‘I Get Credit Now’ – James Harden Takes Shot at Houston Rockets, Defends His Leadership Style

Published 03/04/2021, 12:41 AM EST
Jan 16, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) drives past Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) in the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


James Harden has completely transformed his game since leaving the Houston Rockets. Now playing for the Brooklyn Nets, Harden is part of one of the greatest offenses in the NBA today.

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And right now, he is one of the best guards in the league, especially when it comes to playmaking. However, ever since he left the Rockets, a steady flow of criticism has come his way, with some even doubting his abilities to deliver as per his reputation.

Recently, Harden hit back at the doubters who questioned his leadership abilities.

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James Harden says his leadership is being noticed

James Harden spoke to the press after the Nets’ win over the Houston Rockets, his former team. ‘The Beard’ posted an impressive triple-double with 29 points, 14 assists, and 10 rebounds.

After the game, Harden hit back at the Houston Rockets and his doubters, noting that his leadership has always been good, but he is only now getting his fair due from the NBA world.

James Harden on his leadership approach: “The same. It’s just I get credit now, and previously I wasn’t getting credit. Same leadership. I’ve been the same person and haven’t changed not one bit.” pic.twitter.com/Bmqu8TGqLY

— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) March 4, 2021

“The same. It’s just I get credit now, and previously I wasn’t getting credit. Same leadership. I’ve been the same person and haven’t changed not one bit.”

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Harden is still a little bitter about his time with the Houston Rockets. He spent nine seasons with the franchise after joining them in 2012. During his time, Harden established himself as one of the best players in the NBA. He was even able to win an MVP title during his time there, but the lack of playoff success for Houston was always blamed on Harden.

Harden’s bitter exit from Houston

After another disappointing playoff run last season, Harden decided to call time in Houston. The Rockets fired head coach Mike D’Antoni, and GM Daryl Morey left the organization.

This solidified Harden’s desire to leave. He forced his way out of Houston and joined the Brooklyn Nets as part of a trade. Needless to say, it was a bitter end to one of the greatest Rockets players in history.

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Mar 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) shoots in the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports
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What will James Harden’s legacy be as a Houston Rockets’ player? He should be considered one of the greatest ever players to put on a Rockets jersey and should be mentioned in the same breath as players like Hakeem Olajuwon and Moses Malone.

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However, his departure may have sullied his legacy with the franchise he helped elevate out of obscurity after so many years.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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