Daryl Morey surprised that James Harden talks about his physical problems


After leaving the playoffs through the back door, James Harden spoke about the physical issues that had slowed his performance lately. The Philadelphia star spoke in particular of « two long years »similar to a « whirlwind ».

« I’m finally starting to feel good again »he added in May, after the elimination against the Heat. “It will be a great summer for me to get my body back in shape and ready to go again for next year. »

Comments that surprised Daryl Morey. Precisely because the president of the Sixers knows « The Beard » well, whom he had brought to Houston in 2012, and it is not his habit to talk about his little sores.

« I would say that James, more than any other player I’ve worked with, never says when it’s not right »explains the former GM of the Rockets for the podcast The Takeoff. “So it surprised me that he said that. If he says so, it’s because there were big problems. He was one of the toughest players in the league before this hamstring thing. Last season, he never said he wasn’t 100% because he never wants to make excuses, especially in the playoffs. He does not want to tell his teammates or his opponents that there is a problem. »

Thanks to his pay cut, the Sixers were able to sign Montrezl Harrell

A surprise that turns into admiration for the leader, even if the latter has sometimes tried to change the behavior of James Harden on this subject.

“During my career, I tried to push James to open up more, to say when he was in pain or whatever, in order to protect him. When I was at Houston he twisted his ankle and other players would have been out for weeks with an injury like that. He was playing again the next day. It was impressive. Sometimes it’s braver than necessary, but you have to respect that spirit. »

Daryl Morey also paid tribute to the 2018 MVP for his financial « sacrifice » this summer. The player could re-stack for a season at 47.3 million dollars, but he decided to sign a new contract for 32 million for the 2022/23 financial year.

Thus, the former Thunder offered 15 million additional wage margin to the franchise. A check which then made it possible to recruit to strengthen the group.

“He did more, I think, than any other star to take such a low salary. Without that, we couldn’t have recovered Montrezl Harrell. He left money aside, he was involved from day one, he does what Doc Rivers asks of him… I’m a guy who looks at advanced statistics. With Harden’s passes, other players’ shooting percentage is better. With Joel Embiid, he forms the best pair on pick-and-roll. He has a global impact and carries the team to help them win the title. »

James Harden Percentage Bounces
Season Crew GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2009-10 OKAY 76 23 40.3 37.5 80.8 0.6 2.6 3.2 1.8 2.6 1.1 1.4 0.3 9.9
2010-11 OKAY 82 27 43.6 34.9 84.3 0.5 2.6 3.1 2.2 2.5 1.1 1.3 0.3 12.2
2011-12 OKAY 62 31 49.1 39.0 84.6 0.5 3.6 4.1 3.7 2.4 1.0 2.2 0.2 16.8
2012-13 HOO 78 38 43.8 36.8 85.1 0.8 4.1 4.9 5.8 2.3 1.8 3.8 0.5 25.9
2013-14 HOO 73 38 45.6 36.6 86.6 0.8 3.9 4.7 6.1 2.4 1.6 3.6 0.4 25.4
2014-15 HOO 81 37 44.0 37.5 86.8 0.9 4.7 5.7 7.0 2.6 1.9 4.0 0.7 27.4
2015-16 HOO 82 38 43.9 35.9 86.0 0.8 5.3 6.1 7.5 2.8 1.7 4.6 0.6 29.0
2016-17 HOO 81 36 44.0 34.7 84.7 1.2 7.0 8.1 11.2 2.7 1.5 5.7 0.5 29.1
2017-18 HOO 72 35 44.9 36.7 85.8 0.6 4.8 5.4 8.8 2.4 1.8 4.4 0.7 30.4
2018-19 HOO 78 37 44.2 36.8 87.9 0.9 5.8 6.6 7.5 3.1 2.0 5.0 0.7 36.1
2019-20 HOO 68 37 44.4 35.5 86.5 1.0 5.5 6.6 7.5 3.3 1.8 4.5 0.9 34.3
2020-21 * All Teams 44 37 46.6 36.2 86.1 0.8 7.1 7.9 10.8 2.3 1.2 4.0 0.8 24.6
2020-21 * BRK 36 37 47.1 36.6 85.6 0.8 7.7 8.5 10.9 2.4 1.3 4.0 0.8 24.6
2020-21 * HOO 8 36 44.4 34.7 88.3 0.6 4.5 5.1 10.4 1.8 0.9 4.3 0.8 24.8
2021-22 * All Teams 65 37 41.0 33.0 87.7 0.9 6.9 7.7 10.3 2.4 1.3 4.4 0.6 22.0
2021-22 * BRK 44 37 41.4 33.2 86.9 1.0 7.0 8.0 10.2 2.4 1.3 4.8 0.7 22.5
2021-22 * PHL 21 38 40.2 32.6 89.2 0.6 6.5 7.1 10.5 2.3 1.2 3.4 0.2 21.1
Total 942 35 44.2 36.1 86.0 0.8 4.8 5.6 6.8 2.6 1.5 3.8 0.5 24.9

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