Nets Star James Harden Takes Shot at Critics After Win in Return to Houston

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James Harden at Wells Fargo Middle in Philadelphia.

In his first recreation in opposition to his former Rockets staff, Nets star James Harden registered a triple-double. It marked simply the sixth time in NBA historical past {that a} participant had a triple-double in his first recreation in opposition to his former staff, in accordance with Elias Sports activities.

Harden’s efficiency — 29 factors, 10 rebounds and 14 assists — was one more indicator of his overwhelming affect on his new staff. Nonetheless, The Beard continues to insist not a lot has modified between the Rockets-era model of himself and this Nets-era model — particularly in relation to management. He even went so far as taking a shot at his critics in hammering house the purpose after Brooklyn’s 132-114 win on Wednesday.

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Harden Doesn’t Maintain Again

Harden has been praised for his management since becoming a member of the Nets, each by members of the group and from these outdoors of it.

However nothing has modified, Harden has regularly stated since being dealt by Houston on January 14 — some extent he doubled down on after Wednesday’s win.

“(It’s) the identical,” Harden stated when requested about his management strategy, per NBA author Michael Scotto. “It’s simply I get credit score now, and beforehand I wasn’t getting credit score. Identical management. I’ve been the identical particular person and haven’t modified not one bit.”

Earlier than Wednesday’s Nets-Rockets matchup, Brooklyn coach Steve Nash corroborated Harden’s level. Nash stated Harden is doing effectively enjoying with different star gamers however remains to be a No. 1-type participant, per Ryan Herrera of the Houston Chronicle. He then referenced the Rockets taking Golden State to seven video games within the 2018 Western Convention Finals as proof of his management.

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Harden Displays After Emotion-Crammed Night time

Harden’s pointed remarks appeared extra a shot at his critics than at Rocket followers. In spite of everything, he totally embraced the latter on Wednesday — even after some had booed him.

Harden thanked the Houston followers after a two-minute video tribute honored him early within the recreation, and he autographed his sneakers earlier than throwing them to followers within the crowd after the sport.

When he wasked about having his jersey retired by the Rockets — one thing that was reported earlier within the week — Harden reiterated one other level that helped to again up his management in Houston.

“Hopefully, I did one thing proper,” Harden stated, per Scotto. “Clearly, I got here up in need of a championship, however the work on and off the court docket that I put in over these previous eight years was elite. I believe that’s the one factor I didn’t do, a championship.”

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