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[Adrian Wojnarowski] James Harden seizing opportunity to lead Rockets
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http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nba--ja...-04461209.html

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HOUSTON – As the charter flight carried James Harden and three players out of Oklahoma City, out of championship contention, there resonated no nostalgia within him. No hesitation. No regret. For all the insistence that Harden had been devastated over the deal to the Houston Rockets, Cole Aldrich witnessed something else on the private jet whisking them into a Texas sky: a stony, steely resolve.

Before that jet ever touched down in Houston, Harden made a vow to Aldrich: "We're going to change this city."

Harden's time with the Thunder conditioned him to say "we" in the presence of his teammates, but Aldrich and everyone else knows the truth: Harden, most of all, is going to transform the Rockets. His team, his time.

Out of the smoky introductions on Saturday night, out of general manager Daryl Morey's wildest star-chasing dreams, Harden marched into the Toyota Center with a compilation of credibility to proclaim ownership of the campaign season's most worn-out term: change.

From doubts over his worthiness of a five-year, $80 million maximum contract to his legitimacy as a franchise star, Harden delivered a sledgehammer of 37 and 45 points in consecutive Rockets' victories over Detroit and Atlanta.

"He's come in with a chip on his shoulder, and it's been incredible for us," one Rockets official said....
 
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Man that was such a great read.
 
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It was wild seeing Woj there last night. I figured he was just a computer program.

Ridiculous amount of media there last night. The 'wagon is filling up quick.

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the bandwagon is filling up and there's no room for LOFs!

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This is it folks. This is our man. We have a superstar who WANTS to be here. Who WANTS to be a part of this city's success and will do whatever it takes to get it done.

I truly think Morey could have gotten Dwight, but he didn't want to waste his time on a prima donna who didn't want to embrace Houston culture and was all about himself. We should be grateful we have a guy like Morey leading charge.

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Respect.
 
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It was wild seeing Woj there last night. I figured he was just a computer program.

Ridiculous amount of media there last night. The 'wagon is filling up quick.
The more the other players around the league see all the exposure the Rockets are getting, the more likely they are to want to come here and play. Things definitely are looking up.
 
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Good read and good points in the article. We've got a guy who can be a great leader, and please folks, let's give this team some time.

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great read.

 
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We gonna need a bigger wagon soon. Durable wheels. More Horses.

I really do believe in Harden!

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someone send this article to demarcus cousins and Lamarcus aldridge.
 
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"We are going to change this city."
My favorite line from the excerpt.

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The only bandwagoners that concern me are those that were bashing Daryl Morey before, and/or calling for his firing, yet sing the praises of Harden and Lin.

If it wasn't for Daryl Morey, James Harden and Jeremy Lin would not be here in Houston.

So shut up, you hypocrites, and go watch the Heat.

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the rockets have gone 280-167 since moreys been GM.. he assembled the best rockets team weve had in years when he stole artest from the kings, he stole scola from the spurs.. and has maintained a roster that plays above .500 without a superstar let alone an all-star, yet this guy cant catch a break because he cant convince some spoiled diva superstars to play in houston. i think you guys need to relax.
 
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Got chills reading that. I am still pinching myself that we actually got Harden. How lucky were we. What a difference a single player can make to a basketball team.
 
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Originally Posted by James Harden
We are going to change this city.


This quote to me epitomizes what i would want in our superstar. He not only wants to win but change the culture of the franchise. Rockets have settled for mediocrity for too long.
McGrady said the same type of things to the media but i never head him saying it to his teammates privately. This is what separates McGrady and Harden.
 
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the bandwagon is filling up and there's no room for LOFs!
Or HOF's or haters of xOF's
 
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This has probably been mentioned already, but Harden needs to start passing out of the double team early.

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Harden had an idea about a wrinkle on one of the plays and wanted to share it with the coach, but was hesitant to speak out. So he raised his hand and waited for the coach to call on him. Sampson had to laugh, and make no mistake: Sampson incorporated the idea into the game plan.
lol..

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