James Harden says 76ers were his preferred destination over Nets last season

For the primary time for the reason that blockbuster commerce deadline deal, James Harden addressed the media as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.

There have been quite a lot of variables enjoying into how Harden’s tenure ended with the Brooklyn Nets, however finally, the staff’s Huge 3 of him, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving solely performed 16 complete video games collectively over one-and-a-half seasons.

Harden was requested how one variable – Irving’s part-time availability – performed a task in his choice to need to go away the Nets, to which he admitted it had a slight influence.

“Very minimal,” Harden mentioned at first earlier than explaining himself. “Clearly, (Kyrie) and I are actually good pals and no matter he was going via, or remains to be going via, that’s his private choice.

“Nevertheless it undoubtedly did influence the staff. As a result of initially, me, Kyrie and KD on the court docket, successful covers up a number of that stuff. It was unlucky that we solely performed 16 video games however it’s what it’s. This right here in Philly is a chance that I am wanting ahead to.”

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Harden has appeared overjoyed to be in Philadelphia, beginning with the images of him at his first apply with the staff on Monday.

The 76ers already introduced that Harden can be out via the All-Star break as he continues to rehabilitate the left hamstring harm that pressured him to overlook his ultimate 4 video games with the Nets, however the 10-time All-Star already cannot wait to get moving into Philadelphia.

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“Initially, once I was going via every thing I used to be going via in Houston, Philly was my first selection,” Harden acknowledged plainly.

“I do not actually need to get into the Brooklyn scenario, however I simply knew for a really very long time that this was a very good match. You will have the perfect huge man within the league in Joel (Embiid). Clearly, the teaching. Simply from top-to-bottom, it made sense. I am simply comfortable and blessed that I am right here.”

Harden went on to speak about the best way he can see the staff already meshing and the expertise they have already got in place, however the final objective is to be “the final staff standing.”

When he was requested if he might see a championship being potential this season, he wasn’t shy along with his reply.

“Hell yeah. After the break, it is go time.”

The 76ers will play two extra video games previous to the break – in opposition to the red-hot Boston Celtics on Tuesday, Feb. 15 and the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, Feb. 17 – each of which Harden will miss.

He’s additionally set to overlook the All-Star Sport, however, in line with the person himself, he seems set to take the ground as soon as the break is over.

Meaning our first likelihood to see Harden’s potential debut with the 76ers can be on Friday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. ET when Philadelphia takes on the Minnesota Timberwolves.


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