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James Harden Debut: Sixers Twitter Goes Nuclear, Joel Embiid Rips Ben Simmons


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James Harden wowed in his Sixers debut alongside Joel Embiid on February 25, 2022 in Minnesota.

It didn’t take long for James Harden to make his presence felt. Early in his Philadelphia 76ers’ debut, The Beard dribbled down the baseline and pulled out a beautiful cross-over en route to an easy and-one opportunity. He swished the free throw to put the Sixers up 10-6 with 8:43 showing in the first quarter.

Harden was sensational in his first game, showcasing his patented step-back three on multiple occasions while wowing with several no-look Houdini passes. He fired a strike down the court to a streaking Tyrese Maxey for a speedy lay-in. He played solid defense. He fought for rebounds. He was everything as advertised and more. Harden finished with 27 points, 12 assists, eight rebounds.

After the game, Sixers Twitter boiled over in excitement … to the point of nuclear

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Kevin Durant the one pulling the trigger on James Harden trade?

By Thursday morning, Durant dialed Nets general manager Sean Marks, sources said. While Durant had initially resisted swapping Harden for Simmons, Harden had finally forced his hand. Brooklyn’s spiral of losses and Harden’s freelancing behavior created an untenable situation. “Kevin’s the one that pulled the trigger with this,” another source with knowledge of the situation said. “Kevin’s the one that said, ‘Do this deal.’ There was growing concern that this entire season would be lost and then they’d lose James for nothing.”
Source: Jake Fischer @ Bleacher Report

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
What does everyone want to know from Harden, Morey, and Co. at today’s presser? – 10:17 AM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I’m very ready to put the Harden-Simmons, Brooklyn-Philly stories away and move on to basketball. Everyone was miserable. We get it. Do we really need more details about why everyone was

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Steph Curry selected third by LeBron James

Steph drafted by Team LeBron for All-Star Game; Wiggs with KD originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Steph Curry will be teaming up with LeBron James at the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.

The Warriors superstar was drafted third overall by Team LeBron for the second consecutive season. LeBron took Giannis Antetokounmpo first and Kevin Durant drafted Joel Embiid second, before LeBron announced he was taking Curry, “the greatest shooter of all time.”

Curry’s Warriors teammate, Andrew Wiggins, also is an All-Star starter and will play for Team Durant in the All-Star Game. Wiggins and Hawks guard Trae Young were the last two All-Star starters remaining on the board, and both were given to Durant to round out his starting five.

Draymond Green, who was named an All-Star reserve for the fourth time in his career, will not participate in the game due to his back injury and

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LeBron James Sends Clear Message About Russell Westbrook Amid Losing Streak

LeBron James on the court for the Lakers.

LeBron James on the court for the Lakers.

Many pointed to Russell Westbrook’s struggles as a big reason why the Lakers lost to the KD and Kyrie-less Nets on Christmas Day. However, LeBron James came to the defense of the 14-year vet. Telling reporters that Westbrook’s effort was a big reason why LA was able to climb out of a 20-point hole and be in position to steal a home W.

“He gave us extra possessions, he gave us a lot of looks around the basket, which I know that he can’t stand [failing to convert] as well,” James said.

“But as far as the effort piece, if a guy plays hard, if a guy leaves it all out on the floor, I got no problem with that,” he continued. “It’s a make-or-miss league.”

LeBron also described Westbrook’s decision-making as “spectacular” after the nine-time All-Star finished with double-digit assists.

Russ

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