NHL Season Begins, 27 Players Already Test Positive, Harden's Disappointment In Rockets
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
The NHL is back tonight with a condensed 56-game season. The NHL plans to squeeze a total of 868 games into 116 nights. Unfortunately, the League is already off to a rough start with 27 confirmed players from nine different teams (17 from the Dallas Stars) testing positive for COVID-19.
James Harden did not shy away from airing his disappointment in his team, the Houston Rockets, on Tuesday night. After a decisive loss to the LA Lakers, Harden said in his postgame press conference, "We're just not good enough. Chemistry, talent-wise, everything. It's clear ... I love this city. I've literally done everything I can. This situation ... it's crazy. I don't think it can be fixed. Thanks." He then abruptly left. His teammates were not happy. John Wall said, "When you have certain guys in the mix that don't want to buy in as one, it's gonna be hard to do anything special as a basketball team ... It hurts. If we can all get on the same page, we can be something good here. We can't dwell down on it because it's only been nine games. Come on, man. You're going to jump off the cliff off of nine games? There's a lot of basketball still to be played."