Ex-Nets All-Star Belittles “Awful” James Harden for Deteriorating Clippers’ Chemistry Further

Published 11/14/2023, 2:42 PM EST

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Things are not going as planned for the LA Clippers since the controversial James Harden trade. Losing four matches at a stretch is not what they expected after acquiring a ten-time All-Star. Fans are growing impatient and taking digs at the team and Harden.

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Currently, in the 11th position in the Western Conference, the Clippers will eye to make a turnaround. But what actually is the problem? Are too many cooks spoiling the broth for them? Are the Clippers’ chemistry getting affected by the presence of so many superstars, all at once? A former All-Star gave his views regarding this.

James Harden – An “Awful” Defender?

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It is not unknown to NBA fans, that even after having statistically impressive numbers while defending, James Harden is not someone whom you can put your money on. Not while defending. This is a great example of how the stats can chiefly be misleading at times.

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Former Brooklyn Nets player Kenyon Martin spoke about the Clippers losing streak in an interview that also features Gilbert Arenas. The video was uploaded by the Gil’s Arena on YouTube. Martin, who is an All-Star himself calls James Harden an “awful” defender.

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“I just didn’t see how it could work. You got four dominant offensive personalities, two good defenders, a little older but still can hold their own defensively. One historically awful defender,” said Martin. No brownie points for guessing, the ‘awful’ defender part was for Harden.

He further added, “Come on man, I ain’t gonna sugar coat, let’s call it what it is man. Like we all watch basketball though.” Others present during the interview could not stop themselves from laughing after this. According to Martin’s views, the trade was not supposed to work in the first place.

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Will the Clippers Turn Their Season Around?

The Clippers are genuine title contenders and the addition of James Harden makes their roster even stronger. They possess all the firepower in their line-up. The duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are a devastating offensive pairing with great defensive capabilities. Russell Westbrook is present there too to strengthen their point guard position. The only thing that can bother this team is their age. All four superstars are in their thirties and are injured prone. In this highly competitive league, fitness is one crucial factor and we have seen previously how this takes a toll on a team’s overall performance.

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They are facing the defending champions, the Denver Nuggets tomorrow. The Nuggets are in tremendous form and are eyeing to defend their title. Can the Clippers get back to winning ways from here? How far do you think they will reach in this season? Most importantly, can James Harden silence his critics with his performance?

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Aviroop Mukherjee

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Aviroop is an NBA writer for Essentially Sports. His love for basketball initiated from his school days, where he at times practiced with the school basketball team. Following the League since 2018, he's in awe of King James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
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