Gordon’s insistence on playing in Houston: “Houston would want Harden no matter what”
Gordon speaks out on Harden’s move to Houston.
James Harden (196 cm, G) is one of the best players in the league. He’s still an explosive player, though he’s been more of a teammate than a scorer in recent years. This season, he averaged 21 points, 10.7 assists, and 6.1 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers’ offense스포츠토토.
However, after this season, Harden will be eligible for free agency. There are many rumors, but the most talked about team is Harden’s hometown team, the Houston Rockets.
Harden made his debut with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but his best years were spent in Houston. In his nine seasons in Houston, he averaged 29.6 points, 7.7 assists, and 6 rebounds per game. In particular, he had a monster 2018-2019 season, averaging 36.1 points. Although he was stopped by the Golden State Warriors dynasty in Houston and failed to win a championship, he emerged as one of the biggest contenders to Golden State.
Also in Houston at the time was Eric Gordon (190 cm, G). Gordon played alongside Harden for seven years in Houston. Gordon recently appeared on the Iko System Podcast and opened up about the possibility of Harden returning to Houston.
“It’s important for a young team to win,” Gordon said. That means you need a veteran to lead the team to victory. The coaching staff can make subtle plays, but the veterans have to anchor and lead the team. That’s where the real growth happens. That’s why Houston will want Harden no matter what.”
Meanwhile, the Rockets are loaded with young players, including Jaylen Green (193 cm, G), Kevin Porter Jr. (193 cm, G), Alfren Sanguin (213 cm, C), and Jabari Smith Jr. (208 cm, F).
Although the program hasn’t had a breakout season in recent years, there are high hopes for this season with the hiring of head coach Ime Udoka. Adding Harden to the mix will only accelerate the development of these young players. Will Harden join Houston and become a mentor for the younger players?