Houston, Do We Have A Problem?

The Alleged Beef Between Chris Paul and Harden Is Killing The Team

Don’t let the State Farm commercials fool you. There seems to be trouble with the two superstars of the Houston Rockets. It looks like Chris Paul is ready to blast off from the Houston Rockets according to sources close to the situation. Reports suggest that Chris Paul has demanded a trade from the Rockets because he and James Harden can’t stand each other. Houston, we have a problem.

According to Yahoo Sports, the dynamic duo went almost two months without speaking to each other during the season, sources said, creating a difficult work environment for teammates and everyone involved with the team.

Reportedly, Harden has ghosted Paul by not returning his texts or calls this off-season, sources said, after a year in which the pair repeatedly got under each other’s skin with petty acts in practices and games.

An article on ESPN gets into the details of the brewing beef between Harden and Paul. It says, “The friction between the two manifested again during the Rockets' playoff finale. Harden and Paul had tense exchanges regarding Harden's ball dominance and Paul's desire to run set plays as the Warriors pulled off a comeback during the fourth quarter of Houston's Game 6 elimination loss, team sources said. Paul made sure he didn't share the microphone with Harden that night, getting dressed faster than usual and taking his turn alone at the podium before Warriors coach Steve Kerr, breaking NBA protocol of coaches conducting their news conferences first.”

Addressing the matter, Houston Rockets CEO Tad Brown said, "There's been some messiness to our current off-season, but we're always going to be in a state of somewhat tension, because until we achieve our goals and get where we need to be, we're going to continue to challenge ourselves to get better. That sometimes creates tension. This is just a way for us to continue to get better."

The latest reports from Chris Paul’s camp is that none of the apparent tension between him and Harden is not true. Commenting on a Bleacher Report Instagram post about the report, saying, "Damn! That's news to me."