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Nicely done. I don't necessarily agree with the ad guy's advice, but it was a solid anecdote. One thing I'd add, and this cannot be overstated, is that Harden could have put these monstrous numbers up last season and could have co-existed with Kevin Durant for the most efficient offense in the NBA, if not for the black hole that is Russell Westbrook.
That's why Harden went off for 46 points tonight vs OKC, and it's why Harden realized that he had to get the hell out of dodge, even though he was a key part of the youngest, most exciting team in the NBA. I also believe Harden knew Westbrook would be OKC's undoing, and we're seeing this season how Westbrook is now jacking up more shots than Durant, who is indisputably the best scorer in the league. Something is deeply wrong there, and we're going to see the problem magnified come playoff time.
Harden isn't a selfish player, not remotely. Yet he needed to go to reach his potential. I'm very glad he did.
1 year ago on 2013 All-Star Profiles: James Harden
Take it from a Yankee fan, you're right about the dangers of a 10-year deal. Just look at the situation here, with all that money going to a guy who hit 16 home runs and batted .276 last season. Like Pujols, Alex Rodriguez is still quite a bit better than league average (.827 and .843 OPS the last two years), but he's not worth anywhere near what he's paid.
And shame on St. Louis fans for thinking an athlete would actually put a city and its people above money. Did they think they would be different or somehow more lovable than Cleveland fans in the LBJ fiasco? It's hilarious that Mrs. Pujols went on a St. Louis radio interview and said she was "insulted" and "mad at God" when the Cardinals "only" offered her husband $130 mil for five years.
Most of us can't even fathom what we would do with that kind of money. These people are a decade removed from poverty in the DR and single motherhood, yet in that short time span a figure like $130 million has become "an insult" to them. Goes to show that no matter what your background, you can become revoltingly greedy.
Good luck to the Marlins, you'll be better off investing in your young talent and you'll have the money for when a legit, talented young player becomes available.
2 years, 2 months ago on Why Avoiding Pujols is a Blessing in Disguise