The difficult start to the James Harden era continues for the LA Clippers. Friday night in Dallas, the Clippers blew a 12-point first half lead and went down by as much as 32 points in their brutal loss to the Mavericks.
LA clearly still has a lot to learn about themselves as they adapt to having four star-level players that need the ball in their hands to be successful. On Friday, the Clippers’ most embarrassing moment did not even come on the hardwood.
In a pregame segment, Mavericks announcer Brian Dameris decided to go on an epic tirade ripping James Harden and his recent history. The Clippers’ mounting losses have made them as easy target, and it seems media members are just taking turns beating up on Harden right now.
Mavericks announcer Brian Dameris ripped into James Harden
Dameris did not hold back on how he felt about Harden. “I get on my knees every night and pray for someone to believe in me like Daryl Morey believed in you,” said Dameris. He referenced all the preferential treatment Morey gave Harden over the years even when things failed over and over again, eventually making a harsh comparison.
“Listen James, have you ever had those friends who had bad roommates?” asked Dameris. “Over and over they complain about their bad roommates. They never thought to be self-aware enough that they’re the bad roommate. They’re the problem. Hey James, you’re the problem!”
It is hard not to cringe listening to these comments from the Mavericks’ announcer. As great as James Harden can be on the court, he has certainly created some uncomfortable situations off of it. Dameris concluded his rant by foreshadowing what will happen to Harden if his time with the Clippers is ultimately a disappointment.
“If this doesn’t work this year in this system with this team, then you’re gonna go and point fingers at everybody else, and you’re gonna go back home and start swiping right for another team, and there’s not going to be anybody left,” said Dameris. “Because James, you’re not the beard, you’re not the system. You’re the problem.”
The Clippers are an easy target right now after having lost all three of their games with James Harden in the lineup. Until LA starts winning games with Harden, embarrassing rants like this from opposing commentators will only become more and more commonplace.