The Houston Rockets have been trying to get James Harden the perfect partner since they traded for him. Although he has gotten to the Western Conference several times, the team has not been to the NBA Finals. Each time, the second guy came in and then was sent out.
Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, and the latest player to not work with him was Russell Westbrook.
Now, the team has brought in John Wall.
Three-time All-Star Gilbert Arenas ripped into Harden for his inability to play with others. He said, “Harden is going to have to reevaluate how he plays the game… Everyone has come and gone, so is it them or is it you?”
Arenas also talked about how Harden’s style of offense is incomplete:
“You give a guy who’s a one-on-one player, a whole game of one on one. One on one is the last four minutes when the game counts… You use your natural ability to get us buckets. Not 48 minutes of it. That’s what the game has turned into, 48 minutes of one-on-one style. So when I look at how his game is played, he’s the easiest person to guard, but hard to guard. Because he has perfected this style. But he doesn’t know how to backdoor, flare, baseline run, and he doesn’t post up. You have this great offensive guy who only has one offensive tool… You have no complete offensive game, where everyone can actually eat.”