James Harden: Kevin McHale ‘never taught me anything to be a leader’

James Harden fired back at his former head coach after Kevin McHale declared on NBA TV this week that the Rockets superstar is “not a leader,” criticism that Harden considered a sign of McHale’s character.

“He’s a clown, honestly,” Harden said after the Rockets’ open practice Saturday at the Toyota Center. “I did anything and everything he asked me to do. I’ve tried to lead this team every day since I stepped foot here in Houston. To go on air and just downplay my name, when honestly he’s never taught me anything to be a leader. …

“… But I’ve done a great job. The organization, my coaches, you can ask any of those guys how I’ve worked extremely hard every single day to better [myself], obviously as a basketball player, but be a leader as well. To go on air and downplay my name like that, it just shows his character. I usually don’t go back and forth on social media with anybody or with interviews, but I’m going to stand up for myself, and there it is. But you just don’t go and do that. It shows what type of person he is.”

Game 4 of the best-of-five series is Monday in Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys Boston. First pitch will be at 1:08 p.m. — it would have been moved to 7:08 p.m. if Cleveland had finished its ALDS sweep of the Yankees later Sunday.

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