KINGWOOD, Texas – James Harden and the Houston Rockets have their fair share of critics after a disappointing season which ended with a first round playoff loss.
You can add former star Robert Reid to the list.
“Harden is a tremendous player, but he’s not bringing it for the team,” Reid told KHOU 11 Sports on Monday. “I’m sorry, I’m just going to say it. Harden looks after Harden.”
Reid was asked about the direction the team should go and who they can put around Harden.
“The new coach that they bring in here is the one that’s going to have to say ‘I’m the one who gets fired if we don’t win, not you’,” Reid said. “Do you feel lucky? Because your happy-jack behind will be at the end of the bench until you come to this game that we want to play.”
Reid’s criticism of Harden relates to what he thought was a total disregard for an offensive game plan throughout the season.
“Monday through Wednesday, the team goes through their offensive plays. First option, second option…when we had the Twin Towers, here’s what we’re going to do,” Reid said. “But come game night (they) have one guy holding the ball and the others are like ‘Where are we going to have dinner at tonight?’”
The Rockets had problems all season finding consistency in almost every phase of the game. The players had multiple “team meetings” throughout the year to try to “get on the same page” but were never able to replicate the success they had in 2014-2015.
Interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff bore the brunt of having to turn the Rockets around after Kevin McHale was fired 11 games into the season. General manager Daryl Morey said last week that Bickerstaff will be considered for the head coaching vacancy.
Reid, for one, thinks the longtime assistant coach did the best he could with the cards he was dealt.
“I think the Rockets are going to find the right coach. Bickerstaff did a tremendous job, but he got caught in the middle,” Reid said. “If they let him talk and say who he’s looking for, then I think he’d do a good job. Then again, you could look at another coach that will just revamp.”
Reid was taking part in the Texas Special Olympics Charity Golf Tournament in Kingwood on Monday.