James Harden Once Took Major Shots at LeBron James, Kevin Durant: “These Other Guys Who Have Two or Three Superstars on Their Team Get All the Attention”

Published 12/26/2021, 8:00 AM EST
February 21, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) controls the ball against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


James Harden has slowly but surely maintained his name as one of the mainstays in the NBA. His popularity rivals those of other big stars in the league like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and others. He currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets and is a key member of their roster. Harden once took shots at some other NBA stars, criticizing the attention given to them.

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In a 2017 interview with ‘TIME’ magazine, James Harden candidly revealed details about his career up until that point. Harden revealed how the media focused on NBA stars despite them having help through other stars to win games. He went on to mention that he remained grateful for his current teammates who were as ambitious as him.

Jan 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts to a basket during the first quarter of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Center on January 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Harden said, “Maybe I need another superstar player on my team, because all these other guys, who have two or three superstars on their team, get all the attention. But I’m happy. I have good guys around me, good teammates around me, who love working hard and love to win games.”

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The point guard played for the Houston Rockets back in 2017. He had joined them from the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012. At the OKC Thunder, Harden played alongside Kevin Durant and now currently plays with him once again at the Nets. In 2017, LeBron James was in his second spell at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Harden joined the Nets in 2021 on a four-term deal.

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James Harden leads a superstar-less Nets past LeBron James and the Lakers

Harden put up a phenomenal performance against the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day. He now plays on a team of superstars that includes Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but the duo missed the game due to health and safety protocols. In their absence, Harden led the Nets to an away game win at the Staples Center.

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Harden recorded a triple-double scoring 36 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. In contrast, LeBron James scored 39 points for the Lakers. Patty Mills also contributed to the Nets’ win by scoring 34 points. Harden will lead the Nets against the Los Angeles Clippers next as they look to improve their 22-9 record for the season.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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