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@  thejohnnygold : (19 April 2018 - 02:20 PM) This scoop shot right here!
@  thejohnnygold : (19 April 2018 - 03:42 AM) That might be the best scoop shot I've ever seen
@  DenverRocket : (16 April 2018 - 04:08 AM) At least CP3 can only get better! Also, if our 3pt shooting comes back, it won't be close.
@  thejohnnygold : (16 April 2018 - 03:41 AM) Phew!
@  thejohnnygold : (16 April 2018 - 01:57 AM) When did Capela get that Euro-Step?
@  Mario Peña : (08 April 2018 - 05:40 PM) I don’t mind the loss to the Thunder last night. This Rockets team needs to be anticipating teams going for the jugular and Harden and co. need to fight through playoff levels of physical play.
@  rocketrick : (24 March 2018 - 01:43 PM) Walk for a Rocket Championship seems so empty while teenagers are truly and courageously Walking for Their Lives Today.
@  DenverRocket : (23 March 2018 - 05:06 PM) Brandan Wright released apparently
@  thejohnnygold : (22 March 2018 - 02:21 PM) Harden looks unstoppable right now. Really enjoying the way he has matured.
@  slick shoes : (21 March 2018 - 04:05 PM) Great win last night against the Blazers. Was good to see us take a punch in the mouth and stand our ground. A nice long homestand with 3/5 of the teams in tank mode should provide some nice rest for our starting group. Hopefully Ariza and Anderson can find their groove in the mean time as well.
@  slick shoes : (19 March 2018 - 07:12 PM) was hoping we'd have a large enough lead going in to the 4th last night that CP and James would get to rest the last 12 but we took our foot off the gas....
@  thejohnnygold : (18 March 2018 - 12:21 PM) I'm sure they have some plans for rest down the stretch...hopefully.
@  Mario Peña : (17 March 2018 - 08:09 PM) Durant out for two weeks perhaps too, hope James takes the opportunity to rest some himself.
@  slick shoes : (14 March 2018 - 06:05 PM) Curry out for multiple games plus Thompson out for two weeks makes that two game lead just a little more comfortable.
@  Mario Peña : (11 March 2018 - 06:12 PM) That loss hopefully contained lessons for this Rockets team. Teams will take away the three as much as they can in the later rounds of the playoffs.
@  rocketrick : (08 March 2018 - 05:54 PM) Oh Yeah, The winning streak up to 17 now and with a very tough road game on Friday against....
@  rocketrick : (08 March 2018 - 05:53 PM) Addition of Joe Johnson after the Trade Deadline and how that could impact our Team in the Playoffs
@  rocketrick : (08 March 2018 - 05:47 PM) I'm here to read and comment not to write articles
@  rocketrick : (08 March 2018 - 05:46 PM) New ownership
@  rocketrick : (08 March 2018 - 05:46 PM) Our bench

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Hakeem on this year's Rockets?


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#1 Red94

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 06:33 PM

New post: Hakeem on this year's Rockets?
By: Rahat Huq

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My favorite darkhorse is Houston. Can you even imagine Hakeem Olajuwon running the pick-and-roll with James Harden in Mike D'Antoni's offense? Hakeem dominated the '80s, but a wide-open game would make him even more unfair, and that's before you factor in Harden. That pick-and-roll alone, and that tandem, would be so unstoppable that it puts the Rockets in the conference finals almost by default. Apologies to Karl Malone on the Jazz, Bob McAdoo on the Clippers, and even Duncan and Kawhi. Nobody is touching Hakeem and Harden.

 

This was a fun thought experiment by Andrew Sharp in adding the best player in franchise history to each current NBA team.  Aside from adding Wilt to the Warriors, Sharp seems to think Hakeem and Harden would be the team to beat in this alternate universe.  But how exactly would it work?  The defense of course  would vault into the top 10 as Olajuwon would expand upon Clint Capela's shot blocking without suffering from the same problems plaguing Houston's current crop of bigs.  I don't really need to elaborate much upon the potential impact on this team defensively of possibly the greatest big man defender in league history.

 

But would James willingly defer to Olajuwon in the post during critical moments?  We know from Hakeem's statements these past few years in mentoring Dwight Howard how he feels about the importance of post play.  I do not think he would willingly defer to Harden.  And thus, I'm not sure either player would blossom into what each eventually became or has become.  This duo would face the same theoretical conundrum which would have been faced by the theoretical Jordan-Drexler-Olajuwon trio had Houston and Portland agreed to terms on the now-fantasized Portland-Houston '85 draft night swap of Ralph Sampson to the Blazers.  Hell, maybe they would have made it work.  Hakeem's post-game was OF COURSE respect-worthy, something you couldn't say about Dwight Howard, and Harden blows away any guard Olajuwon ever played with.  Sometimes game recognize game.


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