James Harden has spoken of his regret over the way his eight-year tenure with the Houston Rockets ended last month. The star guard began the year with a $50,000 fine for violating COVID-19 protocols after the league reviewed video of him socialising without a mask at a club.
“(I) apologise for how it went down, but I guess I had to do what I had to do in order to get to where I wanted to go,” Harden said. “And credit to Houston, they didn’t necessarily have to trade me to Brooklyn. They could have traded me anywhere, but those are some stand-up guys over there. And it ended up the right way, but just didn’t like how that month or two played out.”
“I don’t like it at all because that’s not who I am,” he added. “The drama, the extra whatever you want to call it, the negativity for me. I don’t really like negative energy. That’s draining. So I don’t like how it necessarily happened. I feel like it could have happened a lot smoother, a lot easier, but it is what it is.”