Good Riddance, James Harden!
When I heard the 76ers traded James Harden, I thought of something Maya Angelou once wisely said. “When someone shows you who they are, believe them!”
Why can’t I ever learn this lesson? I always say that I’m the worst judge of character that there is. Rarely do I ever see the charlatan coming.
Every once in a while, the blind squirrel finds a nut. Finally, I have a victory. I saw James Harden coming from a mile away, and he is EXACTLY who I thought he was!
James Harden had his eye on the door with the 76ers.
James cuts and runs the minute things don’t go his way. He’s also willing to disrupt an entire organization to do so.
Whether it’s his antics with the Houston Rockets or the Brooklyn Nets, this played directly to his game plan. What surprises me is that this is exactly where he wanted to be, until it wasn’t.
He wanted to play for a team with a chance to win a title. He had two bites at the apple and would have had a third, but he wanted even more cash than he opted in for.
It will never be his fault.
James calls his President of Basketball Operations a liar for not giving him a max deal this past offseason.
I have no personal knowledge of whether James is telling the truth. I do know that I’ve never heard anyone else in NBA circles accuse Daryl Morey of being a liar.
It’s well-documented that standards of professional behavior don’t apply to Harden when he’s trying to get his way. So I’m going to lean towards this being just another ploy to manipulate the system.
We all should wish we had this mirror.
Harden looks in the mirror and thinks he is worthy of a max contract. He stares at the glass and believes he is 27 years old again.
He is and was a star-caliber talent, but the amount of nights he can deliver to that high standard drops every year. However, it’s not like he’s aged like LeBron James.
My only theory is that Harden thinks he deserves a lifetime achievement award contract. I would ask him what his teams have accomplished. That’s the best way to get paid. The stats are great, but championship moments are far more valuable.
James Harden won’t show up when it matters most.
We’ve said enough on this topic. He goes out in Miami for the “night life” before critical games. He feuds with his former head coach to get to play his style instead of the “team” style.
Then, he disappears in the final two games against the Heat in 2022 and fails to show up again in 2023. Harden melts instead of living up to his own hype.