James Harden was a “liability” for the 76ers: Kendrick Perkins

One of James Harden’s former teammates suggests Harden take a look in the mirror as to why he has so many failed partnerships.

The Philadelphia 76ers had lost three of their last four games on Sunday and the new star in town is taking the blame. Harden’s shooting percentages had fallen to 36.6 percent from the floor and 30 percent from 3-point range in his last 13 games after a quick start.

“He was a bigger liability than they thought he would be,” ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins said earlier this week. “He should be there to take pressure off Joel Embiid and if you look at James Harden and all the guys he’s had, all the superstars he’s played with, he’s had more features than DJ Khaled than he has Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Migos, Drake and everyone else down the line.”

Kendrick Perkins attends the Ruffles NBA All-Star Celebrity Game during the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend at the Wolstein Center on February 18, 2022 in Cleveland.
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76ers guard James Harden talks to umpire Gediminas Petraitis #50 during the third quarter in a game against the Charlotte Hornets at the Wells Fargo Center on April 2, 2022 in Philadelphia.
James Harden argues with referee Gediminas Petraitis.
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Perkins and Harden were teammates with the Oklahoma City Thunder when they reached the 2012 NBA Finals but lost to the Miami Heat. Since then, Harden has been traded three times, including grinding up his two-city welcome and forcing trades from the Houston Rockets to the Brooklyn Nets and from the Nets to the 76ers.

“If you look at who James Harden played with, it didn’t work out with Dwight Howard, it didn’t work out with Chris Paul, it didn’t work out with Russell Westbrook,” Perkins said. “You went to the Brooklyn Nets, it didn’t work out with KD [Kevin Durant] and Kyri [Irving]. Now you are at Embiid.

“At some point you have to be able to keep your end of the bargain and not just rely on whoever you’re working with. Do not put pressure on Embiid. Be an asset to him, not a burden. Right now that’s James Harden since he arrived with the Philadelphia 76ers.”

The Sixers were stuck at No. 4 in the Eastern Conference Sunday afternoon — 2.5 games behind No. 1 Miami. James Harden was a “liability” for the 76ers: Kendrick Perkins


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