James Harden’s Disaster Pulls Amar’e Stoudemire Theory
James Harden didn’t show up for the Philadelphia 76ers in their crucial showdown with the Miami Heat, but according to Amar’e Stoudemire, the former NBA MVP intentionally did so as a form of protest against Doc Rivers.
The former Houston Rockets scorer scored just 11 points after making a meager nine shot attempts, something you wouldn’t expect from a superstar in a do-or-die game. The Sixers guard also just took two hits in the second half of the contest, as if he had already given up before the buzzer even sounded.
Philly ended up losing 99-90, ending their playoff streak that many hoped would go the distance.
Stoudemire, however, expressed his belief that Harden simply didn’t like Rivers as a head coach and shut down because of it.
“I think it looked intentional, right?” Stoudemire shared during an appearance on First take of ESPN. “Because it looks like James doesn’t want Doc as head coach. And he’s got the story of if he doesn’t like something he’ll shut down. And we saw last night that he shut down his doors.
Sure enough, fans and pundits alike talked about how it looked like James Harden had played poorly on purpose for the Sixers. After all, for a man who averaged nearly 20 shot attempts per game during his time in Houston, he certainly knows a variety of ways to put the ball in the basket.
If true, things could be tough for the Sixers. Team manager Daryl Morey has already made it clear that Doc Rivers will remain the team’s head coach, while Harden is also in Philadelphia to stay as they look to see what he can do. after a full season with the franchise.
Either way, the Sixers still have some tough decisions to make this offseason.