At one point, Howard was asked about his relationship with Houston Rockets star James Harden. At many points during this season, it looks like their relationship deteriorated. At many points on the court, it looked like they had absolutely no chemistry.
ESPN: What is your relationship with James Harden like?
Howard: “Before I got to Houston, I didn’t know him as a person. I looked at us as a mini Shaq and Kobe. I was thinking, ‘Man, this could be a new life for both of us.’ And we had some good stretches together. Made it to the Conference finals last season.”
ESPN: Your relationship with Harden seems to have deteriorated along with the team’s performance this season. What happened?
Howard: “I don’t know. … I want to figure that out, too. I’ve been trying to wrap my mind around this season, what went wrong, and sometimes you can allow outside things to interrupt the circle. That probably happened with us.”