James Harden celebrated his 33rd birthday on August 26. The former MVP hosted a yacht party where Kevin Durant and Trae Young were also spotted. Everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun. In a video shared online, Harden was seen throwing his birthday cake into the ocean.
Few people were happy with the incident, as they felt that Harden had polluted the ocean by dumping cake in it. Meanwhile, some also praised ‘The Beard’ for being forced to stay in shape in the offseason.
Here are some of the best reactions from Twitter.
The ease with which James Harden tossed the four-tier cake made it look fake to many. Most of the reactions, however, implied that fans were offended by his actions.
One thing that stood out from the video was the physical condition of James Harden. He has certainly worked hard in the offseason. He looked ripped, which is great news for Philadelphia 76ers fans.
The 10-time star player signed a two-year, $68.6 million extension in July. He also took a $14 million pay cut by giving up his player option. The move helped the franchise add more strength to the roster, via players such as PJ Tucker.
The Eastern Conference has great teams in the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat, and Milwaukee Bucks. Amid all the competition, if the 76ers want to stand out, they’ll need James Harden to be at his best.
How important is James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers next season?
The 2022-23 campaign will be James Harden’s 14th in the league. Although he won several individual accolades during his career, the Larry O’Brien Trophy was alluded to him. He moved to Philadelphia in hopes of winning a championship. The Philadelphia 76ers fell short last year, but expectations are high for the team and him next season.
Many have questioned Harden’s commitment and fitness last season. He seems to have made it his business to prove his doubters wrong, as he has been spotted hanging out in gyms. James Harden was one of the most prolific goalscorers of the past decade. If he regains his lost touch, the 76ers could wreak havoc on the league.
With Harden Fit, the 76ers will not only be competitive, they will have a chance to win it all. When you pair a point guard of Harden’s caliber with a perrine MVP candidate like Joel Embiid, it’s never good news for the league. Embiid has played the most dominant basketball of his life for the past two seasons. He finished second in the MVP race on both occasions.
Harden is one of the best playmakers. He also gets a lot of attention from defenders, which leaves teammates free for easy shots. If Harden regains his form, he’ll be the perfect Robin for Embiid’s Batman. And with the two in tandem, fans could see a version of Embiid like never before. There’s a lot at stake for Harden. It remains to be seen how he will respond to his detractors.