"Even more incongruous was the notion that [they] could share a backcourt…their efficacy was predicated on control of the ball—no one knew what would happen when they didn't have it in their hands."
James Harden and Jeremy Lin?
Who are they, you say? Two other NBA guards who, like Harden and Lin, both worked best as the primary ball-handler.
Oh, and they were also one of the most effective guard combinations of all time. Frazier and Monroe formed one of a handful of backcourts to ever feature two Hall of Famers and NBA 50th Anniversary Team members.
And they said Harden and Lin wouldn't work.
Lin is still trying to find a consistent scoring touch, and Harden is still learning to let go of control, but the duo is beginning to show signs of dynamism together.
Much has been made—and deservedly so—of Harden scoring 25 points or more in the last 18 contests in which he has played.
More quiet is the news that Lin has scored 15 points or more in eight out of the last 15 contests, after accomplishing it just five times in the Rockets' first 22 games.
Ladies and gentlemen, that's a turnaround.
Just a few weeks ago, some were calling for Lin to come off the bench. Now, this seemingly redundant partnership seems poised to lead the Rockets to the playoffs.
So what clicked? And what's clicking?