One of James Harden’s former teammates suggests Harden look in the mirror to find out why he has so many failed partnerships.
The Philadelphia 76ers had lost three of their last four games on Sunday and the city’s new star takes the blame. Harden’s shooting percentages had fallen to 36.6 percent from the floor and 30 percent from 3-point range in his previous 13 games after a quick start.
“He’s been more of a liability than they thought he was going to be,” ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins said earlier this week. “He’s supposed to be there to relieve Joel Embiid, and when you look at James Harden and you look at all the guys he’s had, all the superstars he’s played with, he’s had more features than DJ Khaled. when it had Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Migos, Drake and everyone on every level.
Perkins and Harden were teammates with the Oklahoma City Thunder when they reached the 2012 NBA Finals, but lost to the Miami Heat. Since then, Harden has been traded three times, including exhausting his home in two cities and forcing trades from the Houston Rockets to the Brooklyn Nets and the Nets to the 76ers.
“When you look at who James Harden played with, it didn’t work with Dwight Howard, it didn’t work with Chris Paul, it didn’t work with Russell Westbrook,” Perkins said. “You went to the Brooklyn Nets, it didn’t work out with KD [Kevin Durant] and Kyrie [Irving]. Now you are with Embiid.
“At some point, you have to be able to hold your end of the bargain and not just depend on whoever you partner with. Don’t pressure Embiid. Be an asset to him, not a liability. Right now, that’s what James Harden has been since he arrived with the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Sixers were stuck in the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference — 2.5 games behind No. 1 Miami — on Sunday afternoon.