Is it too soon for James Harden to ask for a raise?
Just hours after he signed that five-year deal in the $80 million ballpark with the Rockets, it looked like Harden was ready for a bigger ballpark.
Not to make too much of one game, but Harden’s 37-point, 12-assist, six-rebound performance was the basketball equivalent to a defibrillator — sending a needed jolt of electricity to the heart of a moribund Rockets franchise.
It was the first time in NBA history that a player scored as many as 30 points and dealt 12 assists in his first game with a new team. And what made it all the more impressive was the way Harden made it all look as easy as growing a beard in the 105-96 win over the Pistons.