Best of NBA Instagram: James Harden Birthday Party With Rachel From “Boy Meets World” & Al Harrington Wins A Bet

After making “the leap” with the Houston Rockets last season, “The Beard” James Harden hasn’t curtailed his offseason boating adventures, particularly since he just turned 24. And why should he? He’s young, wealthy and talented. Also, don’t bet against Al Harrington even if he missed most of the 2012-13 season.

James Harden had a birthday yesterday and marked the occasion by partying it up on a boat. This is not the first time Harden has been spotted enjoying himself on a water vessel, but this time he was partying on a yacht with his new BFF, Maitland Ward Baxter, the actress from Boy Meets World, White Chicks, The Young and the Restless and more.


Earlier this month, Maitland uploaded a picture of Harden and his lady together with her at the gym.


So yeah, James had another white party on a boat. Sigh. It’s good to be an NBA player.



If you’re unfamiliar with Maitland, Buzzfeed explains her physical transformation since her Boy Meets World days, and the paparazzi doesn’t mind her c-list status, so we’re not going to either.


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Next up is Al Harrington, who was waived by the Magic earlier this summer, only to sign a one-year deal with the Wizards later the same month. Despite missing most of the 2012-13 season with a staph infection, Harrington has worked really hard to get back in shape, as the losers of this bet now know.

Watch as he jumps 45 inches onto the platform and hustles a few hundred dollars at the same time.


[h/t to reddit for the Harden hint]

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