NBA Rumors: James Harden wants to fill Kobe Bryant’s vacancy in Lakers

NBA Rumors: James Harden wants to fill Kobe Bryant’s vacancy in Lakers

According to a report in Gospel Herald, James Harden was disappointed with the performance of Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard, who was supposed to help him carry the team. With the nearing free agency, Harden was rumored to leave the Rockets and start with a new team next season.

Despite having an explosive performance in the past two games, it seemed like James Harden cannot carry his team against the dominant Warriors who played without Stephen Curry in Game 2.

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In an earlier report, interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff called the Houston Rockets team ‘broken’ pertaining to the lack of chemistry that they were showing in their past games and there was a possibility that it mainly focused on how Harden and Howard play together.

On a previous report, Howard and Harden were having a conflict in terms of their role for the Rockets wherein both of them wanted to be the main man in the offensive end. Dwight Howard’s intensity in the defensive end was allegedly affected because he was not given a chance to showcase his ability offensively.

One of the possible destination of James Harden is with the Los Angeles Lakers. Harden expressed a strong admiration and respect with Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. He also called the Mamba as his idol. James Harden could fill up the position that Bryant left upon retirement and be the next superstar in the future.

Also, on a previous report, they said that the Lakers have enough salary cap to sign two maximum-salaried players meaning that if Harden will sign for them, they could still look for another quality player who can play side by side with the Beard.

If Phil Jackson will really heading for the Lakers as said in a previous report, it will be a great decision for Harden to play for the Lakers since Jackson had expertise in handling an explosive player like him just like how he handled the Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.

Lakers also showed interest in signing Thunder star Kevin Durant. If the rumors with Harden and Durant became a reality, it will be a great reunion to the former Oklahoma team mates to play again in a team with a known reputation and legacy in the NBA.

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  • Computer Networking

    I doubt the Lakers would take harden over derozan, but if it happened, I could see the Lakers adding some pieces around him for success like batum and whiteside. This team would look pretty good: Russell, harden, batum, randall, and whiteside.

  • Ew2

    His stock has taken a dive this year. Doesn’t seem to want to play D, or play the team game. Couldn’t make it work with Dwight, but then again who can? They should grab Derozen instead, with Whiteside. They’re not going to be in the running next year anyway, so don’t mortgage the future any more at this point.. have to play a waiting game.