This article talks about James Harden, The Houston Rockets, and Coach D’antoni. It reflect my feelings on their defensive philosophies of the Rockets or the ignorance that ignores them as if the defensive end isn’t the important end.
Harden VS. Giannis
He was upset about Antetokounmpo’s statements about selecting Kemba Walker instead of Harden in the All-Star draft. Saying he wanted someone who was going to pass the ball. JOKING FOR REAL.
Harden’s reply[which he claims wasn’t a shot at Giannis] was if he was 7’0, he’d dunk every time down the floor.
My take, Harden at 6’5 isn’t anywhere as athletic as Antetokounmpo. He also doesn’t have the lateral quickness that Giannis has on the defense.
What Harden really was saying is if he was Giannis. You can make the Houston guard 7’0 but Harden’s still not going to have the gifts the greek freak has.
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 in their future either.
Harden is a guard!
Harden’s defensive defenders[no pun or oxymoron intended] lean towards, Harden being a decent post defender. OK thats fine. The problem with that is James Harden is a guard.
98% of the time is defending on the perimeter, out in space, where he is terribly bad.
Harden gives up on plays and shows a lack of effort. His awareness is worse than his defense. Anyone with a stat that tells you that James Harden is a good defender, I say put the stat down and USE YOUR EYEBALLS. Thats what their for!
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. Battling teams like San Antonio, D’antoni never really had a chance.
When he was hired as Lakers coach I was suprised Kobe would play under that philosophy. He didn’t for 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 has a good team. Its just hype. 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 points averaged and points allowed, just for the Suns and Spurs.
The Suns weren’t going to average that against Popovich. San Antonio didn’t have the Suns offense but they were always 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 the bully.