Despite the fact that the Golden State Warriors dynasty appears to be weakened due to injuries the Houston Rockets are on the verge of implosion.
Earlier this week, ESPN’s Tim McMahon reported that teammates Chris Paul and James Harden personalities were clashing on and off the court.
Chris wants to coach James,” says a source familiar with the stars’ dynamic. “James looks at him like, ‘You can’t even beat your man. Just shut up and watch me.’”
According to sources, Paul was also frustrated by what he perceived as Harden’s tendency to ignore unglamorous details that impact winning — such as moving when he gives up the ball to help spacing — and wasn’t shy about expressing those concerns.
t has reached a point, team sources say, where Paul cherishes the chance to play without Harden on the floor. On several occasions, according to team sources, Paul barked at D’Antoni to keep Harden on the bench while he was running the second unit. Harden simultaneously would lobby — or demand — to check back into the game.
Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports is now reporting that the relationship between the two players is “unsalvageable” and that Paul has demanded a trade from the team.
Via Yahoo Sports
The delicate relationship between Houston Rockets stars James Harden and Chris Paul has been termed “unsalvageable” and the star players want a divorce, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
“There’s no respect at all, on either side,” a source told Yahoo Sports. “They need to get away from one another. Chris doesn’t respect James’ standing in the league, and James doesn’t respect the work Chris has put in to this point.”
Paul’s injury-related absences and grating personality have annoyed Harden, sources said.
“It can’t be fixed,” another league source told Yahoo Sports about the Harden-Paul partnership.
The situation is indeed bad, a source said, and the players are frustrated with the system and surprised that D’Antoni trusts Harden so much that he allows such leeway on the court.
Update: Daryl Morey denies that CP3 has requested trade.
Chris Paul also denied the report on Instagram.