DeMarcus Cousins Reveals Why He Did Not Try to Convince James Harden to Stay Committed to Rockets

Published 12/17/2020, 11:29 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 14: James Harden of the Houston Rockets shoots duringState Farm All-Star Saturday Night – NBA All-Star Weekend 2015 at Barclays Center on February 14, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)


It is all anyone can talk about, and it is all anyone is interested in. Yes, we’re talking about the Houston Rockets and James Harden fiasco. It all spiraled out of control very quickly. And even though things are a little better right now, both parties are on a tightrope. So far, everyone but his teammates had spoken about the situation. But now, DeMarcus Cousins has spoken up.

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Let’s rewind and understand what has gone down so far. What everyone predicted to be a deadly duo, Russell Westbrook and Harden just didn’t fit well. So, once again, the Rockets failed to go deep in the postseason. This resulted in a lot of front-office changes. Daryl Morey resigned as their general manager and their head coach, Mike D’Antoni, was let go.

This was the last straw for Harden. He demanded to be traded off in the offseason, but his request wasn’t met with. Therefore, when training camp started, Harden was nowhere to be seen, and this started off a controversy around the player and the team.

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DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 20: James Harden (13) of the Houston Rockets drives as Gary Harris (14) of the Denver Nuggets defends during the third quarter on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Has DeMarcus tried to convince James Harden to stay?

Even though after some waiting, Harden is back with his team, he is adamant about wanting to be moved. While most have taken a stance against the way Harden has behaved, DeMarcus thinks that Harden is just doing what he thinks is right for him.

According to Tim MacMahon, “DeMarcus Cousins: At the end of the day, this is a business. You can only respect a guy for doing whatever he feels is best for him, his personal life, and his career. So, no, honestly, I haven’t [tried to convince James Harden to commit to the Rockets].

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“I don’t really feel like that’s my place. That’s a decision he has to make for himself. My job is to, while we’re on the floor and while we’re in practice, to be holding everybody accountable. We’re going to come in and work every day and try to get better.” 

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As of now, Harden has shown more interest in joining the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers. However, the Rockets won’t make the trade until they get someone as valuable as them as Harden is. Or let’s say he was. Where do you think this situation is headed?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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