Ex-Warrior, King Cousins rips Harden for 'disrespect' of Rockets


James Harden quit on the Houston Rockets.

The star shooting guard is out of shape, disengaged, publicly demanding to be traded and is more invested in partying at strip clubs during a global pandemic than playing winning basketball. And he still got what he wanted, as Harden reportedly was traded to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. 

But before he was trade, his now former teammate, DeMarcus Cousins, rightfully had enough of Harden's antics.

"Me personally, I don't feel betrayed at all. My interest was playing with John Wall, to be brutally honest," Cousins said Wednesday to reporters. "With that being said, the disrespect started way before any interview. Just the approach to training camp, showing up the way he did, the antics off the court -- the disrespect started way before. This isn't something that all of the sudden happened last night. 

"But with that being said, like I said, this is the nasty part of the business. It is what it is." 

Cousins' comments come one day after Harden did just about everything except ask for a trade after a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. 

"I love this city. I've literally done everything I can. This situation is crazy. It’s something I don’t think can be fixed," Harden said. 

Harden scored just 16 points in the loss. It was his third time scoring under 20 points this season, and he's averaging 24.8 points per game, his lowest as a Rocket.

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Cousins signed a one-year contract with the Rockets last offseason. He's averaging a career-low 6.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while playing 13.4 minutes per night. Cousins missed the entire 2019-20 season after tearing his ACL while working out before the season.

Cousins, now 30, was the selected by the Kings with the No. 5 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He spent seven seasons in Sacramento and made three All-Star teams. The big man spent the 2018-19 season with the Warriors where he averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. 

Harden is gone and Cousins will continue to play with Wall. Just another slow news day in the NBA.

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