The PROBLEM With Russell Westbrook, James Harden, And The ROCKETS

Pubblicato il 13 lug 2019
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Coach Nick went through thousands of clips to analyze whether or not it was worth the risk by Daryl Morey and the Rockets to blow up the Chris Paul/James Harden pairing and reunite two old teammates to find new glory.
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  • Does anybody know how the music at 1:00 is called

  • The nerd comes with hot takes sometimes

  • Russell Westbrook: exist Coach Nick: Can you hear me shaking my head.

  • Well u can’t teach will power

  • what about the defense?

  • Okc used handoffs a lot so it’s very similar except for him to go to the rim.

  • Dumbass

  • Nope. Not gonna work. As much as harden and cp hate each other they were still a better pair together.

  • *Imagine thinking westBRICK in Houston is an upgrade !* 😂😂😂 9:37 *Overcome Russ defensive deficiencies* WHy the hell No medias members NEVER talk about that ?! Oh yeah *he plays harder than anyone else* 😂😂 pathetic babying of some players...

  • Many are forgetting that Westbrook admitted his bad shooting abilities after losing this year playoff. He promised he will change his shot for the better and we usually don’t see Westbrook blaming his abilities like that. So the fact that Westbrook is reflecting on his abilities will probably mean that he is going to start realizing his weakness leading to improvement

  • That Seatgeek segue was smooth.

  • do a kyrie video

  • Watch OKC have a better season than the Rockets, Russ is hot garbage.

  • Honestly I can picture Harden Running the PG position more and Making Russell like a steph curry, like having people set up screens and him just making the defender run around trying to cover him. Trying to cover Russell's speed when he doesn't have the ball. You're gonna have a bad time.

  • Stop it Nick with the grossly bias breakdown let’s not forget this guy had the rockets missing the playoffs last season

    • Hedid? He had the rocets missing the playoffs?

  • the rockets need a better SF or PF...if PJ tucker tke the SF position so the rockets need Power forward.

  • That SeatGeek plug was seamless

  • Direct quote from bleacher report article: Westbrook has almost no value off the basketball. He's the worst three-point shooter ever among players with 2,500 career attempts, and he only finished 30 possessions as an off-ball cutter in 2018-19. Harden is better equipped to play off it, but doing so would take the ball away from Houston's best player. Westbrook also spends an uncomfortable-and inefficient-amount of time in the mid-range. That's a dead zone in this offense. This past season, Westbrook himself took almost as many mid-range shots (355) as the entire Rockets team (396)

  • Coach nick consistent in rwb hating

  • He is not the shooter or decision maker Chris paul was. I am interested to see if chris can keep okc as a playoff team.

  • they cant pack the paint or we will shoot 3's all night long the paint will be open for his quickness..

  • the rockets are going to be faster which will open up, the 3 point shot, they cant lay off the rockets shooters or its all over he will get to the hoop easier..

  • 5:33 dang that was a tough shot made to look easy by Paul. Something for sure westbrook cant hit.. not hatin but i have a feeling rockets gonna be quite underwhelming this season

  • Id just use Russ as the bench unit and to rest Harden in the regular season, then trade him asap.

  • How many games have the Rockets played this season?

  • Its just mind blowing how Russ is so disrespected, lames making lame jokes, people pointing out flaws but not the positives. What about him keeping the thunder in playoffs for so long ?

    • You're right but he always had a high level superstar on his team that aided in his playoff career (victor Oladipo, PG, KD, . Awesome pkyarr but stats say something totally different

  • This gives Harden more options. Now he has a choice of either dribbling out the shot clock before falling down, or dribbling out the shot clock before passing it to Westbrook so he can fire-up another brick.

    • Shane Freeland 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • I can't see this ending any other way than in total disaster.

  • If Russ brought up his overall shooting by 10% he'd be hella unstoppable.

  • So you basically think they would have Been better off keeping Cp3

  • Respectfully this premise is absurd. So absurd I’m turning the video off. Watched 6-7 instances in this video of Russ creating for himself and his teammates in OKC, and each of those plays Russ and his teammates got clean looks at the hoop. With more offensive firepower in Houston this upcoming season the floor will open up even more then it did last year while Russ was with OKC. Also, you’d MUCH rather have Russ taking mid range jumpers off the dribble (with space to get his shot off) than forced threes. The midrange jumpers he gets out of high screen and roll actions are good looks for Russ. I like this channel and coach Nick but this is not smart basketball commentary. The idea of shooting threes instead of long twos applies only in two scenarios, a) a player has to have enough range to consistently make threes or else he should shoot from wherever he can consistently make open shots from and b) if a players’ range stretches out to the three point line you don’t pass up an open two for a contested three which is the implication of coach Nick’s thesis (that Russ and Harden in Houston won’t work, and he thinks it’s because they can’t force enough 3’s?!?! Not smart). A combination of dribble handoffs, guard on guard on ball pick and roll actions, purposely having Harden off the ball when he and Russ are on the floor together because Russ is a great finisher and dribble driver while Harden is a great catch and shoot shooter (and iso ball player, if the clock’s winding down and Russ isn’t able to create a clean look for Houston before the shot clock’s time starts to dwindle) and staggering Russ’ and Hardens minutes will allow Houston to be an offensive juggernaut. This video and it’s thesis won’t age well. Also, Houston can also have Russ focus on exerting extra energy defensively to put pressure on the ball and have him focus on just making open shots on offence (which he can do from three point range!!!!) and have Harden carry the offensive load while playing solid defence on the other end. This video is ridiculous. Sorry. Also, while their both on the floor together the opposing team will need to ELITE level defenders on both of those players. Few teams have two of those guys who can can stay on the floor long enough (due to their probable lack of offensive prowess if their specialty defenders like a Norris Cole from years ago) to match minutes with Harden and Russ. Therefore, the two of them can always just attack their mismatches which they will have a ton of the time, and that’s not to mention a ton of the teams in the league who lazily switch everything which will allow Russ and Harden to COOK.

  • Nah. They play 2 different positions really. Westbrook at PG, Harden at SG and both are smart enough to know they'll benefit from each other plus both are getting old enough to know they need the other one. Westbrooks points will go down a little but his assist will go up and oddly enough same with Harden. They'll get easier shots as defenders have to watch both guys and defenders get fouls against both guys. Westbrook will bitch at harden to play defense more and harden will bitch about westbrook passing the ball off more. Both guys know the other guy is elite and despite their egos will listen to each other. even though they'll pretend not to. They need each other to win a ring to secure contracts and legacies. It will be a money based series of decisions and this is their best chance to make alot of money. It's all about money.

  • Loving this Dynamic Duos era

  • Yeah, rockets are doomed

  • This was flat out stupid. It was like, 'Hey, look what CP3 can do? Can Westbrook do that?' That's not the bloody point coach nicolas. It's about running plays where Westbrook excels but you ignored that to appease Houston haters. Great work, if that's what you were trying to do. Hope you get lots of people going to geek seat so they can watch Westbrook run plays you never mentioned!

  • Why do you hate Westbrook so much?

  • Houston’s rationale is a healthy Russell Westbrook > a hurt Chris Paul

  • This is a trainwreck waiting to happen and I can’t wait to see it unfold.

  • “Houston ... will have a problem”


  • russ can go thru and past gobert for the reverse or even hit capela for the lob bruh. you have no idea how russ plays so stop trying to act like you do. watch all 82 games and come back to this video LMFAOO. i get what you're saying but you're just watching instagram highlights and comments to dig these clips. its just not too accurate imo

  • Westbrook misses looks like they come from him slightly leaning back with a late release. With his makes he jumps forward with a faster release (7:37 - 8:12)

  • CP3 can shoot and makes smart decisions. Westbrook can't shoot and makes terrible decisions. Yeah I'm thinking Houston definitely got worse.

  • Such a such a good thing? U should watch ur own video. CP3 time was done thier. Harden & Father Time didn't like him.

  • Yall just hating....comeback to this comment in december

  • Great video(s) man!! This is why i think Westbrook WILL work at Houston (clue: he won't be shooting mid rangers)

  • Westbrook is Carmelo Anthony 2.0 in the Rockets system

  • Is it just me, or is Westbrook's release just a touch late? Like every time, he doesn't take full advantage of the power his jump generates and is forced to try to alter the power behind the shot with his arms.. which clearly he's not awesome at. Edit: While I'm at it, might as well point out that Houston's offense has SO MUCH BETTER SPACING THAN OKC DID. Russ will undeniably be the best slasher on that roster. If he's willing to just cut to the basket more often, teams will be forced to adjust and give quality role players good shots.

  • So who is state farm going to follow? CP3 or Harden?

  • The person that should have been dealt is D'Antoni, he's a failed coach.

  • Great analysis

  • Your main points were Westbrook struggling with no floor spacing, but showed that the Rockets have much better floor spacing, as well as CP3 being able to hit those mid-range fadeaways, though I'm sure Russ's ability to drive to the rim will make up for his lacking in shooting.

  • the way he put "seat geek" between analysation is superb lol

  • russ need to play more like jason kidd if he want to win a ring

  • I feel like Russ tried to hard to lead a team. Maybe now since James leading, Russ can have more flexibility

  • Steve Adams about to feast with cp3 as his point guard

    • He deserves it too his talent has been taking a backseat to westbricks dumbass for too long.

  • Can you make a video a bouth can the warriors make into the playoffs

  • Now Watch Them Fucking Dominate I Swear People Are Critical Over Sum Of The Littlest Things

  • That Avenger's tie in was pretty epic!

  • Aquaman will finally get the whole Justice League with him in OKC.

  • That’s why Harden will never ever win a chip!! Look how he did CP3 bro the disrespect I’m not a big fan of cp3 but where is the respect bro no matter what the disagreement is bro don’t slap the man hand wow

    • cp3 was always injured fuck him

  • He is going to change. He is coming to us not us to him. Makes a huge difference.

  • I knew there was problems between harden and cp despite them trying to squash the rumors. Cp did not look engaged in the playoffs.

  • The only problem with With Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and the the MEDIA.

  • This will work. Lmao. James harden draws so much attention. move Russell to the 2. Everybody is a shooter on the floor. Get him in the pick and roll with capela. He can attack down hill better than Paul and makes good decisions. And he improves their rebounding on the defensive end

  • Trade him and Capela to Suns

  • I think they will be good Look at my name xD

  • Excellent analysis

  • This rockets team is going to stomp next year just watch haters going to hate

  • Biggest mistake you made this video: assuming harden won’t change his game for Russ. They’ve played together since they were 10 and they love playing together. Expect harden to move a lot more off ball, as well as Russ. They respect each others games and see themselves as equals, harden knew he was better than CP3.

  • Bruh that ad 😂😂😂

  • Russ graduated with honors from the Lebron James stat-padding academy and that doesn't bode well in Houston. This experiment will blow up by mid-season and will get Dantonio fired.

  • 0:35 Lost all my respect for Ball Hog Harden

  • You look like Tom Hanks’ twin brother with those glasses 😂

  • Russ definitely needs to change his playstyle

  • Geez imagine the rockets defense next year. U got harden and Westbrook leaving their mans wide open and standing under the hoop for the rebound

  • Why so many dislikes?

  • ya vids are awesome.

  • One thing that will for sure improve is the rebounding, Rockets were mostly bad at it, since Capela would always switch

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