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James Harden Says He Will Make No Adjustments For Russell Westbrook

(via GQ)

(via GQ)

In OKC, James Harden and Russell Westbrook made things work, dominating the West and earning a trip to the Finals before being split up by Sam Presti and his tight budget.

Set for a reunion in Houston, James and Russ find themselves teaming up on very different circumstances.

After the pair won MVP's leading their own teams, and have quickly become one of the leagues best offensive players. There are reasonable doubts about how they will make things work, but they seem confident that the Rockets are primed for success.

As for what they might change about their games, 2018 MVP James Harden has spoken. He isn't changing a thing.

"None. None. None," he told reporters at an Adidas and James Harden ProCamp.

"We played with each other in the NBA and the Olympics and all that," Harden said. "When you have talent like that, it works itself out. You communicate. You go out there and compete possession by possession.

"You figure things out throughout the course of the season. That's just what it is. When you have talent, you have guys with IQ, you have guys willing to sacrifice, it always works itself out."

Whether or not this strategy will pay off is anybody's guess, but it might sound concerning to some. James and his new teammate have a very similar play-style. Both have high usage rates, demand the ball in their hands, and score primarily from isolation play. How are things going to work if neither is willing to change their playstyle?

Time will reveal all.