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James Harden says he considered himself a role player during days with OKC

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HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 11: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets waits under the basket as time winds down in the second overtime period during the game against the Toronto Raptors at Toyota Center on November 11, 2013 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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James Harden has been mouthing off a bit lately when asked about Chandler Parsons, who played alongside Harden last season but has now left in free agency to join the Dallas Mavericks.

Harden said that he and Dwight Howard are the franchise cornerstones, and that everyone else in Houston is just a role player -- a statement that might be true, but as the line from The Big Lebowski goes, “You’re not wrong, Walter. You’re just an a--hole.”

Parsons was ticked off by the remarks, but the numbers indicate that his anger may be a bit misguided. Nevertheless, Harden may not have meant the intended level of slander, as a recent response to a fan on Twitter seemed to indicate.

Of course! RT @dhud8: Just wondering @JHarden13 did you consider your self as a roll player on OKC?

— James Harden (@JHarden13) July 25, 2014

Duh! RT @kingshap: @JHarden13 you gonna miss Parsons?

— James Harden (@JHarden13) July 25, 2014

So, it appears as though Harden may not have intended to disrespect Parsons (or any of his current teammates) after all. But if nothing else, he has to be more cognizant of how his remarks will come across.