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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Basketball

Rockets GM: It’s ‘fact’ that James Harden is better scorer than Michael Jordan

James Harden

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is known for having controversial opinions and making bold statements, and he is going to stir things up with his latest comments.

Morey joined “Selfmade with Nadeshot” for an interview. They talked about several subjects, including James Harden. Morey has long been a huge proponent of Harden and even says that the data shows Harden is a better scorer than Michael Jordan.

“It’s just factual that James Harden is a better scorer than Michael Jordan,” Morey said. “You give James Harden the ball, and before you’re giving up the ball, how many points do you generate? Which is how you should measure offense, James Harden is by far No. 1 in NBA history. And he was No. 1 even with the Oklahoma City Thunder, it was just a little more hidden. So you needed good data to suss that out. So we knew he had that amazing skill to be a scorer.

“Now the counter argument is reasonable. They say if you put Michael Jordan on a team now, he would do more than James Harden. That’s possible. But if you’re just saying, NBA history, if you give this guy the ball, how much does this guy score before the other team gets the ball? It’s James Harden.”

The funny thing about numbers is: if you know how to use them, you can make almost any argument you want. Morey is choosing a specific metric for how he measures scoring, and that one indicates Harden is the best. Does that mean Harden is a better or more complete player than MJ? No, but for that particular stat, Harden stands above all others.

As smart as Morey seems to be, even he admits he didn’t think Harden would become as good as he did.

Video shows DeMarcus Cousins suffered torn ACL on non-contact play

DeMarcus Cousins

Video has emerged of the play where DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn ACL.

News was first reported Thursday that Cousins had suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during a 5-on-5 pickup game in Las Vegas on Monday. Testing conducted later on Thursday confirmed the torn ACL, which led the Los Angeles Lakers big man to begin exploring surgery.

TMZ Sports obtained video of Cousins’ injury, which took place on a non-contact play.

Why wasn’t news of Cousins’ injury reported earlier if he got hurt on Monday? The Los Angeles Times says Cousins did not think the injury was serious at first. It wasn’t until the next day that he thought there were some problems.

Cousins suffered a torn Achilles tendon in January 2018, a torn quad during the NBA playoffs in April, and he has now suffered a torn ACL that could cause him to miss the entire season. Cousins signed with the Lakers for $3.5 million in the offseason.

Patrick Patterson agrees to one-year deal with Clippers

Patrick Patterson

The LA Clippers have added some frontcourt depth to their roster.

The Clippers and Patrick Patterson agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million deal, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Thursday, proving that there was something to all the rumors.

Patterson exercised a $5.7 million option with the Oklahoma City Thunder in May. The two sides reached a buyout earlier this month, which allowed the veteran to become a free agent.

Patterson, 30, is entering his 10th season in the league. The forward averaged 3.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game last season. He was originally drafted by the Houston Rockets, was traded to Sacramento, then to Toronto, and he has spent the past two seasons with the Thunder.

Now he joins an NBA championship contender in the Clippers, who added Kawhi Leonard and Paul George over the offseason.

DeMarcus Cousins to schedule surgery after testing confirms torn ACL

DeMarcus Cousins

The injury news on DeMarcus Cousins is exactly what he and the Los Angeles Lakers feared.

Testing conducted on Thursday confirmed that Cousins suffered a torn ACL, the big man’s agent told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Woj says they are looking to schedule a surgery.

Cousins continues to suffer injury after injury. He first suffered a torn Achilles tendon on January 26, 2018, which caused his free agent market to crater. He signed a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors and did not make his season debut until mid-January. Then he suffered a torn quad muscle in the first round of the playoffs and did not return until the NBA Finals.

Cousins took a one-year deal with the Lakers this offseason for just over the minimum. He was slimming down to put less strain on his body, but even that didn’t help him avoid another serious injury.

This is a devastating blow for the 29-year-old’s career. Torn ACLs can typically take 8-12 months to recover, if not longer, which puts Boogie’s chances of playing this season in jeopardy.

Wilson Chandler thinks DeMarcus Cousins rushed back from quad injury

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins has now suffered three serious lower body injuries in the last year-and-a-half, and one NBA counterpart believes that there may have been a lack of diligence in recovering from the earlier ones.

After news broke Thursday that the Los Angeles Lakers big had suffered a torn ACL during a workout, Brooklyn Nets forward Wilson Chandler weighed in on Twitter. Chandler, who missed over a month last season with a quad strain, said Cousins may have rushed back from his own quad tear in the playoffs.

“People don’t take that quad injury serious enough. I know firsthand. Dealing with it now,” he wrote. “You have to start from ground zero. No basketball, no conditioning. Let that s— completely heal. Then get it strong as possible.

“And all the muscles surrounding it. All the boring s—,” he added. “If not you’ll keep re-tearing it. And/or injuring other areas from overcompensating.”

Cousins, who suffered a ruptured right Achilles in Feb. 2018, tore his left quad in the first round of the playoffs with the Golden State Warriors on Apr. 15. It was initially believed to be a season-ending injury, but the four-time All-Star returned to action for Game 1 of the NBA Finals about six weeks later.

At the time, Cousins admitted that his conditioning was a problem, and now there may be some retroactive noise about whether he should have even been out there in the Finals.

DeMarcus Cousins suffered torn ACL during workout

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins simply cannot catch a break when it comes to injuries.

Cousins was forced to leave a workout earlier in the week with a knee injury, and his worst fears were realized when he visited with a specialist on Thursday. The big man suffered a torn ACL, as first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic.

That is horrible news for a player who has battled back from multiple significant injuries and was looking to prove himself on a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers this year.

Cousins missed a significant portion of last season with the Golden State Warriors while he recovered from a torn Achilles, and he then suffered a torn quad muscle at the start of the playoffs. He was able to return later in the postseason, but the injury clearly hurt his value on the free agent market.

To make matters worse, Cousins looked like he was in great shape this offseason and had slimmed down quite a bit. Now, he likely won’t play at all during the 2019-20 season.

DeMarcus Cousins suffers potential knee injury during workout

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins had to settle for a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason after injury questions once again limited his market, and the concerns in that department are not going away any time soon.

Cousins was working out in Las Vegas on Monday when he was forced to leave the court with what is believed to be a knee injury, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. He was scheduled to undergo further testing in LA on Thursday.

While the injury could turn out to be minor, it’s hard not to be concerned given all that Cousins has been through over the past two years. He missed a large portion of last season with the Golden State Warriors while he was still recovering from a torn Achilles, and he then suffered a torn quad muscle at the start of the playoffs. Cousins was able to return later in the postseason, but the injury undoubtedly hurt his value on the open market.

Cousins appears to be committed to getting into better shape this offseason, as he recently looked a lot slimmer during an interview. Hopefully his latest injury turns out to be nothing serious.