Here’s eleven-and-a-half minutes of James Harden playing atrocious defense (video)
James Harden, while a deadly offensive threat anytime he touches the ball, isn’t the strongest defensive player. In fact, the Houston Rockets scoring machine is a flat-out atrocious, careless and uninterested defender, as evidenced by this wonderfully delightful — or for lovers of fundamental basketball, shameful — video highlighting how Harden freelances, stands still and essentially pays no attention whatsoever to playing anything approaching competent defense.
This of course isn’t the first time Harden’s defensive deficiencies have been highlighted on the interwebs. From the absurd amount of footage contained in the above video that indicates Harden is fairly set in his ways on the defensive side of the court, more evidence is sure to follow.
It truly is an awful display of effort. Truly, truly awful, not to mention embarrassing. Yet hypnotic.
[H/T Next Impulse Sports]