‘Is This College?’ James Harden Dismisses Proposed in-Season NBA Tournament

by November 28, 2019
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James Harden isn’t exactly impressed by the NBA’s proposed in-season tournament, as the League looks to shake up its schedule.

Harden dismisses the idea as something better left in the college basketball ranks:

“I don’t really care,” P.J. Tucker said. “It’s like cup stuff. The NBA, I doubt they’ll ever get to that. We play for an NBA championship. I don’t want to play for anything else. There is nothing else. It’s like a consolation? I don’t know. We play for an NBA championship, period.”

Rockets guard James Harden was even more dismissive of the idea. “Are we in college?” he said. “Is this college?”

Harden (34 points) and Rockets teammate Russell Westbrook (27 points) led the way as Houston snapped a three-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 117-108 win against the visiting Miami Heat.

Per The AP:

“When those two guys get going downhill it puts a lot of pressure on a lot of people which causes me to be open-open,” [Daniel] House said after scoring a career-high 23 points. “So thank you Russ and James.”

Harden said House is getting better at taking advantages of opportunities when teams double him.

“He works every single day on his shot,” Harden said. “Those opportunities are going to come for him and the more confident he gets the easier those shots will be.”