James Harden discusses his scrutinised relationship with Dwight Howard

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James Harden has made a senssational start to life as a point guard as coach Mike D'Antoni has handed The Beard the keys to the Houston kingdom.

The 27-yeard-old has posted averages of 31.8 points, seven rebounds and 12.4 assists so far this season at the one spot, but that wasn't the case last year.

While Harden himself still had great numbers, the Rockets floundered and only scraped into the playoffs on the final day of the season, in part, thanks to Kobe Bryant going off on the Utah Jazz.

Many outsiders put that down the lack of cohesion and frankly, dislike between Harden and former teammate Dwight Howard.

Harden told ESPN"s Calvin Watkins that is simply not the truth.

"Yeah we're cool," Harden said of his relationship with Howard.

So did the rumours of discontent between the pair bother him?

"It didn't bother me. I know what the truth is, it's no beef. We never got into a heated argument. It just didn't work out."

But why? Both perennial All-Stars with immense, and complimenting talent led the Rockets to three playoff appearances, but with two first-round exits.

"Trust me, if we knew, it would have worked out," he said.

What makes it even stranger is how revitalised Howard appears to be in Atlanta. Harden has no reason to lie at this stage, but there is still a sense of mystery surrounding the whole affair.

Patrick Beverley
Houston Rockets
Southwest Division
Western Conference
Dwight Howard
Atlanta Hawks
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Eastern Conference
James Harden

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