Today, we're diving into the escalating tension between NBA superstar James Harden and 76ers President Daryl Morey.
James Harden, known for his exceptional skills on the basketball court, has made it crystal clear: he won't play another minute for the 76ers as long as Daryl Morey is in charge. Speaking at an Adidas event in China, Harden didn't mince words, stating, "Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of."
This bold statement comes after Harden's trade request out of Philadelphia in June. The root of their feud? Reports suggest that it's tied to Morey's reluctance to offer Harden a long-term max contract extension. This decision has clearly struck a nerve with the former NBA MVP.
It's worth noting that Harden and Morey have a history that goes beyond their current teams. The duo previously collaborated in Houston, where Harden clinched the 2018 MVP award while playing for the Rockets. Morey, who served as Houston's GM, orchestrated the trade to bring Harden to the Rockets in 2012. He later transitioned to Philadelphia to take on the role of team president in 2020.
Harden's stint with the 76ers was brief but impactful. After being traded from the Brooklyn Nets to Philadelphia during the 2021-2022 season, he played 21 games, averaging 21 points per game. The team finished 6th in the East with a 44-38 record.
As training camp looms in October, the basketball world is left wondering: Will Harden stick to his words and sit out, or will the 76ers find a resolution to this high-stakes standoff?