Fear the Beard: The Appreciation of James Harden

We knew the defending Western Conference champions adding Kevin Durant to the mix would make them arguably the biggest match up nightmare ever, but who saw Klay Thompson dropping 60 points in three quarters off eleven dribbles. 

 Like my man on Coming to America said “That boy is Good!“ Russell Westbrook is doing something we haven’t seen since the entire league hooped in Chuck Taylor’s averaging a triple double as well as Anthony Davis doing everything for the Pelicans outside of mopping the court after games. 

 Now, those things are all amazing but today I must issue an apology and show love and my appreciation for Mr. Harden.
I’m well aware of who James Harden is, or so I thought prior to this season. The spark off the bench who was traded to Houston from Oklahoma. I thought he was a slasher who only went left (see Manu Ginobili) but in Houston his offensive game blossomed averaging 26 ppg 5 rebs and 6 asst and he proved to be an All-Star in his own right. 

 I’ve always been a fan of defense and to say he didn’t play any was an understatement. 

 Let’s be clear YouTube mixes exist showing him on opposite ends of the floor when his man has the rock. I digress that is all in the distant past now.

 Currently under Mike D’Antoni famed for big O little D and giving Steve Nash the keys to the ship, James is giving the rest of the NBA 28 ppg 12 asst 8 rebs and a steal. That is special no matter what takes place at the opposite end of the floor and for the record the defense has improved. 

 Currently he has Houston sitting at the 3 spot out west with the leagues longest active win streak despite losing Dwight Howard in the off season. I’ve heard rhetoric that he’s going to have big numbers because he’s ball dominant and my counter to that is who else should have the rock? I apologize James, please continue to cook opponents on a nightly basis in route to a possible MVP trophy. 

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