Following the Houston Rockets 112-105 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, James Harden and an NBA.com reporter had an awkward exchange. Harden, who has struggled offensively this series, was asked by Fran Blinebury about his play on that end of the court. As The Big Lead points out, Blinebury seemed to irk Harden with his questions starting at the :43 to 1:15 in the video above.
Via the Oregonian, Harden told Blinebury that he’s a weirdo after leaving the locker room.
But when his media session in the Rockets opulent locker room ended, Harden went back at the reporter, asking if he had ever seen a player not play well before. The reporter answered that the struggle seemed unusual for Harden and was coming on a major stage, the playoffs.
The two went back and forth for a while, with Harden asking the reporter if he’d ever seen a basketball game before, then demanding to know whom the reporter was. The exchange got testy enough that team officials stepped in to usher Harden out.
As he left the room, Harden called the reporter “weirdo.”