“That’s MJ Sh*t”: Lakers Legend Calls James Harden the Best Player for the Last Three Years

Published 11/19/2020, 5:46 AM EST
SAITAMA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 08: James Harden #13 of Houston Rockets shoots the ball against the Toronto Rapters on October 8, 2019 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)


James Harden has been one of the talking points of this NBA off-season. The Rockets’ star has demanded a trade and is interested in joining forces with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving at the Brooklyn Nets.

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The three-time scoring champion has arguably been one of the best players in the NBA. In the last three seasons, he has averaged over 30 points each game.

NBA Insider Scoop B recently tweeted the comments of the former Lakers’ star Ron Artest A.K.A Metta World Peace about the Rockets’ star. Artest said, “He’s nice. It’s not even a comparison. It’s not like you’re comparing him to LeBron or something like this LeBron or that LeBron, like you got four different LeBrons. This James Harden right here, the last two or three years, there’s no comparison.”

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Artest added, “You know he’s just like–this is the BEST James Harden. I don’t even know how old he is. What’s he 32, 33? I mean, he’s done some historic shit. What was he averaging this year? Like 38, 39? That’s MJ shit! But MJ plays way better defense than James Harden.”

Why James Harden wants a trade

The Houston Rockets paired up James Harden with his longtime friend Russell Westbrook last season. The Rockets were expected to make a deep playoff run with them.

With Westbrook not fitting in the team, and the lack of a good supporting cast, Harden and the Rockets were ousted by the eventual champions, the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.

James Harden #13 of Houston Rockets passes the ball during the preseason game between Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets at Saitama Super Arena on October 10, 2019 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)

The Beard has realized that his championship window is diminishing and has lost his faith in Houston. Joining forces with Durant and Irving might be the best chance for him to win the championship.

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A trio of James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Durant has the capability to destroy any team’s defense. Any of the three can have a 40 point game. The only issue the Nets might face with Harden in the picture is of who would run the offense.

Both ‘the Beard’ and Irving prefer the role of primary ball handlers. If Harden comes to the Nets, one of them might have to take a step back, but will they be willing to do so?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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