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“Not With This Style of Play”: Throwback Video Shows Kobe Bryant’s Grim Prediction for James Harden & Houston Rockets

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"Not With This Style of Play": Throwback Video Shows Kobe Bryant's Grim Prediction for James Harden & Houston Rockets

While we all have our own opinions and guesses about which team can beat the other, there is one legendary player who knows exactly what he’s talking about. The Houston Rockets fell flat on their face after competing with the Los Angeles Lakers in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. They had to face a lot of bashing for letting down expectations, despite having the best duo, James Harden and Russell Westbrook at their disposal. The Lakers came out as winners with a 4-1 lead and the Rockets had no choice but to get packing. However, Lakers legend Kobe Bryant had foreseen the Rockets fate way before us. Even though we all thought that Harden is the best the Rockets can get, Kobe had an unpopular perspective.

Lakers legend’s on-point prediction about the Houston Rockets

Aug 24, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts as he brings the ball up court against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half in game four of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy Reuters

After watching James Harden maintain a 30 points+ streak for almost 2 months between December to February, it was impossible for anybody else to have said that Harden will fail to lead the team in the upcoming season. Although, one can’t say he was alone at fault. After Westbrook recovered from his quad injury and returned to play, he also failed to support Harden.

Seeing the Rockets struggle, an old video of Kobe Bryant has resurfaced. In a 2019 interview with ESPN, Kobe explains why Harden’s iso-ball style will not prove to be helpful in winning the title.

“I’m not a fan of in terms of winning championships, I don’t think that style is ever going to win championships,” he said. “But at the same time you have to keep your team’s head above water to win games, so you have to do what you have to do to win games. And he’s doing that.”

“So are you saying you don’t think James Harden and the Rockets, as constructed, can win a title?” host Rachel Nichols asked. “Not with this style of play, it won’t win. With one player dominating the ball,” Bryant replied.

Kobe Bryant and his history with the Rockets

Kobe Bryant has had a lot of historic showdowns with the Houston Rockets. Well, to be fair all of his rivals have had a tough fate when facing him. In almost all cases, the Rockets ended up seeing defeat after their matchup. Kobe’s first game against the Rockets was in Houston’s former arena on November 12, 1996. At that point, he was just 18 years old and managed to score 2 points in the first five minutes itself. This was just a start to the many points he bagged against them in the future.

Now that the Rockets are entering offseason, it’ll be up to them on how to go about it from here. Whether they will continue to work around Harden or some changes will be made, is yet to be witnessed.

 

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Natalie Decker Gives an Update on Her Health After Last Minute Withdrawal From Las Vegas Race

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NASCAR Gander & RV Truck Series driver, Natalie Decker was forced to withdraw just before the Truck Series race on Friday. Back in December 2019, she underwent surgery to remove her gallbladder. Although she managed to make a complete recovery her appearances remained sporadic.

Unfortunately, difficulties arose, and she encountered bile duct complexities. As a result, her recovery took a lot longer than expected. The good news was that she was well enough to turn up to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

As expected, she headed straight to the medical center to seek clearance to race. Her #44 truck was all set to run on the track.

What happened to Natalie Decker?

Unfortunately, the medical staff did not feel that she was fully fit to race. So the 23-year-old was forced to pull out mere minutes from the start of the race and was classified as a non-starter.

She tweeted, “I know you are all wondering what happened and what is going on. We are boarding soon to get back home where there will be more tests run so they can further evaluate and diagnose.

“I will let you know as soon as that is complete. Thank you for all your prayers and support.”

ALSO READ- Female NASCAR Driver Natalie Decker Pulls Out Minutes Before Truck Series Race at Las Vegas

Natalie Decker has been racing on and off in the Gander & RV Truck Series and took part in the race at Bristol. She clearly has talent, as she recorded a 5th place finish at the 2020 Daytona 250.

Unfortunately, her medical condition has wreaked havoc on her 2020 season, forcing her to miss out on quite a few races. It is worth noting that her fifth-place finish is the highest finish by a female driver in the history of the Truck Series.

In all, Natalie Decker missed at least six races, out of which three came at a stretch. She missed races at Atlanta, Homestead, Pocono, Michigan, Dover, and Darlington.

Now, this race at Las Vegas makes it the 7th race that saw Decker on the sidelines. Hopefully, for her and her fans’ sakes, she fully recovers and sees the Truck Series season through to the end.

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Former Coach of Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo Details Why Miami Heat is the Perfect NBA Team For the Two

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Former Coach of Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo Details Why Miami Heat is the Perfect NBA Team For the Two

Let’s forget about Miami Heat’s loss against the Celtics today for a minute. How about we focus on the incredible performances their players have been giving? The Miami Heat is still leading the playoff series by 3-2 and a lot of the credit goes to two of its players. Rookie Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo have flourished in the series that has helped Heat secure the lead to a great extent. Watching them, their former coach has a lot to say about his proteges.

Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo’s rising potential in Miami Heat

University of Kentucky coach, John Calipari came on ‘The Jump’ to discuss the two emerging stars. Herro and Bam were recruited by Calipari as high school prospects and became their head coach. Thus, his views on their form were very crucial to analyze.

Rachel Nichols asked John how he is feeling watching the two play. John stated, “When I watch these games and see Bam creating a new position, in the NBA, a point center. And then you see Tyler who has built his own confidence. There is a skill to working the way it works. That’s a skill too now. There’s a skill in being ultra-competitive and having a work ethic that’s endless. And both he and Bam are that way. Perfect for being in Miami because that’s their culture.” Talking about Tyler’s time while being drafted, Calipari said, “With Tyler, he was so young at 19 years old that I said at the time, this kid’s going to be special and Miami wanted him.”

Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Calipari was also questioned about Bam’s ceiling to which he responded, “What he’s doing and how Erik’s playing him, which literally is a point center, which means you do everything. He’s guarding five positions, he has a huge impact on the game.” He further raved about Bam’s infamous block against Jayson Tatum in Game 4. He explained that Bam is still young and his skills are just going to get better and better.

The former coach loves how the two want to win it for Jimmy Butler

In addition, John asserted, “The best thing for my two guys has been Jimmy Butler.” He reiterated how Tyler wanted to win this for Jimmy and that made John really proud. “He’s 20 years old. He’s not worried about him because he knows what Jimmy has done for him and Bam.” Coach Calipari appreciated the way these three show support to one another. He believes what’s going to win them games in the future.

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Elina Svitolina Picks Up Second Title of the Year Ahead of French Open 2020

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Elina Svitolina Picks Up Second Title of the Year Ahead of French Open 2020

World No.5 Elina Svitolina won her 15th WTA title after defeating Elena Rybakina in the rain-hit final of the WTA Strasbourg Open. The Ukrainian put in a solid performance ahead of French Open 2020.

Svitolina came into the tournament as the second seed. The Ukrainian had dropped a single set before the final. Notably, she had defeated 12th ranked Aryna Sabalenka in the semifinals.

Rybakina hadn’t dropped a set before the final, and so everyone was expecting a thunderous clash between her and Svitolina in the final. 

Elina Svitolina hits a powerful forehand. via REUTERS/Clive Brunskill

The final was delayed for more than two hours due to rigorous rain. This made the match a bit more unpredictable as the conditions became cooler and slower.

Elina Svitolina vs Elena Rybakina: First Set

The court was evidently slower, and so the first few games were patchy. Svitolina and Rybakina hit a few balls in the net as well as way wide. But serving at 2-2, Rybakina served a few double faults and made a few errors, gifting the break to Svitolina.

The next few games gave us more rallies and better service games. Svitolina pulled off a long hold serving at 3-2 to take a 4-2 lead. By this point, both players had started showing their aggressive sides with Svitolina a bit more clinical. Ryabakina kept pushing on Svitolina’s serve but couldn’t break it.

Svitolina served for the set at 5-4 and held on to win the first set 6-4.

Second Set

Rybakina had a better start to the second set compared to the first one. She targeted Svitolina’s second serve, which helped her break it and lead 2-0. Rybakina also changed it up well with some good drop shots.

Svitolina was having trouble saving her serve and nearly went down 4-0 in the set but held her serve to open her account in the second set 3-1. Rybakina continued her upward trajectory in the match and broke Svitolina again to lead 5-1. She subsequently took the set 6-1 to level the match.

Third Set

The first game was a tough one for Svitolina, who was down 40-0 on her serve. She managed to recover and hold her serve. Rybakina continued her good touch from the previous set to put pressure on her opponent’s serve, but Svitolina was solid enough to hold.

Rybakina had to save a couple of points in a lengthy game to level the third set 2-2. The third set continued with high-quality tennis, with Svitolina hitting a couple of down the line winners to put pressure on Rybakina. Svitolina’s quality paid off as she broke Rybakina to lead the set 4-2. Svitolina continued her hold over the set and won the set and match 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.

With this victory, Svitolina edges closer to World No. 4 Karolina Pliskova. The Ukrainian looks good and ready for the French Open, where she will be seeded third. She is back in the conversation of winning a Grand Slam and could be a surprise candidate for a title in Paris.

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