Not so long ago, Houston Rockets star Jalen Green made an appearance on Paul George’s ‘Podcast P.’
He addressed the never-ending rumors of James Harden potentially going back to Houston, and he didn’t seem too sold on the idea.
Green stated that Harden’s comeback could turn out to be good or bad, adding that he hadn’t really talked with Harden about that.
“For Jalen Green to say ‘it could be good, it could be bad if Harden comes back,’… Harden didn’t like that very much.” pic.twitter.com/GysuKqF9RS
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) June 30, 2023
Apparently, those comments didn’t sit well with Harden, and that’s why he may have shut down his interest in a potential reunion, according to The Athletic’s Kelly Iko (via Legion Hoops).
Notably, it’s not like Green said anything wrong, took a shot at Harden, or even said anything that wasn’t true.
The reality is that the Rockets have several young players who need as many touches as they can get right now, and having Harden in town could only stall or set their development back; that’s an undeniable fact.
Of course, they could also learn a lot from playing side by side with one of the greatest scorers of all time, but it’s not like he would come off the bench or take a lot of time to spread his knowledge; he would be there to play and win as that’s the way he’s been throughout his entire career.
Those comments weren’t disrespectful; they just were honest.
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