NBA: James Harden Explains Why He Will Actually Be Able To Play Defense Next Season

James Harden is straight up one of the worst defenders in the NBA. Yes, he can go out there and get buckets with the best of them but when he is the one playing defense, some of those other great players look at him like it’s lunch time and they’re about to feast. It’s perhaps the main reason, despite finishing second in the league in scoring, that he was left off any of the All-NBA teams because his reputation as a one way player echos very loudly around the league. This summer has brought some change to the Rockets and according to Harden, it will create a change in his defense as well.

NBA: Draymond Green Says Warriors Literally Laughed At Jason Terry’s Guarantee That Houston Would Win Game 5

Because Jason Terry is not the player he once was, some of you may have not even known he had guaranteed a game five victory for his Houston Rockets over the Warriors. As you know by now, the Warriors made easy work of Houston, beating them 114-81 and putting them out of their misery. Some of the Warriors players heard about the guarantee and even though they respect Terry, they had a good laugh at his expense.

(Video/Photo) NBA: Rockets CEO Calls Out Charles Barkley After He Guaranteed Rockets Would Lose To Warriors

Charles Barkley was so sure the Rockets would choke and lose game three against the Warriors last night that he made it a point to have the camera on him as he guaranteed the Rockets would blow it. At the time, Houston was winning at halftime but Barkley still thought they would find a way to lose by double digits. Unfortunately for him that never happened and the Rockets (barely) hung on for the one point win. After the game, Rockets CEO Tad Brown tried to ether chuck in one tweet.

(Video) NBA: James Harden Hits Game Winner To Beat Warriors But Teammates Don’t Look Thrilled

It’s been a running joke once the playoff matchups were clear that the Rockets had no shot at beating the Warriors in the first round. Sure they might win one game but that would be about it. The players said they kind of felt disrespected by the comments but after last night’s win, thanks to a James Harden game winner, it appears they really don’t want to stick around themselves.

NBA: Report, Rockets & Dwight Howard Working On Trade During All Star Weekend

Houston Rockets fans, take a good look at Dwight Howard because you may have already seen him play his last game in Rockets jersey. Reports say that Dwight is working with the team to find potential trade partners, and that search is continuing during all-star weekend since things would need to happen before the trade deadline next week.

NBA: Clippers Trade Josh Smith Back To The Houston Rockets

It’s safe to say the Josh Smith experiment with the Los Angeles Clippers has not worked out. When they signed him in the off season most people scratched their heads as to why they would want him. An athletic guy but with a very limited game, especially at this stage in his career. So with that said, they didn’t even wait till the middle of the season to send him packing. They just worked out a trade with his former team, the Houston Rockets.

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