It’s no secret that James Harden and Chris Paul have been getting together all summer. There was footage of them released last month of the guys playing out in Los Angeles in which they looked pretty good running together.
They also did pretty well playing on the same squad in the Drew League this summer, leading their team into the playoffs.
CP3 & Harden with a two-man game. Get used to this Houston pic.twitter.com/fchcPreacn— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 31, 2017
Now, just this past weekend, they got together again for The Beard’s charity basketball game at JH Town Weekend. They played on the same team as Rockets teammates Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker and Clint Capela, and once again made some eye-popping plays. Most notable was the alley-oop dunk by Paul (yes, CP3 can throw it down) on a feed from Harden:
That was followed up by something we’re sure to see a lot of this season, with a sweet Paul-to Harden-to-Capela alley-oop.
If that wasn’t enough, Matt Moore of CBS Sports recently caught up with Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni, and he also expressed his utmost confidence in the Harden/Paul connection, reiterating what we’ve been speculating all summer: great players will find a way to make it work.
I asked D’Antoni after his experiences in NY and LA why he’s not concerned about resistance from CP3 to his playstyle. His answer: pic.twitter.com/MndFqqFkBu— Matt Moore CBS (@MattMooreCBS) August 22, 2017
With the summer fast winding down, we won’t have long to wait before we see what this duo looks like playing together in Rockets red. NBA training camps start in September, with the NBA Preseason beginning at the start of October.
The Rockets open up preseason on October 3, with a match against the Oklahoma City Thunder. That’s less than 40 days now until we see The Beard and CP3 together on an NBA court. I’ll be counting the days.