Colin Cowherd: “All the conversations are now becoming what James Harden ‘used to be’ and what James Harden ‘used to do.’ We’ve got to be honest, that’s not what he is right now. He partied hard, he closed the nightclubs, and that’s fine. He’s also made, between shoe deals and contracts, about $300-400 million. He’s good. He’s got a scoring title, he’s had an MVP, and he’s had a great life. He is not the player he was a couple of years ago, but he plays hard, he shows up, he gives you 18, and he can facilitate, but there’s an argument to be made that’s pretty clear that Tyrese Maxey is an ascending player, really good really fast, and has exploded since the trade deadline. When Harden came over we thought Joel Embiid was going to be no. 1 and then James Harden no. 1B. What we’re finding is James Harden this morning is the 3. Embiid is the 1, Maxey is the 2, and Harden is the 3, and that’s the reality. How you live your life will eventually catch up to you. Some age well and some age quickly. Embiid talked after the game that he needs more from James Harden, but this may be it as Maxey is ascending. Eighteen points and facilitate. James Harden at his peak was playing iso-ball and drawing contact to go to the free-throw line. It was a PHYSICAL game. James loved physicality and leaned into it for like 7-8 years, and it just looks like he’s aged really fast.” (Full Video Above)
Listen to Colin Cowherd explain why he believes the days of James Harden playing MVP-caliber basketball are npow over, as Colin thinks not only is Harden obviously firmly behind Joel Embiid as Philadelphia’s no. 1 option but even behind the previously anonymous Tyrese Maxey as the team’s second option as well.
Check out the video above as Colin details how Harden’s past life has aged him alarmingly fast.