Despite playing for rival franchises, Harden and Westbrook remain friends off the court stemming not only from their days together in OKC, but their formative years in South Central Los Angeles. The pair used to play basketball together at the same Boys & Girls Club.
While BFFs Harden and Westbrook reuniting after the former was sent to Houston in 2012 is a great story, the fit from a basketball perspective in Daryl Morey and Mike D'Antoni's run-and-shoot offense is questionable.
In Westbrook and Harden, the Rockets have the two most ball-dominating players in the league. I don't know if you know this, but there is only one ball.
One of them is going to have to take a step back to accommodate the other, and no amount of friendship will make that easy.
Harden was effectively a one-man show in Houston last year, and while Westbrook was paired up with Paul George, that tandem still enabled Russ to maintain his ball-dominant tendencies. It's hard to envision either party wanting to slide into a more off-ball role.
As the NBA's adoption of the buddy system continues, Westbrook and Harden in Houston will be great off of the court, but the fit on the court is as incongruous as it gets.