Former Rockets star Robert Reid: ‘Harden looks after Harden’
Former Houston Rockets star Robert Reid sounded off this week and blasted James Harden by essentially calling the superstar a selfish player.
Reid, who starred for the Rockets for 10 seasons during his 14-year NBA career, believes the team’s struggles start and end with Harden.
“Harden is a tremendous player, but he’s not bringing it for the team,” Reid told Houston’s KHOU 11 Sports, via ESPN. “I’m sorry, I’m just going to say it. Harden looks after Harden.”
Reid pointed out that chemistry issues between Harden and Dwight Howard served as one of the primary downfalls for the team.
“Monday through Wednesday, the team goes through their offensive plays. First option, second option … when we had the Twin Towers, here’s what we’re going to do,” Reid said, referring to former Rockets greats Ralph Sampson and Hakeem Olajuwon. “But come game night, [they] have one guy holding the ball and the others are like ‘Where are we going to have dinner at tonight?'”
While it’s expected that Howard won’t be the team next season, the issues plaguing Harden and the Rockets arguably won’t be completely resolved with the center’s departure.
The Rockets have yet to make a decision on who will be the team’s head coach next season. And while interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who replaced Kevin McHale early on last season, reportedly will be considered, it’s believed Jeff Van Gundy is the current front-runner for the job.
Whoever is coaching the team next season, Reid also colorfully suggested the onus will be on him to lay down the law and get Harden better committed to a more team-oriented approach, especially on the offensive end.
“The new coach that they bring in here is the one that’s going to have to say, ‘I’m the one who gets fired if we don’t win, not you. Do you feel lucky? Because your happy-jack behind will be at the end of the bench until you come to this game that we want to play.'”
The only problem with Reid’s theory is that Harden reportedly will have a say in who will be the team’s head coach going forward. If that’s the case, what are the chances Harden picks a coach who he feels will challenge him?