When a reporter from a national organization asked him about his struggles, he got short.
“It’s basketball – making shots,” Harden said before moving onto the next question.
But when his media session in the Rockets opulent locker room ended, Harden went back at the reporter, asking if he had ever seen a player not play well before. The reporter answered that the struggle seemed unusual for Harden and was coming on a major stage, the playoffs.
The two went back and forth for a while, with Harden asking the reporter if he’d ever seen a basketball game before, then demanding to know whom the reporter was. The exchange got testy enough that team officials stepped in to usher Harden out.
As he left the room, Harden called the reporter “weirdo.”
The uncomfortable exchange speaks to the suddenly precarious position the Rockets find themselves in. After losing Game 1 in overtime after blowing an 11-point lead in the final four minutes, the Rockets spent two days saying they were still confident and believed they had let a game they should have won slip away. Struggles of Rockets' James Harden carry over into locker room argument with reporter | OregonLive.com