James Harden plays defense about as well as he sings (which is poorly) (video)
On Monday, the Los Angeles Clippers put on an offensive clinic, throttling the Houston Rockets by the score of 137-118 at Staples Center. The Clippers scoring a whopping 78 points in the first half alone, a team record. A pretty impressive showing, indeed.
Or, it could be argued that the Rockets put on a clinic on how to play undisciplined, lazy and ineffectual defense, specifically offensive dynamo James Harden, who showed little interest in putting forth any effort on the defensive end.
Granted, one player does not make for a horrible display of team defense, but a video has surfaced that highlights Harden’s lackadaisical approach to defense, undoubtedly the less-flashy aspect of team basketball.
Yeesh. It was like he wasn’t even trying. I blame the beard. It’s probably hard to keep your head on a swivel on the defensive end with that massive amount of facial hair dragging you down.
As noted by Ball Don’t Lie, Harden did address the team’s defensive ineptitude following the game, laying the blame on everyone, including himself (via the Houston Chronicle):
“We talked about it before the game.” Harden said. “They always get off to a great start in the first quarter. We tried to fight back the entire game. We just put ourselves in a tough position.
Asked about his own struggles, Harden said, “Sluggish. We just didn’t get any stops on the defensive end. We have pride ourselves on the defensive end. Tonight, we just didn’t get it done.”
No, no they did not. Harden’s efforts at playing defense — at least how it is documented in the above video — demonstrates that he is about as skilled in stopping the player he is guarding from penetrating off the dribble as he when putting forth an utterly hilarious attempt at singing:
And if that sneak peek at Harden’s hilarious turn as soul singer wasn’t enough, the full version of “Harden Soul” from the Foot Locker commercial can be viewed here.
For what it’s worth, the Rockets put up in somewhat better effort on Tuesday, surrendering only 101 points to the Portland Trail Blazers while scoring 116 in a nice bounce-back victory.