Houston Rockets guard James Harden spoke openly with reporters after the Rockets’ 117-100 loss at home to the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night.
Harden, who finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists, said the Rockets just weren’t good enough.
“I love this city,” Harden said. “I’ve literally done everything I can. I think this situation is crazy. It’s something I do not think can be solved.”
In Tuesday’s loss, Harden played in his fourth game, scoring 20 points or less. This is Harden’s longest break since the 2011-12 season when he played for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Newcomer Rocket Guard John Wall, who finished with 10 points and five assists in the game, said chemistry plays a role in the Rockets’ early season problems.
“When you have certain guys who don’t want to shop, it’s hard,” Wall said.
While the Rockets’ chemical problems have been a problem, Wall did not hold back on his thoughts of building a relationship with Harden.
“It’s been a little rocky, don’t lie,” Wall said. “I don’t think it’s been the best it could be. That’s all I can say.”
Harden has an average of 26 points (10th in the league) in 37 minutes of action. He leads the league in average assists per game. Match with 11.
Houston (3-6) sits somewhere from last place in the NBA Western Conference. The Rockets are also 3-3 at home and have dropped two games in a row.
The Rockets return to action Thursday on the road to the San Antonio Spurs, a team that took a 112-102 victory on the road Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.