James Harden has made it pretty clear over the past few weeks that he wants to stay in Oklahoma City.
“I love the Thunder, I’m excited to be here,” Harden said. “I think we’ve definitely become a brotherhood, so I definitely want to be here in Oklahoma.”
Harden often uses the word “brotherhood” to describe how he feels about OKC which is of course a good thing.
Harden was also asked, “Kobe, Durant or LeBron?”
“Kobe,” Harden said. “I’ve been watching him since I was young. I’m from LA so I’ve grown up watching him. Obviously LeBron is very versatile, basically he can do a lot of things, but I’ve been watching Kobe since I was little. Obviously Kevin is my favorite player as well, he’s on my team.”
Harden wasn’t necessarily picking who he thought was the best of the three. The question could have been more like which player Harden grew up liking or modeling his game after.
The Thunder will have until Oct. 31 to sign Harden to a contract extension so there is still plenty of time to get the deal worked out. By all accounts, both sides intend to reach a reasonable agreement that will keep Harden in OKC for the next five years.
Another reason why Harden is so awesome and valuable via Zach Lowe of SI.com: “James Harden shot 77 percent on shots taken after qualifying drives in 37 recorded games, a shooting mark that’s both insane and the highest of any player who recorded at least 40 drives with any outcome (pass, shot, drawn foul, turnover, etc.). Manu Ginobili, Harden’s double, matched that 77 percent in fewer games, and Steve Nash (78 percent) edged it in a tiny 10-game sample. Keep an eye next season on Kyrie Irving, who (in just eight recorded games) shot 70 percent on drives and recorded the second-highest points per possession mark among all sampled players, trailing only Harden.”