James Harden is not your typical NBA superstar in that he has a wild, rather intimidating beard and a sense of fashion that is, one might say, outside societal norms. I mean, this happened like six weeks ago. He's like a stylistic mashup of Brian Wilson, Russell Westbrook and Clint Black.
But when his media session in the Rockets opulent locker room ended, Harden went back at the reporter, asking if he had ever seen a player not play well before. The reporter answered that the struggle seemed unusual for Harden and was coming on a major stage, the playoffs.
The two went back and forth for a while, with Harden asking the reporter if he'd ever seen a basketball game before, then demanding to know whom the reporter was. The exchange got testy enough that team officials stepped in to usher Harden out.
As he left the room, Harden called the reporter "weirdo."
I mean, it's better than what Roy Hibbert called reporters last year, for sure. But the reporter -- NBA.com's Fran Blinebury, who spent decades at the Houston Chronicle -- is just doing his job. That's more than Harden can say for himself through two games.