Somebody need to shave his beard that will slow him down
He is talented for sure, you got to hit those shots, especially if the NBA gives
you extra space and steps.
I guess it's lucky for you then that the Rockets so thoroughly defeated the
Jazz in the first 2 meetings that you only had to watch Harden play for 33
minutes in each. Hopefully, he'll have to play even fewer minutes in the
next 2 games. That will make everyone happy: you won't have to watch him
play and he will be well rested for the next series.
Harden is simply doing what NBA officials will allow him to get away with. I
have followed the NBA since the early 70s, and the officiating changed
drastically when the NBA discovered the profitability of star power in the late
80s. It is now a league where the team with the best 1-2 players wins the
championship, defense is an afterthought, and charging and traveling are rarely
called, especially on those super stars. There are no more Kareems, Wilts, or
Bill Russells because the game has changed to a shooting contest. It has become
To top off the manipulation Houston uses for Hardin they use what they term is a
switching defense. Which is just another way of saying zone defense. Watch the
game and see if you can spot a difference between the “switching”
defense and a zone defense. I will betcha can’t.
I agree - it isn't fun to watch. I won't pay for cable to watch the
NBA because Harden is simply the poster-child for the shift in playing style in
the NBA. I don't enjoy watching that. I miss the NBA when you wouldn't
simply play iso-offense and when it was a cardinal sin to have 4 guys standing
at the 3-point line hoping to end up with an open shot.
LOL, what an embarrassing article!! I'm embarrassed I wasted time to read
It's funny when a reporter and fans can only cry cause they can't beat
1 man at his game... Go Rockets!!!
@fortydam - OREM, UTAHHarden shot a total of “8” free
throws the first two games. If he were playing for the Jazz, we would be
complaining that eight wasn’t enough.
Notahater - Houston, TXLike I said "You would have to be a
Rockets fan to like his game".
I live in Utah and like the Jazz but this article is an embarrassment, makes us
look like whiners. James Harden may not be everyone's favorite player but I
can think of many "superstars" that I don't like aspects of their
game. Like it or not, Harden gets results. If you think he is cheating then
write a letter to the league but I see travelling and other violations of NBA
rules with other players especially superstars. If Harden's stats were
solely points scored then I might agree a little but he regularly gets close to
10 or more assists per game. This year he was in the top 50 in rebounds (good
for a guard), second in steals, 7th in assists. So you have a right to your
opinion but if the Jazz had a player like that I bet there would be no
complaints. Haters are going to hate. I remember people criticizing John
Stockton even calling him the "pasty gangsta" but he was a great player
and very effective during his career. Personally, I find Harden entertaining,
more so than other stars. Like it or not, the league has moved to a more
offensive friendly approach. I guess for some life would be better without
Harden because their teams would benefit if they didn't have to face him.
@majmajor - Layton, UT"This isn't about Harden; this is
about the NBA being rigged, for decades, against the small market teams."Obviously. That's why the Spurs have been the most successful
franchise of the past 20 years. That ranking of the 26th largest market in the
NBA got the refs on their side. This is also why the Knicks and Nets have won
all those titles. It's also why Cleveland (20th), Miami (17th), and Detroit
(15th) have rings. That's half your rings over the last 20 years, none
within the top half of the league in market size. Oops.Any other
unsupportable theories you'd like me to debunk?
When dougs favorite team features a gunner...No Problem.When an NBA team features a gunner...Big Problem.BTW,I have no dog in the fight.I have long held that
the NBA has developed into a league of rich guys exercising who rarely get after
it until the last 4 minutes of the 4th quarter/period.
It is not a violation until the officials call it. Some apparently think that
Mueller should investigate collusion in NBA officiating. The analytics say that
Harden exploits the available opportunities and is the most explosive offensive
player in the NBA.
This isn't about Harden; this is about the NBA being rigged, for decades,
against the small market teams. NBA refs are biased against any player which
gets in the way of a "superstar." Betting on the NBA is as
bad as anyone betting on "professional" wrestling. They are both rigged.
He is still more talented than anyone on our roster, even if you eliminate all
of the things that drive you crazy about his game. He kicked out trash in the
first game and only shot 3 free throws, and generated loads of shots for his
teammates. Clearly there is more to his game than drawing fouls.
I am an Houstonian and a Rocket fan. I was at games 1 and 2 - re: Harden:
First, the flop while shooting calls is simply a very small percentage of his
scoring, he makes shots or assists. Travel, I guess it's debatable but
don't complain do... I don't think it's that easy to replicate.
I guess when you're getting your brains bashed in it;s not that fun to
watch- but I have to tell you there was not a single rocket fan that did not
enjoy both the defensive and offensive display that is J Harden. Sorry to say
it Jazz fans but you're lockdown D is just not that impressive and that
should be where you focus your whining!
Agree 100%When Harden has the ball and he's dancing around the
three point line, he's not trying to score or make a great pass (what we
call "basketball"), he's looking to draw a foul. He
kicks out his leg on the shot, he swoops his arms underneath the
defender's, he stops suddenly to get the defender to run into him, he
hooks, he flops to the floor if anyone is anywhere close to him, etc. And, as a
result, everything the defender does is about trying not to touch him. It's not basketball.
I completely agree with this article and appreciate the compelling data, but
publishing it with the Jazz down 2-0 looks like nothing more than sour grapes.
Since the DesNews said my original comment was insensitive to Doug. I'll
be more sensitive this time.Doug, I don't think you give enough
credit to Harden. He's an incredible talent with unbelievable finesse. Why
don't you appreciate the precision in his shots, passing, and timing? I
think it's poor sportsmanship to denigrate someone who is playing some of
the greatest offensive basketball in the history of the game. And I am a
diehard Jazz fan, probably more rabid than you, but I also can appreciate a
Too bad the author is living in the past.Hardin is mentioned with MJ
and Wilt, any Jazz mentioned in that group?Kobe began swinging his
arms and drawing fouls. Hardin has only developed that move to a greater
extent.No Jazz player can score like him. Korver who is the biggest
3 point threat has to have an opening to loft his three pointers. Hardin can
hit threes with people hanging on him, Crowder and Ingles can be standing open
and hit fewer 3's than Hardin covered like he was in bed.Hate
to say it but the Jazz had to go to Houston last year and knew they would
probably have to go again this season, still they cannot figure a way past one
person. Hardin has to be admired as he can shoot and play like very
few others who have ever played in the league. Were the Jazz so fortunate to
ever get a player of this caliber articles like this would never happen
Thank you, I’ve turned it off for every Houston game this season.
It’s just a show, the media and the referees have this guy going to the
finals. One set of rules for the league and another for him. If you can’t
stand three feet from him without a whistle being blown, even when you
don’t touch him, then how do you play the game. Just look at the foul
discrepancies in the first two playoff games.
This article is spot on. I've always thought that you'd have to be a
Rockets fan to like his game. It's cringe worthy, just horrible to watch
basketball. But their definitely kicking the Jazz's butt for sure.
I agree with most every thing you say, however there is no mistaking the fact
that Harden has more assists than any Jazz player. In the first game Mitchell
had 5 turnovers and ZERO assists. The only way to beat Harden at his own game
is to play better team ball. The Jazz are getting suckered into playing one on
one, or improvised plays. The Rockets have taken away Gobert's pick and
roll and the Jazz haven't figured out how vital scoring at the rim is. Get
Rudy and Favors the ball at the rim and forget about Mitchell trying to launch
his shoe deal.