Why I Hate James Harden By A Former Fan

Mark-Potts by Mark-Potts on Apr. 25, 2013

James Harden was amazing to watch (was being a word that will be explained later). As an Oklahoma City Thunder fan, I reveled in his Euro Step, arguably the best in basketball. I laughed and celebrated when he exaggerated getting hit and was sent to the free throw line. I even bought a beard because I was a huge fan (and I can't grow one).

The Euro Step is a thing of beauty. Unless it hurts your team. Then it sucks.

 

Then he was traded. He wanted more money, and he deserved it. The Thunder were offering $54 million over four years. Harden wanted a max contract of $60 million over four years. The Thunder said no, and Harden left to sign a deal with the Houston Rockets worth $80 million over five years.

 

At first, I was mad at Harden. How could he do that to the Thunder's core of himself, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook? Those three were the best trio in basketball (admit it, Miami Heat fans…). The Thunder were young and had a bright future ahead! Harden talked a big game of sacrifice then jumped town for more money.

 

Then, I became mad at Thunder General Manager Sam Presti. The Thunder sell out nearly every game. They sell tons of merchandise. They could have pain the NBA’s luxury tax penalty for exceeding the salary cap and been fine. And it would have been worth it all for the championships they had coming their way.

Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, James Harden.

 

Over this season, I’ve watched Harden with sadness. Watching him play without wearing the Thunder blue was depressing. That beard. That beautiful fucking beard, flopping down the court, making threes for the Rockets. Upsetting. It's like a close friend had died.

 

Then it happened: the Rockets played the Thunder. Suddenly, Harden was using the Euro Step against my team. He was flopping and getting to the line. He was draining threes and acting all cocky about it.

 

And you know what? Fuck James Harden. Fuck him and his beard. That's right. Fuck him.

 

My hatred has grown even more in the playoffs as these two teams wage war in the first round. A number of Thunder fans have complained about Harden's tricks working for Houston. He flops like an old porn star's asshole. He travels all the damn time. And in game two, he had 20 free throws! That's absurd.

 

People like to call out these Thunder fans and say, "Oh, but you loved it when he did those tricks for you!" or "Harden cheated and helped the Thunder but now you bash him?"

 

YES. That's how sports work, dumbasses. Sports allow us to be petty and to love it. I loved Harden when his crap helped the Thunder but, now, I don't give a shit about what he does. I want him to go down. I want him to lose. I want him to use all that new, fancy money to buy a television he can watch the remaining playoff games on from home after he loses.

 

Dickhole.

 

And, in a way, that's the beauty of sports. It allows us to irrationally love a team, a set of colors, a town and a name. It lets us cheer loudly for men getting paid untold millions. We ignore hypocrisy for the good of our team. We ignore logic because logic hurts our pride. And it is ours. It brings us together in a stadium filled with angry, stupid, almost barbaric fans and find some sort of unity.

 

The first Yankees game after 9/11 was incredibly emotional even if you weren't there or a Yankees fan. It implied that we weren't going to stop being normal, being crazy, being sports fans. The Red Sox game after the recent Boston Marathon bombing was the same way. These sports, basketball, football, baseball, soccer (or fútbol if you will), these kids games that we pay tons for and pay people tons to play, brings us together in a wonderful hurricane of irrationality, pettiness, and pride.

 

As for James Harden? Well, he was amazing to watch. But now? He's nobody to me.

 

-- Mark  (Follow me on Twitter to talk Thunder and hate Harden)

 

41 comments
Charles-Chaney-847
Charles-Chaney-847

First off. Harden was given 1 hour to make his decision, not a week. He wasn't able to consult his family, anyone. Given 1 hour. Secondly, He wanted a max, OKC couldn't afford it. Welcome to the NBA. Third, you're an embarrassment to our fan base for this. Jesus Christ, you'd think your wife just cheated on you or something.

YeaISaidIt
YeaISaidIt User

I find it funny Break will post an article full of swears but won't really allow it in their comments section.

YeaISaidIt
YeaISaidIt

I find it funny Break will post an article full of swears but won't really allow it in their comments section.

christhen
christhen

Professional sports is an industry based on money. Everyone involved is tying to make the biggest profit possible, even the players. Especially in the NBA, there are few to no players who stay with their team because of a personal connection to a city, franchise, or their fans. Grow up.

Hamandcheese
Hamandcheese

Watching a bunch of grown men play with their balls? Count me out.

Hamandcheese
Hamandcheese

Watching a bunch of grown men play with their balls? Count me out.

stupidcomments
stupidcomments

Not me. I gave last year during the lockout. I will never watch another game.

popopito
popopito

This was the most un-entertaining thing I have read this year... Thanks

turdsandwich666
turdsandwich666

you think im gonna read all this basketball shit? fucck you

turdsandwich666
turdsandwich666

you think im gonna read all this basketball shit? fucck you

Terry-308
Terry-308 User

hahaha.. better then the Miami trio?? LoL move on!

Terry-308
Terry-308

hahaha.. better then the Miami trio?? LoL move on!

llga01
llga01 User

$80 million to play a fukkin game is disgusting. Fukk Harden, Fukk the NBA, fukk obamas

llga01
llga01

$80 million to play a fukkin game is disgusting. Fukk Harden, Fukk the NBA, fukk obamas

WillieBeamer
WillieBeamer User

Mark, first off, best trio in basketball? Durant scores 95% of his points from the freethrow line, boring as hell to watch. Westbrook is out of control, master of bad decisions, and always end up choking by either missing crucial shots or turning the ball over. Harden was the best player out of that trio. Secondly, OKC sucks old balls. Third, it's not called soccer, it's called football. American football is a different sport and is also known as handegg. I rest my case.

WillieBeamer
WillieBeamer

Mark, first off, best trio in basketball? Durant scores 95% of his points from the freethrow line, boring as hell to watch. Westbrook is out of control, master of bad decisions, and always end up choking by either missing crucial shots or turning the ball over. Harden was the best player out of that trio. Secondly, OKC sucks old balls. Third, it's not called soccer, it's called football. American football is a different sport and is also known as handegg. I rest my case.

YayImFirst
YayImFirst User

This was stupid. If I want to read someone's rants there are tons of places for it. Break should be for funny stuff. Stupid and funny sometimes go hand-in-hand. But not this time. Zero funny. All stupid.

WTFisDubstep
WTFisDubstep

This was stupid. If I want to read someone's rants there are tons of places for it. Break should be for funny stuff. Stupid and funny sometimes go hand-in-hand. But not this time. Zero funny. All stupid.

pond11
pond11 User

The NBA is second only to the WNBA as the worst professional sports association/league. It is a shell of what it once was...when they actually played basketball and not this bastardize form of one on one...It's crap.

pond11
pond11

The NBA is second only to the WNBA as the worst professional sports association/league. It is a shell of what it once was...when they actually played basketball and not this bastardize form of one on one...It's crap.

weeg1
weeg1

People still watch basketball?

kingdomofnothing
kingdomofnothing User

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kingdomofnothing
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VagrantToad User

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cen0bite
cen0bite User

KD is more of a jump shooter. 95% is an insane number. I'd imagine even guys who are known to attack the basket like D-Rose or Wade or Westbrook don't score anywhere near 95% of their points from the free throw line.

Mark-Potts
Mark-Potts moderator User

Actually, in the 2012-2013 regular season, Durant made 29.78% of his points from the free throw line. Nice try, Willie.

cen0bite
cen0bite

KD is more of a jump shooter. 95% is an insane number. I'd imagine even guys who are known to attack the basket like D-Rose or Wade or Westbrook don't score anywhere near 95% of their points from the free throw line.

Mark-Potts
Mark-Potts

Actually, in the 2012-2013 regular season, Durant made 29.78% of his points from the free throw line. Nice try, Willie.

Break Robot
Break Robot moderator

Break Robot laughs. Laughs. Laughs.

stupidcomments
stupidcomments User

Not me. I gave last year during the lockout. I will never watch another game.

WillieBeamer
WillieBeamer User

Maybe, just maybe, I exaggerated about the freethrows to make a point. And since you did not mention the other facts I stated you obviously agree with them. Handegg.

WillieBeamer
WillieBeamer

Maybe, just maybe, I exaggerated about the freethrows to make a point. And since you did not mention the other facts I stated you obviously agree with them. Handegg.

Scabbs1
Scabbs1 User

Willie, you are dumb.

Scabbs1
Scabbs1

Willie, you are dumb.