Raiders’ Account Trolls Rockets’ James Harden on Twitter

Published 11/25/2020, 7:44 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)


James Harden has been having a tough time in 2020. The 2018 MVP had a good season by his own standards. Harden averaged about 34.3 points, 7.5 assists, and 6.6 rebounds per game.

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Harden got to pair up with a long-time friend and former teammate Russell Westbrook at the Houston Rockets. During the regular season, their performances inspired confidence among many Rockets fans that they could make it to the NBA Finals this year.

However, the Rockets had a signature collapse in the playoffs. Russell Westbrook suffered from COVID-19 and entered the bubble late. And upon returning, did not look like himself.

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SAITAMA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 08: James Harden #13 of Houston Rockets dribbles up court against the Toronto Raptors on October 8, 2019 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)

The Rockets barely got past the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder had marginally low odds to even make the playoffs, and the fact that the Rockets took seven games to get past them was a warning sign.

Then the Rockets were embarrassed by the Lakers, getting gentleman-swept 4-1. The loss to the Lakers completely changed the Rockets. They fired head coach Mike D’Antoni, and general manager Daryl Morey resigned from his role. Morey was the man who brought Harden to the Houston Rockets.

Due to the instability surrounding the Rockets, not to mention the presence of another collapse in the playoffs, Harden made it clear he wanted to leave Houston. He is rumored to join the Brooklyn Nets, but so far, Houston has not done anything to help Harden exit.

Raiders troll James Harden

Harden’s career has become a talking point among many NBA fans with many bashing ‘The Beard’ for not having the success that his talent merits. The lack of any major playoff success for Harden since the 2012 NBA Finals is a scathing indictment of Harden’s career.

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But it isn’t just NBA fans that are having fun at Harden’s expense. The Las Vegas Raiders played the Kansas City Chiefs recently. During the game, quarterback Derrick Carr called an audible with the name James Harden before releasing the ball on a down.

ESPN caught wind of the audible and posted the video of the incident on Twitter. The Las Vegas Raiders Twitter account chose to troll Harden with a response. Replying to the video, the Raiders account Tweeted “Well, he didn’t pass it…”.

Harden has not responded to the trolling from the Raiders account. But perhaps he doesn’t need to. The Raiders lost the game to the Chiefs. Perhaps Patrick Mahomes is a big fan of James Harden and chose to avenge him being trolled.

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It will be interesting to see if Harden does eventually respond. At this time, Harden has stayed quiet about his entire situation. It is doubtful that he will talk about this small joke that was meant in good humor.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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