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New Nets’ James Harden mural by Barclays Center boasts profound message

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Now 34 games into his Brooklyn Nets career, James Harden has acclimated himself nicely in his new home: averaging 25.4 points, 11.0 assists, and a career-high 8.7 rebounds per game.

So it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, then, to see a mural of Harden going up right across from the Barclays Center, that really began to take some shape throughout Wednesday:

Indeed, the Nets star did win scoring titles in 2018, 2019 and 2020, in which he averaged 30.4 points, 36.1 points and 34.3 points, respectively, in the stretch.

But he’s already once led the league in assists per game (2016-17: 11.2), and is well on his way to winning the assists crown again this season, currently averaging 10.9 assists per game when totaling in his eight games with his former Houston Rockets.

While the Harden quote is both innocuous and thoughtful, some speculate the completed mural will be nothing more than an advertisement for Adidas. After all, he just recently signed a massive deal with the famed shoe company for 13 years and more than $200 million.

Harden also acknowledged the arrival of the mural through his social media on Wednesday afternoon:

Harden, unfortunately, won’t be on the court for the Nets for at least the next 10 days, as he left Monday night’s 114-112 win over the New York Knicks due to right hamstring tightness — a problem he’s been facing in recent weeks.

He played only four minutes, after having missed the previous two games due to the injury.

As Harden awaits his return to the court, perhaps he can enjoy the new art being crafted in his image.