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Harden says he "sacrificed" for Thunder

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04:06 PM ET 11.29 | James Harden's return to Oklahoma City didn't go quite as he planned. The Houston Rockets' guard shot just 3-17 from the field in the Rockets' 120-98 loss, and his coach, Kelvin Sampson, said he was "pressing" too much. But you could hardly blame Harden for trying too hard to stick it to his old team after the way things went down in his final days in Oklahoma City. He was asked to accept an offer that was less than the maximum contract, and after all the sacrifices he felt he had already made for the organization, that was tough for him to do. "I thought I did sacrifice. I thought I sacrificed coming off the bench. I could've tried to be a starter and messed the whole thing up. But I sacrificed coming off the bench in order for the betterment of the team, so there was a lot of different things I thought I sacrificed to make the Thunder better," he said Wednesday.

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November 29, 2012  04:35 PM ET

No you didn't Harden. But it's good you're gone.

Thunder get Martin, not as good but good enough at scoring and they got Lamb who will be the future SG. Done.

November 29, 2012  04:56 PM ET
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No you didn't Harden. But it's good you're gone.Thunder get Martin, not as good but good enough at scoring and they got Lamb who will be the future SG. Done.

100% Correct.

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November 29, 2012  05:55 PM ET
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No you didn't Harden. But it's good you're gone.Thunder get Martin, not as good but good enough at scoring and they got Lamb who will be the future SG. Done.

Lamb was just sent to D League. A lot of people thought he would have an impact this year -- I guess not.

November 29, 2012  06:02 PM ET
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100% Correct.

that is yet to be determined....what happens in May will answer that in a resounding way

November 29, 2012  07:19 PM ET

Move on Bro...move on.

November 29, 2012  08:00 PM ET
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Lamb was just sent to D League. A lot of people thought he would have an impact this year -- I guess not.

I thought he would contribute a bit but what I never expected him to shine already.

You still got Sefo and Martin, no room there for him.

November 29, 2012  09:36 PM ET

Harden was best served coming off the bench. Noticing how he is not so spectacular nights they play top tier teams. Harden is really good but not worth a made deal. Houston may need to watch how they are giving above market money to players. Still a fan of Harden but he should have taken a little less money, kept developing and then leave in 3 years or so.

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November 30, 2012  01:36 PM ET

Memo to Harden, Shut up & play ball. You got paid, so what's your beef? Starting to sound like Jeremy Linn ..... COMON MAN ...

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