For the past few seasons, James Harden has been running around franchises to establish the same dominance and presence he once had with the Houston Rockets. Since making that magical run alongside Chris Paul deep in the Western Conference playoffs only to lose to the Golden State Warriors, the Beard hasn’t been able to lead a team. Because of this, Brian Windhorst feels Harden was never made to face the consequences of his decision.
On ESPN’s “Get UP,” Brian Windhorst highlighted how James Harden went around making spontaneous decisions but was never held accountable. For those who don’t know, it was the Houston Rockets who were literally thrown under the bus first to trade with Harden, followed by Kevin Durant’s Brooklyn Nets in the last trading window.
Did James Harden always run away from consequences?
After stepping out of the shadow of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant as just a “support” player, James Harden ended up in Philadelphia with Joel Embiid, another genuine MVP contender. The organization and its fans now expect to win a championship this season, or at least exit the Eastern Conference.
With the Sixers just days away from competing in their first playoff series with Harden, Windhorst said: “Because for everything that James Harden has done in the last three years, he has felt no consequences. I can’t tell you how disappointing the 2019 loss to the Warriors in the playoffs was.
“He shrugged and blamed Chris Paul, the Rockets fell on themselves to send him out. He was unhappy in Houston, left the team, got what he wanted – moved to Brooklyn. Unhappy in Brooklyn, wanted traded to Philadelphia, traded to Philadelphia.”
That being said, Windhorst has a point here, for the last couple of seasons as mentioned above James Harden has just been running around teams to get back to his veteran best. Will he be able to answer his long list of critics by supporting Embiid and the Sixers in the 2021-22 playoffs? Remains to be seen.
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https://firstsportz.com/nba-blamed-chris-paul-the-rockets-fell-all-over-themselves-to-ship-him-out-brian-windhorst-pin-points-james-harden-for-not-being-held-accountable-for-impromptu-decisions/ “Blamed Christ Paul, the Rockets would do anything to sack him” Brian Windhorst warns James Harden that he won’t be held accountable for “spontaneous” decisions