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James Harden
James Harden
Position: G
Born: 08/26/89
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $44,310,840
Is the Beard back? Maybe James Harden was sparked by the defense Friday night, or perhaps he was just unusually springy at San Antonio. But he says it’s something bigger. The Nets star claims his long road back from a June hamstring injury is behind him, and an extended run of prime Harden is ahead of him. “Yeah, I’m definitely back,” Harden said. “It’s just throughout the course of the year we had so much going on [with] our team. A lot of injuries and whatnot, and obviously the situation with Kyrie [Irving], so it’s really difficult to get a rhythm like we all want to.
Fresh off dominating the third quarter, James Harden engaged in a constructive confrontation with his backcourt mate Kyrie Irving on the Brooklyn Nets’ bench. “James kind of yelled at me,” Irving said. “It’s not a negative yell, but he yelled at me, ‘Kai, get the f’ing ball!’ in the third quarter after he scored [12 points] in the quarter. I kind of took that personal. I just wanted to come out in the fourth quarter in an aggressive mindset and just play within the flow of the offense.” Irving, who was scoreless in the third quarter, responded to his co-star’s challenge by scoring 15 of his 24 points in the fourth as the Nets cruised to a 117-102 win Friday night over the San Antonio Spurs. Harden had 11 points in the final quarter, as the Nets’ superstar guards were only two points shy of matching the Spurs’ scoring total in the frame.
In the end, Irving — who had just nine points through the third quarter — put up 15 in the fourth. He shot 6-for-9 and was a plus-10 in a final period that served as a breakthrough. “For sure,” Harden said of the point guard. “For sure, it was a breakthrough. He’s capable of doing that, man, at any moment, at any point in the game. And that’s one of the reasons we need him every single game: Because he’s able to do that, especially with everything that’s going on with our team. “But he’s more than capable of doing things like that whenever he wants. I think he just tries to get us involved a little bit more. But yeah, he’s a special talent.”

Daryl Morey hoping to trade Ben Simmons for James Harden?

Marc Stein on Ben Simmons: When I talk to executives with other teams, it just comes up so much so often, that these rival executives think that Daryl’s real goal here is to wait till the offseason and try to do a sign and trade for James Harden. Now, that would be super complicated, because it would hard cap the Sixers and they would definitely have to shed much more salary. Much more salary than just Ben here. So the mathematics of a Harden sign and trade, even if Harden is like ‘I want to go to Philly’, even if that happened, that would be difficult.
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