‘Everyone Wants Complicated’: Former NBA All-star Gilbert Arenas Frustrated With James Harden’s Critics

Published 07/15/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
Mar 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) goes in for a shot in front of San Antonio Spurs in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports


One of the most dominant men of the game will surely include James Harden in the league’s history books. Despite being named the MVP two years back, recent times haven’t been the same for him. Harden’s critics have seen a surge in numbers since he joined the Brooklyn Nets’ Big 3.

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James Harden is a 3-time NBA scoring champion and a 9-time NBA All-star. His numbers are aggressive and purely phenomenal on the stat charts. However, injuries this season saw a downslope in Harden’s career.

He recently joined Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in a power-packed Nets roster. But, the results weren’t as booming as expected. The three stars were rarely seen on the court together with injuries hitting them one by one. Well, ‘The Beard’ is still a big force for his opponents to handle.

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Is consistency not enough for James Harden’s legacy?

With his feet on the court, James Harden has proved to be an extremely consistent player. Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas recently lashed out at Harden’s haters for doubting his abilities after the 2021 postseason. “You stop liking that no one can stop him. Because it can’t be stopped, you call it boring like, ‘I’m tired of seeing him score 30 and 40.’ People get tired of consistency… He’s playing simple basketball, no one likes simple. Everyone wants complicated.”

Gilbert repetitively stamped his opinion as a Harden supporter. He believes that the Nets’ star can make successful plays effortlessly. His left-elbow jumpers are a beautiful sight to watch without extra step-backs and other hooper tactics.

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Jun 19, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) fight for a loose ball in the second quarter during game seven in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

In the 2020-21 regular season, Harden averaged 24.6 points, 10.8 assists, and 7.9 rebounds. When the postseason turned into a battle of injuries, Kevin Durant took up the show. Eventually, Brooklyn Nets fell to the Milwaukee Bucks in the western conference finals.

Nets fans are more than eager to see their star-studded lineup take on the title next year. If not for injuries, Brooklyn Nets will be looking to make a comeback soon.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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