1. Welcome! Please take a few seconds to create your free account to post threads, make some friends, remove a few ads while surfing and much more. ClutchFans has been bringing fans together to talk Houston Sports since 1996. Join us!

What Does Harden Know that We Don't?

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by Mav-Hater, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. Mav-Hater

    Mav-Hater Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2004
    Messages:
    1,928
    Likes Received:
    161
    Rockets' James Harden 'excited' about new coach Mike D'Antoni's arrival
    http://www.chron.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-James-Harden-excited-about-new-coach-7958087.php


    The selection of Mike D'Antoni as Rockets coach will not have to win the approval of guard James Harden. Harden, who had been kept abreast throughout the coaching search, endorsed the pick in an appearance as the first guest of teammate Jason Terry's radio show.
    "I'm excited," Harden said on Sirius XM on Wednesday. "I'm excited about the opportunity. I've been hearing great things about him, what he brings to our team. Obviously, our assistant coaches (Jeff Bzdelik and Roy Rogers) as well. A new beginning and I'm excited about the opportunity.
    "I'm excited about what D'Antoni brings to our team. Bzdelik is a great defensive-minded coach coming from Memphis who is going to help our defensive schemes. Then the players we're going to get, it's set up as a great season for our team next year."
    Terry immediately told Harden he thought D'Antoni's offense would fit especially well for Harden, comparing Harden's playmaking to Steve Nash's when Nash was D'Antoni's point guard with the Phoenix Suns.
    "I told people D'Antoni works perfectly for James," Terry said. "If you look at your numbers, you're primarily, basically, the point guard for the Houston Rockets. You fill up the stat sheet. The ball's in your hands 90 percent of the time. It's kind of similar to what Steve Nash was able to do his two years in Phoenix where he became the two-time MVP. You're right there on the cusp."
    Harden was ninth in the MVP voting this season after finishing as the runner-up in 2014-15. He was not on any of the All NBA teams, prompting Terry to read Harden's statistics and calling Harden's exclusion "a travesty." Harden averaged 29 points, 7.5 assists and 6.1 rebounds last season.
    "That's something I've been thinking about," Harden said. "It wasn't a good year. I guess the media was looking at it like the Rockets are coming off the Western Conference Finals and fighting for the eighth seed. We're still in the playoffs. With all the things that happened this year, all the negativity, we still had an opportunity to make the playoffs.
    "That's extra motivation for me to come back and be a better basketball player overall. I'm not down on myself. I know what I bring to the table. That's another reason why I'm more excited about what we have next year as far as coaching plans and players we have coming in. More motivation for me. I want to get back in the gym, better myself and everything will work itself out."

    In this interview from the Chron, Harden is excited about the players we're going to get. Anyone know who he's talking about?
     
  2. Haymitch

    Haymitch Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2005
    Messages:
    22,475
    Likes Received:
    9,440
    Horford and Durant
     
  3. tmac2k8

    tmac2k8 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2008
    Messages:
    2,209
    Likes Received:
    259
    He's just speculating that they will add some players in the offseason which they will. I doubt he knows about any specific player.
     
  4. Dr of Dunk

    Dr of Dunk Clutch Crew

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 1999
    Messages:
    31,932
    Likes Received:
    4,935
    They said there would be roster changes, so it could just mean we're going to get some new players.
     
  5. FTW Rockets FTW

    FTW Rockets FTW Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2011
    Messages:
    27,724
    Likes Received:
    21,374
    Mauri has promised him two big fish. Let's see if the triple chin can fulfill his promises
     
  6. Cashmoney

    Cashmoney Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2015
    Messages:
    2,623
    Likes Received:
    802
    That's what I think too, but if anyone would know it would be him..

    My guess is he knows for sure that Dudley will come. He and dudley seem to have a nice rapport going, Dudley has said a dozen times how good Harden is and has expressed his desire to play with him.

    I don't think Durant is a chance in hell, but perhaps he's been talking to Horford and Conley?
     
  7. RocketsFido

    RocketsFido Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2013
    Messages:
    5,214
    Likes Received:
    4,309
    durant to houston confirmed
    itshappening.gif
     
  8. CCorn

    CCorn Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2010
    Messages:
    13,769
    Likes Received:
    4,657
    Lebron and Durant obviously.
     
  9. Mr. Clutch

    Mr. Clutch Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2002
    Messages:
    46,120
    Likes Received:
    5,715
    Everything will work itself out.
     
  10. don grahamleone

    don grahamleone Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2001
    Messages:
    19,225
    Likes Received:
    17,424
    The idea that we'll have new players coming in is exciting. What does Harden know that we don't? NM.. that's the thread title.
     
  11. Os Trigonum

    Os Trigonum Haters go home
    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2014
    Messages:
    29,481
    Likes Received:
    39,391
    [​IMG]
     
  12. rocketsballin

    rocketsballin Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2012
    Messages:
    8,041
    Likes Received:
    1,482
    durant and horford to max. conley mini max
     
  13. Newlin

    Newlin Member

    Joined:
    May 22, 2015
    Messages:
    5,553
    Likes Received:
    4,766
    He's just playing it safe and saying all the right things. Yawn.
     
  14. cdrive

    cdrive Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2006
    Messages:
    6,093
    Likes Received:
    4,395
    All the sarcasm aside, we're going to have 40 fricken million dollars of play money to go spend after the 99% probability that Howard opts out. So yes. There will be some major upgrades to the roster.

    D'Antoni, I think was doing the polite, status quo thing to do by listing off player by player, but no one is really safe except Harden. Side note, what pissed me off was when Daryl Morey helped remind D'Antoni by side-murmuring "pssst Corey Brewer." Yeah, hell no. I don't care how fast he runs and at what speed he can sometimes finish a layup. He has to be gone.

    Now, D'Antoni 1st mentioned Beverley and Ariza. Respectively last year their 3p% was .400 & .371. That's something D'Antoni can work with. But we need a lights out shooter. We need a 2004 era Sun's Joe Johnson & Jim Jackson. Joe Johnson was lights out from the 3, .478.... the likes of Kyle Korver. Jackson's clip was .459. Those guys and Nash helped the team average versus guys like Richardson & Marion.

    Suns were #1 in 3s, 3 attempts and 3p% with the following:

    Quentin Richardson .358, 631 attempts
    Joe Johnson, .478, 370 attempts
    Shawn Marion, .334, 341 attempts
    Steve Nash, .431, 218 attempts
    Jim Jackson, .459, 148 attempts (in only 40 games)
    Leandro Barbosa, .367, 139 attempts

    You can get on YouTube and watch tons of MDA SSOL offensive schemes, offensive sets....you know...the kind of stuff that Mchale self-admitted was completely absent in his "wing it" "read & react offense." Usually what our offense was reading from the opposing defense was "we know y'all ain't got sh**, so we're gonna spread in a way to let y'all engage y'all's obvious as hell tendencies." And we would react with a TO or a cheesy last second perimeter bullet pass from Harden for a rushed 3.

    So my hope is that sophisticated offensive schemes with pretty ball movement begets better 3p% shooting from anyone from our existing roster that does stay, mainly Bev & Trev. Bev really improved last year. Trev has always been a disappointment with his 3pt shooting coming from his last year with the Wizards.
     
    #14 cdrive, Jun 2, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2016
  15. DonKnock

    DonKnock Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2015
    Messages:
    8,716
    Likes Received:
    14,471
    Where the Friday night specials are going to be in LA this weekend
     
  16. Aydge

    Aydge Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2010
    Messages:
    214
    Likes Received:
    53
    I saw the same article and thought the same thing as OP.

    The obvious answer is... he knows WAY more than we do and he's in a position where he shouldn't be saying anything. But besides the last guys on the roster and the mechanisms Morey will use, I'm sure Harden knows exactly what big pieces are coming and going.
     
  17. Mav-Hater

    Mav-Hater Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2004
    Messages:
    1,928
    Likes Received:
    161
    I knew I forgot to highlight something. That was the main line I meant to highlight because it's like he knows who's coming already!!
     
  18. Le$$

    Le$$ Member

    Joined:
    May 28, 2016
    Messages:
    1,941
    Likes Received:
    1,290
    There going to free birds after the tank

    [​IMG] ;)
     
  19. J.R.

    J.R. Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2008
    Messages:
    75,280
    Likes Received:
    67,766
    He's just guessing/hoping/wishing like Les a few summers ago.
     
  20. Snow Villiers

    Snow Villiers Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2015
    Messages:
    15,380
    Likes Received:
    13,264
    [​IMG]
     
Loading...

Share This Page

  • About ClutchFans

    Since 1996, ClutchFans has been loud and proud covering the Houston Rockets, helping set an industry standard for team fan sites. The forums have been a home for Houston sports fans as well as basketball fanatics around the globe.

  • Support ClutchFans!

    If you find that ClutchFans is a valuable resource for you, please consider becoming a Supporting Member. Supporting Members can upload photos and attachments directly to their posts, customize their user title and more. Gold Supporters see zero ads!


    Upgrade Now