NBA Fans Finally Support James Harden As Referees Continue to Make “Unfair” Calls

Published 11/08/2021, 12:04 AM EST
Nov 7, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) moves the ball against Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes (4) during the first half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports


Ever since the NBA implemented the new rule about ‘Non-Basketball Moves’ to draw fouls, James Harden became the center of attention around the league. Earlier in the season, fans criticized Harden who was arguably finding it hard to adjust to the new rule. However, as time progressed, the same fans have realized that it might be the referees who are getting too harsh on Harden.

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When the 2021-22 season began, Harden continued his old ways of trying to reach the free-throw line. Naturally, he could no more draw fouls and the officials easily turned a blind eye towards his challenges. But turns out, the veteran is arguably not getting his fouls called even on some genuine basketball plays.

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NBA fans react to James Harden not getting calls on fouls

According to head coach Steve Nash, James Harden has become the “poster boy” for the recent rule change. And he is arguably right since even the fans have now observed that the officials might be hyperaware of what Harden is doing.

The Beard should read these tweets before his next outing because he finally has some support.

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What does this mean for Harden and the Brooklyn Nets?

Since fans have started to realize the harshness of the rule on James Harden, they might stop giving him the hate on social media. While Harden’s approach to the game was unphased due to the criticism, getting more support might improve his confidence. Notably, the 9x All-Star’s offensive output this season has been nowhere close to where he was at Houston.

However, this is majorly attributable to his change in role ever since he was traded to the Nets. Consequently, now Kevin Durant is the primary scorer whereas Harden is the primary playmaker and secondary source of offense.

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Nov 5, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) talks with guard James Harden (13) during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Nevertheless, as Harden slowly gets used to the new rule, it might actually be beneficial for him to not get foul calls as easily as he did. Since he is no longer a volume shooter like he was at Houston, he highly relies on his drive to the basket to score now.

Currently, the Nets guard is averaging only 17.7 points per game this season. If he does not get foul calls as often, he might transition back into his signature stepbacks from beyond the arc that will more likely increase his offensive output.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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