James Harden Relieved To Get Away from ‘Draining’ 40 Points Per Game Spell at Houston Rockets

Published 02/12/2021, 2:00 PM EST
Jan 22, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) brings the ball up court during the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports


James Harden was the hot topic of discussion throughout the offseason for demanding a trade from the Houston Rockets. While it didn’t materialize back then, it created more headlines in this trade window when it finally came to fruition.

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The Beard made a name for himself in Houston, becoming the face of the franchise along the way. He redefined the way the NBA players played offense in the modern era, culminating in the 2018 MVP Title together with three consecutive scoring titles.

Jan 16, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) works out during the pre-game warmups prior to the game against the Orlando Magic at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

However, he couldn’t deliver the ultimate glory and attracted some criticism for his isolation play. So, just scoring 30-40 points per game was something he no longer took joy in.

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“The situation that I was in Houston, consistently, you know every single night having to get 40 points to give ourselves a chance to win for a long stand of years is draining,” Harden told ESPN’s, Rachel Nichols.

While with the Brooklyn Nets, he can finally play with the talents that are at his wavelength. He is leading the league in assists this season. Being a facilitator to the likes of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving is now a fresh change of air from him –

“And so just to be able to have a skill set of guys that you can be a playmaker. You can get guys involved and not have to necessarily worry about scoring each possession is a bit relieving for me.”

James Harden dislikes the way his Houston Rockets exit drama unfolded

His divorce with Houston got as messy as possible. After the loss against the LA Lakers, he vocally demanded a trade, which did not sit right with either his ex-teammates or the fans. Disclosing his feelings for how things went, he said –

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“I don’t like it at all; that’s not who I am. The drama… negativity for me, I don’t really like negative energy, it’s draining. So, I don’t like how it necessarily happened. I feel like it could have happened a lot smoother, a lot easier.”

DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 13: James Harden (13) of the Houston Rockets has words for a referee during the first half against the Denver Nuggets on Monday, November 13, 2018. The Denver Nuggets hosted the Houston Rockets at the Pepsi Center. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Sadly though, Harden might have tarnished his legacy among his former fanbase. Having his jersey hung from the rafters is looking like an unimaginable scenario. Let’s hope with time, they mend their fences.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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