The new signing of the Philadelphia 76ers James Harden is one of the best players in the league, but he has been a main character multiple times for the negative chemistry in the teams where he plays. His controversial exit from Brooklyn has not been a surprise at all. Will this happen again in Philadelphia?

Why did he leave a winning project like the Nets?

The arrival of Harden to the Brooklyn Nets was like a bomb in the league. A new super team was formed led by a dreamed Big 3: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. A team that transmitted both respect and fear just to think of them. However, the multiple injuries from the trio and external issues barely allowed them to play together and we have finally not been able to see how far the Nets could have gotten.

The shooting guard has explained the reason for his trade in his arrival to Philadelphia: “It’s a time where I needed to be around guys that I know want to win, and know that they are willing to do whatever it takes to win, and the structure here is unbelievable. I find an opportunity here in Philly and I can’t wait to start”, Harden said.

A statement that really shows the ambition of Harden to conquer the desired ring and which indirectly criticizes what it has been his team for a season and a half.

‘The Bread’ is not good at goodbyes:

The goodbye of James Harden from the Houston Rockets was very sad. Sad because a love story for nine years had ended, but even more sad for the shooting guard’s attitude and his lack of professionalism with the team he won the MVP with. It was understandable that Harden looked to be traded for a more competitive team to win the ring, but the way he did it was not the right one.

Going to striptease clubs, fights in the locker room and several inappropriate statements made him to be suspended from the team until his traded would be completed. A farewell that did not made justice to what many consider as the best historical player from the Texan franchise.

Now the story is repeated at Brooklyn. The idilic Big Three did not get along with each other as it might seem. It has been said that Harden and Irving had to be separated in a practice. Neither the relationship with KD was the best one. Durant suspected seeing harden’s physical shape and his rejection to extend his contract. It now looks like the situation in Brooklyn has calmed down with the shooting guard’s exit from the Nets, as if a bomb had been neutralized.

How will James Harden do in Philadelphia?

Time will answer to this question, but the trade of James Harden to the 76ers has helped to settle down the situation both in Brooklyn, as they get rid of a problematic player, and in Philadelphia, as they end the soap opera with Ben Simmons. Now Harden has a great opportunity to win the ring with top teammates like Joel Embiid, who is having his best season. A big try for ‘The Beard’, as at the age of 32 he sees that his possibilities to win the ring keep decreasing.

Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.

Main image: Brooklyn Nets website.

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