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Charles Barkley weighs in on the Houston Rockets' blockbuster trade that sent Chris Paul and draft picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Russell Westbrook. Chuck analyzes how the Rockets should handle their point guard duties with James Harden and Westbrook on the roster, and the early favorites in the stacked Western Conference.
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Jul 13, 2019

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Chris Ross
Chris Ross 27 days ago
This would be dumb, Westbrook is a much better facilitator and if you look at hardens career, hes a much better 2 guard then PG +Harden is a much more efficient scorer and shooter so he should obviously play the 2
F Carter
F Carter 27 days ago
Hahaha....so Westbrook can jack up bricks
Nintendad816 *
Nintendad816 * Month ago
Westbrook is a gunner that takes bad shots who cares
Nintendad816 *
Nintendad816 * Month ago
Yo chuck looks like he dropped some weight
Alex Hendershot
Alex Hendershot Month ago
Deadass Westbrook should move to pf and run PnR with harden
George H
George H Month ago
Westbrook has an ego and stubbornness problem. He has one speed - fast. He refuses to improve his shot variety skills. He's a poor 3 pt shooter. He makes bad decisions at inopportune times. His ego may not allow him to play 2nd fiddle to Harden. Both Harden and Westbrook need the ball to be effective and there's not enough ball. Sadly, it may be too late for him to change even if he chose to do so.
Jrad Israel
Jrad Israel Month ago
Chuck talk like trump
Anakin Cloutwalker
This is true . Harden is better playmaker and shooter than Westbrook . While Westbrook is the better slasher and finisher . Go look at OKC highlights . Whenever they use to play together harden was the 1 & Westbrook was the 2
Filip Mercep
Filip Mercep Month ago
What about Unicorn and Wonderboy? Sounds like some fag fairytail cartoon but they gonna kick some of them asses!
Gaming_Time
Gaming_Time Month ago
Isn't your business to tell Westbrook to give up his position to JH. Dumb Charles!!!!
edwin dato
edwin dato Month ago
He wants Westbrook to be the shooting guard. Lol. Has he seen Russ shoot the ball? Has needs to watch some basketball. This is why sports analysis should be left to those who are good enough to win rings.
Antnee 21
Antnee 21 Month ago
He shoots 29% from 3 and he should be a shooting guard on a team that shoots 50 3s a game?
Danny Banks
Danny Banks Month ago
Yes chuck! Westbrook is a 2 guard!
Brooks Fleming
Brooks Fleming Month ago
He crazy as hell. Harden ain't never averaged ten assists. Never will truth be told.
L C
L C Month ago
Watch out for the rockets 🚀
CoWizzle
CoWizzle Month ago
Nope. Harden is a hybrid 2/3. Let Westbrook being up the rock.
Love Less
Love Less Month ago
Exact OPPOSITE. Harden should move to SG
Daisy Liz
Daisy Liz Month ago
Harden needs to learn dribble less when he does not have a shot and pass instead of dribble and 5 seconds before shot clocks expire passes to a teammate who needs to shoot immediately before shot clock violation occurs
Lroy Johnson
Lroy Johnson Month ago
Westbrook cant shoot what position he gonna play lol
Tony Boyd
Tony Boyd Month ago
Utah? 😂 yeah right mf
sarah d
sarah d Month ago
Chuck < Jeremy Lin 💍
Jonathan Hawk
Jonathan Hawk Month ago
Westbrook never wanted to be the point guard just like Iverson, their organizations kept pushing that on them because they are not 7 feet tall. Westbrook and Iverson are shooting guards like Dwayne Wade or Byron Scott. Westbrook never had a problem playing with Harden before.
seanspec89
seanspec89 Month ago
Wow, espn hasn’t done a SJW comment in a few weeks now. Is ESPN becoming a news network again?
Rene Seaver
Rene Seaver Month ago
Is Chuck high. Harden is NO point guard.
csyd22
csyd22 Month ago
did shaq punch him in the eyes?
Richard Calif
Richard Calif Month ago
Barkley is unwatchable u can watch him struggling to Speak and his voice is painful
James Parker
James Parker Month ago
Nonsense Harden is the better shooter and he is already at the two, Westbrook would be the better ball pusher bigger, stronger and faster than Chris Paul, they both need to score anyway to have an edge on other teams.
Rick P
Rick P Month ago
How can Westbrook be the shooting guard- he can’t shoot?
RustedRaccoon
RustedRaccoon Month ago
Wrong. Westbrook will be PG and harden will be SG. How you going to have a shooting guard who can’t shoot and a point guard who can’t guard? 😂
emmanuel mollie
emmanuel mollie Month ago
Everyone saying now there's no bad team in the west wait until la start winning
Rusty Shackleford
Westbrick and Chocken have a maybe. 30%. chance to get past the first round
Samuel Baker
Samuel Baker Month ago
Keep the majority of the ball in hardens hands ,harden needs to become a point guard and actually move the ball. Russ is energetic he can be amazing at the 2 guard Charles is spot on. When Russ isn’t forcin shots or assists he is a threat but alone trying to get trip dubs is useless
King Justin
King Justin Month ago
Hold up... Harden is a SG.......
HemanParkFilms
HemanParkFilms Month ago
This only works if D'Antoni changes his system somewhat. Barkley is correct that there is no clear favorite in the west. I actually favor the Nuggets. GS will still be formidable. Utah got better.
arch kotaku
arch kotaku Month ago
WHAT? I think WB should be the point guard, Westbrook is a better, yeah he been a dominant ballhandler the same way James Harden is. If WB control his Shot Selection rightfully, Harden would benefit i'm sure of that, WB will change his game. If their chemistry get done. How can you guard 2 most dominant guards. I'm not a fan of those 2 to tell you the truth. But i'm excited to see what they can do.
Enrique Castro
Enrique Castro Month ago
When the careers of these guys are over. They are going to wish they played every game. Because they will not play for ever.
Rakheem Allah
Rakheem Allah Month ago
LMFAOO...WHY WOULD YOU TURN RUSS INTO THE SPOT UP SHOOTER WHEN HARDEN IS THE BETTER SHOOTER. LET'S RUSS RUN THE POINT AND EVERYTHING WILL WORK OUT
BIG FACTS
BIG FACTS Month ago
FunFact: James Harden(11,958) since 2014 then scored 2,500+ more points than LBJ(9,373) if he can't shoot then who can? Westbrook 10,025 Lillard 9.652 Curry 9,501 AD 8,798
John Bonham
John Bonham Month ago
I disagree. Maybe in 1999, but in today's NBA...do we even HAVE "positions" anymore? The league is full of 7ft centers draining 3s, the Sixers' "point guard" is a 6'10" rebounding machine who can't drain a wide-open 10-footer, but finished FOURTH in the entire league in points-in-the-paint. And the best passer / setup man / assists machine of the past 20 years is a 6'8", 285lb forward, so...seriously, wtf even ARE positions anymore? Sometimes Harden will bring the ball up, sometimes Russ will, and once they're in their half-court set, who even cares?
Blacx Adam
Blacx Adam Month ago
Russell's gonna run point primarily and they will alternate. He's a better passer. Simple.
kenny jackson
kenny jackson Month ago
Harden need to be the 2 guard, Russ is explosive he can close the lane and dish the ball out. Harden a good spot up shooter
03 Cheeto
03 Cheeto Month ago
Playing with James Harden is hard. Russ playing with Harden? Even harder...won’t work
Know-Ledge _Y.L.G.
Bith are so balk dominant, they gon naturally force each other to share the rock. Neither are gonna allow either to be the ball hog. So they either gon fight to fix it or work it out by agreenent. Esp. If they want their tean and sucess to go well. They have no option
03 Cheeto
03 Cheeto Month ago
Know-Ledge _Y.L.G. And there lies the problem.
Know-Ledge _Y.L.G.
@03 Cheeto but you know, theres no way possible he will be AS ball dominant, playing with Ru ss ( another ball dominant player )
03 Cheeto
03 Cheeto Month ago
Know-Ledge _Y.L.G. Yea when James Harden wasnt so ball dominant!! Those days are long gone man.
Know-Ledge _Y.L.G.
They played wirh each other muktipke times before
Brandon
Brandon Month ago
Def better than having lil ol cp3
nick kamal
nick kamal Month ago
Now Houston has to deal with that jack ass.
Proppa Music
Proppa Music Month ago
*Westbrook play point harden shooting guard*
Proppa Music
Proppa Music Month ago
*WOW.. Charles Barkley can't even go play golf in peace he still gotta work while playing*
Mike Breezy
Mike Breezy Month ago
didn't russ lead the league in assist last year? now y'all want him off ball? shittt. russ bring the ball up, pick & roll wit cappella & either take it to the cup, throw cappella an oop, or kick it to harden, gordon or tucker. Then harden take over & close. simple
Larry R
Larry R Month ago
I hope Houston considers that, having a triple-double machine at PG (Westbrook), "could" make Harden even more lethal, and the Rockets better. I'm betting they'll figure things out.
Michael Robinson
Actually James Harden needs to play the 2 guard
Cash Moola
Cash Moola Month ago
Why don’t they do it like okc where harden has ball and Russ has a more off ball roll where he cuts a lot so it draws attention to harden cause he has ball and leaves Russ a lot of space and lanes
ElijahGoingHam
ElijahGoingHam Month ago
Milwaukee and Indiana would be such a great fit.
Music
Music Month ago
Does anyone think Matt Barrie reminds them of Michael J. Fox? There's a resemblance there.
Shalamar Man
Shalamar Man Month ago
Wrong on both accounts ; Chuck . The shooting guard should be the best shooter. Harden can average 35 with far less energy expenditure. Westbrook will get him wide open shots . As for the two L.A. teams. They only need to make the playoffs healthy .
Banglaz Bless
Banglaz Bless Month ago
The disrespect towards steph and Klay is serious..when it comes to the best duo those two should be almost at the top of anyone's list.
Keieje Ieieke
Keieje Ieieke Month ago
Barkley- Give up the pg position Russ- What??? What y’all niggas talking bout man
meez35
meez35 Month ago
why is Chuck not on 2k ? top 5 PF of all time in his prime smh
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meez35 Because he wanted the 2K owner to donate the money that’s being paid to him for charity but they don’t want to. Far as what I’ve heard
Christopher Stamp
All this hate on Russ... do people know how difficult it is to win in the playoffs in the west? The problem is the technicals of basketball analysis has been replaced by journalists looking for a jolt for ratings. Lebron didn't even make the playoffs. Many of his weakness, defense and shooting, were more pronounced against comp every night.
Music
Music Month ago
So what would Westbrook move to, then? The 0? He's 6'3'' and Harden is 6'5'' LOL
Peter Shepherd
Peter Shepherd Month ago
I love Russ but he doesn't shoot well enough for the 2 spot, Chuck.
Jerry Killing
Jerry Killing Month ago
Chuck crazy splash brothers only ones won sum
Chris Isreal
Chris Isreal Month ago
Rockets should get chris Crawford with a 3 guard line up and out score teams
La-Rel Easter
La-Rel Easter Month ago
Russ at the 2? What is Charles talking about? I guess he might be thinking of MJ's success at that position, but Michael was a little more efficient with his 3 pointer. It's a more crucial part of the game now than the 90s, so you need your best option to spot up and move off-ball...that's Harden. He just has to share the rock.
ABC gray
ABC gray Month ago
Think Kawhi is gonna wish for Toronto's load management by Christmas
Rudy C
Rudy C Month ago
Definitely Russ at Point and Harden as SG. That makes the most sense to me.
Tunes From The Man Cave
So you want the worst of the 2 shooters playing OFF the ball?? C’mon dog....
David Page
David Page Month ago
thats the only thing that would get in the way with the rockets westbrook wanting to take over games and stuff he has amazing talent will ower and great skill set but he has to respect and understand that this is hardens team so he has to take that 2 spot like barkley said
Tommy Coe
Tommy Coe Month ago
But Russ can't shoot
T C
T C Month ago
Charles has the best on call job ever
J M
J M Month ago
NBA jam..
iNFaunTae
iNFaunTae Month ago
charles barkley is always wrong.. y do ppl listen to him?
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Shut up Stephen A Smith
Marcus Waters
Marcus Waters Month ago
Westbrook can’t shoot though lol
this guy right here
Don't 2 guards need to be able to shoot?
RIFICA777
RIFICA777 Month ago
They didnt say much about the Rockets
Basketball Trainer
That’s what I was just saying the other day, a lot of experts feel Westbrook is a natural 2
VINCE SAVAGE
VINCE SAVAGE Month ago
I thought we was in the age of positionless ball though?🤔 Harden aint won shit neither, they both need each other
DarKKnightt07
DarKKnightt07 Month ago
Charles Barkey looked like he was struggling to stay awake lmao
WheeleeWheels
WheeleeWheels Month ago
Chuck means the offense go through James first .... I think chuck is right. Wants Russ to play off James.
ScrapIron Maniac
All of the sudden CHARES BARKLEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS! BLOCKBUSTER TRADE.
ClayMiA OniTunes
I think he’s correct here Russ needs to accept being a 2 if he does they’ll be competitive
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