Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden has been a big name in NBA circles in recent years.
A former Houston Rockets MVP, Harden was traded to the Brooklyn Nets and formed a dangerous trio with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Eventually, chemistry between Harden became an issue, and Brooklyn traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers for disgruntled guard Ben Simmons.
Harden, who was dealing with ongoing hamstring problems, appeared to be out of shape this season. Many wondered if he could regain the form that made him one of the league’s best offensive weapons. While Harden only spent a few months with the 76ers, he showed he can be a dominating force.
During an interview with Iman Shumpert, the former NBA veteran said Harden shouldn’t have been blamed for his apparent weight gain. Shumpert said players with hamstring injuries can’t do cardio, so it’s no surprise if some gain weight.
“It’s James, bro… He’s never been skinny,” Shumpert said. “No matter (that) he was a bit heavy. You can’t do cardio on an Achilles tendon, bro. It’s like the one thing you can’t do right. You’re all mad at the man because he injured his hamstring and then gained some weight. That’s what I say like. He is human.
“Yeah, his hamstring was injured, he can’t do cardio. He’s going to put on some weight, man. I know you all see it. He has the characteristics of a fat boy… I think the fact that he can manage to get well and get his body back in order reassured me that he wasn’t kidding. The man only injured his hamstring, so rest was more important than the cardio.”
James Harden wants to get back on track for the coming season
After James Harden was acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers at the NBA’s close, he handed the team a dangerous weapon alongside big man Joel Embiid.
Harden struggled with his Achilles tendon throughout the season.
While many wondered if Harden was just out of shape, former teammate Iman defended Shumpert James. Shumpert said it’s difficult for a player to work on cardio when dealing with a hamstring injury.
Harden will be a popular storyline this offseason. The 32-year-old guard has a player option worth north of $47.3 million after the conclusion of next season. There has been speculation that the 76ers will try to sign Harden on an extension this summer. Fans will be excited to see what the future holds.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/basketball/news-y-all-see-it-got-fat-boy-traits-he-wasn-t-bulls-ting-iman-shumpert-believes-james-harden-blame-shape?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “Y’all see it, he got the fat-boy traits… He wasn’t bulls***ting”