Harden on Thunder: ‘Just another game’
James Harden insisted again and again that his first game against the Oklahoma City Thunder will be just another game. He was not sure how he would feel Wednesday when he returns to Chesapeake Energy Arena and that uber-exuberant crowd roars, he said, but he didn’t think he would be more emotional than in any other game.
“I’m on the road trying to get a win,” Harden said Tuesday. “That’s no different than when we played at Memphis or Atlanta or whatever the case may be.”
“To be honest, I don’t even know,” he said. “It will be good to see some faces, some old teammates and coaches. They’re all my family. I look forward to every single game I play. It’s just another game.”
But guard Daequan Cook, who was traded with Harden and Cole Aldrich in the deal, said Harden will be especially driven Wednesday.
“He’s going to be in a different zone,” Cook said. “At the end of the day, if anybody knows, I know this game means a lot to him. He’s going to want to play his best basketball. This game means so much right now to him. You’re going to see a different mindset with him.”