James Harden Says His Relationship with Morey Can’t be Fixed
If you had any hope that James Harden showing up at Sixers training camp was a sign he was maturing, think again. Because Harden has spoken for the first time since joining Sixers camp, but not in any way that is reassuring. Harden doubled down on his issues with Morey. He told the media his relationship with Morey can not be fixed.
“When I got traded here, I wanted to retire as a Sixer. The front office didn’t have that in their future plans. It is literally out of my control. I didn’t want it to happen. But I have to make a decision for my family, understanding that this is a business. It is as simple as that. I came in here today, will work my butt off, and do the things necessary as a professional.”
Later a reporter asked Harden if his relationship with Morey could be repaired, and Harden said no. He cited that it is like when you are married to someone, and you lose trust in them.
We still don’t quite understand what his issue with the Sixers is. Ok, he wanted a long-term contract. They let him test free agency to see if he could get it. Clearly, no one else was, or else he would have signed one. So he opted into his deal and requested a trade. The problem is no one wants to trade for him. At least not in a way that benefits the Sixers.
If he’s upset he didn’t get paid, he should be upset with all 30 Team Presidents. I suppose because of his pre-existing relationship with Daryl Morey, he expected Special Treatment. But it would have been a mistake for Morey to give Harden a max deal.
This Harden situation is not going to end in any amicable way. As as he has his whole career, Harden will just be difficult until he gets his way. We just have to hope his getting his way ends with something decent coming back to the Sixers.
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