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James Harden takes not so subtle shot at Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors

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The Golden State Warriors have grabbed all the headlines so far this summer by first, becoming the first team in history to blow a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals, and secondly, acquiring Kevin Durant in free agency.

The Dubs were quick to banish the pain of missing out on a second successive NBA title and have loaded themselves with one of the greatest starting fives the game has ever seen.

It's hard to imagine how the Warriors could have gotten much better, really. They won a record-setting 73 games last season and came within one game of hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy once again.

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Only an inhuman effort from LeBron James spurned their chances of back-to-back titles, it's almost certain it had nothing to do with their chemistry.

However, the Warriors' big wigs have decided to do a small bit of rebuilding. Two of last year's starters in center Andre Bogut and small forward Harrison Barnes have now signed for the Dallas Mavericks, and the 2014 MVP, Durant, has slotted in at the Oracle Arena.

It's quite an amazing bit of business. But, for all the talent on display, how is head coach Steve Kerr going to effectively manage their gameplan?

Houston Rockets man James Harden, speaking at the announcement of his new four-year $118 million contract agreement, suggested that the Warriors may struggle to play as a cohesive unit.

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"Obviously, the Warriors are a really good team ... but there's only one basketball. You've got to figure it out," Harden said.

Rockets owner Leslie Alexander added, "They have to defend us."

Both are valid points. Where exactly does Kevin Durant figure in the Warriors' celebrated perimeter offense is anyone's guess. KD is 38 percent from behind the arc throughout his nine-year NBA career, whereas Klay Thompson is 42 percent, Stephen Curry is 44 percent and Draymond Green even averaged a fraction over 38 percent last term.

He will not be the first port of call like he was for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but surely he is too good just to be another cog, too? The small forward may take some time to settle in in Oakland, but he is a born winner as well.

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He's more interested in how he can help the Warriors win another championship and at the end of the day, he's another game-changer who can help the Dubs when the chips are down.

The Warriors deal with Houston's offence? Well, deal with Harden, essentially. Dwight Howard and Ty Lawson are living testaments to how a teammate of Harden's will suffer without seeing enough of the rock, and considering the Warriors have beaten the Rockets eight times in a row in the regular season and just beat them 4-1 in the first round of last term's playoffs, I don't think they are too worried.

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