Unhappy Beard?

Let's examine why James Harden may not be happy with the Rockets

There's a new sheriff in town. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

On Wednesday afternoon, the President of Basketball Operations of the Philadelphia 76ers, Daryl Morey, announced that they will pursue James Harden in the trade market. Although there is excitement around Stephen Silas as the Houston Rockets' next head coach, Harden voted for John Lucas and Tyrone Lue to get the job. There are certain reports that Harden could be unhappy with the decision and getting neither coach that he asked for.

Hopefully, Harden is supportive of Rafael Stone and Tilman Fertitta's decision on hiring Silas as the new head coach. If Harden is not, the trade speculations could become true, but would he go to the 76ers? In a brighter conclusion, the Rockets' organization is intelligent enough to not trade Harden for Ben Simmons.

The Rockets' front office is very aware of Harden's talent and the effect it can have on their backcourt. Having Russell Westbrook and Simmons in the same backcourt could hurt the Rockets' shooting efforts throughout the season. Hopefully, the Rockets' front office, Silas, and Harden can make it work.

For eight years, Harden was able to get his way when it came to coaches and players with the Rockets. Morey took good care of Harden because of his stardom and iconic ways on the court. Harden was able to convince Morey to trade Chris Paul for Westbrook, including becoming an advocate for Mike D'Antoni to stay with the Rockets.

But will Stone and Fertitta cater to Harden after not choosing the coach he likes? Honestly, yes because according to one source, Fertitta wanted Jeff Van Gandy to take the head coaching mantle, but Westbrook and Harden disagreed with that decision. And now as of Wednesday evening, the Rockets are finalizing a deal with Lucas to become an assistant coach underneath Silas. Even though the Rockets passed on Lucas to become the next head coach, they still may have wanted to satisfy Harden by making Lucas an assistant coach. Silas is known to get along with superstar players like Luka Doncic, Steph Curry, and Kemba Walker, which he built great relationships with.

Hopefully, Harden and Silas are on the same page this upcoming season, as both are geniuses on the offensive side of the court. In theory, Harden and Silas can become useful to each other throughout the season and moving forward.

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Houston's offense had another strong day at the plate in Seattle against the Mariners on Wednesday. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

After striking a deal with the Mariners before Tuesday's game, along with a reported deal with the Marlins on Wednesday before the finale, the Astros continued to try and bolster their bullpen with fresh arms while also focusing on this series against Seattle. Having won the night prior to even it up, it came down to the rubber game on Wednesday afternoon to decide the series.

Final Score: Astros 11, Mariners 4

Astros' Record: 63-40, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (4-5)

Losing Pitcher: Yusei Kikuchi (6-6)

Astros continue to score runs in Seattle

Just like in the earlier games in this series, the Astros had no problems offensively. They strung together four consecutive one-run innings, starting in the top of the second when they loaded the bases, then got an RBI groundout by Myles Straw to go up 1-0. In the top of the third, Yuli Gurriel drove one in on a two-out RBI double, bringing in Jose Altuve, who led the inning off with a double of his own. Chas McCormick led off with a single in the fourth, then later scored on an RBI single by Aledmys Diaz.

The fourth run in as many innings came in the top of the fifth, as Gurriel would notch his second RBI with a solo homer to start that inning, pushing the lead to 4-0. They didn't stop there, and neither did Gurriel, as he would get RBI number three on the day as part of a four-run top of the sixth, with RBI hits him, Altuve, Diaz, and Carlos Correa, doubling the lead to 8-0.

Odorizzi gets to the sixth before allowing two homers

The run support gave Jake Odorizzi plenty of leeway, which he didn't need until the bottom of the sixth. He held Seattle scoreless over the first five frames, allowing just four baserunners on a hit by pitch, a walk, and two singles, all peppered over that span and erased in each inning. Kyle Seager would get the Mariners on the board in the bottom of the sixth, blasting a one-out solo homer to cut the lead to seven runs at 8-1. After a single in the next at-bat, recently traded Abraham Toro made it four games in a row with a homer, this one a two-run shot to cut the lead to 8-3 and end Odorizzi's day. His final line: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 95 P.

Houston wins the series

Houston brought in Brooks Raley to finish the sixth, issuing two walks but stranding them to keep it a five-run lead. Myles Straw helped push that back to six in the top of the seventh, reaching on a single to start the innings, then stealing both second and third to get in position for Diaz's third RBI of the day, a groundout to make it 9-3. Cristian Javier was the next reliever out for the Astros, but he would not make it through the bottom of the seventh, allowing a single and three walks, the third with the bases loaded to bring in a run.

Bryan Abreu was brought in to get out of the jam, getting a strikeout to end the seventh. Then, in the top of the eighth, Kyle Tucker would put two more runs on the board with a two-run homer making the lead seven runs at 11-4. Abreu remained in for the bottom of the eighth, erasing two one-out singles to get through the frame. Brandon Bielak took over in the bottom of the ninth to close things out, posting a 1-2-3 inning to wrap up the win and give Houston the series victory.

Up Next: Houston will travel down the coast to San Fransisco before getting a day off on Thursday. They'll pick up an exciting three-game series with the Giants on Friday, with the opener slated to start at 8:45 PM Central. Framber Valdez (6-2, 2.97 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros, while San Fransisco's starter is TBD.

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