“The James That Stole Christmas”: Lil Baby, Paulo Dybala and the NBA World Left Impressed With James Harden Showing Up at MSG in Style

Published 12/26/2022, 9:00 AM EST

USA Today via Reuters

The New York Knicks and the Philadelphia 76ers locked horns last night on Christmas Day. The game ended in the favor of the Philly side with a score of 112-119. The fans witnessed another astonishing performance from their centerpiece, James Harden. However, that was not only the thing last night that impressed the fans about the Sixers guard. The 33-year-old left the NBA world and many other notable names impressed with the outfit he wore during pre-game.

For a long time, it has been like a ritual for the NBA players to walk through the tunnels in stylish outfits in the pre-game, and last night, on Christmas Day, it was no different. Many players could be seen rocking their outfits as they walked down the tunnel. However, among them, Harden’s outfit was a bit different. Further garnering a lot of attention from the fans and many notable names like the rapper, Lil Baby, and soccer star, Paulo Dybala on social media.

The world reacts to James Harden and his outfit


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Harden, upon his arrival in the Maddison Square Garden, could be seen donning one of the most ridiculous outfits ever imaginable. The 33-year-old rocked a pink balaclava along with a multi-color jacket and a marron color baggy pants. In addition to that, he wore multi-color shoes that matched his jacket. Oh and not to forget, he carried a handbag too.

Meanwhile, the outfit of the 10x All-Star soon became a topic for discussion on social media. Fans were quick to react and flooded his Instagram comments. Celebrities like Lil Baby commented, “Trimmm.” The Argentine soccer star Paulo Dybala also joined in and commented, “(fire emojis)”


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One fan even commented, ‘The James that stole Christmas.(Christmas tree emoji)’. The fan probably meant that as LeBron James was unable to clinch a victory against the Dallas Mavericks last night, so it was the other ‘James,’ who stole the show last night.

Other fans also commented:

“I Need that ski mask please,”

“EL UNO(fire emoji),”


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“Bro why u dress up like a yo gabba gabba character,”

“What are those red shoes”

“Bru what was is harden wearing(laughing emoji)” 


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Apparently, the total outfit along with the handbag of Harden was quite pricey. The total cost of the outfit and the handbag was estimated to be more than $50k.



Ayush Roy

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Ayush Roy is an NBA writer at Essentially Sports. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Calcutta. Capitalizing his background in finance, Ayush likes to dive deep into the economics of the NBA.

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