Former NBA Champion Calls Out James Harden For Making Things Tough For Younger Generations

Published 12/11/2020, 2:30 PM EST
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 13: James Harden (13) of the Houston Rockets has words for a referee during the first half against the Denver Nuggets on Monday, November 13, 2018. The Denver Nuggets hosted the Houston Rockets at the Pepsi Center. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Days have passed, but James Harden and the Houston Rockets have been  unable to get past their rough patch. Out of the two, none of them are willing to negotiate and come to a consensus. The matter has gotten so out of hand that executives of other teams want the league to get involved in diffusing the situation. However, Kendrick Perkins has a lot to say about this fiasco.

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All Harden wants is to be traded off to another team. At first, he showed a keen interest in going to the Brooklyn Nets and playing with former teammate Kyrie Irving. But when those demands were not heard, he decided to not show up for training camp.

Initially, Stephen Silas justified his absence with COVID-19 protocols. However, things became worse when at the same time Harden was seen partying on various occasions. When this came into notice, nobody was pleased and expected Harden to be more reasonable.

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Although Harden did not back down. He continued to put forward demands of being traded to any other team but stay with the Rockets. There could be dire consequences for Harden when this blows up. In fact, Perkins thinks he is putting the younger generation in jeopardy with his actions.

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)

Kendrick Perkins does not approve of the methods James Harden is resorting to

In an interview with Michael Holley from Peacock TV, Perkins made his opinion on the matter clear. He stated, “I am not mad at James for asking for the trade. But the way that he’s going about things, I don’t approve of and I don’t agree with.

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“He’s making it tough on the younger generation that’s coming up under us. He has to realize that. Charles Barkley. Magic Johnson, all those guys that played before us, paved the way for guys like him to get paid $30+ Million/year. And the way he’s been handling the situation, he’s not doing nothing but being selfish and making the owners mad.”

He further explained, “And what’s going to happen is, next time the owners have to back to the CBA, It’s going to be a James Harden cause. We need to back off on giving guys a hundred million dollars because you see how they act when we give them the brinks truck.”

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Perkins isn’t wrong. The way Harden is behaving could be a red flag for a lot of teams. Yes, Harden is one of the most dominant players in the league, but it’s unlikely that his attitude going to help his case. So, how far do you think Harden is willing to go to make his demands met?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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