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James Harden ball-throwing incident happened when backups beat starters

James Harden, Rockets

The star guard of the Houston Rockets, James Harden, has been under the spotlight for the past couple of weeks. He reportedly threw a ball at fellow teammate and rookie Jae’Sean Tate during a practice that involved teams separated by starters and backups. Recent reports claim Harden did so after the backups walloped the starters.

Sam Amick and Kelly Iko from The Atlantic reported the following, via NBC Sports:

“Sources say the root of Harden’s exchanges was the nature of an intrasquad scrimmage during Monday’s practice. A source says the second unit — which included Tate and backup center DeMarcus Cousins — were outplaying the starters. According to a source, at one point, Tate scored a tough basket on Harden and let him know about it, which prompted the exchange.”

This has not been the only incident James Harden has been involved in, as images surfaced of the Rockets star at a private event without a mask. The trade rumors that surround Harden, therefore, can not be taken as a surprise. This is especially true, as Harden added the Boston Celtics and Portland Trail Blazers to his growing list of teams he could see himself play for, reported by Sam Amick and Kelly Iko from The Atlantic.

With his irrational behavior potentially proving to be detrimental to the overall chemistry of the Rockets, Harden being traded may remove a distraction from the team, allowing for John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins to lead the team this upcoming season.

After experiencing a devastating Western Conference Semifinals loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, losing the series 4-1, the Rockets must look for a way to fight back to the top. That is, without balls being thrown at teammates in the process.