James Harden had a message for his former teammate Chandler Parsons: You are just a role player, buddy.
That may have seemed a little harsh, but the truth is rarely pleasant. During an event in the Philippines, Harden spoke to the local newspaper about a whole host of issues, most notably the loss of Parsons this offseason to the Dallas Mavericks.
Harden responded to the Parsons question with this answer:
“Dwight (Howard) and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets. The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We’ve lost some pieces and added some pieces. I think we’ll be fine next season.”
Some writers are taking Harden’s comments as a dis to Parsons. How dare he call Parsons a role player?! Yes, Parsons was an important part of the Houston Rockets‘ success the past two seasons, but Parsons is not a star; he is just a really good role player. I’m not hating on Parsons. I love the guy, and I think he has game. But he was not an integral part of Daryl Morey‘s grand vision for the Rockets, whatever it may be.
Whether you like it or not, Harden was just speaking the truth. He and Dwight Howard are the cornerstones of the Rockets, and everyone around them just plays a role in helping the team win. Although the loss of Parsons was tough, the Rockets will be just fine next season and will still be among the top teams in the West.
That’s the truth of the matter.