James Harden threw a ball at a teammate during heated exchange in Rockets practice
Things aren’t looking very peachy right now for James Harden and the Houston Rockets. With the former MVP looking to move on from the Rockets prior to the start of the season, Harden does not appear to be in a very good place right now. So much so, that the eight-time All-Star was reportedly involved in a heated exchange with his own teammate during practice, which resulted in Harden throwing the ball at the aforementioned teammate.
This report comes via Shams Charania of The Athletic:
For instance, The Athletic learned that Harden has had multiple verbal confrontations with teammates in practice on Sunday and Monday, and one confrontation included Harden throwing a basketball at a teammate on Monday.
Sources say Harden and rookie Jae’Sean Tate had a heated exchange during Monday’s practice, culminating in Harden throwing the ball in Tate’s direction. The ball did not hit Tate. Interactions like these between teammates during practice can be part of a normal, competitive environment. Harden, however, is known by those in the organization as a laid-back and calm personality —especially as superstars go — and some around the franchise are viewing this as rising to an uncharacteristic level of frustration given his ongoing situation.
This certainly isn’t a good look for both Harden and the Rockets. The 31-year-old is clearly unhappy with his situation in Houston. For their part, however, the Rockets appear willing to hold him hostage until they get the deal that they want in a potential trade. At this point, this just feels like a scenario that’s about to explode at any given moment.