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Here’s a thought: maybe Harden doesn’t want the ball all of the fucking time. Maybe he’s sick of being so tired on offense that he’s a living meme on D. Maybe he’s thinking about all of those juicy catch-and-shoots and cuts he’s going to get now with Paul orchestrating things with Capela as his roll-man. Maybe Harden thinks that this trade is going to make him twice as efficient now and help save his legs in future giving him a longer prime.

We don’t give these guys enough credit. We blithely assume that they’re selfish dicks who just want the ball and to score. That hasn’t been Harden’s basketball identity for basically his whole life so why’s that become the narrative now?

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