Harden feels comfortable
The Philadelphia 76ers won their third game in a row after acquiring James Harden, and so far, it seems like the best move they made in over a decade or even longer. This time the victim were the Knicks again, but the scenery was a bit different since it was James Harden's debut in front of the fired-up Philly home crowd. Even the Sixers legend Allen Iverson sent his regards for Harden right before his debut showcasing support.
The Beard and the Sixers didn't disappoint, and Harden finished the game with a near triple-double with 26 points, 9 assists, and 9 rebounds. There is no question Harden seems like a natural fit for the Sixers, and in a press conference after the game, he said feels comfortable and ready to be the best version of himself for this squad.
"I'm very comfortable in a lot of situations, especially basketball. I feel like you can put me anywhere in the room, and I can fit in, so here is no different. Just survey the room, see what you have, and try your best to fit in and be the best James Harden I can be in every aspect."
He will continue to be James Harden
After three games with the Sixers, Harden sees what this team is capable of and believes there is a lot of potential for them to be great because of their versatility. Having excellent ball movement, spacing, and the ability to be a treat from pretty much any position is something this Sixers squad now has with Harden fully embracing his role.
"Cause you have big men that is dominant and able to do a lot of things on the court. Then you have a lot of guys that are versatile able to make plays. You got spacing, you got shooters, cutters, and guys who are really smart off the ball. For me, I just try to help any way I can but for the most part, its been seamless."
Harden mentioned he didn't have to change that much to adapt to the team because the fit is seamless, and the Sixers allow him to be the best version of himself.
"My role is the same. I am very vocal, trying to do my best of being a leader by leading as an example on the court. My role doesn't change no matter where I go, I will always be James Harden, and that is all I am going to be".
Obviously, three games is not a lot, and we'll need a bigger pattern of games to see the full potential of James Harden playing for the Sixers, alongside Joel Embiid. Luckily they have plenty of time to polish up any weaknesses the coaching staff might have noticed. Their next game will also be at home against a very dangerous Cleveland Cavaliers squad that, just like the Sixers, is hoping to get every possible win before the playoffs start.