Kevin McHale remembers Harden's awful defense: 'James is not a leader'


Kevin McHale remembers Harden's awful defense: 'James is not a leader'

Kevin McHale coached the Rockets for four plus seasons.

On a recent episode of Open Court on NBATV, he was asked where the addition of Chris Paul puts Houston in the Western Conference.

"I think it makes them a much better team because you had James Harden with the ball -- fantastic with the ball -- great passer, the guy's got phenomenal vision. James can see all the passes and do everything. But James is not a leader," McHale declared. "He tried being a leader last year, tried doing that stuff. 

"I think Chris Paul is gonna help him just kind of being able to hoop and play stuff like that. But on every team you have to have a voice. On every team you have to have somebody that when they say something, people listen.

"Look, if James tells you ‘Chuck (Barkley), you got to play better D.' Are you listening to him? You gotta be kidding me. I lived through it, believe me. Everybody in the locker room did this (put hand on head and look down)."

For years, Harden has been perceived as a guy who only plays one end of the floor.

Routinely, clips of his defense -- or lack thereof -- would circulate on social media.

Paul -- who has been named All-Defensive First Team six years in a row -- is now by Harden's side.

"I just think Chris Paul will be good for James Harden," McHale added. "It will allow him to just be what he is which is a phenomenal basketball player -- not trying to lead a team, that’s just not his personality."

The Warriors open the regular season against the Rockets on Oct. 17.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell


With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

After getting a rude “Welcome to the NBA” facial from Rockets guard Eric Gordon in his debut Tuesday night, Warriors rookie Jordan Bell stands to get a more legitimate baptism Friday night in New Orleans.

That’s where Pelicans All-Stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will be waiting, eager to abuse the new guy.

With starting power forward Draymond Green listed as doubtful with a strained left knee -- MRI test results were negative -- Bell can expect significant minutes when the Warriors and Pelicans meet at Smoothie King Center.

Aware Green’s availability is in question, Bell sees what’s ahead in Davis and Cousins, as they both possess skills that rank among the top five big men.

“I’m definitely excited about that,” Bell said Wednesday. “(They are) some of the best bigs in the league, so I’m definitely excited to get tested against that.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr generally avoids tinkering with his set rotations, in which case David West and JaVale McGee would continue to come off the bench at center. Of the other “bigs” on the roster, Bell is most likely to start if Green is unable.

Bell played 12 minutes in the opener, and they were in slots that typically go to McGee, who never left the bench against Houston. Citing the matchups created by the Rockets’ smallish lineups, Kerr opted for the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Bell over the 7-foot, 270-pound McGee.

That will change Friday, regardless of Green’s status, as both Bell and McGee will be needed against Davis and Cousins, both of whom possess wing spans over 7 feet. Only Bell is suited to play power forward or center, and the staff is coaching him at both positions.

“At the 4, I have to be more of a facilitator, like (Green) is,” Bell said. “Some plays (Kerr) has me doing the same things Draymond does. Sometimes he has me bring the ball up in practice. Calling plays, putting me in positions on the elbows to make the right pass, make the right read.

“When I’m at the 5, I have to be more of an aggressor, a more physical guy on the court, focusing on rebounding and finishing around the rim.”

It’s exceedingly rare for a second-round draft pick to start a game in his first week as an NBA player. The Warriors believe Bell can handle it. So in the case of Green being held out, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the rookie’s name is called.


Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI


Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

The Golden State Warriors and Dubnation have been holding their breath a bit awaiting the results of Draymond Green's MRI. 

They can breathe a little better now. 

According to ESPN, the forward underwent an MRI on his left knee and results came back negative. 

Green left Tuesday's game against the Rockets one point shy of a triple double after 28 minutes of work. 

The Warriors were left in a defensive deficit in his absence and ultimatley lost to the Rockets 122-121. 

More to come...