The Brooklyn Nets lost on Tuesday night against the inconsistent Los Angeles Lakers despite an inspired performance by James Harden. The Beard's triple-double was not enough to stop the Nets from succumbing to their 3rd loss since Kevin Durant was ruled out for 6 weeks earlier in the month. This means that the Nets are down to the 3rd seed already, and just 1 game ahead of the 6th seed spot.
Rumors about James Harden's unhappiness with the situation in Brooklyn have begun to emerge, with Jake Fischer reporting that the superstar was happier when he was the main man for the Houston Rockets. Harden has even addressed these rumors in recent times, expressing his frustration with Brooklyn being unable to win as much as they are expected to.
Shaquille O'Neal, who has never been one to pull any punches when talking on Inside the NBA on TNT, gave his take on Harden's unhappiness. Shaq has explained that the initial expectations from this Brooklyn roster not being fulfilled are what is causing Harden to be discontent (via EssentiallySports).
“Obviously he is not happy because when the team was first put together, they had championship aspirations. Now you got one guy doing his own thing and nobody’s on the same page.”
The Philadelphia 76ers have been named as a potential destination for Harden if he decides not to extend his stay in Brooklyn. His existing relationship with Daryl Morey, Joel Embiid's MVP level play, and Ben Simmons being available to go the other way make this a plausible option for the offseason if Harden wishes for it to happen.
In the meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets have been trying to deal with the loss of Kevin Durant, which is difficult to do considering that Kyrie Irving cannot play in nearly half the games. James Harden is burdening the offensive load and it may look a little bleak at the moment, but they still can win in the playoffs. As with any other issue, winning will likely solve everything.