New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talked about James Harden’s historic triple-double after the loss to Harden’s Houston Rockets.
Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden put on one of the single greatest performances in NBA history on Saturday night against the New York Knicks.
Nobody can deny that. Apparently, there’s at least one person out there who can be less impressed with it than the rest us, though.
This individual was there, and his name is Jeff Hornacek. The New York Knicks head coach didn’t have the same admiration for Harden’s historic triple-double that everyone did.
According to Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News, while Brandon Jennings compared Harden’s night to a video game Hornacek instead decided to call out the Beard’s use of questionable tactics on offense.
“What he does, he grabs with his left arm,” the coach said. “He has the ball in his right hand and he wraps his left arm around your hand and pulls up to grab the ball. There’s a couple guys in the league that do the same move. To me, that’s an offensive foul. You can’t grab another guy’s arm. But he does it fast and quick and it’s hard to see. But he gets the calls. He’s a great player.”
Harden made 16 of 18 free throws Friday night and was fouled on three different three-point attempts.
Two of those three-point attempts were when he was being guarded by Justin Holiday, arguably the Knicks best defender. Check out this clip to see a little bit of what Hornacek is talking about.
In two games against the Knicks, Harden averaged 38.0 minutes, 41.5 points, 16.0 assists, and 11 rebounds on an incredible slash line of .548/.500/.885.
The head coach isn’t the first Knick to complain about James Harden’s offense.
During Houston’s run to the Western Conference Finals in 2014-15, led the league with 178 free throw attempts.
Some people think that Harden is one of the smartest players in the NBA and getting to the line is his greatest strength. Others think his dependence on the whistle is a weakness both individually and for the Rockets.
Either way, the way he plays basketball bugs people. Including Jeff Hornacek.
- All of my stats come from Basketball-Reference unless otherwise noted.