The Men Who Ruined James Harden's Career and Forced The Houston Rockets To Rebuild

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Soulbeautifulme Il y a 17 heures
You were making excuses for Harden ... yall always making excuses for him
Michael Odom
Michael Odom Il y a jour
James is awesome but blaming the front office makes no sense unless they didn’t try and get the best. Westbrook wasn’t the right addition and I agree he’s still unproven but they should’ve adjusted and got a big who shoots 3s and can handle the ball.
Kevin Siu
Kevin Siu Il y a 2 jours
I brought up the issue of an inevitable salary cap logjam years ago when chumps with vastly overestimated upside (ie: Harrison Barnes, Chandler Parsons) and/or slight to moderately above average talent/production at their positions were getting stupidly ridiculous contracts. Front office idiots thought it was a good idea to lock in big contracts that would be a "bargain" in the future because they expected the salary cap to increase 7-10% every year. What this wound up doing was creating a class of chumps who will never sniff an all star game getting salaries nearly on par with all star caliber players and essentially paving the way to dissolve the NBA's "middle class". Just look at the way NBA team's salaries are structured right now. The top 4 puts them over the cap. They have 1 or 2 people in the 6 to 10 million/year range (rookie contracts and mid level exception). The other 7 to 9 players are all making the minimum.
SoloQ Il y a 2 jours
That part about Brad Stevens aged like milk
Dre Day
Dre Day Il y a 2 jours
Im so dissapointed in the rockets n harden got better but he should of respected cp3 n capela more than his old buddy westbrook i see now why noone liked westbrook trade didnt fit idk the rockets got some real thinkn to do this time
Dre Day
Dre Day Il y a 2 jours
Gm is fooln e1 he ruined what we had built n went after what harden wanted n westbrook instead of what was already ready to be a contender with the lakers u didnt have warriors this year u had lakers u needed capela bigtime and u needed Covington type with cp3 eg is better fit with cp3 not westbrook
Dre Day
Dre Day Il y a 2 jours
He needs to get in the gym n learn how to use some skill with his athleticism westbrick that wasnt the player i seen in regular season he must of been out of sync n hurt
Dre Day
Dre Day Il y a 2 jours
Cp3 was the leader capela was the heart in soul with pj n eg was the 6th man harden was the mvp but they ruined it sad we needed a Covington with that same squad we would of won ariza wasnt consistent at 3
Alexander Matusalem
Alexander Matusalem Il y a 2 jours
Rockets proved that playing by Analytics doesn't get you to the Championship round...
Juju Il y a 2 jours
Guess you were wrong about Boston 😂 they didn’t adjust anything 😂
Miguel De Greef
Miguel De Greef Il y a 2 jours
Bad move to trade Capela. But harden got rid of Chris Paul to bring in West. Ain’t gonna get him anything
Sd7 Stok3
Sd7 Stok3 Il y a 2 jours
Why he do that at 0:10
Husky Thor
Husky Thor Il y a 2 jours
The rockets and clippers are what you get when you try to build a team whose sole purpose is to beat 1 other team (Houston with GS, and LAC with LAL)
Emmanuel Gibson
Emmanuel Gibson Il y a 2 jours
Your last point is completely wrong. A. MJ Pip and Phil hated Jerry Krause who was the GM. MJ never really requested anything because Krause was always trying to improve the team so not the same situation u explained. B. Kobe and Shaq both wanted each other. Kobe went to management and said he was leaving. Dr. Buss the owner told Shaq that they were trading him to help keep Kobe who was younger and “give him the keys”. Kobe confirmed this on national tv with his interview with Shaq saying he was looking for houses in Chicago when Shaq got traded. Also Kobe in 07 had a similar situation where he didn’t like the situation and wanted to be traded. He wanted better players to play with. This is how Lakers ended up with Pau Gasol. Also KG was another option at the time as well. C. You can literally count on multiple hands when the top players say things like trade me or get me better players you do it or they will leave. Kawhi Leonard Kyrie Irving Paul George Chris Paul Russell Westbrook Anthony Davis Dwight Howard etc. These are just a small list of recent guys who asked for a trade because they weren’t comfortable with their current situation. D. Harden asked for Dwight Howard Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook. He asked for these guys to play with. He also asked that Dwight Howard and Chris Paul get traded as well as Kevin McHale gone. All of that is true. Front office listens to their star players. When Lebron told Cleveland to get him better players 2 years ago half of their team got traded. So that whole point is completely wrong. Lol
J. Wade
J. Wade Il y a 2 jours
Trade Westbrook to Detroit for Blake Griffin and Derek Rose. Blakes value is way less than Westbrooks. That’s why you package them. If Blake can stay healthy, and that’s a big IF, that Rockets team w Blake & D Rose could be even better
Free Bee
Free Bee Il y a 2 jours
Mark Jackson helped build the warriors and was fired but Steve Kerr came in (with the same team) and won next year . You can just fire a coach. Look at lac today 😂
Fernando Fuerte
Fernando Fuerte Il y a 2 jours
I like that Westbrook for Love
Fernando Fuerte
Fernando Fuerte Il y a 2 jours
Rockets should get a C who shoots 3s Jymchal Green a Morris Twin Ibaka etc and they should try to make Gordon a 6th man again or try to trade him
max kilgore
max kilgore Il y a 2 jours
The problem is turnovers No matter what team Hardin or Westbrook goes to the are going to so what they always do Give the ball away
Jake Bassett
Jake Bassett Il y a 2 jours
James harden will never win a championship. He has no heart. He cares too much about himself. And flops more than any other player in the NBA. Fact, fact, and fact. Check my source if you don’t believe me: “THE OMNIPOTENT AND OMNISCIENT BOOK OF FACTS ABOUT JAMES HARDEN AND HIS PATHETIC CAREER.”
Arthur Fleck
Arthur Fleck Il y a 2 jours
Almost liked but lost me at firing Morey.
DIGITAL7 Media Il y a 2 jours
As a Laker fan I am aware that defending the perimeter is one of our Achilles. So i thought we were going to have a battle with Houston. But if you told me we'd have a game where we shot more 3's than Houston, I'd say you're crazy. I'm still surprised Houston chose to play small ball every game. I mean...did they even try putting in Tyson Chandler in there for at least 5 mins? I a coach you have to try to be a little creative when nothing else works.
Alcides Orantes
Alcides Orantes Il y a 2 jours
If this was a fact i would support it however the truth is Harden lift a team(Thunders) that if he would of had the patients he has with the Rockets there is high possibility he the rest of the Thunders would of by 2020 had at least an NBA ring.
Jay Cee
Jay Cee Il y a 2 jours
I bet Harden was the one who kicked out Carmelo
Maurice White
Maurice White Il y a 3 jours
Houston window has closed. Gsw, clippers and lakers are in their way. It'll be even harder for Houston. Plus Portland, Utah and Denver are still going to be hell to deal with..
Greedy Hungry
Greedy Hungry Il y a 3 jours
Bruh! That small ball shit don't work when the game #SLOWSDOWN #GREEDYHUNGRY
firstname lastname
firstname lastname Il y a 3 jours
Did you say Mark jackson would add depth to the offense ? Seriously???????
David DR
David DR Il y a 3 jours
Houston has a problem..The need got give westbrook to the washington wizards
GarciaV Il y a 3 jours
I used to want westbrook to okay for my lakers oh boy did we get lucky we didn’t trade for him he’s a cancer for a team tbh I used to really like him he’s not a good leader or even player he’s okay
Joe Rogers
Joe Rogers Il y a 3 jours
Who is this guy Robert C9vingtons cousin? Covington isnt a 3 and D guy. Thats Jeremy Grant. He is more of a 3 pt shooter with limited defens8ve range who cant guard smaller players on the perimeter.
Nawaf The FearBraker
Nawaf The FearBraker Il y a 3 jours
I mean when Harden is the sole reason your team consistently makes it to the playoffs, can you really blame him if you don't win? Without him, you wouldn't even be close to being there... I honestly think trading CP3 was a mistake, especially for Westbrook. Him, and Harden can't play on the same team I think. You need synergy. Get a defensive player with Harden. Maybe have CP3, Harden, and a decent defender, that's a WCF team at the very least, if not a finals team, depending on who you're facing. Right now, take Westbrook away, and get a star defender, and you'll make it to the WCF. Also, stop playing small ball. Not unless every single player can rain buckets from behind the line.
chonbreh01 Il y a 3 jours
They need a CENTER
the Black JOKER
the Black JOKER Il y a 3 jours
Lmao all the stars you named (other than harden) left those teams and those teams fell apart after. Shaq left lakers got nothing for him. Lebron left the heat got nothing for him. MJ left and the bulls got nothing for him. If the stars want something they get it most times.
Wey Cool
Wey Cool Il y a 4 jours
One of the biggest problems with the Rocket's offense is that both Harden and Westbrook do not play well off the ball. They both are ball dominant and need to have the ball to create their offense (and be effective). Westbrook is not a good match because he is horrible at shooting behind the arc to create any threat to the perimeter defense. As Westbrook ages, his athleticism has already started to decline. Players like Westbrook will decrease tremendous value as athleticism doesn't keep up with their court-intelligence. It's also hard to trade Harden because of the kind of basketball style he thrives on. Other teams are very well aware of what Harden brings, and what he doesn't bring.
SirJoel Il y a 4 jours
Lol I’m happy if I was making 500,000 for just sitting on the bench 😂
Patrick Peji
Patrick Peji Il y a 4 jours
trading clint and cp3 is such a waste, 2018 was the year where they'll likely to win a championship. so called "title contenders" but chris paul got injured, they should've kept everyone in place instead and try again next year, i dont fucking know why they traded him with Westbrook, obviously Chris played much more better in okc which lead them to game 7 which Westbrook cant even do in the past years. for harden i think he needs a new team if he wanna go for that ring. im a harden fan btw
kingdramanyz Il y a 4 jours
Capella and Ariza and cp3 agree
carl taylor
carl taylor Il y a 4 jours
james harden suks.......... he no good...... we no this
Teo Destroyer
Teo Destroyer Il y a 4 jours
carl taylor nah James harden is good
Rummy Sticks
Rummy Sticks Il y a 4 jours
I know you're trying to make a point but Jordan never wanted Phil gone for any reason and it was actually the complete opposite in Chicago. I don't know how many times I've heard MJ say he'll play for nobody else but Phil during the second three-peat. I agree with the video about D'antoni being trash. Dude is like a cancer that somehow impresses lazy ass GM's. Hiring D'antoni is like lighting a fuse and all fans can do is sit back and watch their team die out. When Jim Buss hired D'Antoni over Phil, it exposed him for being a lazy spoon-fed son who had no business running the franchise. What's crazy is even after blowing up the Rockets and all his history, some team in the future will hire him again... lol, you go ahead and like that fuse, I'm sure the next time will be different and he'll succeed!🤭
Elwood Wesley
Elwood Wesley Il y a 4 jours
Harden can’t play defenses I’ve been a defender guard quicker guards than me....I never gave up but he did...
Rozzwell Flenoy
Rozzwell Flenoy Il y a 4 jours
hardens lack of playing team ball has ruined his career not his teammates and harden has had no defense for about 90 percent of his career that can play a part as well
Maurice Jackson
Maurice Jackson Il y a 4 jours
This guy gets it! It’s all about personal. Don’t matter what coach you get. Specialists are flexible in changing an offensive game plan
APJinks Il y a 4 jours
Trade everyone? You mean trade Westbrook for scoring in the form of his salary.
J Gonzalez
J Gonzalez Il y a 4 jours
Harden literally is RUINING HIS OWN CAREER just for stats
Hamza Patel
Hamza Patel Il y a 4 jours
Solid vids bro
Basic Light
Basic Light Il y a 4 jours
Great vid bro, u always on point
csquad81 Il y a 5 jours
Morey gets a lot of blame here. This notion that only shooting 3's and doing layups is the road to a championship is dead. The midrange game is not dead. Also Harden's game is not fun to watch. He depends on getting to the foul line too much always trying to bait his opponent instead of going at them.
Invulnerable Siegfreed Gaming
nah harden is a choker
El Rey
El Rey Il y a 5 jours
What's the second beat please?
Larry Lewis
Larry Lewis Il y a 5 jours
Why they don't have cap space for Ibaki when curry them gobe playing 4 player's 43/35/30/22 a year the 2020/2021 season 🤔 Really,alot of y'all straight full of cap! Yeah, covington and that young center they can keep with westbrook and harden then trade everybody else
Larry Lewis
Larry Lewis Il y a 5 jours
That's $130 a year between them 4 players
Mollywhopp Il y a 5 jours
A team needs to go back to getting three big man and running the post up game again and blow everybody out of the water with two pointers
Ben Woodcock
Ben Woodcock Il y a 5 jours
I mean you can say blow it up but no guarantee the picks or whatever they get will pan out either. It’s probably best to take a 5 or maybe 10 percent chance of a championship right now. I don’t really believe in their style of play but if they got hot it could be done and that’s more than you could say for most of the league. Plus realistically the fan base will go to see harden and Westbrook and they’ll at least make the playoffs so from a business perspective it’s not really a disaster
rio evi
rio evi Il y a 6 jours
no one ruined anything for harden and Westbrook except their own alter ego. both of them are after their numbers and ego rather than team success. in today's basketball teamwork is most important, just look at Nuggets. they all doing their job quietly and modestly without seeing themselves better than the entire team. just pay attention to Westbrook, you can see then he doesn't give a fuck about rockets and I promise you at the end of his contract he is off to another team for more money.
RockPony Sparkle Princeoffriendship
Come on harden come to Denver
Manuel-Jhun-G Il y a 6 jours
Did he somehow out Jlin also?
Javier Vasquez
Javier Vasquez Il y a 6 jours
Trade Westbrook, maybe with a star from the 76ers MAYBE cuz if we being honest harden and Embid would be a lovely mix of play styles 🥰
zackishere1 Il y a 6 jours
I think mike d'antoni is a problem, he made that team as good as it could be under his system. He is a great coach but they need somebody who can coach harden and make him play the 2 and play off the ball!
Antoine Rogers
Antoine Rogers Il y a 7 jours
So you gonna blame the coach for not making adjustments, but then say their roster isnt built to make an adjustments because of the GM. So which one is it?
Shane Meredith
Shane Meredith Il y a 7 jours
"Ain't no D in Offense" : James Harden
Larry Lewis
Larry Lewis Il y a 7 jours
Full of cap!First of all harden/westbrook are best friends so you dead on that.Second,this was harden best playoff season and that was because of westbrook being target too.U know nothing about sports they need to delete your page
Michael McDonald
Michael McDonald Il y a 7 jours
Gotta disagree with something. You said that D'Antoni's problem is not making the right switch ups but then you also said another coach can't just step in and do it different because the players need to be different. That doesn't add up. I think you keep roughly the same roster, get a new coach, run out some of the contacts for one more year, then decide whether you can trade your way out or just smash reset. They made it to round 2 of the playoffs. They still have the talent to do it. Esp if Russ heals up.
Ethan Il y a 7 jours
Things are being exaggerated in the video, you should try to be more objective.
Ivon Penny
Ivon Penny Il y a 7 jours
If people DON'T get it by now.... Harden is a starter and a good player in this league NOT A SUPERSTAR, if he is he is a SUPERSTAR for the REGULAR SEASON ONLY!!! This has been his M.O. since day 1, he has choked EVERY SINGLE YEAR SINCE HE LEFT... Matter fact he CHOKED EVERY PLAYOFFS IN OKC!!! Look at the tapes year after year, he is hot garbage in the playoffs going 2-14 or worse. Someone has to move on from him you can keep RUSS He can take a group of guys and make a run. But Harden is a bust.
Joe Schroeder
Joe Schroeder Il y a 7 jours
Why would you ever PURSUE Russell Westbrook
swag peach
swag peach Il y a 7 jours
Still dunno who is more sad rn, clippers or rockets man
ifeanyi akpa
ifeanyi akpa Il y a 7 jours
The crazy part about Westbrook is he had the best most under control Smart knowing when to attack when to pass when to use his Athletic gifts if his offense wasn’t there I really thought he finally figured it out then the playoffs start🤦🏾‍♂️and I’m not gonna give him the injury shit because he could’ve helped his team in more ways than just scoring shit he supposed to be triple double man He fooled me this year thoughI really thought he got it
mi4k20 Il y a 7 jours
The rockets have no choice but to run it back. But they need Russ to get better at shooting threes. Westbrook plays the exact way the rockets DONT want to play. Bad at threes and taking long 2s. If Westbrook could shoot 40% from three this would be a whole different team. Also need to go into the draft and get a project big. Just a body to put in there against taller teams. And to give PJ a rest
Farhan Chowdhury
Farhan Chowdhury Il y a 7 jours
I still don't get it. Were the Rockets the favorites over the Lakers or the GS Warriors?
TheFlyest52oover Il y a 8 jours
Westbricc wasn’t the reason we lost wtf are u talking about when u don’t have rebounding u lose
Darren Yarnes
Darren Yarnes Il y a 8 jours
Harden and Westbrook aren't concerned with winning, they're concerned with stats because stats get them paid.
aalon06 Il y a 8 jours
Harden certified choker in the playoffs. This is proven every year. Stop it with the oh he had a bad series. He just don't show up when it count. He relay on the free throw too much.
Justin Mueller
Justin Mueller Il y a 8 jours
The man that ruined his career is called “the mirror”
Ardy Hagen
Ardy Hagen Il y a 9 jours
Lots of good insights IMO. YES, at the end of the day, the team has to reflect the vision of the GM and coach.... that is their job. I think Houston did not fully think through bringing in Westbrook. I think the logic was: Westbrook is great... we will figure it out. Except they did not figure it out. Westbrook is a bit of a one trick pony... and it is a great trick,,, but if you only got one trick, you wind up being inflexible...and if the coach is also a one trick pony.... well then you will likely wind up as the Rockets ... their ceiling is being “pretty good”.... and facing gradual decline no matter what they do
Henry Nguyen
Henry Nguyen Il y a 9 jours
I'm a lifelong Rockets fan, but I was never the biggest fan of James Harden. But in this season, he has really improved his defense, and I now find myself wanting to defend his play from negative criticism. I think he really put in a lot of effort on both sides of the ball, especially during this postseason. He was out there guarding everyone: from Steven Adams to Lebron James. Of course, a lot of that has to do with the switch everything defense, but he mostly stood his ground when put to the test. And I agree that our offense has been very predictable these last few years: mostly relying on Harden's offensive brilliance to carry us. Then when we traded Capela, we took a huge part of Harden's game away: the pick and roll. No one on our team is a threat on the roll, which is frustrating because the pick and roll is the most run play in the game and for good reason. Teams are able to create a lot of advantages when running this basic play. As for the coaching, I also agree that we needed a change. I don't understand how Mike D'Antoni is known as an offensive genius. I havent't seen it during his time with the Rockets. Much of that may have to do with our front office. Maybe they see the stats, which say Harden's iso numbers are so good, that we want to base our entire offense on that. That may work in the regular season, but during the postseason, it's all about making adjustments. In order to make these adjustments, you need a versatile roster, and the Rockets just don't have that. I agree. This team just has a bunch of specialists. On the other hand, it has been so much fun to watch these last four teams in the playoffs. All are well-coached and play great team basketball. At the end of the day, I don't see the Rockets moving on from Westbrook and Harden. Westbrook was actually playing pretty well in the regular season. He carried our team when Harden struggled, and he did seem pretty rusty coming back from his injury and Covid. I saw some trade ideas, and I think one of them makes a lot of sense: trading for Al Horford. He doesn't seem to fit with Philly's other big guys. Perhaps we can send Gordon and Covington for Al Horford. He can shoot enough to space the court, and his defense and leadership has always been talked about. I'd love to see some sets with him up at the top of key orchestrating the offense with Harden and Westbrook cutting and screening. Oh how I'd celebrate seeing at least one different type of play from our team. Lastly, thanks for the video.
robert leonard
robert leonard Il y a 9 jours
Good vid. I agree with the fact that the Rockets have been mis-managed.
Maudy Il y a 9 jours
I don't like your tone
A 2
A 2 Il y a 9 jours
West brick 🧱 is shit, he would just retire. Cancer ♋️ wherever he goes
Wilton Minier
Wilton Minier Il y a 9 jours
You cant win a championship when your best player jogs up and down the court, looks for bailouts from the refs, shoots poorly from the field and dribbles and dribbles and dribbles. Harden thinks he's the next Jordan but he just isn't.
Jermaine Event
Jermaine Event Il y a 9 jours
So happy I stumbled upon this channel today, very solid content.
folumb Il y a 9 jours
Daryl Morey getting Westbrook was the least Daryl Morey thing Daryl Morey could do. He's the anti-analytics player
jesus machado
jesus machado Il y a 9 jours
I agree russ is to blame for a lot, but what about d'atony playing small with no outside shots in the lakers series?
Justin H
Justin H Il y a 9 jours
Hilarious, James Harden is super overrated He had Dwight Howard... choked He had Chris Paul... choked He has Russell Westbrook... choked Dude is clearly the common denominator Somehow every productive player that gets around him, gets worst...
Eazy Il y a 9 jours
A new coach a different offense and some bigs back in the lineup will put houston back in the playoff hunt
Rob Brown
Rob Brown Il y a 9 jours
Excellent analysis!
Thommy SLowRes
Thommy SLowRes Il y a 10 jours
LOW said Daniel THEE-IS and I had to pause to laugh
Matt Ellis
Matt Ellis Il y a 10 jours
Harden ruined his career over 1.2m shoulda stayed in ofc. What's 1.2m when your netting over half a billion during your career. Hes just a greedy self absorbed athlete like all of them.
Matt Ellis
Matt Ellis Il y a 10 jours
Carmelo when not resigning with the knicks " I dont care about money I have enough I wanna compete " proceeds to deny signing every contract to contenders and signs a max with the Knicks....ya your all greedy liars
Bilal Abbasi
Bilal Abbasi Il y a 10 jours
There is no way Darryl Morey wanted Westbrook on the rockets. He’s too into analytics and knew that Westbrook, with his jumper eroding and his athleticism declining, would be a bad fit. Harden didn’t want to play with CP3 anymore, and went to the owner of the team and pushed for Westbrook.
PR 787 PG
PR 787 PG Il y a 10 jours
Rockets start rebuilding before that!!!! Why you think rockets trade capela!!!!!
Sean Walton
Sean Walton Il y a 10 jours
Man Harden is coo.. but looking at his rosters over the years.. Its clear to say.. James Harden is a ball stopper
alan y
alan y Il y a 10 jours
trade PG with Russell
Benjamin K.
Benjamin K. Il y a 10 jours
The Rockets should try and get Kevin Love
Ben Snider
Ben Snider Il y a 10 jours
James harden is disappointing and does t deserve hall of fame bid unless he wins because he is toxic ball Hog shot hog
Ben Snider
Ben Snider Il y a 10 jours
jason smith
jason smith Il y a 10 jours
Theres some truth to what u say. But its not that simplistic, where basically Morey,& D Antonie get all the blame. Harden has to take some. I think you can go too far-either way-with analytics. Ignoring or discounting analytics is idiotic. But so is being a slave to them. For example, it makes sense to try to lessen how many mid range jumpers you take.What doesnt make sense is to basically outlaw midrange jumpers,& say we will only shoot lay ups or 3s. (except Rus) I think Harden would be better,& keep the defense honest-if he took an occasional mid range jumper.Westbrook should almost never take a 3. But good video-Im a Denver fan,& Im gonna go cry over that excruciating game 2 loss. Not really-Im so proud of my Nugs. But young teams just dont win big in the NBA playoffs. When MPJ, Bol Bol,& Dozier grow up-we r gonna be sick in like 2yrs. I see Dallas,& Denver soon ruling the West.
carlo0717 Il y a 10 jours
The answer is easy Westbrook and Harden needs KD
striving higher
striving higher Il y a 10 jours
Great perspective
Derf In sniter
Derf In sniter Il y a 10 jours
Harden caused his own demise but not being a great player
Phillip Beckman
Phillip Beckman Il y a 10 jours
They need a Center. The Heat proved a Center can change the game. Harden and Westbrook need help
Cassius Felix
Cassius Felix Il y a 10 jours
They still better then The Clippers
Manohar Rajan
Manohar Rajan Il y a 10 jours
Lmao, what if they trade Harden for Wayoff P?