Simply earlier than the beginning of the Los Angeles Clippers’ demoralizing loss to the Dallas Mavericks, an analyst for the Mavs went scorched earth in his evaluation of James Harden.
Brian Dameris, a former Mavericks Director of Basketball Growth and present Bally Sports activities Southwest analyst, cooked Harden over an open flame on the air as he ran via nearly each single subject that the guard had up so far in his profession.
After saying that he requested producers to pipe the sound of this into the Clippers locker room, Dameris started: ‘James, I hope you’re taking notes. I’m telling you prematurely, you’re welcome, for the knowledge I’m about to spew.
‘As a result of pay attention, I get on my knees each night time and pray for somebody to consider in me like [former Rockets GM and current Sixers GM] Daryl Morey believed in you.
‘You wished a sure coach, [the Houston Rockets] introduced in Mike D’Antoni. You wished to play a sure fashion, they performed it. You wished Dwight Howard, they introduced him in and removed him while you have been bored with him.
Former Mavericks exec Brian Dameris roasted Clippers guard James Harden earlier than a recreation
‘You wished Chris Paul, they introduced him in and removed him while you have been bored with him. They introduced in your outdated good friend Russell Westbrook.
‘You wish to go to Vegas on off days? They seemed away. You wished the group to remain over so you may exit at night time, they modified the schedule—and it didn’t work.
‘And you understand what, you mentioned… I see the intense lights of New York. I wish to go there. My outdated pal Kevin Durant. It’s gonna work, the massive three—and all after one 12 months you wished out.
‘You realized, “oh my gosh! I took this man with no consideration, the man that believed in me. I need again with Daryl Morey.” They traded Ben Simmons for you—how did they pull that off?
‘And you understand what? You went there, and you bought a associate [Joel Embiid] who acquired the MVP. He gained the MVP, and what did you say afterwards? You mentioned, “they didn’t hand me the reigns.” You’re the purpose guard! You have been holding the reigns!
‘And what did you do while you had the reigns? You scored 9 factors in Recreation 7 towards Boston, you blew a 3-2 collection lead. In order that they fired their coach, not adequate.
Harden (1) was criticized for continually being sad and unsuccessful wherever he went
‘You broke up with the man that believed in you once more, you mentioned “the intense lights of LA! That’s the place I wish to go! Let’s see if that works.”
‘Pay attention James, have you ever ever had these mates who had dangerous roommates? Again and again they complained about their dangerous roommates: “this man’s horrible,” “the dangerous roommate right here,” they by no means considered self conscious sufficient that THEY’RE the dangerous roommate! They’re the issue!
‘Hey James, YOU’RE the PROBLEM! If this doesn’t work this 12 months, on this system, with this group, then you definately’re gonna go and level fingers at all people else and then you definately’re gonna return house and also you’re gonna begin swiping proper for one more group, and there’s not gonna be anybody left.
‘As a result of James, you’re not the beard, you’re not the system, you’re the issue.’
Harden proved Dameris proper Friday: placing up solely six photographs in 29 minutes in a 144-126 loss
Whether or not or not Harden heard Dameris’ phrases, his play on the court docket proved his evaluation utterly proper.
Regardless of taking part in 29 minutes, James Harden solely put up six photographs all recreation – and making solely three of them.
He completed with 14 factors, 5 rebounds, three assists, and two steals – hitting all six free throws he took.
However the effort wasn’t sufficient to stop an embarrassing loss to the Mavericks: a 144-126 defeat that sees the Clippers fall to 3-5.
It is the third straight loss LA has had since buying and selling for Harden.