Although James Harden’s slimmer physique has been widely discussed, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey isn’t worried about Harden’s weight.
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden has been in the news of late, as photos went viral showing a much slimmer version of him. This has generally been viewed as a positive, although there are some who believe Harden’s weight loss was a bad decision on his part.
Harden has always had an unorthodox build, especially for an NBA superstar. The Beard has always appeared to be hefty, yet has always had the ability to contort his body in an unconventional way to draw fouls and make shots through contact.
Harden has also increased his scoring in each of the last six years, in spite of his larger physique. For this reason, many Rockets fans have always wondered how much more effective Harden would be if he were thinner, considering how dominant he’s been at a heavier weight.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey doesn’t care about James Harden’s weight, one way or another.
But Rockets general manager Daryl Morey doesn’t care about Harden’s weight, one way or another. Morey joined Rockets reporter Cayleigh Griffin in a Facebook Q&A session on Thursday and shared his thoughts on The Beard’s weight.
“I mean James is so good, like whatever. He’s going to be in shape when he comes back. I don’t think his weight matters. Everyone loves to focus on that, I guess that’s the curse of social media, everyone comments on it. But he’ll be ready to play, I’m not worried.”
Morey has every reason not to be worried about Harden coming to camp out of shape, as we’ve heard that he put himself through a rigorous boot camp in the desert heat of Arizona. Although Harden’s thicker frame has been brought up countless times, we’ve seen Harden play at an MVP level on a yearly basis.
For this reason, it’s easy to understand why Morey believes Harden’s weight holds no bearing in his level of play. But even Morey would have to be excited about a more explosive version of The Beard, not to mention Harden having even more stamina.