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My immediate response and description of Oklahoma City Thunder GM Sam Presti’s trade of James Harden,┬áCole Aldrich, Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward to the Houston Rockets for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two first round draft picks and a second round pick is that it was ninja-like — they killed Harden’s OKC career quietly and sneakily, and nobody really saw it coming.

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.

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(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.

On the plus side, this should make for some great fodder for another terrible column about how James Harden needs to stay in Oklahoma City so he doesn’t go off the deep end with his partying. So that’s nice.

Well, hello there, new favorite picture ever of James Harden. Pleased to meet you. It’s good to have a picture like you in our lives, making us all laugh and smile.

And lest you doubt that’s Harden and is actually just some dude with a huge beard, trying to be James Harden, let’s do some investigative Twitter journalism.

Eric Maynor: “All white Yacht party 2nite…….it will be a movie!!!!!! #realtalkBO”

James Harden, himself: “All white yacht party tonight…. #Movie!!!!!!!!!!!”

So we’ve established that there was an all-white yacht party that was going to be a movie. Good to know. But who was there?

Someone named @trimskit: “Last night movie starring: @JHarden13 supporting cast : All the bros”

And who are the bros?

@trimskit, again: “@JHarden13 @EMaynor3 @M1AKATMAN @Rjayrolln @JUJUvee12 @John_Wall @TheRealJRSmith @inTRIMwetrust @Adaye5 @KDTrey5 @PRIVALEDGE #Movie”

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.

Now that we’ve solidified the party, was it fun?

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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.

Except now James Harden is trying to say he didn’t get crossed over when he totally did. Check out this interaction he had with J.R. Smith on Twitter, a microblogging service.

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.

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