During his time with the Houston Rockets, James Harden established himself in the league as a top scorer. However, despite earning a lot of individual accolades, including an MVP, he could never replicate the same success in the postseason.
In the 8 seasons he stayed with the Rockets, the Beard never even reached the NBA Finals. Considering his stats during that span, it pretty hard to believe. So after being part of the Rockets for nearly a decade, he demanded a trade in the 2020 offseason.
He got his wish fulfilled by the franchise and was traded to the Brooklyn Nets. With Harden’s arrival in Brooklyn, it gave birth to the latest superstar in the league. Along with James, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving are part of a tremendous trio.
LeBron James on James Harden “forcing” his way out of Houston
When Harden requested for a trade, it was unclear if the organization will accept any offers for their cornerstone player. However, they had to give in to his demands as he was never playing with his whole heart this season.
For his behavior, many called him unprofessional and left the team hanging. However, Lakers’ LeBron James believes Harden did what was best for his career. James said:
“James [Harden] felt like he wanted to be in a different position, different situation. He wants to win, he wants to win now and he felt like he’s time was over in Houston.”
As LBJ said, Harden gave his heart and soul to the franchise, but it never resulted in fruitful results for them. With him joining the Nets, the Lakers could very well be their opponents in the NBA Finals.
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