Kevin McHale explains why James Harden is not a leader


It seems like NBA Hall of Famer, ex-Rockets coach Kevin Mchale and Rockets superstar James Harden will not be the best of friends any time soon, as the heat between the two has continued.

It started with Hall of Fame player and former Rockets’ coach Kevin McHale on NBA TV.

“James is not a leader. He tried being a leader last year and doing that stuff, I think Chris Paul is going to help him do that stuff and get back to just hoop and play. On every team you need to have a voice, you have to have somebody that when he says something, everybody listens,” McHale said.

James Harden did not stay silent, and responded.

“He’s a clown, honestly. I did everything and anything he asked me to do, I tried to lead this team every single day here since I set foot in Houston. To go out there and downplay my name when, honestly, he never taught me anything to be a leader,” said Harden.

McHale responded to Harden’s comments on NBA TV, saying “calling me names is not going to change my opinion,” NBCSports reported.

“It’s hard to have a lot of credibility if you don’t play good defense. It’s hard to get stops when people are looking at you and say ‘please stay in front of somebody’,” said McHale.

“My point was that he’s one hell of a basketball player. To James’ credit, I will say this – he does a lot of stuff, he organizes guys in the summer, he does these things,” he said.

Then McHale went on to explain what Harden lacks in leadership and what he meant.

“It’s a tie game at half. A playoff game. You’re playing a team that is tough, that’s going to get after you. And going into 3rd quarter, you’re suddenly down by 9 – they’re getting every loose ball, every rebound… It’s not about skill at that point, it’s about will. It’s like – I have to impose my will on you. And James (Harden), that’s not his personality,” Mchale explained.

Kevin Mchale is considered one of the greatest power forwards ever to play in the NBA. He spent his entire NBA career with Boston Celtics, helping them win 3 NBA titles.

McHale, a Hall of Fame member, was a 7-time NBA All-Star.

Possessing nearly unguardable low-post moves, Mchale averaged 17.9 ppg during his career, appearing in 971 NBA regular season games. He also averaged 1.7 blocks and 7.3 rebounds a game.

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