“Monday He Was 40lbs Overweight, Next Day.. Rambo”: James Harden’s ‘Fat Suit’ Still Has Gilbert Arenas Confused About What’s Next for Troubled 76ers Star

Published 10/05/2023, 8:48 AM EDT

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Things are not lining up positively for James Harden, especially with the “LIAR” controversy. The Beard did make a conscious choice to opt out of attending the 76ers Media Day. Along with that, he also missed the first day of practice, only to show up this Wednesday for a productive first practice with the PHI.

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Speculations about how he would act as a distraction in the team practice to get traded are looming large. Primarily because of his erratic behavior over the past months, post-pushing the demand to be traded. After all, it’s an open secret that the NBA scoring champion wants to play along with the LA Clippers. But, in a recent interaction, the crew brought up some ‘hard-to-digest’ facts about James Harden.

The “Not-So-Good” News for James Harden

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James Harden is not in the mood to play along with the Philadelphia 76ers, and he has conveyed this message ‘loud and clear’ in China. However, to rebuild his reputation as a consistent player, he must embrace the challenges and prove himself this season.

If we consider the positives, then James Harden has more first-time All-NBAs than Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard combined. The record doesn’t stop here. Additionally, he has more top-three MVP finishes than Stephen Curry, Dame, and Russ Westbrook combined.

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The trio of Nick Wright, Chris Broussard, and Kevin Wildes mentioned all these records in a recent episode of First Things First.’ However, they also made a note that these miraculous records are now a thing of the past, with Harden throwing tantrums and acting like a “Petulant Child”. 

The series of developing a “notorious playoff choker” image began by showing up overweight with the Houston Rockets. Oh wait, or was that a ‘fat suit’?

James Harden Wore a Fat Suit to Get Traded

When shedding light on the game of James Harden, Gilbert Arenas also made a laughable statement about the former MVP. “He was 40 pounds overweight on Monday, and the next day he came in slim and looking like Rambo,” he said.

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Well, the instant weight transformation after Harden got traded to the Brooklyn Nets has everyone doubting the conduct of the player. It was obvious with the affluent lifestyle for the player to appear larger. However, the sudden weight shred before the Nets’ game raised many eyebrows.

The speculations even went to the point of comparing the before and after of the NBA 2018 MVP before showing up at the Nets game. Shedding 20 pounds in merely a week is not very usual. Hence, the only explanation is that he might have resorted to wearing a fat suit to get traded. 76ers are aware of this behavior, and hence the game becomes even more interesting.

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Will James Harden stay on the roster and build his image from scratch, or will he continue to use another clever tactic to get traded? Let us know what you feel Phili is getting into with the “notorious” player on the roster.

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Siddhanshi Sharma

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