James Harden praises John Wall, Christian Wood, and DeMarcus Cousins
It remains to be seen whether the redesigned Houston Rockets are of enough quality to fight for the 2020-21 NBA title and possibly convince All-Star Guardian James Harden to withdraw his trade request. As of Monday, Harden clearly did not want to discuss this issue.
But after his first week of training, "The Beard" clearly sees reasons to be optimistic about some of his new teammates - particularly aspiring great man Christian Wood and former all-stars John Wall and DeMarcus cousins. Here is a selection of videos Harden had to say about these three newcomers on Monday.
On the wall:
His playing skills are very, very good. He gets boys pictures, he gets into the paint, he puts pressure on the edge, so anyone can take pictures.
Very athletic. Uses its length very well. Can shoot the basketball. Can handle it and make a game. As a tall man, he is very versatile. It's a nightmare matchup for natural centers approaching it or trying to protect it one on one.
He is very versatile and scores. He can score from the block we've all seen before. He feels much more comfortable with his 3-ball. So he's versatile. He has a different dynamic than his game on the offensive, which gives us more space.
Head coach Stephen Silas said his starting line-up for Wednesday's regular season opener against Oklahoma City would likely have Harden and Wall in the background. Wood in the middle; and Danuel House Jr. and PJ Tucker at the front. Cousins from the bank are expected to play a prominent role, especially as Woods backup in the middle.
Harden's full media availability session after Monday's practice at the Toyota Center can be seen below.
James Harden avoids trade talks and sets goals for 2020-21, Rockets
Stephen Silas raves about James Harden's practice in Houston
NBA: 2020-21 Houston Rockets roster
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