OKC Thunder said goodbye to Harden at the perfect time

James Harden, OKC Thunder (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
James Harden, OKC Thunder (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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With the current drama in Houston, in hindsight, it sure seems like the OKC Thunder escaped the James Harden situation at the perfect time

Meet our generation’s’ Modern Day Rodman’.  James Harden is such a fascinating individual that I sometimes find myself having more questions than answers but hindsight is a wonderful instrument that gives us the ability to evaluate the past. The OKC Thunder was able to get out of this marriage at the perfect time before the former sixth man of the year ascended to stardom.

Fame is a powerful drug. I wouldn’t know personally, but I have always been intrigued by what makes a person great. Could it be as simple as just wanting a better life than what you have been accustomed to growing up? Or is it the internal struggle with self that makes people great? Sometimes people don’t accept their greatness because that would impede them from reaching the pinnacle of their success.

The most enigmatic basketball player in all of the NBA is James Harden, and it’s not even close. Still, I want to clarify something; I am not a hater. Even if sometimes I would enjoy wearing that hat for a day, I will always love individual players who spent time in Oklahoma City.

The OKC Thunder – James Harden relationship

It is a strange dynamic, but no matter what Twitter or anyone says about a player that wore the Thunder colors, I will always have emotional ties to that individual. However, I noticed how easy it was for me to dislike the man, not hate but be too annoyed.

Why? He is brash, arrogant, cocky, has an undeniable swagger. When he is on the court, he dribbles defenders in circles. His patented step-back three makes defenders look dense. Followed by a quick turn around to show you something he “cooked up,” as he makes a motion with his hand. Some of these things that I could find annoying are also the same qualities that I enjoy in some of my favorite players.

What is strange is I know a Point Guard who played in Oklahoma City, wore number 0, and had all the same characteristics, but it was so much easier to love Russell Westbrook over Harden.