But he’s not shedding much light on why he left the Brooklyn Nets.
James Harden says Philadelphia was "originally his first choice" when leaving Houston "but it didn't happen." Says he doesn't want to get into why he decided to leave Brooklyn, but says from top-to-bottom the situation here in Philadelphia is great for him.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) February 15, 2022
Speaking with the media, Harden says that Philadelphia was actually his “first choice” when he was exiting the Houston Rockets “but it didn’t happen.”
While refusing to get into why he decided to leave the Nets, Harden stated that Philly is a great fit for him and seems very optimistic about the team’s future.
Harden From Houston
It was less than two seasons ago but many people have forgotten just how problematic and troubled Harden’s last few weeks in Houston were.
There was a time when the Rockets were one of the best teams in the Western Conference, in large part thanks to Harden’s abilities.
But the star player eventually soured on his team and wanted out – as soon as possible.
This led to lackluster play from The Beard and an overall attitude of him obviously not wanting to be there.
There were some who even suggested that Harden was purposefully gaining weight so the Rockets would be forced to move him.
In the end, Harden was traded to Brooklyn and immediately made that team NBA Finals contenders.
As we all know, those plans never panned out.
It’s obvious now that Harden wasn’t happy with the Nets for most of his time there.
In fact, it seems like he hasn’t been truly satisfied with the team he’s been on for a few years.
As of now, he seems very excited to be on the 76ers and that has many fans hoping they are about to see a fully-revitalized and refreshed version of Harden on the floor.