James Harden took subtle pot shots at Golden State Warriors Monday in a letter released to fans of the Houston Rockets, in which he announced his decision to stay with H-Town for another four years.
Harden signed a new $118.1 million contract extension, which ensures that the perennial all-star would stay in Texas until the 2019-20 season. (Read Harden’s open letter below)
In the letter, Harden thanks the city of Houston and its fans while also appreciating the support of Rockets owner Leslie Alexander. Harden also said that the team was focused to work together and pursue its “ultimate goal” which is to bring its first championship since Hakeem Olajuwon’s dual coup in 1994 and 1995.
James Harden bitter about Durant decision?
Harden and the Rockets failed to land a free agency meeting with Kevin Durant, who decided to meet only six teams including Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers. Prior to the offseason, there were several reports of Harden aggressively trying to recruit Durant, who was his teammate during his early years with the Thunder.
Is Harden bitter that Durant refused to meet his team in free agency? Toward the end of his open letter to Houston fans, Harden wrote: “We are not a ‘super-team’ but just a group of guys that want to work hard to be the very best and our work begins immediately.”
Incidentally, Rockets owner Alexander also had an opinion about the Warriors situation during a news conference held to introduce new signees Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson.
“There’s only one basketball (to go around). They (Warriors) have to defend us too,” said Alexander.
James Harden also said that Houston, who hired Mike D’Antoni as their new coach, are being overlooked and that being the underdog could benefit his team next season. Harden averaged 29 points, 7.5 assists and 6.1 rebounds last season.