East Side: Deal doesn't alter outlook

James Harden trade doesn't ruin Thunder's title quest, make Rockets contenders

Originally Published: October 30, 2012
By Israel Gutierrez | ESPN.com

J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez are teaming up this season for a look at the NBA from two perspectives, called West Side/East Side.

J.A. is in L.A., a la the West Side. And Israel is down in Miami, home of the NBA champs, representing the East Side.


Let's start with this, because apparently James Harden has a massive following with a bit of a mean streak now that he's been deemed replaceable on a championship-level roster:

Harden is a very good, ...

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