In a letter released to Houston Rockets fans Monday on Twitter, guard James Harden, who just signed a $118.1 million contract, took what could be perceived as a dig at the Golden State Warriors.
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) July 11, 2016
Toward the end of the letter Harden wrote, “We are not a ‘super-team’ but just a group of guys that want to work hard to be the very best and our work begins immediately.”
During a news conference Saturday announcing Harden’s new deal and introducing newly signed free agents Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson, the Rockets seemed a little amused by what the Warriors have done this offseason.
In regards to the Warriors, Harden said during the news conference there’s only “one basketball,” and owner Leslie Alexander said, “They have to defend us too.”
Harden said the Rockets are being overlooked, which he thinks is a good thing.
Of course, the NBA’s biggest offseason move involved the Warriors signing Kevin Durant to a two-year contract. The Rockets wanted to speak with Durant about his free-agent plans but didn’t get a meeting, despite his good relationship with Harden.
Instead, the Rockets focused their energies on upgrading their roster, acquiring a power forward in Anderson and another scorer from the guard position in Gordon.