‘Basketball Is Healing’: NBA Twitter Trolls James Harden After Another Hilarious Flop Attempt Gone Wrong

Published 11/06/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
Oct 29, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) argues with an official in the first quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


Since its inception in 1946, the NBA has had a lot of rule changes over the years. Their most recent one came prior to the 2021-22 season, with them announcing new rules regarding fouls. While players like Stephen Curry have adapted quickly, James Harden is still struggling to keep up.

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Aside from his one game where he shot 19 free throws, Harden has had a hard time drawing fouls like he used to. And fans are delighted to see him not get away with the weak calls like previous years. During last night’s game vs Pistons, Harden tried his classic foul drawing technique where he locks his arm with the defender before flopping.

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Instead of receiving free throws, the referee called it an offensive foul on Harden. Fans on Twitter had the time of their lives as they trolled the Nets star for this comical incident.

Meanwhile, Harden was furious at the referee for this decision and couldn’t believe the call went against him. Harden had another forgetful play later, as he had a “brain lapse” as the commentator described. Pistons’ Saddiq Bey got the best of Harden, in what was arguably the best Shaqtin-a-Fool moment of the year so far.

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Can James Harden find his form soon?

The Nets started their 2021-22 season without Kyrie Irving, who is unavailable due to failing to adhere to league protocols. Despite his absence, the Nets were still the early favorites to win the championship. But so far, they haven’t looked convincing and a major reason for that is the concerning form of James Harden.

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While Kevin Durant is playing like an MVP, Harden is struggling behind him. Currently, he is averaging 17.7 points, nine assists and 7.4 rebounds. While those are respectable numbers, he is shooting an embarrassing 38.5% from the field. He has been unable to get going, and has lacked the killer instinct which he was famous for in his Rockets days.

Nov 5, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) talks with guard James Harden (13) during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

If Kyrie is out for the season, the Nets will be unable to go all the way unless Harden improves. Nets fans are hoping that this only a slow start and that he is able to find his form soon. Otherwise, they will be staring at another season without silverware at the Barclays Center.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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