James Harden Once Took a Subtle Dig at Kevin Durant’s Warriors Move: “I’m Not the Type to Judge”

Published 12/28/2021, 10:15 AM EST
Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) talks with forward Kevin Durant (7) during a free throw attempt by the Nets against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


Years ago, James Harden and Kevin Durant played together for the Oklahoma City Thunder. While one can never imagine what a prolonged partnership in OKC might have produced, the two are currently with the Brooklyn Nets. In an older interview, Harden spoke about Durant and his NBA career, also discussing the latter’s move to the Golden State Warriors.

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Durant’s decision to leave the Thunder received varied reactions. Harden, who was with Houston Rockets, had his own opinion on the matter.

Jan 18, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets shooting guard James Harden (13) and power forward Kevin Durant (7) high five during the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center. The Nets defeated the Bucks 125-123. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

What did James Harden have to say about Kevin Durant’s OKC to GSW move?

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In 2017, Harden spoke with Time about his NBA career, along with various other topics. Some of these topics involved his move out of the OKC, along with Durant’s move to the GSW.

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As per the 32-year-old, he was not expecting Durant to play for another team. “Shocked,” Harden said when asked about how he felt when he found out. “He (Durant) had come to Arizona to hang out with me for a few days. We were just hanging out, we’re good friends, not even talking about basketball. Taking about life.”

“But I’m not the type to judge,” Harden added.

Jan 27, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) is defended by Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) and center DeAndre Jordan (6) and forward Kevin Durant (7) in the third quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Harden talked about super-teams

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He even talked about the team being a ‘super-team’, which gave them a better chance at winning a title. When asked if such teams were good for the league, Harden replied with an honest ‘no’. “You can’t judge guys or get mad at guys if they want to join a really, really good team. For me, I’m happy. I’m in a great situation.” 

Interestingly, Harden played with the Rockets for a few more seasons before trading his way to the Brooklyn Nets, a team with Harden, Kyrie Irving and Durant. With a big three on the roster, the possible title contenders were hailed as a super-team.

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The Nets are currently leading the Eastern Conference with a 23-9 win-loss record. Harden, averaging 22 points per game this season, led the team to victory against the LA Clippers with 39 points to his name. The team will face the Philadelphia 76ers next on December 30.

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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