This Attempted Shot Pass From James Harden To Dwight Howard Is A Perfect Representation Of The Houston Rockets
You want to know the funniest part about this clip of James Harden and Dwight Howard taking miscommunication to a whole new level? I actually don't blame either one of them for what took place.
Look at it from James Harden's perspective. He's been criticized all year for being an out of shape shot happy ball hog. As if carrying the load offensively wasn't cumbersome enough, he has had to listen to Dwight Howard cry about how unhappy he is with the amount of touches he gets per game. This pass was a culmination of months upon months of bitching. It was a direct result of James Harden understanding that the trade deadline has passed and that the only way the Rockets are going to achieve anything of substance this year is if he and Dwight Howard work together. That's why he reconsidered taking a pull-up jumper halfway through it, and instead lofted an alley-oop pass to the guy that's spent a vast majority of the season whining for more opportunities.
Now look at it from Dwight Howard's perspective. James Harden coming off of a screen and finding himself open for a midrange jump shot? He's putting that one up himself 99% of the time. Not only that, but that looked about as close to a shot as something could possibly look without actually being a shot. If I was Dwight Howard I wouldn't have jumped either, because there was a far better chance of him looking like an idiot than slamming home a perfectly placed lob from James Harden. Dwight Howard has given up on complaining, and just decided that it's better to accept the situation for what it is until the season ends and he can get out of dodge.
This play proves one thing and one thing only. The Houston Rockets are so disjointed that they are better off completely abandoning the concept of chemistry instead of trying to force it. They somehow made unselfish play look worse than the glorified streetball they have been playing all season, and I'm pretty sure that's a sign that they should scrap the mere thought of 'teamwork'.