OKC Thunder said goodbye to Harden at the perfect time

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Harden channels Rodman

In the early ’90s, a player that was nowhere near the same talent level but arguably the most impactful player of his generation was Dennis Rodman. Still, he had so much swagger that it shook America; I would go as far as to say he terrified the mainstream media and always kept the audience on their toes.

Now I don’t need to go back and discuss everything Rodman did because I do not have the time, nor do I have the patience to sort through that man’s crazy life, but I will pull some situations for the sake of context.

Like Harden, Rodman was unique, extraordinarily introverted but showed that he could be every bit of an extrovert on the court. The defensive awareness that Dennis had will be unmatched as long as I am alive, and I can say that with emphatic reason. The man studied the way the ball bounced off the rim and outhustled everybody on the floor, and to be fair, he was probably a bit hungover more times than not!

Harden loves the limelight and likes grabbing attention, and he almost welcomes it, which is the first bit of contrast, I see between these two individuals.

Rodman seemed like he was escaping some deep and emotional pain at all times. However, Harden loves to party. Anyone with a Twitter- handle and a brain knows that by now. The way this man runs around in a global pandemic makes me question what his lifestyle looked like before 2020.

Part of me says, “Oh my gosh, what is this dude doing?” But on the other hand, I envy that attitude at times. The insensitivity Harden has for the Coronavirus is fascinating. On the contrary, I know if I already had COVID-19 and was the same age I am now, I couldn’t tell you how I would act in this situation.

I want to think I would know how to act, but it so easy for me to judge someone else’s life when I can’t even fathom ten minutes of what that life would entail. I want to think I would do what is right, but like I said, “Fame is a powerful drug.”