Is it fair to say that Charles Barkley means more to the Houston Rockets organization than any current member of the team? I know James Harden is a great offensive player and all, but it's got to be downright infuriating to root for him when he's contributed GREATLY to their fall from grace. As far the rest of the team? Well - considering that they look like they would rather be ANYWHERE else during a win - I think it's safe to say that none of them are going down in franchise lore...
I know Charles Barkley is far from a Houston Rockets great. I know he was just a great player that happened to finish out his career with the Rockets. He put up some decent numbers while he was there, but while he was there he was in his mid-30's and battling injuries that eventually cost him said career. Now, I'm not going to tell you that Chuck was out there diving for balls every night, but I feel pretty comfortable saying that he gave more of an effort than James Harden. In fact, I find it damn near impossible to give less of an effort than James Harden. Charles Barkley probably gives more of an effort than James Harden when he's wheezing up a storm as he fucks around with Kenny Smith on the set of 'Inside The NBA'. Hell, he might exude more energy standing up when the show is over than James Harden does on the defensive end. That fake hustle that Rockets CEO Tad Brown referred to? Far more commendable than the non-existent hustle that this current Rockets team shows on a regular basis. I understand Tad Brown defending his team but he also needs to realize that when you defend the indefensible, you always look wrong. Maybe let the Rockets fans keep their glorified memories of the Chuckster, because those memories are undoubtedly far better than any that this joke of a playoff team is going to give them. If were judging by this graphic than Tad Brown wins the argument, but when you're arguing on behalf of Dwight Howard can you ever say you truly won?