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DeMarcus Cousins on James Harden: 'The Disrespect Started Before Any Interview'

Houston Rockets center DeMarcus Cousins fielded questions from reporters on Wednesday and addressed James Harden's recent actions by saying things have been sour for a while now.

"The disrespect started way before any interview," Cousins told reporters. "Just the approach to training camp, showing up the way he did, the antics off the court — the disrespect started way before."

Cousins was responding to Harden's comments from Tuesday night. The Rockets were handily defeated by the reigning NBA champion Lakers 117-100 and Harden, who has requested a trade, publicly said that the relationship was beyond repair.

"I love this city," Harden said after the loss.