If This Clip From The Drew League Is Any Indication, Then The Houston Rockets Are Going To Make Quite The Soap Opera
Look, I'm not going to hop, skip, and euro-step to any conclusions here. All I have to go on is a GIF that lasts about seven seconds and provides about as much context as it does audio. Maybe Chris Paul wasn't scolding his new teammate during a glorified scrimmage. Maybe he's just become so accustomed to bitching on the basketball court that literally every word that comes out of his mouth on the hardwood instinctually comes in the form of whining.
It certainly looks like one of the most demanding players in the NBA was yelling at his new backcourt mate to take a fundamentally sound lay-up at a meaningless event that is meant to spice up the offseason by giving players an opportunity to display their full range of individual talents, but what do I know? If I had to guess I would say that 'Club James' was working on his dance moves prior to his nightly visit to the titty bar before getting rudely interrupted by his anal retentive point guard. I would imagine that Harden only threw a friendly arm over Paul's shoulders out of desperation in hopes that some palling around would get him to shut the fuck up, but it's tough to tell without hearing the conversation.
I just know that if I see a similar visual play out a couple dozen times this season than I will consider this unlikely union a success. That's exactly how I envisioned a heated, on-court interaction between the most exhausting NBA superstar and the most apathetic NBA superstar to look. Maybe things aren't as they appear in a video, but I hope they are as they appear when this same scene gets reenacted following a late game possession in which James Harden dribbles the air out of the ball before hoisting a 32 footer while trying to draw a foul. It that's a preview for what it's going to be like watching the Houston Rockets attempt to defy the inevitable clash of opposing personalities to form chemistry then I might have to invest in 'League Pass', because that will be nothing short of must-see TV.