Rockets’ Harden: Pairing with Westbrook is going to work

Rockets star guard James Harden says he's excited to play alongside Russell Westbrook once again.

James Harden and Russell Westbrook are now teammates with the Houston Rockets, and both of their games have grown considerably since their days together with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Harden is an unstoppable scoring machine, Westbrook a triple-double waiting to happen. Both are ball-dominant guards who plays with tons of fire.

But despite all of this, Harden doesn’t think the two will have any issues meshing.

“I’m excited,” Harden told reporters at an Adidas event. “It’s a new chapter, but I know he’s excited. He’s been in Oklahoma City for 11 years so it’s a new chapter for him. We welcome him with open arms. It’s going to work.”

The Rockets acquired Westbrook in a trade for Chris Paul (and draft picks). Westbrook, Harden and the Thunder reached the Finals in 2011, where they lost to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat. Kevin Durant was also a member of that OKC team.

Now, Durant is in Brooklyn with the Nets after two titles with the Golden State Warriors, and Harden and Westbrook are gleefully together again.

“When you have talent like that, it works itself out,” Harden said of the Rockets’ new backcourt. “You communicate. You go out there and compete possession by possession. You figure things out.

“Throughout the course of the season, you figure things out. That’s just what it is. When you have talent, you have guys with IQ, you have guys willing to sacrifice, it always works itself out.”