This article talks about James Harden, The Houston Rockets, and Coach D’antoni. It reflecte my feelings on their defensive philosophies or lack there of.
Harden VS. Giannis
James Harden’s comments about Giannis were really not thought out. The Beard upset that Antetokounmpo said he selected Kemba Walker over him in the All Star draft because he wanted someone who was going to pass the ball.
Harden’s reply[which he claims wasn’t a shot at Giannis] was if he was 7’0, he would dunk everytime down the floor. My first argument, Harden at 6’5 isn’t at his size anywhere as athletic as Antetokounmpo. He also doesn’t have the lateral quickness that Giannis has on the defensive end. So the argument was pointless to start with.
No titles for the defenseless
No player who isn’t defensively competent has gone and led his team to an NBA championship. As long as Houston goes in this direction there won’t be titles for the Rockets either.
Harden is a guard!
I’ve read that the first thing Harden’s defensive defenders[no pun or oxymoron intended] lean towards is his post defense. OK thats just fine. The problem with that is not that I’m arguing that but I do have a problem with it simply because James Harden is a guard.
As a guard, Harden 98% of the time is defending on the perimeter. Out in space where he is not only bad, but gives up and still shows a lack of effort. I say still shows lack of effort because at times he puts effort in and looks mediocre against backup quality players. Harden doesn’t get points in my book for sometimes showing some effort. You call it however you’d like.
James Harden is simply atrocious defending the ball, off screens, and anything a good NBA guard known for defense does
Mike D’antoni still has a head coaching job?
D’antoni has had some very exciting offensive teams over the last 15 years. That being said he also doesn’t emphasize play on the defensive end. Since 2005 battling teams like San Antonio, D’antoni never really had a chance.
When he was hired as Laker coach I was suprised Kobe would put up with him. He didn’t for very long. Bryant knew that to win championships defense was key. D’antoni still doesn’t know this or ignores it.
Every season the current Houston head coach had a good team, I easily predicted his teams fate. Its not that tough to do. I don’t understand how he could still be a head coach in the NBA. The only thing that makes sense is the ball he plays is fun to watch offensively and brings in the fans and that is good enough for his franchises owners.
How simple is it?
How simple is it to predict D’antoni and Harden having no chance to win a title? Its as easy as going back to when D’antoni was with Phoenix. Look at pts. averaged and pts. allowed for The Suns and Spurs. The Suns weren’t going to average that against Popovich. San Antonio who may not have been the best offense ever was going to exceed their totals against a defensively deficient D’antoni team.
Teams and superstars who aren’t good defensively don’t win titles in any sport very often. In the NBA it never happens. How do coaches in the league just ignore this? I’m not trying to take shots at Harden, Houston, and Coach D’antoni because they are the defenseless and I’m not a bully.