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James Harden says he considered himself a role player during days with OKC

Jul 26, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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James Harden has been mouthing off a bit lately when asked about Chandler Parsons, who played alongside Harden last season but has now left in free agency to join the Dallas Mavericks.

Harden said that he and Dwight Howard are the franchise cornerstones, and that everyone else in Houston is just a role player — a statement that might be true, but as the line from The Big Lebowski goes, “You’re not wrong, Walter. You’re just an a–hole.”

Parsons was ticked off by the remarks, but the numbers indicate that his anger may be a bit misguided. Nevertheless, Harden may not have meant the intended level of slander, as a recent response to a fan on Twitter seemed to indicate.

So, it appears as though Harden may not have intended to disrespect Parsons (or any of his current teammates) after all. But if nothing else, he has to be more cognizant of how his remarks will come across.

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