Last edited by Destino; November-1st-2012 at 09:32 AM.
I knew Harden's game was going to have people saying uh-oh. But don't get it twisted, no matter what Harden does, the Thunder are the winners of this trade. They weren't going to sign him back anyway and they got incredible value for him....
With that being said, that Harden/Lin back court is going to be fun to watch.
Gone, but not forgotten... RIP RP
OKC on the other hand will continue to be a top contender in the West.
That's simply idiotic.
---------- Post added November-1st-2012 at 10:03 AM ----------
How is this a good thing?
Food for thought - look at the comparison.
James Harden plays basketball like a video game character: all 3s, dunks, and layups. About 87 percent of his shots come from either near the rim or beyond the 3-point arc. He’s great in both areas, but make no mistake — it’s his ability to create and convert opportunities at the basket that makes him special. He’s incredible off the dribble, in transition, and in pick-and-roll situations. He has a high basketball IQ that’s most obvious in the two-man game, in which he reads and reacts better and faster than almost any other NBA player.
Simply put, Harden is an elite player for two reasons: his ability to create close-range shots, and his ability to make long-range shots. When you look at his shooting chart, you realize it’s almost as if mid-range shots bore him.
Wasn't a chance in hell that the Thunder could have resigned him. IMO, they made a HUGE mistake by re-upping Ibaka before Harden. Harden, IMO, will be considered the best 2 guard in the league probably within the next 2-3 years. Ibaka, for all purposes, is a project. Harden's absence on OKC can't be replaced. For as much as people sweat Presti, I think he goofed in this whole Ibaka/Harden situation.
Another thing to consider is, 12 months from now Harden was gonna walk away leaving OKC empty handed or scrambling to get a deal done. Instead 12 months from now, we'll be talking about Lamb's progress and who OKC will draft with their multiple first round picks.
Given everything i've seen from OKC, they are a well managed team.
I agree. They still screwed up.Given everything i've seen from OKC, they are a well managed team.
By the way, one thing being overlooked is that Harden could not just have walked away. He would have been a restricted free agent next year. The Thunder could have signed him and then tried to trade him next year if they wanted to. They didn't, because they didn't want to pay the tax.
But they had all kinds of options. They could have matched any offers. They could have amnestyed Perkins.
All would have caused short-term financial pain, but the team has made something like $100 million in profit in the last three years.
I just see no way to justify this. This is not a team bleeding money like the Kings. This was a team rolling in cash that gave up an All Star in order to keep rolling in cash.
Last edited by Lombardi's_kid_brother; November-1st-2012 at 10:29 AM.
What makes Harden so special is that if he has the ball, he's going to get a good shot. The end.
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