Yahoo Sports senior NBA insider Chris Haynes and NBA writer Seerat Sohi connected on the Posted Up with Chris Haynes podcast to discuss how the Rockets guard has shown through two games that with or without the drama, James Harden is still James Harden. Hear the full conversation on the Posted Up with Chris Haynes podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.
CHRIS HAYNES: James Harden, who somebody who tested positive over the summer before he got to the bubble, and then he went through some violations. He was fined $50,000, sat out that first game-- as a matter of fact, the whole team sat out the first game. And then he came back second game against Portland, 44 points. Anything surprising you from that outing?
SEERAT SOHI: It was kind of a roller coaster of a whole week, in terms of the perception of James Harden, right? I think throughout everything that was happening, I was wondering which teams should trade for him, and I was starting to almost talk myself out of it, right? Like for example, if you're the Raptors, do you really want to give up Pascal Siakam, one of your franchise cornerstones, in order to get this guy who has had a number of issues in Houston, seems to have accountability problems, seems to act as though he's invincible in a way that I think goes beyond player empowerment, especially with him breaking COVID protocol.
With Harden, it's just that last 2%, right? Are you going to take every charge? Are you going to go for every loose ball? Because sometimes when I watch him, I feel like there are things he doesn't do, and it's almost like when you're working with somebody they're like, oh, sorry, that's not part of my job description. And that's the place where I think the things that he's allowed to do off the court also seep on the court. Like there is that lack of accountability, so can another team go out and get that extra 2%? I think the Miami Heat is a very interesting thought experiment for him, because the rubber would hit the road at some point with--
CHRIS HAYNES: Yeah.
SEERAT SOHI: --those two, right? We just don't know which way it would go. And then I watched him, and I was like, oh, no-- wait-- yeah, I forgot.
CHRIS HAYNES: [LAUGHS]
SEERAT SOHI: You give up everything.