The Rockets Owner Defended James Harden's Defense Better Than James Harden Has Defended Anyone In His Entire Life
I think we all just learned exactly why James Harden just signed a 4 year extension seemingly out of nowhere. It's not because the Houston Rockets are ripe for a turnaround or are constructed in such a way that they'll be championship contenders for years to come. James Harden just committed the prime years of his career to his current team because they are owned by the single biggest enabler in sports history. You know how people (AKA me) say that Kevin Durant went to Golden State to make winning easier on himself? Well, James Harden just stayed in Houston to make being himself easier on himself. No wonder he started the season out of shape, took enough shots to make his entire team turn against him, and become a viral sensation by being devoid of any effort whatsoever on the defensive end of the floor. The person that pays him salary basically gave him the go ahead.
I'm actually impressed. Not only did Leslie Alexander excuse everyone of James Harden's flaws, but he used his flaws to excuse his other flaws. Why did Harden shoot too much? He had to, duh. Why was he invisible when he didn't have the ball in his hands? Because he was too tired from shooting too much obviously. Was he too tired because he was out of shape? Don't be stupid, it was because he was exhausted from carrying the entire team on his back by shooting too much for 43 minutes a night. If I hadn't watched a lick of basketball this year then I may have came away from that contentious interruption thinking that James Harden did everything that could have possibly been expected of him to help the Houston Rockets succeed. As far as the defense of indefensible players go, that lockdown 'de' was second to none. James Harden could learn a thing or two from the guy that just deflected a question, stole the negative attention, and covered his ass as he stuttered aimlessly around like he does when his man doesn't have the ball...