by Yusuf Gadlin
Houston Rockets star James Harden has a 200 million dollar shoe deal offer from Adidas to leave his current brand Nike. Unless Nike chooses to match that deal or increase its on personal offer, Without a doubt James Harden should be rocking Adidas next season. I have absolutely no problem with the globs of money Adidas is throwing Harden’s way. In fact I hope Harden signs with Adidas, so he can invest in a much needed heart for next year’s post season.
Don’t get me wrong, I love James Harden game. I think he is the most talented shooting guard in the NBA. The way he zigs and zags and creates contact for free throws is something I have never seen before. However, Harden has a passion for disappearing in the post season when things matter most. He disappeared on his former Thunder buddies Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in the 2012 NBA Finals, and he currently doing it to the best center in the NBA (When Healthy) Dwight Howard. I personally believe the Houston Rockets should have beat the Golden State Warriors in last year’s Western Conference finals. That series begged for a Superstar of Hardens caliber to take total control and propel the Houston Rockets to the NBA finals. Instead, Harden only managed one victory in the conference finals, and totally imploded with a NBA postseason record 14 turnovers to end the Rockets season.
Great players don’t make excuses.
At the age of 26 Harden has about five years left of prime NBA basketball. He has to get the job done sooner rather than later. He will undoubtedly accumulate amazing point totals over that span at a ridiculous rate. But without winning it all, he’ll wind up another Tracy Mcgrady, Vince Carter, or Steve Francis. Meaning players that oozed talent out of their pores, came close, but ultimately no cigar. I see greatness written all over James Harden, take the Adidas deal bearded one and invest in a much needed heart for Christ sake.