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Twitter / Jul 25, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Harden Claims Ignorance Of Parsons Put-Down

Dwight Howard, James Harden, Chandler Parsons

Dwight Howard, James Harden, Chandler Parsons (Andrew Richardson/USA TODAY Sports)

Perhaps you’ve heard the condescending remarks James Harden and teammate Dwight Howard made in the wake of Chandler Parson‘s departure for Dallas. After the Rockets failed to match Parson’s near-max deal with the Mavs, Harden and Dwight basically said it wasn’t a big loss. Now Harden is wondering what all the fuss is about on Twitter.

Harden told the Philippine Star this week he wasn’t worried about the loss of Parsons because he and Dwight are the “cornerstones of the Rockets,” proclaiming “the rest of the guys are role players.” The role player designation would likely include former teammate Chandler Parsons. That same sentiment was echoed by Dwight Howard when he told ESPN Parson’s departure, “won’t affect us at all.”

Parsons, for his part, went on the Jay Mohr radio show and responded to Harden’s comments, as transcribed by ESPN Dallas’ Tim MacMahon:

“That’s a pretty ridiculous statement if he meant that,” Parsons said. “That’s part of the reason I wanted to go to Dallas, because I’m ready for that next step. I’m ready for a bigger role, and I’m ready for more leadership.

“If anybody should understand that, it’s James, because he was in the same situation in Oklahoma City and then he got his chance to come to Houston and shine. I’m not real sure what that means.”

Today Harden responded to the flack he’s receiving on Twitter after his Parsons comments. But first, he claimed ignorance. By way of a USA Today screenshot because the tweet has since been taken down, Harden appeared miffed when responding to a tweet that said: “Real d*** move to say about your boy Parsons.”

James Harden tweet

James Harden tweet (photo. USA Today screenshot of @JHarden13)

He claimed he doesn’t pay attention to the negative tweets — and we don’t blame him (some of ya’ll really delight in pointing out a typo), but he must have seen, or at least guessed, the reaction after his original comment.

Here’s more from Harden, especially in attempting to explain the hypocrisy — as noted by Parsons above — of calling Chandler a role player despite a similar situation for The Beard in Oklahoma City:

So there you have it, we guess, Harden thinks he was a role player with the Thunder, too.

Man, the Houston-Dallas series next year has now become our favorite set of games to circle on the calendar — irrespective of the inner-state rivalry.

(H/T FTW)

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  • Reyngout

    I like Harden, but he basically disappeared against the blazers. Better step it up, cornerstone. Lillard hit that long shot on Parsons, but if Harden had played a better series things might have gone much differently.

  • Peg Wolfe

    I love James to pieces, and have been a big fan since he first set foot on the Wells Fargo Arena court at ASU. . . BUT leaving the Thunder was a colossal mistake by both parties.

  • Reyngout

    It was a huge mistake on OKC’s part to let him walk, and I think it was a mistake for the Rockets to let Parsons go. Who knows though, time will tell. Harden has to show up come playoff time. He can’t be pulling a DWade if they want to win..