HOUSTON James Harden is universally considered an All-Star-caliber player. He was on the Olympic team, for Pete's sake. He's great. Nobody disputes this.
So it is curious that he has changed teams this year, from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets, and yet the Thunder do not appear to have gotten any worse and the Rockets do not appear to have gotten any better.
He was like a chubby kid hopping off the teeter totter, except that nothing happened.
"I don't look at it that way," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "He was a great player for us, an All-Star player. He's gonna be that way for many, many, many years."
Still, the Thunder (23-6) crushed the Rockets (16-14) 124-94 on Saturday night at Toyota Center. It was the Rockets' fourth game in five nights, and looked that way. They shot 40 percent, turned it over 24 times and got demolished (53-36) on the glass. The score was 52-50 OKC at one point, and that was as far as Houston could push it.
"We aren't laying bric...