Originally written on Hoops Manifesto  |  Last updated 11/3/12
(one thing I've learned is I need to find a photo of Harden in a Rockets jersey)Every night (well - perhaps not EVERY night) I'll be firing up my NBA League Pass and scanning that night's box scores to bring you, my beloved reader, what I learned from the NBA that night.  Because the internet was invented for knee-jerk, totally premature, irrational reactions to things. James Harden Is A JerkJames Harden is a real jerk.  The virtual ink had barely dried on my story questioning Harden's ability to become a "super-duper star" player, and The Bearded One goes out and puts up averages of 41.0 points, 6.5 boards and 7.0 assists over his first two games as a Rocket.  Not very nice making me look bad, James.  What a jerk.Lin + Harden = KABOOM!!I wrote a couple of days ago that the backcourt combo of Jeremy Lin and Harden could be one of the most explosive in the NBA this season.  Time to extract the word 'could' from that statement. The Hawks' BenchAtlanta might have been knocked off by Harden's crew last night, but if their bench trio of DeShawn Stevenson, Zaza Pachulia and Louis Williams are going to combine for 47 points a night, the Hawks are going to be just fine this season, thank you very much.We Spoke Too SoonPerhaps the visions of grandeur everyone had for the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers heading into this season were mirages.  Including the preseason, Denver has now dropped six-straight games, and the situation (at least the perception of the situation) in L.A. is even worse, as the Lakers are 0-3 to start the season.  Both teams added big new pieces to their rosters this offseason, so maybe everyone was wrong in expecting immediate success for both squads.  It normally takes time for a team to get their chemistry right after roster upheaval, but both teams need to right their ships before it's too late. Mighty MouseNate Robinson shot 7-9 last night and had 12 assists.  Yes, that Nate RobinsonDysfunction Is Their NameIs there a more dysfunctional team/franchise than the Sacramento Kings?  Watching them play last night was just a chaotic experience.  It really appears that no one on that roster has a clue.Welcome Back, Welcome Back, Welcome BackHe may have only shot 4-14, but it was still great to see the always classy Brandon Roy back on the court last night.  Roy did a lot of things well for the Wolves: ball-handling (only 1 turnover), passing (6 assists), crashing the boards (5 rebounds) and was able to get into the lane when he needed to.  And, perhaps more importantly, he was on the court for 30 minutes, the most time he's seen in a NBA game since December 13, 2010.May God Have Mercy on their SoulsThe Pistons-Suns telecast last night started off with a quote from Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry saying that the team was grooming Michael Beasley to be a star.  Let us know how the works out, ok Suns?  But an even better quote about Beasley came from the color commentator, who later in the game stated that B-Easy "was never going to be a P.J. Tucker".  Egads.The Magic TouchThe God-like abilities of the Phoenix Suns training staff was on full display last night in L.A., as two aging players that were able to stay remarkably healthy during their Phoenix tenures - Grant Hill and Steve Nash - both were already sitting injured on the sidelines for their new, L.A.-based teams last night, less than a week into the season. 
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