when he started the year with a $50,000 comely for violating COVID-19 protocols.
“Boom sorry for how it went down, however I assume I had to construct what I had to construct in philosophize to glean to the put I valuable to head,” Harden talked about. “And credit to Houston, they didn’t necessarily want to trade me to Brooklyn. They could also have traded me any place, however those are some stand-up guys over there. And it ended up the appropriate manner, however real didn’t care for how that month or two played out.”