Storyline: McHale-Harden Beef

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As much as Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni would rather not have the potential distraction that could come with former Rockets coach Kevin McHale’s criticism of James Harden’s leadership and Harden’s strong rebuttal, he said that dealing with those sorts of public issues has become part of the job. “It’s hard in modern society with … social media. It’s tough,” D’Antoni said. “It’s the new way of doing things and players have to deal with it. Coaches got to deal with it. We try to stay locked in as much as we can, knowing it’s not always going to be that way. And we just move on. “We’re using the same motto we used last year; ‘So what, what’s next.’ We were successful with that last year and we’ll try to do that again.”

“He’s a clown. Honestly,” Harden said. “I did anything and everything he asked me to do. I tried to lead this team since I stepped foot here in Houston. To go out there and downplay my name, honestly, he’s never taught me anything to be a leader. But I’ve done a great job. The organization, my coaches. You can ask any of those guys how I worked extremely hard every single day to better, obviously, be a basketball player, but to be a leader as well, defensively as well.”
2 weeks ago via ESPN

Tim MacMahon: Mike D’Antoni’s reaction to Kevin McHale saying James Harden is not a leader: “All I can do is talk about my experience, and he’s been unbelievably great. Obviously I got Coach of the Year last year because of him and the other 10 guys on the team. He’s been great with everything I asked. I asked a lot of him last year. I asked him to be the point guard, I asked him to talk in D, I asked a lot of things and he responded great. We had great chemistry. He’s the first one to get them all together in the summer time or take them out during the year to keep the team together. So I didn’t see it. He’s been great for me.”
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