James Harden “almost tackled” teammate to get 10th rebound & 3rd career triple double
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With a second left on the clock, James Harden grabbed his 10th rebound giving him his 3rd career triple double of 26 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds in the Rockets win over the Nuggets on Saturday night.
He almost didn’t get it because of teammate Troy Daniels who wasn’t aware of Harden’s stats.
“I almost tackled Troy out of bounds trying to get that rebound,” Harden said with a laugh. “Everybody in the arena knew what was going on but Troy.”
Lucky for him he was able to grab a board right at the buzzer in a non controversial way thanks to Kenneth Faried who threw up a shot in the final seconds despite someone yelling “don’t shoot, don’t shoot!”
Since Harden was able to get his triple double without any embarrassing controversy, he avoided ending up like Andray Blatche or Ricky Davis who have some of the most desperate triple doubles ever.
DESPERATE TRIPLE DOUBLES
Andray Blatche wanted a final rebound for a triple double so bad that he actually asked an opposing player if they would not try to get it and then yelled at his own teammate for grabbing the rebound.
The Uncle Ricky D moment came when Davis intentionally missed a shot on his own goal so he could get a rebound. To make things even more disrespectful, Davis’ Cavs were up by 25.
“He was trying to embarrass us, and that’s not how the game should be played,” a pissed off Sloan said.
“This is not schoolyard basketbal. Let him try to get it when the game means something. I was proud of DeShawn and I would have knocked him down harder. They can put me in jail for saying that, but that’s the way it is.”
I also remember the time when a pissed off Doug Collins was ready to fight Anthony Bowie for calling a timeout to get a triple double. Collins was so mad he told his players not to guard go on the court which ended up costing him $5k via David Stern.
Then we have Shaqtin’ a Fool favorite JaVale McGee and teammates running plays for JaVale in the final 3 minutes of a blowout so he could score his 10th point.
So thankfully Harden’s last moment triple double ended on a happy note and the only real discussion about his performance is how many players in the league right now are making a better case for MVP.