- James Harden is a perennial MVP candidate. But there have been times where he has failed to perform on the road.
- One fan claims to have found the solution – strip clubs. The better the ratings for strip clubs in the city the Rockets are playing in, the more likely Harden is to have an off game.
- But the Rockets don’t need to worry – unless they meet two specific teams in the playoffs.
James Harden is one of the best basketball players in the NBA today. Some may try to argue that, but they would be wrong. The stats, the accolades, and the success of his team – the Houston Rockets – are all the proof you need. The Rockets will go as far as he can carry them. But from time to time, he does seem to fade away.
The general perception is that fatigue has set in during games where he fails to produce since he does so much for the Rockets on a nightly basis. Eventually,the grind has to catch up with him. Right?
Maybe, but according to some research and number-crunching, one Reddit user thinks he has evidence that it is something else.
Strip Clubs Are James Harden’s Kryptonite
According to a Reddit user going by “ Angry Centrist, ”it is the“ grind ”that is getting to Harden from time to time. But it isn’t the grind of the NBA season doing the damage.
No, it is another grind altogether — you know, from strippers.
Angry Centrist took data on all of the road games that Harden has played in over the last four years and determined which games were sub-par and which wereverysub-par. His methodology is pretty detailed, and youcan see it here.
As for the strip clubs, he Googled reviews in each of the NBA cities Harden and the Rockets played in. Fair? Eh — maybe not. But without doing actual field research, it is going to be pretty hard to rate strip clubs objectively.
Finally, he took the strip club ratings and analyzed them against the data on Harden and came up with a fascinating theory: The quality of James Harden’s game on the road has a direct correlation to the quality of the strip clubs in the city.
That would explain why some of his worst road performances come against the Heat and Jazz – both of whom play in cities with highly-rated gentlemen’s clubs.
This is the kind of analysis that Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has to love. Withall the controversyMorey has had to deal with this season, maybe he’s even been tempted to join Harden a few times.