‘Modern Day Dennis Rodman’: Kendrick Perkins Fires Shots at James Harden For Lack of Professionalism

Published 12/17/2020, 4:09 PM EST
Dec 15, 2020; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden leaves the court after a victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Mandatory Credit: Mike Wyke/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports


James Harden has been in the news for the past few weeks, for not so good reasons. The Houston Rockets got a new GM, a new head coach, and that left Harden unhappy. So much so, he went to severe extents to ask for a trade. Without a doubt, he is one of the most gifted scorers that the league has to offer. But has his antics gone too far?

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Since Harden has requested a trade with the Houston Rockets, it appears he is not 100% committed to the franchise. While the whole team was preparing for the season, Harden was reportedly in Vegas.

Has James Harden’s value gone down following his recent actions?

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GUANGZHOU, CHINA – AUGUST 12: The NBA player James Harden of the Houston Rockets attends a commercial event at Haixinsha Asian Games Theme Park on August 12, 2017 in Guangzhou, China.  (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Due to his recent shenanigans, NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins believes Harden’s value has tanked in the eyes of other franchises.

“You still have to have a level of professionalism and show up to work. And when you do show up to work, you can’t show up lookin’ like me! So what happened is that now, you are making on the Rockets to trade you. Because for a simple fact, they have no leverage anymore.

So packages that the team would have given up three weeks or a month ago, they are not giving the same packages right now… The world around town the front offices, the GMs that have interest or may have interest in James Harden is that they’re saying that basically he’s the new, modern day Dennis Rodman.”

If Perkins is right, it could only mean for trouble for the Rockets and James Harden. They might have to settle for a package that is not lucrative enough for the former MVP. One might question if Harden is to blame for it or not, but as things stand, he will start the season as a member of the Houston Rockets.

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Is leaving the Houston Rockets the best option for James Harden?

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 14: James Harden of the Houston Rockets shoots duringState Farm All-Star Saturday Night – NBA All-Star Weekend 2015 at Barclays Center on February 14, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Over the last few seasons, Harden has had an ideal team around himself. He was in a system where the offense went through him for most of the game. Additionally, the Beard always had a co-star supporting him when the things turn south for the team.

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Despite that, after being 8 years with the franchise, Harden has nothing to show for, at least in the playoffs. Keeping that in mind, it might finally be time for both sides to move on and head into different directions.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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