Zach Lowe: Ten things I like and don't like (James Harden, lob artiste)

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  1. ChrisP

    ChrisP Contributing Member

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    Didn't see this posted elsewhere... this guy has a fun writing style - read the rest here:
    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/21438641/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-pelicans-nba

    His take on James Harden (there are a couple of good videos but I don't know how to embed them):

    2. James Harden, lob artiste
    Everyone appreciates Harden's one-step-ahead passing now, but we tend to think mostly of those cross-court lasers to open corner shooters; only LeBron assisted on more corner 3s last season, per data from ESPN Stats & Information.

    But Harden is one of the league's best and most artful lob passers. He is daring, and he uses his dribble to engineer lobs that even the best point guards can't generate. This is very much a James Harden lob:

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    Clint Capela. The first pick-and-roll gains Houston no traction. Harden realizes that, toasts Jerryd Bayless with an absolutely mean-spirited, right-handed, though-the-legs crossover, and conjures an advantage out of thin air.

    He then zips down the gut, straight toward Capela, before drawing the last help defender and lobbing an alley-oop. Most lobs come at diagonal angles. Think of Chris Paul, now Harden's teammate, tossing an over-the-shoulder lob across the paint to DeAndre Jordan. This is almost a perfectly straight lob. It looks like a shot.

    And this ... this is audacious:

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    Kyle Lowry cheating away from Eric Gordon in the right corner, but not far enough to interfere with an accurate lob.

    And so he tosses it from 35 feet, to a spot only Capela can reach, because why in the hell not? Harden is a genius. He can give the architect of Lob City a run.
     
  2. DonKnock

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    We have the 2 best pick and roll players to ever play the game
     
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    There was a time, back when Dwight was around that I felt that Harden sucked at lob passes. This is an example of massive improvement by him.
     
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    Harden's improved so drastically over the years but it's a shame the media doesn't reward him with an MVP.
     
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    @tinman
     
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  6. Mazulis

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    I like it LOB CITY!
     
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    Lin passes=passing to the other team
     
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    Harden could find Lin, Lin just couldn't find the basket

    How Lowe can you go
     
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    "he uses his dribble to engineer lobs that even the best point guards can't generate"

    so the guy who leads the league in assists 2 years in a row is not considered one of the best point guards. keep voting for kashi, lowe.
     
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    media conspiracy
     
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    Whew, my phone auto-corrected Lob to Lin. Must be because I post about him so much.
     
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    No joke one time @basketballholic worked in Rubio as a subliminal message in a conversation about Adam silver
     
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    Harden is a horrible passer.

    DD
     
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    When is the world gonna realize that we are their only hope, from three GSW championships in four years.
     
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    Harden's brilliance yes.
    But look at the spacing provided by our shooters.
    For example, Jonas starting to be drawn in but then remembers Ryno is 30ft away and has a dilemma.
    The other two are the same with Ariza in a corner and EJ in the other.
    That is why our system works. Its not just Harden or Capela. It is them in the setting of our system and knockdown threats that make us an all time offense.
     
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    Dwight was also refusing to play the pick and roll much. He wanted post touches. We'd have seen a lot more lobs with Dwight if he were more willing to play the pick and roll.
     
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    Always good seeing Harden get positive press.
     
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    Yeah, that's true. But Harden's lobs were also high and away many times; back in the Lin/Parsons era. He has improved a lot...
     
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