Report: John Wall Felt James Harden Prevented Rockets from Reaching Potential

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Houston Rockets point guard John Wall reportedly felt former teammate James Harden was holding back the franchise while waiting for a trade, which arrived Wednesday as part of a four-team blockbuster that sent him to the Brooklyn Nets...
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Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer reported that Wall, who was acquired in an offseason trade from the Washington Wizards, was never able to form a bond with Harden during their short time together in Houston.

"[T]here was animosity between Wall and Harden from the beginning of their relationship, league sources say," O'Connor wrote. "Wall still sees himself as a player who can be the face of the franchise and felt like Harden was holding him and the team back from reaching their potential, league sources say."

Wall didn't mention Harden by name when asked about the difficulties the Rockets have faced during their 3-6 start following Tuesday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, but it didn't take much reading between the lines to understand his message.

"I think it's been a little rocky, can't lie about that," Wall told reporters. "I don't think it's…
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