Disgruntled NBA superstar James Harden finally made his 2020-21 preseason debut with Houston Rockets. Instead of the excitement to see him paired up with his new teammates John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins being the topic of discussion, his physical appearance took center stage.
James Harden has been boohooing since the free agency opened up, demanding the Rockets trade him to any team on his list of destinations. The unhappy hooper hasn’t given his current team any clear indication that he is dedicated to playing with them, and his actions have shown that. Instead of reporting to training camp, the beard opted to head to Atlanta and Las Vegas to party with the likes of Lil Baby in the middle of a pandemic while not wearing a mask. Harden was finally cleared to practice with his team Monday after clearing NBA protocol that requires players to test negative for COVID-19 six consecutive days.
Tuesday (Dec.15), after missing the Rockets’ first two preseason games, the electric scorer made his debut, and fans couldn’t help but notice that Harden looked a bit on the heavy side. Harden’s rather round look had retired baller turned hot take aficionado Kendrick Perkins and Rick Ross trending becuase hoop fans joked Harden looked like them.
“Heavy Harden” did perform well in his preseason debut, scoring 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 turnovers in 21 minutes of play in the Rockets 112-98 victory over the Spurs. Following the game, Harden took the Kyrie Irving approach when talking to media and left the building without uttering a word, which will more than like result in a fine because he violated the league’s media access rules.
The jokes, however, continue to fly. You can peep the rest of them in the gallery below.
Twitter Compares James Harden To Kendrick Perkins & Rick Ross Due To His "Heavier" Appearance
1. Not Terio1 of 10
2. LOL damn
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This pic of James Harden got Rick Ross trending pic.twitter.com/PdOCSVU73f— XXL Magazine (@XXL) December 16, 2020
3. Maybe it's just his uniform.
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James Harden yesterday vs James Harden today pic.twitter.com/0ZbaD6HeD9— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) December 16, 2020
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Did the NBA just sim to 2035 on James Harden? pic.twitter.com/O2zswt2Cdn— TroyTheBullsFan (@Troydan) December 16, 2020
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Playing 2 guard for the Rockets tonight and 3 technique for the Texans on Sunday. https://t.co/PYPmp9UBHF— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 16, 2020
6. Bruh6 of 10
7. No chill
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MJ played against plumbers. LeBron played against Rick Ross. pic.twitter.com/G4o44dmiAr— Pete Mitch (@okpistol) December 16, 2020
8. Why are y'all like this?
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Harden on his rick Ross shit pic.twitter.com/FrxLYonRZt— Jay🏀 (@KingJay79) December 16, 2020
9. No lies detected.
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Nigga built like prime Rick Ross and still putting up 35+ on y’all favorite team lmao pic.twitter.com/nAOiEpS3EX— Tyrae (@imTyraee) December 16, 2020
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