John Wall tells story of his James Harden welcome with Rockets

James Harden is now a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, but before he was acquired from the Brooklyn Nets at the 2022 trade deadline, he was the leading man for the Houston Rockets as he was the driving force in everything they did.

Before things deteriorated in Houston, the Rockets did pull off a deal that sent Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards in exchange for John Wall. When Wall landed in Houston, he expected Harden to be there with him, but he found quickly that wasn’t the case.

Wall sat down on “Run Your Race” on Tidal League and he opened up about his time with Harden and the Rockets:

Trash. Beyond trash because I’m going there thinking James is gonna be there. You know what I mean? Once I get traded, but he already wants out. When I landed, I’m like ‘Oh, I’m about to land. I’m about to go do my conference (expletive).’ He like ‘Well, I’m on my way to Atlanta for Lil Baby’s birthday’. I’m like (John stares in disbelief).

He talking about ‘You wanna get on the jet with me?’ Like (expletive), I just got traded here. I gotta be on good terms. Like, I don’t know how the owner is, the GM is, I don’t know nothing. This ain’t like I’m in DC. If I was in DC, I’d be like ‘Hell yeah, we out’. It’s my show. This ain’t my show over here…so he don’t come to training camp, none of that. So that news is all toxic. For me, I ain’t played in two years. Mom passed, Achilles, and COVID. So I’m like, ‘I don’t give a (expletive) who playing or not. I just want to hoop. That’s it.

It’s unfortunate that Wall felt this way when he first got to Houston with Harden, but at that stage, the Rockets were going in one direction and it wasn’t where Harden wanted to go. He wants to win a championship and, after his time with the Nets, he believes the Sixers give him that best chance.


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Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire