Harden says ‘crazy’ Rockets situation can’t be fixed

Harden’s offense has struggled since ankle injury

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Troy Taormina

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and coach Stephen Silas, right, react after a play during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Houston. (Troy Taormina/Pool Photo via AP)

HOUSTON – The James Harden drama has hit a new level and many believe now it is time for the organization to move Harden sooner rather than later.

Has he played his last game as a Rocket?

Harden publicly acknowledged his discord with the Rockets for the first time Tuesday night following back-to-back blowout losses to the Los Angeles Lakers.

“We're just not good enough ... I love this city. I literally have done everything that I can,” Harden said. “I mean, this situation is crazy. It’s something that I don’t think can be fixed.”

Harden had remained quiet through months of speculation that he is unhappy in Houston. Numerous reports have indicated he’s looking to be shipped to Brooklyn to play with former Oklahoma City teammate Kevin Durant, who left and became an NBA champion with Golden State. For all his accomplishments, Harden is still seeking an NBA title.

He’s been asked repeatedly to address the trade rumors since the season began but has deflected questions and refused to reveal any frustration.

That all changed after a 117-100 blowout loss to the Lakers on Tuesday night. The Lakers led by 30 points in the third quarter after leading by 27 during a 120-102 on Sunday.