Bearded basketball great James Harden doesn’t owe his public anything more than the amazing basketball he delivers whenever he steps on the court. And neither do his superstar teammates Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. But when Harden does speak publicly, people want to know what he means — and Harden doesn’t usually explain, he just does what he does, says what he says.
So it follows that with so much scrutiny of the superstar Kyrie Irving’s vaccine situation, and the fact that he’s currently missing preseason action with the Nets, Harden’s take on the situation is something fans are very curious about. Of course it’s just like The Beard to be inscrutable, to speak in a way that leaves lots of room for interpretation. And he didn’t disappoint this week.
Harden dialed up a quote (“throw dirt on my name”) that could be a defense of Irving’s position, as some in the media “throw dirt” on Irving’s name for not complying the vaccine mandate. OR it could be an indication that somebody’s gotta move, as the quote says, to stay out ahead of the trouble. Does that mean James Harden is looking to “move like (he) knew it was coming”?
“They throw dirt on my name,
We ain’t grow up the same,
They gone switch when you lose,
It’s gone hurt you the same, Gotta move like you knew it was coming.”
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith had this to say about Harden and Irving: “Don’t think for one second that James Harden likes the nonsense that’s going on in Brooklyn,” Smith said, via First Take. “… James Harden deserves better than the nonsense Kyrie Irving is putting this franchise through!”
One thing’s certain: Harden would like to get back to smiling and being ready to ball like nobody else!