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Friday, June 28th, 2013 at 9:30 am  |  54 responses

James Harden Mocked the OKC Thunder for Drafting Steven Adams

Former OKC Thunder and current Houston Rockets star James Harden found the Thunder’s decision to draft Steven Adams with the 12th pick hilarious. Once the Internet reaction grew too big, Harden appeared to delete his derisive tweet, and pretended it never happened. Tsk, tsk, tsk, … Per the Sporting News: “Looks like Houston Rockets guard James Harden wasn’t too impressed with his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking Pitt’s Steven Adams with the 12th pick in Thursday’s 2013 NBA Draft. […] Adams was chosen with one of the two first-round picks the Thunder acquired from the Rockets in the October 2012 trade that sent Harden to Houston.”

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  • OfftheWall87

    He’s aware that his team lost in the first round against his old team, right? And that even if Dwight signs there, the Rockets can’t beat Durant and Westbrook.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    I said the same thing though.

  • Dfrance

    Remember when the Knicks drafted Shumpert and Melo tweeted “I’m out” right after. Then tried to act like the tweet was really about him leaving the house? Lmao

  • vINSANITY

    Thats gotta destroy your confidence as a rook

  • speedy

    Man he is very resentful. He still is bitter, that OKC didn’t give him his money.
    He and Dwight seem like two characters, one loves to hate. Have fun together.

  • OfftheWall87

    Nah, not when he’s playing with two of the top 10 players in the league. He’ll be fine.

  • Calvin Sparks

    Is that a fact?

  • Calvin Sparks

    The rockets with Howard and Harden would perform a Smack Down on OKC! what are you smoking homer?

  • Calvin Sparks

    Well there was much better value on the board, but I guess that’s why Durant and OKC will always be SECOND!!!

  • Mike Gilbert

    a smackdown though? really…. Don’t forget that Kevin Durant is still the best player in that series

  • cflip

    That’s if he get playing time

  • Basketball Coach

    don’t forget that Howard(besides his childish behavior) can really increase Rockets’ performance inside the paint which they lack and with Harden going nowhere but up, it’s really possible.

    http://basketballcoach.ca/

  • KINGDAVE

    Stop jumping all over Harden. The tweet was fake. Go to Chris Vernon’s twitter page where he apologizes.

  • zorro

    Poor James … he never really has had a clue. Thabo would keep him ineffective and Perk would keep Howard in single digits. Who on the Rockets can stop KD and Russell??? Wouldn’t go to 6 games in a playoff series. OKC doesn’t need anymore players to handle the Rockets … they don’t even have them as a concern.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I like your style, Sparks.

  • Hart26

    Another reason I can not stand Carmelo…sigh.

  • underdog

    I think, after the previous season, DH have to prove himself again, before I believe he can really increase anything in Houston performance wise. I still think he’s a top 3 center in the league, but his stock dropped.

  • Enigmatic

    I read your comment way too quickly initially and mistakenly read “Thabeet would keep him ineffective.”

    Even after realizing my mistake I couldn’t stop laughing thinking of 7’3″, molasses-slow Thabeet running around trying to chase 6’5″ Harden.

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    A healthy Dwight would be trouble if they could get some value out of robinson that would be a dope front line with parsons included then they could a serviceable pg to play defense and shoot the trey_ball. OKC would be in for a challenge.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Dude where the hell have you been? Good to see ya back on.

  • OfftheWall87

    Yeah, because I’ve been on here talking about how much I am a fan of OKC, right? Durant and Westbrook are unstoppable when they’re both going. And Houston doesn’t have anyone who could guard either one of them, especially Westbrook with his athleticism. Kendrick Perkins has given Dwight fits in the past when he’s guarded him and Dwight really is no better offensively than he was a few seasons ago the last time they met. So explain how they would “perform a smack down on OKC”.

  • OfftheWall87

    A challenge, sure, but not a problem to really worry about. Perkins would frustrate Dwight as he always has. They’d foul him and send him to the line. Houston has no answers for Durant and Westbrook. If they played a series, I’d say OKC would wiin in 6.

  • OfftheWall87

    Dwight isn’t a dominant offensive player. He’s 27, been in the league almost 10 years. I don’t see him getting much better offensively. He’s dominant defensively, but Durant and especially Westbrook blowing by people and getting to the rim? More often than not, Dwight would have to foul them. He’d be the only guy protecting the rim (He and Asik wouldn’t play together). The thing that makes OKC tough to deal with even without Harden is that Durant and Westbrook are the most explosive duo in the league. Houston couldn’t stop them or keep up with them.

  • OfftheWall87

    Even if he doesn’t play a lot right away, he’s surrounded by two of the most confident players in basketball. He has talent. He’ll be good.

  • OfftheWall87

    It’s about fit for them, not value. They’re just playing for a championship. They’re the best regular season team in the West. Out of 30 teams, you’re here talking about them being second as if it’s such a horrible thing.

  • sudstud

    Also don’t forget DH & his free throw shooting. This guy couldn’t throw it in the ocean if he was standing in a boat.

  • davidmo

    are you retarded. Harden would not get shut down and D12 would kill Perk

  • spit hot fiyah

    for real? i missed that lmao

  • spit hot fiyah

    that a player on another team mocks you? the guy played int he big east, he has heard worse thing than whatever harden (or whoever) wrote, guaranteed.

  • Mike Gilbert

    I’m not saying they couldn’t beat them, but OKC still has 2 top 10 players

  • athanasia columbus

    OKC didn’t treat James Harden with the respect his kind of talent deserves! The Tweet SO WHAT??

  • Dfrance
  • rockets13

    r u stupid??? perkins is trash n we already went to a 6 game series without howard n thabo cant guard hardens thats why he dropped 46 on him this year n was 7-7 in 3s in one game in the playoffs n beverly cant stop westbrook but he can fustrate him n that will stop westbrook

  • Enigmatic

    School, school, school pretty much, man. Takes a lot of my time.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    LOL

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I feel it man. Keep grinding.

  • zorro

    You couldn’t even beat us without Russell. How bout next year if we play you without KD? Would that help??? Beverly’s cheap “hustle” shot is what gets people in fights on the playground, and that’s exactly where he belongs.

  • Clos1881

    I guess you didn’t see the footage of Westbrook making that same play

  • zorro

    No, I didn’t see it. But I’ll bet that the player wasn’t moving with his leg in the air when Russell dived in front of him.

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    I really like your insight. But outside of KD and Westbrook there is no real offensive threat. Harden is good for 25ppg, Parsons 15 ppg, Dwight when healthy 20-22ppg two slashers who are proven snipers from deep and can create offense for themselves and make others better too. Then Imagine if robinson isnt traded you got a guy who plays IMO like a poor mans David west(for now) with more athleticism. Or you have terrance jones who can stretch the floor and rebound. I honestly think Houston would take OKC to the limit

  • OfftheWall87

    Houston won’t be running anymore if Dwight signs there. Dwight will want them to slow down and get him the ball which they will do. Harden’s scoring will take a hit without them running the floor like they did this past season. It’s easier to contain him in the halfcourt. If Lin is guarding Russell, he’ll live at the rim meaning a lot of opportunities for Dwight to get into foul trouble. Turnovers and rebounds on 3 point shots will lead to Westbrook and Durant scoring on the break. If Dwight is getting 20-22 points a game, I don’t see Harden still scoring 25 a game. I just don’t see a team without a guy who can at least make Westbrook work on just one end of the floor beating OKC in a series. Lin and Beverley won’t get it done. And Durant will get his regardless of who’s guarding him.

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Nah I still see Harden dropping those points because of the presence of Howard. Lol he made jameer nelson an all star.

  • Clos1881

    Same play. A lot of guards do it was just a unfortunate incident but if the rockets get Dwight that in my opinion may put them right there.

  • zorro

    Seems like I heard this last year too from the Lakers.
    Bring it on … it’d be fun to watch!

  • OfftheWall87

    Not sure Dwight would make Harden better. He’s already an All-Star. He averaged 26, 5 and 6 this past season. He’d have more of an effect on the role players, guys like Parsons. Harden would probably be around 23 a night if Dwight would get 20-22 a night.

  • Steve

    It was a fake quote so stop fueling the fire.

  • crossover91

    Zorro please stop talking. im a huge OKC fan. Steven Adams coming from my native country NZ. but Perkins is a bum he couldnt shut down muggsy bogues in the post.

  • sergio

    Dude you do know he only shot like 39%

  • Blakos

    Steven Adams improving at a rapid rate. Going to be a solid pro eventually.

  • Basketball_iQ

    And Houston would arguably have 2 also after signs this summer. Houston so paint presence was absent, he would definitely upgrade that.

  • Bandwagonfan

    Damn i missed school. Being able to go to school is a gift. You dont really have any worries there. Real life is harsh

  • Enigmatic

    Ha, believe me, I know. Before going to school, I spent 4 years in the military followed by 3 years working some desk job I absolutely hated. School is time-consuming but very little pressure or stress except for the occasional exams.
    Plus, going to class for 2-3 hours a day sure beats being stuck in an office 9 hours a day any day of the week.

  • Raju Ivaturi

    Sorry buddy. Thabos a great defender but Hardens too good to be shut down by him. Also, Perkins cant keep Dwight from being effective on the glass and defending the paint, thats his real job. Dwight has the size and athleticism on him too. All in all, the battles closer than you think with Dwight in town and all those shooters, Harden among them, around him.

  • James babbitz

    Harden is an excellent player and a poor GM. Adams was one of the better picks in draft last year. I guess it merely shows that JH is resentful towards the Thunder.

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