Oh, sure, people were talking about a potential Harden trade for about a year, but surely nobody expected this to happen right now. After Harden reportedly turned down a four-year offer in the range of $53-54 million from Presti — an offer that was clearly of the “take it or leave it” variety — Presti must have called Rockets GM Daryl Morey, who apparently had an offer on the table and has been lusting after a max-level player ever since his Yao-McGrady duo failed to bear fruit.
(Note: Possibly NSFW, though there is no nudity, as far as I can tell. Just a lady in a small bikini writhing underneath a flood of dollar bills.)
The worst thing about having the NBA’s most notable beard is that you can’t do anything without people noticing and taking pictures. Whether that means throwing an all-white party on a boat or just covering some nice young lady in bills, people are always going to be like, “Look at that guy with the beard. He looks like he’s having a greeeaaaat time. Wait … that’s James Harden!” and then get out their phones and put it on the internet. That has to be super frustrating when all you want to do is contribute to the local economy.
Thanks to that #Movie, we’ve established that this was the party James Harden and Eric Maynor were talking about. Plus, John Wall, J.R. Smith, Austin Daye and Kevin Durant were there, not to mention some peripherally associated people whose names keep popping up on each all these guys’ timelines. In fact, even the presence of Daye, who was in one of Harden’s pictures the day before this party, serves as proof this is the same party. I guess they are buddies.
What Foot Locker doesn’t show you is that after this commercial shoot ended, Russell Westbrook ran over and grabbed James Harden’s discarded beard while muttering something about “revolutionizing the podium game.” Guess we’re going to have to wait until next season to see what’s up, but I think I have a pretty good hunch.
Yesterday and this morning, we all saw with our own two eyes — or one, no offense pirates/cyclopes — James Harden getting crossed over by Nigerian point guard Tony Skinn. In an 83-point game, it was the only non-uniform related blemish on Team USA’s victory. Not a big deal, just kind of funny.
There is an old saying — a good craftsman never blames his tools — that seems pretty applicable here. In fact, you could even expand it to say “A good craftsman never blames his tools or what he is standing on” and it would still make a lot of sense.
Plus, there is this other old saying that goes something like, “Nice try. We saw you get crossed over, man. We have the tape.” It is VERY applicable here.