HOUSTON So there is this guy, James Harden, and he has a long beard and a well-constructed Mohawk, but he does not speak like a guy with a long beard and a Mohawk, which is to say he is not trying to play some kind of character.
He doesn't speak much, really. Well, not much more than he has to, although now that he's the star of the Houston Rockets, he has to speak a lot.
But Harden seems like he would be just fine if he never had to talk at all. Yes, it is as if the beard and the Mohawk are supposed to take care of all his personal expression. The beard says old school. The Mohawk says self-assurance. What else do you want to know?
He is the Western Conference player of the week. And does that mean anything to him?
"No," he said. "Not at all."
Before he was the big star in Houston after three games he is averaging 35.3 points, which is almost nine points more than the NBA's No. 2 scorer, Kobe Bryant Harden was a bench player for the Oklahoma...