Kevin McHale, who spent three-plus seasons as James Harden's head coach with the Houston Rockets, says that while the superstar guard is a "phenomenal basketball player," he lacks leadership skills. "James is not a leader," McHale said in a clip shared by NBA TV on Twitter Friday morning. "He tried being a leader last year, tried doing that stuff. I think (the Rockets' offseason addition of star point guard) Chris Paul is going to help him just kind of get back into just being able to hoop and play and stuff like that. But on every team you have to have a voice. On every team you have to have somebody that, when they say something, people listen." McHale, a Hall of Famer who won three championships with the Boston Celtics in the 1980s, spent a little over four seasons manning the sidelines for the Rockets before being relieved of his head-coaching duties 11 games into the 2015-16 season.
Ex-Rockets coach Kevin McHale: James Harden is 'not a leader'
USA Today | Oct 6