“What’s the Big Deal About Getting 250K?”: NBA World Erupts as James Harden Flexes His Birthday Gift Stacks From Millionaire Rapper Lil Baby

Published 08/28/2022, 7:30 AM EDT
James Harden against Miami. Getty Images

Philadelphia 76ers superstar James Harden recently celebrated his 33rd birthday. The Beard, who is known across the NBA as a party animal, hilariously threw a cake off a boat while he was partying. And he had invited many celebrities including his former teammate Kevin Durant and rapper Lil Baby.

Harden and Lil Baby have been close friends for a long time and they have been seen partying together for some time now. And he gave Harden a birthday gift. A short video shows Baby carrying a bag and gifting it to Harden. The Beard looked a little confused as Harden was asked to open the bag. When he does, he finds out that he had got $250,000 in cash.


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Harden was surprised, but he still seemed happy. He put the cash in his hand and flexed it for the video.

NBA fans react to Lil Baby gifting James Harden 250k for his birthday

However, fans were not impressed with Lil Baby’s gift. James Harden is already a multi-millionaire and many felt that he had no need for such huge amounts of cash. Here are some of the best reactions from NBA Twitter:

Harden is preparing for next season

There has been a lot of chatter about James Harden and his status as a superstar. Harden suffered a hamstring injury last season and he seemed to have lost a bit of pace. He didn’t have that burst that allowed him to blow past defenders. And his shooting percentage also regressed.


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And due to this, he wasn’t as aggressive as a scorer. He became a setup man and this was one of the reasons that the Philadelphia 76ers lost in the playoffs. And it seems like Harden heard all the noise.

Feb 27, 2022; New York, New York, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden (1) and center Joel Embiid (21) greet each other after the New York Knicks call a timeout in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

He has been working out in the off-season and he seems to be in top-notch shape. Harden has also said that he wants to get back to being an aggressive scorer and go back to being the Harden of old. And if that happens, the Sixers will be a title contender for sure.


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If Harden gets going, the Sixers will have two unstoppable forces. Joel Embiid finished as a runner-up to MVP last season and he will want to improve on his season. Harden may be enjoying his birthday now, but he will be keen to get back to work and prove his haters wrong.



Vishwesha Kumar

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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.

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