It seems like it was just yesterday when James Harden was in the prime of his career.
During his highly successful stint with the Houston Rockets, Harden won an MVP award along with three straight scoring titles. His innovative step-back jumper from behind the three-point line was heralded as one of the most unstoppable moves in the history of the NBA’s shot-clock era. But unfortunately for Harden, he hasn’t aged nearly as gracefully as the way in which he used to get to the foul line.
His athleticism has eroded and along with that, his mind-blowing stats, his attitude, and his work ethic. According to multiple sources close to the Brooklyn Nets, that is the glaring notion that his former teammate, Kyrie Irving, brought to his attention during their spirited one-on-one match-up in practice together. Apparently, Irving is not the only person with ties to Harden’s former team that has criticized his commitment to the game of basketball. In a recent appearance on an ESPN morning talk show called “Get Up,” former Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Amar’e Stoudemire chimed in on the status of Harden’s impending max contract negotiations by indicating that he would not pay his former co-worker the $227 million that he is eligible for this summer.