Ex-NBA Star Believed Clippers Would Succeed with James Harden

‣ James Harden has had a challenging season, starting with struggles in Philadelphia, moving to Los Angeles, and experiencing initial difficulties with the Clippers before winning five consecutive matches.
‣ Harden’s performance improved significantly after he found the right formula alongside Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, and Paul George, leading to a turnaround in the Clippers’ performance.
‣ Former star and Harden’s teammate, Chandler Parsons, believes that the Clippers’ stars will continue to improve and that the team has the depth and star power to make it to the playoffs.

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James Harden’s season has been a wild ride. Initially, he struggled to break free from Philadelphia, then found himself traded to Los Angeles. His first weeks with the Clippers were rough, but now he’s on a five-game winning streak with his new team.

In his first five games in L.A., Harden, the point guard, averaged 15 points, shooting 47.1% from the field. He also managed 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. Unfortunately, his team lost every game. But then, things started clicking with Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, and Paul George, and the tide turned.

Chandler Parsons, a former star and Harden’s teammate, always believed it was just a matter of time before the Clippers’ stars gelled.

“Since Russ chose to go to the bench, Clippers are 10-3 with a 5 game win streak,” tweeted Jacob, a fan. “James Harden’s stats: 16.3 PPG, 7.8 AST, 4.7 REB, 45.9 FG%, 40.3 3PT%, 83.8 FT%, +121. Clippers are a PROBLEM.”

Parsons recently commented on Harden’s initial struggles. “It was a lose-lose situation for him when he got there. They were playing well. Russ was in the starting lineup, back to his normal self. Then they trade and get James Harden. So, if they win, they’re supposed to win. They have four Hall of Famers, new expectations, a new arena. It’s Hollywood.”

He continued, “If they lose, we look back to how everything was going before he got there, and they went on this skid. I still think it’s early. I think they figure it out.”

Fans initially blamed Harden for the Clippers’ losing streak. But now, he’s averaging 18.3 points, 8.8 assists, and 5 rebounds per game. Parsons shared, “They have the depth, they have the star power. It’s a luxury having that type of talent on your team where any given night can be a different guy. … I think they’re going to make the playoffs. I don’t see them losing the first round of the playoffs.”

The ex-NBA star knows patience is key. “It’s a process. When you have a guy like James who controls the ball, who needs the ball, who doesn’t really know how to play another way, it’s gonna take time. Those four guys are first-ballot Hall of Famers, and I do think they’ll figure it out.”

Parsons also suggests fans follow Lou Williams on “Run It Back” as he’s becoming one of the best NBA analysts. Parsons was a guest on the “Run It Back” show and enjoyed watching the Clippers on Tuesday. He was joined by another former Clippers star, Lou Williams, who also served in his analyst role, alongside Michelle Beadle and Shams Charania.

“Lou Will, he’s awesome, bro. We joke around. He calls me his ‘media vet,’” Chandler said. “He hadn’t really done stuff like this before, but he’s getting so much better so quick. He’s got such a great following. Real hoopers, they love Lou Will, so they want to hear his take on things.”

Parsons recommends fans follow the three-time Sixth Man of the Year every week on the show. He considers Williams to be one of the best upcoming analysts of the game. “You can just see him each week, each episode how he’s getting more comfortable, more loose with it. He’s just an awesome dude, man. So it’s really cool to work with him,” he concluded.

James Shotwell
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