James Harden took the first flight to Houston and made his first appearance as a Houston Rocket today at the team’s open scrimmage today where he addressed reporters for the first time since the announcement was made late last night that the Oklahoma City Thunder had decided to trade him to the Rockets along with Lazar Hayward, Cole Adrich and Daequan Cook in return for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and future draft picks. Houston got their max player – is he ready to live up to the expectations?
James Harden was asked quite bluntly, “Are you ready to be the star player, to be the lead dog on the team, to be a contender?”
Harden, even more bluntly: “Yes, I am”, before adding confidently ,”It’s going to take some time, not starting and not having as much attention on me… but I think I’m ready for that.”
It all starts Wednesday in Detroit!