James Harden recorded his first triple-double with the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, and that’s while he is working to be at his best conditioning-wise.
Now imagine what he can do when he’s at full strength and has already adjusted to playing in the Sixers’ system. That’s certainly a scary sight for the rest of the NBA.
After registering 29 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists against the New York Knicks, Harden said that his body is feeling good. However, he admitted that his conditioning is still a work in progress after having to sit out for some time because of a hamstring injury he sustained during his time with the Brooklyn Nets, per Tim Bontemps of ESPN.
James Harden says his body feels as good as it has “in a long time,” but admitted his conditioning is still a work in progress after being out for a few weeks. Said he’s excited about the pop he’s able to play with and how he’s getting to the basket.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) February 27, 2022
The early returns of the James Harden trade has been really positive for the Sixers. Since making his debut on Friday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, he hasn’t missed a beat and has not even shown any signs of rust.
He has now scored 58 points and dished out 28 assists on top of 18 rebounds with the Philly franchise, and based on what he just said, even better things are yet to come for the Sixers as he works his way back to his best form.
Joel Embiid and Philadelphia definitely need that boost, especially as they try to climb the East standings. After their latest victory, they now stand at 37-23 for third place and a legit shot at the top seed.