After so many players have failed before him, could James Harden finally be the rightful heir to Michael Jordan's throne?!!...
Could Harden be the one who pulls the legendary Excalibur sword from the stone, the one who's finally worthy of being called the true heir to the King's throne?
After only two games into the season, I realize that it may seem insanely premature to you for me to start throwing out Harden-MJ comparisons, but Harden's first two games as a Rocket were just so special that I couldn't help myself if I wanted to. Harden scored 37 points and had 12 assists in the Rockets 4th quarter season opener comeback win against the Pistons in Detroit, 105-96; it was also Harden's debut as a Houston Rocket. Harden scored 45 points and had 7 rebounds in the Rockets 4th quarter comeback win in their second game of the season against the Hawks in Atlanta, 109-102.
His numbers as a Rocket have been staggering so far, to be sure, but what's been most impressive about Harden is that his play shows just how much he has embraced being "The Man" in Houston and what a clutch player he is. Harden has the heart of a champion. He shines under pressure, not chokes under it. When the Rockets were down in the 4th quarter against the Pistons and the Hawks, Harden put the game on his shoulders and would not allow the Rockets to lose either game. Frankly, I can't say enough good things about Harden. It seems like he does everything well. I have honestly never seen anything like this before! He's just been unbelievable!...and to top it all off, Harden seems like a really humble, likable guy and just a really solid, character guy...exactly the kind of person you want on your team! In case you can't tell, I love this guy!
In an era, where superstars like LeBron, Bosh, Howard, Nash, Melo, and Stoudemire left situations where they could have been "The Man" for their team to team up with other superstars to win titles, James Harden took a refreshing stance by stepping up to be "The Man" in Houston...and in doing so, he instantly became reminiscent of old school iconic players like Jordan, Bird, & Magic. Players who relished being "The Man" for their team, players who didn't run to other teams chasing championships but rather had enough confidence in their own playing ability to stay and build a championship team around themselves and bring multiple NBA championships to their city.
Until Harden wins some championships, it'll be too early to anoint him the next MJ. Only time will tell if the proverbial baton will be passed from MJ to Harden, but it sure looks like Rockets fans are in for a really exciting ride!
♥ GO ROCKETS!!! ♥