The James Harden trade saga is taking a brand new turn as an Eastern Conference executive gives his honest opinion about the Rockets star.
It’s one of the NBA’s worst-kept secrets that Harden demanded a trade away from Houston in the offseason. Unlike Westbrook, however, the Rockets did not ship him at the earnest. They are still trying to persuade him to stay and give it another go. They’ve done a pretty good job of it so far.
Adding John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Christian Wood to the squad has given them more offensive weapons than before. Losing RoCo hurts them on defense, but they are better overall today than before. The presence of Wood and Cousins ensures that the Rockets are able to answer dominant big men right back on offense.
The added options on offense means that Stephen Silas can run a very different offense to Mike D’Antoni. It remains to be seen how the Rockets play out the remainder of the season.
Eastern Conference executive demeans James Harden, says he’s selfish like Allen Iverson
An unnamed Eastern Conference executive recently came forward with some scathing criticism for the 3-time scoring champ:
“I don’t think he is willing to sacrifice to win. James is like Allen Iverson: He wants to win his way and put up historical numbers while he’s winning.”
NBA executive says James Harden is like Allen Iverson because he isn’t willing to sacrifice to win
“I don’t think he is [willing to sacrifice to win]. James is like Allen Iverson: He wants to win his way and put up historical numbers while he’s winning.”https://t.co/WxOhv5FxOa
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) January 5, 2021
There is an element of truth to this quote. But it is far too simplistic to merit a response from the Beard. The truth is, the Rockets have never had a team-oriented offense thus far. If the past 5 games are any indication, Stephen Silas is out to change it. Perhaps Harden will continue to prove his haters wrong in a new system.