Mike D’Antoni keeps amping up the stakes.
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First, he wanted James Harden to average “12 or 13” assists per game,” per a conversation the new Houston Rockets coach had with The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski back in July. That mark would rank amongst the highest assists per game totals in league history, accomplishment enough for a player who nominally acts as a shooting guard.
On the eve of his team’s first game of the season, a close Rockets loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday evening, D’Antoni upped the ante. He’s looking for some all-time record sort of noise from Harden; and The Beard responded as one would expect. From Kevin Ding at Bleacher Report:
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“Hopefully, he’ll double his number of assists, and he had seven or eight [7.5] last year,” D’Antoni said. “I hope he