DeMarcus Cousins blasts James Harden as trade talks heat up
DeMarcus Cousins unsurprisingly did not appreciate James Harden saying Tuesday night that the Houston Rockets are “just not good enough,” and it appears he has had his fill with the drama surrounding his disgruntled teammate.
“Obviously, it’s disrespectful, but everybody has a right to their opinion. We feel some type of way about some of his actions,” Cousins said of Harden, per Tim McMahon of ESPN, adding that breakups are part of the NBA.
“It’s completely unfair to us,” Cousins continued.
“I don’t feel betrayed at all. My interest was with playing with John Wall, to be brutally honest.”— ESPN (@espn) January 13, 2021
DeMarcus Cousins on if he feels betrayed by James Harden. pic.twitter.com/yRlyOFw0In
“My interest is to play with John Wall, to be brutally honest,” Cousins continued. “The (Harden) disrespect started way before. This isn’t something that, you know, all of a sudden started last night.”
Images from Tuesday night’s loss to the Lakers showing interactions between Cousins and Harden certainly point to how the situation was about to boil over.
Interesting to hear Demarcus Cousins speak about the James Harden drama. Here’s a moment between the wo caught by @mrkmully when the Rockets came on the court at the end of halftime last night. pic.twitter.com/OUOYHmzltb— Matt Young (@Chron_MattYoung) January 13, 2021
Harden and the Rockets have reached a point of no return in light of the superstar’s polarizing postgame comments Tuesday night following consecutive blowout losses to the Los Angeles Lakers. Harden essentially threw his teammates and the entire organization under the bus.
James Harden asked if he’s surprised the #Rockets didn’t make a run: “We’re just not good enough..Chemistry, talent-wise, everything. It’s clear..I love this city I’ve literally done everything that I can..It’s crazy. It’s something that I don’t think can be fixed.” pic.twitter.com/1bbfrytyUj— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 13, 2021
The Rockets-Harden breakup has been a long time coming, and the protracted saga that kicked into high gear just ahead of tipoff of the 2020-21 NBA season — and then got progressively worse — could be nearing an end.
Things did quiet down for a bit when it came to the trade-demand drama, but Harden’s postgame comments clearly put the issue back on the front burner.
The team has now elected to keep Harden away from the team, and the star was not at Rockets practice Wednesday as trade talks with the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets heat up, as relayed by Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Cousins was asked if there was any scenario where he could envision Harden could rejoin the Rockets.
“I don’t know,” Cousins said, per ESPN. “But I honestly don’t care.”
Now it’s only a matter of the Rockets extracting everything possible out of a trade that rids the team of a malcontent who has no interest in being around any longer.