I haven’t been the most devout NBA fan yet in this young season, so I was a little surprised to see that more than a month later, Oklahoma City Thunder fans are still mad at James Harden. In case you forgot – or simply don’t care, because it’s so damn trivial – Harden turned down a contract extension from the Thunder because it was reportedly lower than the max deal that he was seeking. So the Thunder traded Harden to the Houston Rockets in a move that Harden admitted left him baffled and hurt, and he eventually signed his new max deal with the Rockets.
I mean, unless I’m completely missing something, Harden wanted what was best for him – what he has since proven he deserves – and that didn’t match what the Thunder offered, so the team traded him. He didn’t leave. He didn’t demand to be traded. He was just traded. A business decision, as the kids at the playground call it. Yet here we are, staring at a t-shirt that paints Harden into some sort of Dwight Howard villain. The shirt’s not even cool.
Oh well, I’m sure Harden is losing sleep over it.
NBA: Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder – 8 PM ET on NBA TV
Meanwhile, Oklahoma City is still 11-4 without Harden, as most of us expected would be the case. And the Rockets, while showing flashes of greatness, are treading water at 7-7, which is still better than the L.A. Lakers.
NCAA Basketball: Michigan State at Miami – 7:30 PM ET on ESPN
I’m still not ready for NCAA basketball. I’m still not even ready for the NBA. I wish we could have an NFL game on every night of the week.
WWE Main Event – 8 PM ET on ION
Ion doesn’t have the card for tonight’s show posted, so here’s a picture of John Cena with Tim Tebow.
I think it’s pure evil.
Onward Notre Dame: South Bend to Soldier Field – 9 PM ET on NBC Sports
Watch this while you read this.
And Grantland is super exclusive, so I can’t embed their 30-for-30 short about the making of the Arnold Palmer drink with Will Arnett, but it’s good. Watch it here.
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