James Harden is finally someone else’s problem. The Sixers traded him to the Clippers, ridding themselves of the drama. And today James Harden had his introductory press conference and proved the Sixers right for not wanting to resign him. Not just because he was somehow an hour late to his own press conference, but because of the nonsense that came out of his mouth once he finally showed up.
You see, James Harden is a victim. Nothing that happened last year was his fault. Even though he was already making his escape plans by leaking his desire to leave mid-season to Woj, Harden was a team player last year. He sacrificed his game, according to him. And the Sixers weren’t letting him be himself.
What a crock of nonsense. The line “I am not a system, I am a system,” sounds like the type of thing someone would write when making a movie with the cliche selfish athlete character. But Harden is a real person and actually thinks that way about himself. Never mind the fact he tried that in game 6 against the Celtics, they let him do things his way, and it failed horribly.
Harden has always been an incredibly talented player. But now that he can’t do all the things he used to be able to do, he is clearly having a hard time coping. But even when he was at his peak, he was never the guy he is painting himself as. A quick look at his history in the playoffs proves that. So let’s take a look back at that history, and all the times James Harden failed to be the “system” in the playoffs. Because Harden’s massive ego clearly needs a reality check.
Here are 14 times Mr. “I am a System” looked awful in the playoffs: