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Rockets CEO: James Harden didn’t push for Kevin McHale’s firing, Dwight Howard’s trade

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James Harden reportedly pushed the Rockets to fire Kevin McHale (they did) and trade Dwight Howard (they tried). Harden and Howard also reportedly tried to get the other traded in 2014.

Rockets CEO Tad Brown, via Calvin Watkins of ESPN:

“I can tell you unequivocally, being part of that [front-office] team, those things have never happened,” Brown said prior to the Rockets'119-105 comeback win over the Portland Trail Blazers. “That’s frustrating, and, for whatever reason, it’s been a constant throughout this season. As we struggle and as we continue to struggle a little bit on the court, trying to get things to where we want them to be, that people have continued to take shots at our guys, take shots at our team, with unnamed sources being the ones who routinely provide that information.”

File this under: What else is he supposed to day? Whether or not Harden and Howard did those things, we’d likely get the same public reaction from Brown.

That said, if someone is smearing Harden and Howard with inaccurate depictions, that would be a shame. Whatever wrong those players have done, they don’t deserve that. Nobody does.

But the Rockets must ask -- if these reports are inaccurate -- who is convincing a credible Ken Berger that these issues are real and why? He’s not one to be duped by a source not in position to know these things. This is also not the first time Harden and Howard have been reported to have negative attitudes this season.

Something is rotten in Houston, whether it’s Harden finding it necessary to take drastic action like getting the coach fired and secondary star traded or someone deeming it worthwhile to leak that Harden did.