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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Arrieta acknowledged Monday that his time with the Cubs may be drawing to a close.

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Asked about a connect-the-dots theory that his public flirtation with retirement in the offseason has affected his play, Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday his heart is “100 percent” committed to the 2017 season.

“You wake up Monday morning and you realize, man, I’m still one of the best in the world that do what I do,'” Roethlisberger said during his weekly radio appearance. “I’m going to have that confidence when I go out there Wednesday to practice and Sunday when we go to Kansas City. I have that belief that I’m one of the best that’s ever done it, the best that’s ever played this position. You have to have that confidence.”

Roethlisberger was 33-for-55 on Sunday during a 30-9 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He threw two pick-sixes in a game for the first time since 2006, and he became the first Steelers quarterback since Mark Malone in 1987 to throw five interceptions in one game.

Arrieta, who was slowed by a right hamstring injury late in the regular season, insists the ailment will be a non-issue. He recently threw two successful bullpen sessions.

Given his free agent status when the season ends, Arrieta acknowledged Monday that his time with the Cubs may be drawing to a close.

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