And should the Rockets manage to make it through that gauntlet, James and the Cleveland Cavaliers could be waiting to defend their title.

I don't understand why James who is a Rockets player are waiting with Cleveland Cavaliers.

Can you break down this sentence?

Source: To Rule the NBA, James Harden Needed to Embrace Letting Go


For context, the article is about Houston Rockets point guard James Harden.

Notice that in formal writing, we refer to people by their last names. Throughout the article, James Harden is referred to as Harden. In "James and the Cleveland Cavaliers", James is also a last name, but it refers to LeBron James of the Cavaliers.

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  • Could you please, answer one more question to confirm I'm understanding it right? "There are no shortage of explanations. Dwight Howard, an eight-time All-Star, left Houston in free agency, which some players credit with improving team chemistry. " – jack bang Apr 25 '17 at 6:42
  • Could this mean some players think anyone in charge let Houston leave the team to improve teamwork? – jack bang Apr 25 '17 at 6:45
  • No, I don't think so. When they say "left Houston", Houston refers to the team; they are the Houston Rockets (Rockets from the City of Houston). Howard left Houston (the Rockets). Some players acknowledge (= credit) his departure as the reason that the team chemistry (= teamwork, team relationships) improved. – Em. Apr 25 '17 at 7:10
  • But please, don't be afraid to post a new question. There is no problem if you make a new post. Just be sure to include your thoughts and identify the specific problem. – Em. Apr 25 '17 at 7:12
  • I thought Howard's(actually I confused Houston with Howard, sorry) departure contributed to the improvement of team's chemistry. But the improvement of team's chemistry was the reason of his departure? – jack bang Apr 25 '17 at 7:31

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