Kobe Bryant doesn’t think the Houston Rockets can win a championship with the reigning MVP continuing to play this way.
“Well, I think he has to do what he has to do in order for his team to win,” Bryant said in an interview with ESPN’s The Jump. “And there’s certain levels to it. So, there’s the style of play in which he’s using, which I’m not a fan of in terms of winning championships. I don’t think that style’s ever gonna win championships.”
“But at the same time, you have to keep your team’s head above water to win games,” Bryant told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols and Tracy McGrady. “So, you have to do what you have to do to win games. And he’s doing it.”
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Harden extended his streak of scoring at least 30 points to 27 games on Monday night with 44 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in a 118-110 win over the Phoenix Suns.
When told of Bryant’s comments, Harden agreed with the former Lakers star.
“I mean, I have to be ball dominant just because we have injuries,” explained Harden, whose Rockets improved to 31-22. “We had injuries throughout the course of the year, but when we get Chris [Paul] in a rhythm and Eric [Gordon] back and get our full roster, we got multiple guys that can make plays, multiple guys that can dominate the ball.”
“For right now, he’s probably right,” Harden added of Bryant’s comments. “This way, that we’re playing, won’t happen, won’t get us to where we want to go. But we haven’t had a full roster yet, so I’m excited for that to come.”
A very MVP type answer.
This proves he may just be ready to win a Championship.