James Harden appreciates Daryl Morey defending him on Twitter
James Harden says he appreciates Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey taking to Twitter to counter recent criticism directed at him over his supposed defensive deficiencies, although the superstar guard claims he has no idea exactly what originally caused everything in the first place, nor how Morey responded to it.
It all started when a video purportedly showing Harden playing his once-patently awful defense began to make the rounds on the Internet.
James Harden defense (via @TheCauldron) https://t.co/3JJPiffsNZ
— SI NBA (@si_nba) March 7, 2016
This shot at Harden’s supposedly poor play — which in actuality showed him probably maintaining his defensive assignment — was passionately called into question by Morey on Tuesday.
dont mess w/narrative, your focus should be on 1 possession in gm, not Harden 40/5/14 &1 of only 7 wins @TOR this yr https://t.co/cfypizmfbG
— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) March 7, 2016
Harden said when told of Morey defending him that he welcomes such support, even if he claims he doesn’t know the specifics of what actually happened.
“It’s much appreciated,” Harden said of Morey coming to his defense, via the Houston Chronicle. “I don’t know what it was. I don’t pay attention to stuff like that.
“It doesn’t bother me because I don’t pay attention to it. And to be honest, I’ve been playing some really good defense as of late.”
Speaking specifically to the seemingly endless critiques of his so-called poor defensive play — something he has addressed in the past — Harden insists he pays it no mind.
“It comes with it,” Harden said. “When things are going really well, I don’t get too high. When things are not going well, I don’t get too low. You’re going to get criticized. I don’t pay attention. You’re going to have haters and people that love you. If it bothered me, it would take away from what I need to be doing, what I need to be focused on.”
Harden obviously is a far more talented player on the offensive side of the court, one of the best in the Association. And while he may demonstrate a lack of commitment on defense at times — so much so that an eleven-and-a-half-minute video was once created to document his lapses on that end of the floor — the lambasting of his supposed defensive liabilities actually may be a bit overstated.
But that doesn’t mean each and every time he appears to commit a gaffe on defense that there won’t be some wisenhiemer on the Internet gleefully pointing it out.