Dwight Howard says there were no issues between him and James Harden

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The supposed bad blood between Dwight Howard and James Harden was an on-going problem throughout the previous season as the Houston Rockets floundered in the Western Conference. 

They may have reached the playoffs and a rematch with the Golden State Warriors but finishing eighth in the conference and putting up a feeble fight in the 4-1 first round loss summed up their disastrous campaign after being conference finalists in 2014. 

The relationship between Houston's two stars was the main issue in the press with many outlets reporting there was no working relationship between the duo. 

It was no surprise when the center opted out of the player option in his contract and decided to leave the franchise in order to move back to his home city of Atlanta. 

Having settled into his new environment, the 30-year-old spoke to ESPN and said there were no problems between the duo and he wishes Harden 'nothing but success' in the future. 

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Speaking of their time together, Dwight said: "Well, sometimes things don't work like they should. I've never had an issue with James. I wish him nothing but the best. I just think the timing of everything was a little bit different. That's OK. 

"All that stuff did was just mold me for this moment here, this organisation, this team. They've asked me to be a leader. It's my job to come in here every night and provide physicality and the leadership that this team needs."

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