YardBarker- The Rockets, under new head coach Mike D’Antoni, did their best to sign Al Horford and Kent Bazemore when the free-agent market opened, but failed. They did, however, land Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon.
When they first hosted Gordon for a visit, in an attempt to get him to sign with the team, general manager Daryl Morey brought in Harden to explain what the veteran’s role with the Rockets could look like. During that pitch, Harden likened himself to former NBA great Steve Nash, who flourished in D’Antoni’s system in Phoenix roughly a decade ago (per Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com).
“I got a little bit of Nash in me,” Harden said. “He had his own pace to the game; that’s what I took out of that. You could never speed him up, you could never make him do anything he didn’t want to do, that’s what separated him from any other point guard at the time, which led to two MVPs.”
Say what you want about James Harden and his completely non-sensical comparison of himself to Steve Nash, but don't say he doesn't understand his flaws. Other than a lack of existence on the defensive end of the floor, I can't think of one thing that those two players have in common. That's why it's the perfect way for James Harden to represent himself while trying to lure in talent. The idea of padding your resume and spinning your negatives into positives is one that is as old as the 9-5 itself, but what many people overlook is the fact that companies do just as much fluffing of their own dick as the candidates lining up to stroke it. If organizations gave accurate portrayals of what it's like to work for them then people wouldn't be stretching the truth in hopes of being given the opportunity to do so.
Is James Harden the leader that Steve Nash was? Shit no! He was basically the lit fuse that forced his entire locker room to implode. Is he the type of floor general that makes everyone around him better? Safe to say his teammates - that were forced to stage an intervention just to get him to start passing the ball - would probably tell you "no". That said, they both "do whatever they want" on the floor. So what that one of them only wanted to what was right and the other one has made a habit out of doing wrong by his team. That distinction isn't necessary. It's no different than telling an interviewer that you're "too loyal". He doesn't have to know that all that really means is that you're incredibly dependent on the paycheck you're trying to receive. If we are discussing the free agency period then the only thing the truth sets you free from is on-court obligations during May and June. Did you guys see how the Rockets season played out? Why would he start telling potential co-workers the truth when anyone that's contractually committed to Houston can't handle the truth?