Pairing in the NBA during the offseason has been a significant occurrence. The coming together of stars started when Anthony Davis was traded to Los Angeles Lakers to be with LeBron James. Then other pairing happened during the free agency period. Kevin Durant together with Kyrie Irving settled in Brooklyn Nets, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both headed to Los Angeles Clippers.
Later on, Russell Westbrook joined James Harden in the Rockets through trade. The duo played together in Oklahoma City Thunder. Each of them has earned the NBA MVP title.
While the two have been together for quite some times and share similar experiences, there are those who are skeptical about their chemistry in the coming season. However, one of their teammates P.J. Tucker came out to defend Harden and Westbrook.
Speaking to Ben Golliver of The Washington Post, Tucker undermined the scrutiny placed under Harden and Westbrook. He said that he hates when people come together and say how certain guys can’t work together. He praised Westbrook, saying that he is an aggressive guy and can attack the rim and score ball. To him, Westbrook and Harden know each other, have played together from a young age and they can play together again.
There are good reasons to believe that the two will blend well. First, the two have a good command of the ball in their hand than any other player in this decade. Second, they strongly believe that they will make it this season.
However, there is much to be seen of how the coaching staff will integrate the duo in their system. Maybe Westbrook will transform into a different player.
While still the chemistry question continues to linger, it doesn’t mean that Harden and Westbrook are to fail in the pairing. However, it is still an odd situation because in many cases, superstars’ pairing usually doesn’t work.