The Los Angeles Clippers are going through it right now.
They gave up a lot of depth to get James Harden, and while an adjustment period was obviously coming, they’ve now dropped five consecutive games with him in the lineup — and six overall.
The losses haven’t been all that close either, and their offense has been the worst part of it.
That’s why former NBA player Jay Williams believes that Tyronn Lue should be named Coach of the Year if he manages to get through the season.
In his latest appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up,” Williams argued that Lue has a tough job to do, as he has to convince Harden to buy in on something that’s not about Harden, which is something he’s never done in his career.
"If Ty Lue can make it through the season, he should be coach of the year … He has to get James Harden to buy into something that is not about James Harden."
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) November 15, 2023
Harden’s ego has always been his biggest enemy, and it doesn’t seem like that’s going to change any time soon.
Just a couple of weeks ago, he talked about how he wasn’t a system player but a whole system, which isn’t what you want to hear from a guy who’s going to have to share touches with three other stars.
Harden’s so-called system has granted him a grand total of zero championships.
He hasn’t even been back to the NBA Finals since he made it next to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, in a series in which he already showed that he wasn’t made for the playoffs.
Will Lue be able to tame him?
It doesn’t seem likely, but it’ll definitely be worth a big prize.NEXT: Shannon Sharpe Trolls Clippers As Losing Skid Continues