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.”

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Calvin Johnson says Lions mistreated him as he retire

Unlike Marshawn Lynch, Calvin Johnson doesn’t plan to come out of retirement.

While attending his annual “Catching Dreams” football camp in Michigan on Saturday, the former Lions wide receiver opened up about life after football since hanging up his helmet and confirmed he won’t be making a comeback anytime soon.

“I don’t really think about it too much because I got so much going on,” Johnson told the Detroit Free Press. “I came in with Marshawn. We worked out together down in Orlando with Tom Shaw. I’m going to see him next week because I’m going out there to work with Oakland. But I don’t feel any kind of mixed emotions about it now. It doesn’t make me think about coming back, not at all.”

Johnson, who announced his retirement at age 30 last March, spent his entire nine-year career in Detroit after being selected by the Lions with the second overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Despite his longstanding relationship with the franchise, Johnson has since distanced himself from the team.

“I don’t even like to talk Lions too much just because the way our relationship ended,” Johnson said when asked about his No. 81 being retired. “If they see me around here, we’ll see. But hey, I don’t know. I just didn’t feel like I was treated the way I should have Cheap Elite NFL Jerseys been treated Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys on the way out. That’s all. I mean, it’s all good. I’m not tripping. I don’t feel any kind of way, just hey, that’s what they did. Hey, it is what is.”

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