Philadelphia 76ers veteran James Harden took umbridge with a SportsCenter Instagram post that poked fun at him for carrying a stack of hamburgers while at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami, Florida.
The video, which was originally posted by Houston rapper Bun B as ad for his restaurant ‘Trill Burgers,’ was reposted by ESPN with the caption: ‘Who was Harden grabbing burgers for?’
‘Harden stocking up’ read the post, which included an arrow pointing to the burgers and a quick shot of Sixers forward PJ Tucker.
Hours after the video was posted, Harden took to the comment section to pose a question to the World Wide Leader: ‘Slow news week?’
The former Arizona State star has been getting extensive coverage from the network lately due to his reported trade request to the Philadelphia 76ers after pickup up his $35.6 million option for the final year of his contract.
Following the trade request, Harden had been heavily linked with either a move to the Los Angeles Clippers or a return to the Houston Rockets, where he enjoyed the most productive years of his career.
10-time NBA All-Star James Harden took Umbridge with an ESPN poking fun at him recently
Harden commented on the post and threw shade by asking if it was a ‘slow news week?’
As the offseason has moved on and Harden is still yet to be traded reports have recently began to emerge that his relationship with 76ers general manager Daryl Morey had ‘essentially fractured.’
Morey recently discussed a potential Harden trade when he told The Athletic:
‘James is a very good player. Right now, unfortunately, he does prefer to be somewhere else. I do have a long relationship with him. I’m attempting to honor that. But the reality is that if we do look at a trade it’s going to be for one of two things. It’s either going to be for a player who continues to help us be right there like we were last year, up 3-2 on one of the best teams in the East, the Celtics.’
‘Obviously, we didn’t get it done but James was a big part of why we got it to 3-2. Or we’re going to do it for something where we get enough draft picks and things like that in a deal such that we can then turn those into a player who can be a running mate with Joel, as well.’
‘If we don’t get either a very good player or something that we can turn into a very good player then we’re just not going to do it.’
‘If James were to turn his mind around, we would all be thrilled… But at this moment he does prefer to be traded and we’re attempting to honor that.’
The post made fun of Harden for carrying a stack of hamburgers during a concert
The uncertainty around Harden’s future and how it may impact the team has also seemingly raised questions around the future of NBA MVP and fellow 76er Joel Embiid.
During an interview with stated during an interview Maverick Carter last week Embiid stated ‘I just want to win a championship. Whatever it takes,’ ‘I don’t know where that’s gonna be, whether it’s in Philly or anywhere else, I just want to have a chance to accomplish that.’
‘I want to see what it feels like to win that first one and then you can think about the next one. It’s not easy, but it takes more than one or two, three guys. You got to have good people around you and myself every single day, I work hard to be at that level so I can make it happen. So, every single day, I’m working towards that.’
Embiid also stated that he hopes Harden’s ‘mindset can be changed’ and admitted he has been trying to convince the seven-time All-NBA guard to remain in Philadelphia.