After many failures in the conference finals, James Harden still hopes to win an NBA championship ring. Transferred to the 76ers last winter, The Beard had several months to adapt. A few months before the resumption of the NBA, James Harden is convinced that he can be champion alongside Joel Embiid, the other star of Philly.
James Harden can he really end his career NBA without a champion ring? At almost 33 years old, the leader of Philadelphia inevitably asks the question. When he was at Rockets, James Harden could not cope with the famous dynasty of Golden State Warriors despite several contested conference finals. The Beard therefore chose to change franchise, a stint with the Nets with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving which will have led to nothing and finally the 76ers. Next to Joel Embiid, James Harden had a decent first playoff campaign, but still too fair to claim better.
James Harden will be expected at the turn
After a few months of adaptation, James Harden is expected at the turn with the 76ers. Ex-Brooklyn point guard needs to prove to Philly executives they got it right by trading him to Ben Simmons. And for once, Harden will not necessarily be the big star on the floor. Joel Embiid is coming off a season where he came within a hair’s breadth of the MVP title. And to kick off this season in the best possible way, James Harden made a very good effort.
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He turned down $15 million to improve the 76ers roster
The double MVP refused his $47.3 million player option to extend his adventure with the 76ers. James Harden is tied for two more seasons with nearly $15M less than he could have earned. A sacrifice that will allow Philadelphia to improve the workforce. ” I had conversations with Daryl (Morey, the president of the Sixers), and I was told how we could improve and what the value of certain players was. I told Daryl to improve the squad, sign the players we needed and give me what was left. It shows how much I want to win. I want to fight for a title. That’s all that matters to me at this point. I’m willing to take less money to put us in a position to accomplish this », explained Harden in comments relayed by USA Basketball.
“I believe we can do it together”
And in addition to the reinforcements that will land, James Harden can obviously count on Joel Embiid : “ I speak with Joel frequently and we have meetings about how we are going to play and what we need to do to help our team win a title. When you have two of the best players in their position in the same team, it’s a great base to build something. We will grow together and try to lead this team to the top. I believe we can do it together “, assures James Harden in comments relayed by Let’s talk basketball. Answer next season!