T-Mac calls out Harden
After it was finally announced, James Harden joined the Philadelphia 76ers; everyone was super excited to see him play for his new team. Unfortunately, Harden will have to wait for his Sixers debut and miss the All-Star game because of a hamstring injury. That wouldn't be so much of a problem if he wasn't seen working out with the team on his first practice with the Sixers, shooting and doing a bit of running.
Former NBA player Tracy McGrady found that suspicious on the latest NBA on TNT show with other former NBA legends. McGrady talked about everything going on between Harden and the Nets organization in recent weeks that led to him requesting a trade to the Sixers. Harden disagreed with how things were handled on the Nets and envisioned a system where he had more control. That type of clash led to him leaving the Nets and returning to Daryl Morey, who wanted to reunite with him ever since their days with the Houston Rockets.
"When you say you wanna play with guys that wanna win, what are you insinuating?" McGrady asked. "That the guys in Brooklyn didn't wanna win? Is that what we talkin' about?"
He forced his way out of Brooklyn
Harden wanted to join the Sixers before he came to Brooklyn, and as soon the opportunity was presented to him to leave the Nets, he seized it and is now starting a new chapter in his career. McGrady believes Harden had totally different expectations for what his experience with the Nets might look like, so when the team started going through rough times recently, he decided to leave.
"That's what it sounds like to me," McGrady continued. "And we all know that Philly was his first choice before he went to Brooklyn. So when things hit the fan, he wanted out of there. He shut it down. He wasn't hurt, he wasn't hurt. He shut it down."
The Sixers haven't disclosed when Harden will play his first game, but a lot of people just like McGrady assumed he looks healthy enough to play based on the footage that came out of the Sixers practice facility.
"My point exactly, you don't rehab a hammy by doing stepbacks," McGrady concluded.
Following their toughest loss in the season against the Boston Celtics, there is no question the Sixers want Harden to play as soon as possible. The regular season is coming to an end, and the remaining games will be used for him to fully immerse himself into the system Doc Rivers is trying to implement. It seemed the Sixers were finally finding their groove, and adding Harden might disrupt the chemistry they already have. On the other hand, his transition might be seamless, which will be a massive plus for the Sixers, who desperately need a winning streak that can potentially bring them higher in the rankings and enable them to have a favorable position going into the playoffs.