James Harden responded to criticism from reporters who wondered if the NBA Star wanted to leave Brooklyn. Harden did not deny that he was frustrated, but with very concrete reasons. He said: "Of course I'm frustrated, because we're not healthy.
We've had a lot of hiccups for so many reasons - injuries, Covid, whatever you can think of. I think everyone in this organization is frustrated because we're better than we are. it's our record, and at this time of the season we should be higher.
But I have no idea what's in that report, but I haven't talked to anyone: if it's not from me, it's just rumors. I'm frustrated because I want to win and I'm competitive: it's very simple."
James Harden's career
James Harden is considered one of the best basketball players in business, and one of the best scorers in history thanks to his step back.
On a collegiate level he played in the ranks of Arizona State, where he was named All-American in 2009. In the same year he declared his eligibility for the 2009 NBA Draft, being selected as the third overall choice by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In 2012 he was named best sixth man of the year and went with his franchise to the NBA Finals, where he lost to the Miami Heat 4-1. He later moved to the Houston Rockets, where he established himself as one of the most prolific players of his generation and among the best shooting guards in the NBA, winning the MVP award in 2018.
With the United States national team he won the medal gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics and at the 2014 World Cup in Spain. Nicknamed The Beard, in Italian, Il Barba, due to his thick and distinctive beard, Harden was the first player in NBA history to make a 60-point triple-double in one game.
Furthermore, along with Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Damian Lillard he is the only one to have scored at least 60 points on more than one occasion. Harden, along with Bill Walton, is then the only player to have won both the NBA Sixth Man of the Year and the NBA Most Valuable Player.
He was also the first player in NBA history to make a 30-point triple-double on his debut with a franchise.