Thunder breaks up with James Harden over a text. Really?

Clearly the big news this weekend amongst the NBA was Harden’s trade to Houston. We all know that these kinds of things come with the territory; that the NBA is ultimately a business.

But why did Oklahoma Thunder GM Sam Presti, have to do it over a text message?

“I was actually at dinner with my family, just enjoying dinner, nice and quiet. Then, I got a text from my General Manager, Sam Presti.  I called him and he told me that he loved me and that things just didn’t work out and that I was going to be coming to Houston. I was kinda stunned, but as I thought about it, I think it could be a good thing for me. [The last 24 hours] have been a whirlwind. Having to pack my things and get as much as possible and come to Houston, getting physicals and meeting the team and the front office here, it’s been great…but like I said, I’m kinda lost for words. Obviously with the Thunder…we had something special, but at the end of the day it is a business. I’m looking forward to being in Houston.”

This kind of stuff happens all the time. A player finds out he’s getting traded on the news/twitter, or an owner finds out where his best player is headed in a 1-hour special on ESPN. Doesn’t anybody CALL anymore? (At least Harden called Presti after he got the text.)

Here’s Harden’s interview w/ Kelli Johnson this weekend. Harden says he was “stunned.”


After watching this I thought about how Lebron told Cleveland, how Dwight left Orlando, how Lamar handled his trade, and how Presti sent Harden a text message.

Is there a right way to say goodbye? And if so, what is it? Thoughts?



P.S. Somewhere Trina is laughing about this, since Harden reportedly broke up with her over a text message back in August.

About Naz

Raised in South Florida, Naz Perez loves anything sports, fashion, and entertainment and anywhere they all collide. With a background in broadcast journalism, TV production, and sport business management, travels have taken Naz to freelance and work for various sport and entertainment outlets such as Fox Sports Florida, ESPNU, The Tennis Channel, NBA Entertainment and The Ellen DeGeneres show. In addition to behind-the-scenes work, Naz has also served as a TV entertainment reporter and host.