Doug Gottlieb: “Stop me if you’ve heard this before but James Harden doesn’t look like a dominant and dynamic player in the playoffs. In previous years of James Harden in the playoffs, there would be complaints about missed fouls – he actually got to the foul line 8 times in Game 1 and made 7 of them – the difference is just he’s not what he used to be. He’s just not. James Harden is 32 years old but it feels like he’s an OLD 32. It feels a little bit like Carmelo Anthony… I’m not going to tell you that James Harden is washed, we’re not getting to the Trevor Arizona or DeAndre Jordan level where you can’t even put those guys out there – but James Harden’s teams have fallen short generally because James Harden hasn’t been able to be James Harden in the playoffs. Now when you combine that with the idea that maybe athletically he’s gone to a place where he’s not going to get it back, you wonder if James Harden and the superstar days are in the past. I don’t think James Harden is done in the league, but the idea of being a superstar, I’m not sure that happens again.” (Full Video Above)
Listen to Doug Gottlieb explain why he thinks James Harden’s days of being considered a ‘superstar’ could be over, as Harden is coming off a season in which he averaged fewer points than he ever had in a decade.
Check out the segment above as Gottlieb details where it all might have started to go wrong for Harden.