NBA rumors: James Harden, Chris Paul had tense exchange after Game 6 loss

NBA rumors: James Harden, Chris Paul had tense exchange after Game 6 loss

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Things just keep getting better and better for the Houston Rockets.

And by "better" we, of course, mean "worse."

The latest piece of information comes from Shams Charania of The Athletic:

(James) Harden and (Chris) Paul had tense moments with one another throughout Game 6, culminating in a verbal back-and-forth postgame that went into the locker room, sources with knowledge of the situation told The Athletic. Sources said the verbal exchange between Harden and Paul was regarding the ball distribution throughout Game 6.

The Game 6 referenced above is the Golden State Warriors' second-round NBA playoff series win in Houston 13 days ago that ended the Rockets' season.

Golden State was playing on the road without Kevin Durant and Steph Curry didn't score a single point in the first half, yet still found a way to win.

James Harden registered 35 points and five assists and went 11-for-25 from the field.

Chris Paul had his best game of the series by far, racking up 27 points and six assists while shooting 11-for-19 overall and 3-for-6 from deep.

Harden received 87 touches to Paul's 66.

Is there more to the story? Yes. As The Athletic reports:

There was something of a clash of styles brewing throughout the Rockets season, with members of the team — most notably Paul — having spirited discussions with Mike D’Antoni about the offense and pushing for more movement, league sources told The Athletic.

As we all know, Harden dominates the ball like no other and the Rockets ran the most isolation plays (20.4 percent) by far (the Thunder were second at 8.9 percent). The number even increased to 20.6 percent during the playoffs.

Additionally, Houston clocked in at No. 29 in passes per game (246.0) during the regular season. For comparison sake, the Warriors were No. 2 at 320.1.

The Rockets' season ended in disappointment yet again and it sounds like they are having somewhat of an identity crisis.

They also need to hire a new defensive coordinator.

But at least their Twitter account is no longer suspended...

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Bob Myers expecting excitement, novelty from youth-infused Warriors

Bob Myers expecting excitement, novelty from youth-infused Warriors

To be determined. Young. Hungry. Fresh. Those are the words Bob Myers used to describe the revamped Warriors' identity in an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke on Monday.

Golden State has eight new players on its roster. One of the holdovers, Klay Thompson, is expected to miss a large portion of next season while recovering from a torn ACL suffered in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Consequently, the Warriors' general manager and president of basketball operations is depending on several newcomers to help lead the franchise into a new phase.

In going about renovating the roster, Myers understood it needed an influx of youth -- which is now more feasible, given the lowered expectations.

"When you try to put these things together, a blend of youth and experience is always good," Myers told Burke. "I think we were tilted pretty far in the experience category, but that's sometimes what it takes to win."

Of the eight new players brought in, Alec Burks is the oldest at age 27. For the last several years, the Warriors have been one of the oldest teams in the league based on average age. This coming season, they'll be one of the youngest.

Myers knows that transition is bound to come with consistent growing pains, but ensures the Warriors are prepared for a different kind of season than they've become accustomed to.

"We are going to have to shapeshift in a certain way," Myers said. "We're going to miss Klay -- There's no replacing Klay Thompson. And then it's a lot of new, young guys. Losing Andre [Iguodala] and Shaun [Livingston] also -- the stability, the consistency they bring -- we'll see. But I think we're okay with that. We get it.

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"I think everybody is going into it with their eyes wide open, knowing there's going to be more challenges," he continued. "It's not going to be what it was. But there's also an excitement to that. There's a novelty to that. It's all kind of wrapped up -- even the new arena stuff -- it's kind of like it's a new dawn. It's a new era. We're moving forward in a different direction, so let's see what happens."

Bob Myers knows Warriors' season won't be easy after summer of change

Bob Myers knows Warriors' season won't be easy after summer of change

OAKLAND -- On most days over the last three seasons, Warriors general manager Bob Myers could look over to the basket along the north side of Rakuten Performance Center with a familiar sight: A sweat-drenched Kevin Durant launching a myriad of post-practice jumpers. 

As Myers sat feet away from Durant's basket Monday afternoon, the forward's presence and the championship security blanket it that came with it are now in Brooklyn, marking the dawn of change in Golden State. 

"There's an excitement, there's an awareness that it's not going to be easy," Myers said. "It's going to be different. But change was coming at some point. You never know when, you never know how but its always coming." 

Golden State's summer of change started two weeks ago, acquiring D'Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade shortly after Durant had announced his intention to join Brooklyn. To make the deal work, the Warriors had to part with Andre Iguodala's $17 million salary, trading the veteran to Memphis. After drafting Jordan Poole, Eric Paschal and Alen Smailagic and adding Willie Cauley Stein, Glenn Robinson and Alec Burks in free agency, the Warriors will enter the season with eight new players on the roster. 

The Warriors' transition coincides with an arms race in the Western Conference. A week before Durant's decision, the Los Angeles Lakers traded for star big man Anthony Davis, pairing the All-Star with three-time champion LeBron James. Weeks later, Kawhi Leonard -- who helped the Raptors beat the Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals -- signed with the LA Clippers in free agency and brought fellow All-Star Paul George along with him. 

The summer comes at a particular time of peril for the Warriors. While the team enters next season with three All-Stars on the roster, Golden State will be without Klay Thompson until midway through the season as he recovers from a torn ACL. Still, Myers believes the team can contend. 

"Yeah, the West keeps getting better and better," Myers said. "Can we compete? Yeah, I think we have a group that's shown at least at its core -- Whenever Klay comes back, with Draymond and Steph -- that's a group that's shown they can win."

Golden State's roster transition is prioritizing development over winning. Last season, during the Warriors quest for a third straight title, rust, complacency and injuries led to curious regular-season losses. With a new roster, including three rookies, Myers believes more focus will be on building a winner instead of maintaining one. 

"It will be different," Myers said. "Not that the regular season didn't matter before, it did, but it takes on a new meaning. I think for our fans -- even myself -- you walk into an arena I think everything takes on a heightened meaning, which is fun.

"All of this is coming at the right time," Myers added. "For Steve, it will be a lot of teaching. Before, he had guys that operated in a system. It will be teaching and I think he'll embrace that too. A lot of learning, a lot of youth. We're going to have more highs and lows as far as winning and losing than we've had before."

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The site of Myers' summer media availability is perhaps the biggest change the organization is undergoing. In the coming months, team staffers will move across the San Francisco Bay to the Chase Center. Gone will be Myers' vantage point of Durant and the comfort of watching a penciled in champion, giving way with the unknown timeline of change ahead of the franchise. 

"It's a new dawn for us," Myers said. "But it's okay. We haven't been in this position for five years. It's going to be fun and it doesn't mean it's going to be easy because there is a learning curve to their NBA experience."