When the Rockets’ road trip began, guard Chris Paul did not have to be asked to describe James Harden as the clear MVP front-runner. By the end of the trip, when he was asked about Harden’s worthiness for the MVP, Paul left his answer at “What do you think?”
If Harden led then, he would seem to have added to the argument since.
Harden has long been the NBA’s scoring leader this season. But in his past five games, he has taken that to another level. In the past five games, Harden has averaged 36.2 points on 50.9 percent shooting with averages of 8.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.
“I played with some great players, some really good players, probably nobody the caliber of James,” Paul said. “Try not to get caught up in watching what he’s doing. It’s special, man. The scary thing is he can keep getting better.
“He makes a lot of things easier for me and everyone else on the team. The crazy thing is everyone sees the 41 points he scored (on Wednesday.) It’s the unselfish things, the drop passes he made to Clint (Capela), the spirit I think our team plays with.”
Move over Darius Rucker, Rockets guard Chris Paul has gone country on Friday night. The Wake Forest alum dressed up like a cowboy to celebrate “Go Texan” Day, which frankly sounds like a great idea to show state pride on a random day in February.
Paul spared absolutely no expense for his outfit, as he showed up head-to-toe in cowpoke gear. The Rockets guard wore a ten-gallon hat and skin tight jeans with the belt buckle to match, making one think that Paul might do his post-game presser while riding a mechanical bull.
Once these pictures hit Twitter, though, the jokes started rolling in faster than Paul on a bucking bronco. If Paul asked for no quarter, please believe that none was going to be given easily or at all. However, these jokes will be the fuel of hilarity that will sustain us tonight if not through the weekend.
Not to be outdone, friend of the Dime Podcast Zach Harper had his own string of jokes to make at Paul’s expense. Very well done in terms of melding Rockets Nation into the tweet instead of tarnation, which is typically associated with cowboys. Unfortunately, the Rockets section of Twitter looked up from their spreadsheets and decided that those jokes weren’t funny and killed all of the fun. Leading Harper to tweet this.
Unfortunately, there are so many jokes that can be made at the expense of the Rockets guard as him and James Harden currently have the best record in the NBA. So when he has that notch on his belt along with the big shiny buckle, you can attempt things that will subject you to being an internet meme for the rest of time. But in closing, the saddest part about Paul’s outfit is that he lacked the Jumpman boots to mesh perfectly with the rest out his outfit.