The season ended in a disappointing way for James Harden. Not only did his team, the 76ers, failed to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, but he also had a poor performance in the most important game of the year.
The 32-year-old superstar scored just 11 points in Game 6 against the Heat. Harden did not score a single point in the second half when Miami made a push and Philadelphia desperately needed scoring.
His teammate Joel Embiid admitted postgame that the Beard is not the same player anymore that he was back in the day when he was with the Rockets.
Having forced his way out of Houston and Brooklyn prior to joining the Sixers, the former NBA MVP was asked whether he plans to stay with the team next season. Harden has a player option for next year.
“I’ll be here,” he said. “Whatever allows this team to continue to grow and get better and do the things necessary to compete at the highest level.”
Harden was also asked about his comment that the ball didn’t come to him in Game 6 and whether it was the head coach Doc Rivers who called such plays. “Next question,” was his response.