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Houston Rockets center DeMarcus Cousins blasted James Harden for being “disrespectful,” saying that the disgruntled superstar’s antics this season have been “completely unfair” to the rest of the players on the roster.
Cousins took his strong stance in a virtual media availability Wednesday before, according to sources, the Rockets traded Harden to the Brooklyn Nets in a four-team blockbuster deal that also involves the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Prior to the trade, reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne, the Rockets announced that Harden did not attend Wednesday’s practice due to a mutual agreement with the franchise on the heels of his harsh comments following the previous night’s blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Harden, who had been pushing to be traded for months, declared that the Rockets “just aren’t good enough” and that he doesn’t think the situation “can be fixed,” saying that he had “done everything I can” for the Rockets.
“Obviously, it’s disrespectful, but everybody has a right to their opinion,” Cousins said. “We feel a certain type of way about some of his actions.
“This is the nasty part of the business that kind of gets