‘Looks like Kendrick Perkins’: Fans Shocked Over James Harden’s Chubby Looking Photos

Published 12/16/2020, 2:21 AM EST
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 20: James Harden (13) of the Houston Rockets bites his beard during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


The last season, the Houston Rockets and James Harden were nothing but a team that got kicked out of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers. But this offseason has been all about them, all thanks to Harden. First, it was about him not showing up for training camp because his trade requests weren’t being met. And now that he is back, it’s all about him being compared to Kendrick Perkins.

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When the 2019-20 season went on hiatus on March 11, due to the deadly coronavirus, the Rockets were the sixth seed in the Western Conference. During the lockdown, social media went crazy over Harden’s remarkable transformation. When he returned, it looked like he had lost tons of weight and was as fit as ever.

Harden looked like a beast playing in the playoffs. Sadly, the Rockets went through another disappointing exit from the playoffs, with Harden wanting to leave right after. He did not even show up for training camp, probably as a sign of protest because of the Rockets not trading him. But it seems like he has more problems to focus on.

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When Harden finally returned to join the team, nobody expected to find a Kendrick Perkins’ look alike. It feels like all the offseason pressure has caught up with the star.

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)

James Harden: The 2.0 version

Twitter has been in frenzy given how different Harden looks in just a two-month span. They are actually comparing him to former NBA champion, Kendrick Perkins because of the weight he has gained. With the beard, the similarity between the two is actually uncanny.

Perkins joined in on the trolling and wrote, “Yep I got a wig on.”

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It appears as if Harden had made up his mind on not returning until the Rockets traded him, so he decided to be a little laid back about his fitness.

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But let’s not doubt one of the top players in the league. If anyone can drop 30 points while gaining 30 pounds, that’s probably Harden. However, it is quite possible that this is just an unflattering angle and nothing else. Rockets’ fans can only hope that only his weight has changed and nothing else.

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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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