James Harden on Sitting Out to Rest: D’Antoni ‘Knows Not To Come At Me With That’
Over the past few days, players on the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have been heavily criticized for sitting out to rest. What made it worse was the games that they chose were Nationally televised.
This trend doesn’t end with just contending teams, as bad teams routinely shut down some of their stars for the season in order to keep their high draft pick—or as they put it, ‘trying to get a look at the younger talent on the team’.
The Houston Rockets are currently the 3rd seed in the Western Conference with star James Harden playing heavy minutes every night, but he sees no need to ever sit out for rest.
“Mike knows not to come at me with that,” the All-Star guard told Fox 26’s Mark Berman on Monday.
“I’m a hooper and I just want to hoop. I’ll rest when I’m done.”
Harden has led the league in floor time the previous two years and has suited up for every game this year and played the second-most minutes. The MVP candidate is averaging 29.2 points, 11.2 assists, and 8.1 rebounds per game.