Kobe Bryant says that Harden’s ball-dominant style during the streak, while impressive and perhaps even necessary, will not help the Rockets win an NBA title.
« I’m not a fan of it, in terms of winning championships. I don’t think that style is ever going to win championships, » he told The Jump’s Rachel Nichols (h/t SportsCenter). But at the same time you have to keep your team’s head above water to win games, so you have to do what you have to do to win games and he’s doing that. »
Kobe Bryant believes James Harden and the Rockets won't win a championship with the style of play we're seeing on his scoring tear. (via @Rachel__Nichols) pic.twitter.com/RQvdHPvpJw
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 4, 2019
Bryant also noted that getting Chris Paul back into the flow of the offense and creating more movement should help the Rockets, as defenses can currently key into Harden since his positioning on the court has been predictable as the primary ball-handler.
He did acknowledge that Harden’s production has been « absolutely remarkable, » however.
« It’s a testament to how remarkable it is because people are now trying to minimize what he’s doing, » Bryant said. « I mean, he’s doing some phenomenal stuff. »