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Stephen A. Smith says Rockets are still James Harden’s team

Stephen A. Smith, James Harden, Rockets

James Harden just got reunited with a familiar face, and moreover, a teammate on an NBA Finals squad. Despite the new presence of Russell Westbrook, basketball analyst Stephen A. Smith believes that the Houston Rockets are still James Harden’s team.

Per NBA on ESPN, Smith shared his thoughts on the deal which sent Westbrook to the Rockets. For Smith, it was a good deal. He quickly addressed the question of whether or not these two superstars can co-exist. He strongly believes that the Rockets are still Harden’s team since he’s simply the better shooter and scorer than Westbrook. This is coupled with the fact that James Harden has been with the Rockets longer and has guided them to relative success.

Peep his full interview below:

Though some may think this will be a problem for Westbrook who’s so used with being the main man back with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Smith doesn’t’ believe so. Both guards have maintained a bond over the years, so chemistry will be relatively easy. At this point in their careers, they’ve already matured well enough. Winning is simply the priority for James Harden and Russell Westbrook.

Smith reiterated that all of this will heavily depend on Mike D’Antoni’s coaching abilities. Everyone knows that he can win 50-60 games in any given regular season. But his capability of replicating and extending that success to the postseason has yet to be seen.

The same is true for James Harden — that part cannot be forgotten in all of this.