James Harden was one of the most criticized players in the league last year because of his lack of effort on the defensive end. The yearly MVP contender signed a contract extension with the Houston Rockets this summer and according to the latest NBA rumors, Harden is serious in turning into a leader of his squad and lead the team to an NBA title.
According to reports, Harden has organized a “players only” camp early in the pre-season to try to get all players on the same page and build chemistry so they can play better in the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
“James is doing everything, He is showing he wants to be a leader,” Veteran teammate Corey Brewer said via Fox 26 Houston.
“He’s the franchise player. He signed the extension. So it’s his team, and he’s doing all the right things to do what we need to do to have a chance to win championships.”
The Rockets made the playoffs last season but were never serious contenders in the Western Conference with the San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder all better than the Rockets.
Houston and Harden also had to deal with the Dwight Howard drama. Howard left for the Atlanta Hawks in free agency and the Rockets and their franchise player can now concentrate on just winning games on the floor without the distraction of the rift with the big man.
New acquisition Eric Gordon was also excited about Harden’s mini-camp.
“It’s good. This will be our second time being, all together,” Gordon added in the article.
Gordon and Brewer will be part of the bench for the Rockets, which will feature the likes of Harden, Patrick Beverley, Trevor Ariza and Clint Capela in the starting line-up.
The Rockets were also busy in the 2016 off-season and were involved in many NBA rumors. And they were able to acquire veteran big men Ryan Anderson and Nene Hilario this summer.
Will James Harden show a better effort on the defensive end next season? Will he turn into a real leader for the Houston Rockets?
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