James Harden has drawn a lot of acclaim for his offensive prowess. But his defense, not so much. The disturbing thing a lot of Rockets fans have noticed this season is a lack of effort on Harden’s part, and certainly in this 11-minute video montage we see more than a few miscues that are the result of Harden expending zero effort whatsoever.
For all that the Rockets are as a team, if Harden doesn’t commit to playing defense, the result will never likely be a championship. For as much as we want opponents to Fear the Beard, the Beard must be a two-way player.