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James Harden situation

Postby BasketballMind » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:06 am

Reading up on this from an ESPN.com article this morning, Harden comes off as selfish a player as I've ever seen. Publicly stating his team isn't good enough to contend, showing up insanely out of shape, and passive aggressively demanding a trade. What is even crazier to me than him is Houston's demands for a 31-year-old, dribble-heavy ball-hog that hasn't been able to play with other stars his entire career.

Here's what Houston wants:

"The Rockets have informed teams that they want a young franchise cornerstone and a package of first-round picks and/or intriguing talent on rookie contracts in return for Harden, sources said." - per ESPN.com article

Harden doesn't have a no-trade clause either. So when the New York Knicks decide to send the Rockets all of their assets to make a "splash" and bring in a star, don't be surprised.

Knicks Get: James Harden
Rockets Get: Julius Randle, RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox, Mavs 2021 1st Round Pick, Knicks 2022 & 2023 1st Round Picks, Knicks 2024 1st Round Pick (Top 10 Protected)
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Re: James Harden situation

Postby BasketballMind » Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:42 am

Hours later the Rockets send him to the Nets. Steve Nash is going to have his hands full with Harden, Kyrie, and Durant on the same team. On paper this team should be nearly unstoppable, but there is only 1 basketball for 3 of the biggest scorers in the NBA. If these guys can come together similar to the 2008 Celtics "Big 3" and sacrifice personal stats/accolades for a team goal, they could win it all. That being said, James Harden could defend his way out of a wet paper bag. He and Kyrie dribble the ball more on one possession than some guys do for an entire game, and Kevin Durant thrives the most off ball movement and quick passes. I have faith that Steve Nash will have the right game plan for these guys and can hopefully get through to his new backcourt, but this is going to be a tough group of 3 to bring together. Two former MVPs and socring champs along with a dribble-heavy shot-first point guard. Good luck, Coach Nash.
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Re: James Harden situation

Postby Sportsrube » Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:58 am

Kyrie and Harden are too of the ignorant players in the NBA. Both demand the ball and both will dribble the shot clock out and then jack one up. I seriously doubt any team will win a championship with Harden as their "go to" guy. Harden has proven time and time again with his play and his comments that he cares way more about his personal stats than he does about winning. None of the "Big 3" for the Nets has ever shown real leadership on any team they have been on. Good luck Coach Nash is right.
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