James Harden: Less Is More

Shooting guard James Harden will officially spend the rest of the decade – and his prime – in a Houston Rockets uniform.  That is all but certain as GM Daryl Morey and the Houston front office worked together with Harden to sign him to an extension.  This served to engender goodwill between the two sides,…

Defense Ain’t My Game: Being Kyrie Irving and James Harden

It’s so easy to credit players for their outstanding offense that fans often forget about the importance of defense in basketball. Two stars with equally terrible defensive reputations are Kyrie Irving and James Harden. Both players are crucial on offense but liabilities on defense. Kyrie Irving is considered one of the worst point guards defensively,…

An Olympic Gold Medal Is on Shaky Ground

Chris Paul was the first to withdraw. Then Steph Curry. Then Russell Westbrook. Then James Harden. Then LaMarcus Aldridge. That’s five of the Western Conference 2016 All-Stars. 41% of the team that was in Toronto in February have said no thank you, I want my summer back. Paul, Curry, and Westbrook are the top three…

There’s A Leadership Vacuum In Houston

When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat (Ronald Reagan) Hours before Kevin McHale was fired, something was happening thirteen hundred miles away. In a hallway, dressed in black, LeBron James was talking about his team. Honest and quietly analytical, James listed the faults. The Cavs thought they were entitled…

A Coaching Change In Houston- Kevin McHale Fired

Kevin McHale was fired Wednesday morning. The Rockets were 4-7 on the season. J.B. Bickerstaff will be interim coach. After the Rockets started the year losing three games in a row, they then won four games in a row and all of the whispers were silenced as the losing streak was considered to be a…

Houston, We Had a Problem?

After one of the league’s most inauspicious starts to the new season, it turns out the sky might not be falling in Houston after all. With hopes high, and expectations even higher following last year’s trip to the Western Conference Finals, the Houston Rockets proceeded to fall flat on their faces in their first three…

Can Andre Drummond Win the MVP?

Our basketball panel answers five questions about the MVP contenders So who has been MVP worthy? CJ Hampshire: I’m going to go off the board here. Curry is the obvious choice but I’m going to say Kevin Love. He’s doing amazing things. He looks like T-wolves Kevin Love. He is dominating all facets of the…

The Not-MVP: James Harden Shooting 22%

Heat 109, Rockets 89 Three games in and everyone has forgotten. James Harden’s brilliant year last season when he single handedly wrestled the Rockets into the Western Conference Finals is buried in some past archive. That Harden nearly snagged a MVP award is an abstraction that doesn’t really matter. He didn’t win. And as transcendent an experience…