Nets' James Harden on Reports of Frustration: 'I'm Frustrated Because I Want to Win'

Doric SamJanuary 26, 2022

Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis, left, defends Brooklyn Nets' James Harden during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022 in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

After the Brooklyn Nets' loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, James Harden addressed reports that he was discontent with playing for Brooklyn.

When asked about the reports, Harden dismissed them and said that he didn't know what the reporter who asked the question was talking about. He went on to say that he was frustrated with the Nets' recent inconsistency and lack of success.

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"Of course I'm frustrated because we're not healthy. It's a lot of inconsistency for whatever reason - injuries, COVID, whatever you want to call it...I don't know reports. If you don't hear from me, then it's reports. I'm frustrated because I want to win" - James Harden <a href="https://t.co/zBHirZ6eoZ">pic.twitter.com/zBHirZ6eoZ</a>

Harden had a 30-point triple-double with 33 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. But it wasn't enough, and he didn't get much help as Brooklyn suffered a 106-96 loss to Los Angeles on its home floor.

The Nets fell to 29-18 and 12-12 at the Barclays Center. Brooklyn is now 5-5 in its last 10 games and has fallen to third place in the Eastern Conference.

Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer reported earlier Tuesday that Harden intends to test free agency this offseason. The expansive report stated that Harden was not happy with living in Brooklyn and that he had issues with Brooklyn's lack of continuity.

Fischer wrote that Harden was frustrated with point guard Kyrie Irving's status as a part-time player, and the recent injury to star forward Kevin Durant has "exacerbated the issue." As seen in Tuesday's loss, Harden has to shoulder most of the offensive load while the other two stars aren't available.

Harden will face a similar situation Wednesday when the Nets host the Denver Nuggets. But after that, eight out of Brooklyn's next 10 games will be on the road, so Irving will be available to alleviate some of the pressure off of him. Durant is not expected to return until after the All-Star break.