Russell Westbrook Gets Very Honest About James Harden Relationship

Russell Westbrook Gets Very Honest About James Harden Relationship

The Houston Rockets are in the process of imploding. Following a mediocre 2019-20 campaign that saw the franchise make it to the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs and then get dominated by the Los Angeles Lakers, all the wheels fell off.

First head coach Mike D’Antoni left. Then Daryl Morey pretended to need some time off, only to join the Philadelphia 76ers immediately after exiting the organization.

Last week, Russell Westbrook expressed a desire to be traded. And then this week James Harden followed suit.

As a result of everything that has transpired, many believed that Harden and Westbrook’s relationship was frayed. However, this week, the latter player put all that chatter to rest.

On Monday, ESPN NBA insider Stephen A. Smith joined Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin to relay what Westbrook had told him about his relationship with Harden.

“I’m glad you brought up Russell Westbrook, he said.

“Because he and I spoke the other day. And I just want to tell you, he emphasized: his relationship with James Harden – and he went on Twitter and expressed this as well – his relationship with James Harden, is tight. They don’t have a problem in terms of their brotherhood … their relationship.”

For Westbrook, this is simply an issue of wanting a different basketball situation. He and Harden may no longer want to play together, but that is not a reflection on their deeper and more important relationship – their friendship.

“Him and James Harden are as tight as ever,” Smith continued. “They’re brothers, they always will be brothers. They’re tight.”

It’s just a business thing where them playing together on the Rockets next year is not in either party’s best interest.

“There’s a difference between reports of not wanting to play with one, as opposed to them not being tight,” Smith concluded.

To date, Westbrook has been linked to potential trades involving the Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks.

Harden, meanwhile, seems to have his heart set on either a reunion with Kevin Durant on the Brooklyn Nets, or a similar reunion with Morey on the Sixers.

Adam Spolane of Sports Radio 610 reported on Monday that Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta “initially talked James Harden down from a desire to join Daryl Morey in Philadelphia.”

One way or another, the Rockets’ run at the top of the Western Conference is coming to an end. But if it makes fans feel any better – the personal relationship between Westbrook and Harden is still as strong as ever.

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Anthony Amador

A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.

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