James Harden, one of the NBA’s premier wing players, watched from courtside Saturday afternoon as Cal defeated Fresno State 67-56 in front of 9,342 fans at Haas Pavilion.
There was a time Richard Solomon may have thought he could become James Harden. No more.
The Cal senior, having finally accepted his role as a low-post player this season, had 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Bears (8-3) in what was otherwise a ragged offensive game. Solomon shot 7 of 9 from the floor, adding three steals, two blocks and two assists.
“I didn’t want to be a post player. I thought I was a perimeter player. That’s where the confusion came in,” Solomon said of the problems he sometimes caused himself in the past. “I’m 6-11, I don’t need to be on the wing. I’m not Kevin Durant.”
Or James Harden.
“I’ll be a post player all day,” Solomon said. “It’s just maturity.”
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