Harden Doesn’t Want Point Guard Tag
Though (James) Harden often handles the ball, he does not consider himself a point guard. “No, not at all,” Harden said with conviction. “I’m a shooting guard who can make plays and score the ball as well.”
(Coach Scott) Brooks agreed with Harden’s assessment.
“You know what, it’s just kind of progressed to him (Harden) handling the ball more,” Brooks said. “I look at James and our guards as guards. We’re kind of a throwback backcourt. Both guards can make plays. Both guards can handle the ball in that second unit — Eric (Maynor), Reggie (Jackson) and James. It definitely is a luxury having that. If you get trapped, you can always have the off-guard bring up the ball. We should never have problems in the backcourt bringing up the ball if they trap us.”