Skip to main content

Harden's hilarious explanation for his Atlanta and Las Vegas trips

James-Harden

As far as we know, James Harden is yet to be fined for missing mandatory media availability and not following the league COVID protocols. The mess going on in Houston is largely a result of superstars getting away with murder, and the NBA seems to be repeating the Rockets' mistake. 

We'll see if Harden will start following the league's COVID protocols, but he did show up for media availability for the first time since his trade request. Professional athletes are reaching Senat and Congress levels of answering questions with non-answers, but even Harden couldn't keep it completely cool while explaining his Atlanta and Las Vegas trips.

The little laugh when MacMahon asked him what he was training for and Harden said, "The start of the NBA season" is pure gold. As much as I criticize the guy for the way he plays basketball, I gotta give him props for this answer. If you think about it, he did not lie. 

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

MacMahon's great story revealed how much time Harden spends in nocturnal establishments throughout the NBA season. If you want your workouts to be as close to the real thing as possible, pulling an Atlanta-Vegas-NBA game road trip is spot on for a regular Harden week in the NBA.

Harden's unorthodox approach to conditioning is one of the things making teams reluctant to go all in and start talking with Houston in the price range they are asking for The Beard. As durable as Harden's been in his career, he's also disappeared in crucial moments in the playoffs. The only time James Harden's heart rate is above 60 on the basketball court is when he has the ball. Defense or not having the ball on offense? Not interested. 

“More importantly, if you’re out there and want to trade for Harden, you probably had a good idea of this anyway, but you’re seeing this story, you’re learning about this, you’re looking at a guy not dedicated to his conditioning, looking at a guy who turned down a $100M extension and didn’t dedicate to his conditioning, a guy who has put his teammates and coach in a horrible position and is saying come trade for me. It’s pushing the limits of star power to the nth degree.”

Brian Windhorst, Rich Eisen Show

Trading Ben Simmons and a lot more (or Tyler Herro and a lot more) for James Harden would only make sense if he guaranteed to spend more time on the treadmill than in a strip club, commit to playing defense, and run on offense even if the play isn't revolving around him. If you're lucky, he may even throw in a screen or two. From everything we've found out, what are the chances for that? Exactly.

Rockets fans, start talking yourself into Wall and Boogie. 

; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) guards Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul Pierce (34)

“It’s time for him to move on from Portland” - Paul Pierce feels Damian Lillard is in the same situation as Kevin Garnett once was with the Minnesota Timberwolves

Before taking his talents to Boston, KG grew as a player with the Timberwolves and wanted to do everything he can to win a championship. However, that never came to fruition as the Wolves failed to contend during KG’s years with them.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo offers a stern warning to the rest of the NBA amid another strong season - "Do I think I'm better this year? One hundred percent. Do I believe I've shown it? No."

Antetokounmpo believes that he is an improved player from last season, but frighteningly enough, he doesn't believe that he has shown his improvements this season

Ja Morant

Ja Morant speaks on his confrontation with Andrew Nembhard in the Memphis Grizzlies' latest win -“I checked his temperature. He didn’t have a fever”

Morant stepped in when Nembhard told his dad, Tee Morant, to shut up, and quickly put Nembhard in his place by telling him he wasn't hot enough to have a fever

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo, the humblest superstar, talks about his cheapness and the number one thing he spends his money on

Giannis Antetokounmpo reflects on being called cheap and the number one thing he spends his money on

Zach Randolph

“I learned everything like a soldier” - Zach Randolph recalls his first years playing alongside Scottie Pippen and Rasheed Wallace

Zach Randolph talks about the humble beginnings of his career, as well as how playing alongside NBA's greats Scottie Pippen and Rasheed Wallace helped him develop into the player he became

Tracy McGrady

"I don’t broadcast that, I don’t show that off a lot" - Tracy McGrady on his low-key AAU program

T-Mac's program has a perk which teaches his pupils about the reality of life

Rick Barry

“Do you know how much better I would be if I was playing today?” - Rick Barry once explained why he would’ve thrived in this era

A longtime coach likened Barry to Luka recently to show a modern-day comparison for the Warriors legend.