The question of whether or not James Harden deserved a Max deal with the Philadelphia 76ers continues to make headlines. Patrick Beverley has spoken about it frequently on ESPN, stating that Harden deserves a maximum deal. Many NBA analysts have taken issue, saying the 10-time All-Star is undeserved for his recent performances.
Kendrick Perkins has been vocal about how undeserving the 76ers guard was despite his talent. He had initially praised Harden for the move, describing his union with Joel Embiid as the new Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal in the league.
He recently called Beverley after explaining on a previous show that he and Stephen A. Smith hadn’t given Harden his flowers. He emphasized that he had always supported the three-time top scorer. He went on to reveal that his constant support of Harden made him look like an idiot.
“Pat Bev said you have to give him his flowers,” Perkins said. “First of all, I always give credit to James Harden for sitting up here right now looking crazy for saying they could possibly be the next version of Kobe and Shaq. But James Harden got me to sit right up here and look like an idiot.”
Harden underperformed in both the regular and postseason. He finished the regular season with the 76ers averaging 21.0 points, 10.5 assists and 7.1 rebounds. He posted his lowest scoring average since his third season in the league.
In the postseason, he averaged 18.6 points, 8.6 assists, and 5.7 rebounds. It was also his worst playoff season since his third playoff season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Kendrick Perkins warns Patrick Beverley that he tells the truth about James Harden
Patrick Beverley has been a regular on ESPN during the playoffs lately. He has spoken on many topics, but one that was quite controversial was his outburst and outright condemnation of Chris Paul after the Phoenix Suns were eliminated from the playoffs.
On ESPN’s “First Take” show, Kendrick Perkins claps Patrick Berkeley for being biased and demanding he tell the truth about Harden. He urged the Minnesota Timberwolves guard to give Harden the same treatment he previously gave Paul, as Harden was just as poor as Paul, if not worse, in the postseason.
“You didn’t tell the truth about James Harden,” Perkins said. “If you come here… homies don’t matter anymore. You better come here and tell the truth.”
“If you’re going to sit up here and tell us that James Harden deserves a supermax after the performance and after what he did in Philadelphia last season,” he continued. “You tell a lie and all you show us is that it was your homeboy you were protecting. Why the hell didn’t you give James Harden the same energy you gave CP3 two days earlier?”
Although Beverley replied that the conversation was about defensive weaknesses and that Harden was not “defensively cooked,” Perkins was unfazed by his response.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/basketball/i-always-praise-james-harden-i-said-possibly-next-version-kobe-shaq-kendrick-perkins-says-james-harden-made-look-like-fool-tells-patrick-beverley-speak-truth?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “I always praise James Harden… I said that they possibly could be the next version of Kobe and Shaq”