James Harden has to realize that along with his fame comes responsibilities and he needs to be willing to share his thoughts with the media after every NBA game, not just when he feels like it.
Harden didn’t have that bad of a night with 21 points, eight assists and three steals. It’s not that type of game that matches some of the stats Harden is capable of recording although it still wasn’t that bad of an effort. He’s averaging 26 points a game and shooting 45 percent from the floor. His shooting from the floor was off with a 6-of-16 performance.
But those nights will happen.
But when the game was completed, Harden made a point to get out of the locker room before it was open to the media. That way, he didn’t have to explain his team’s 30-point loss, but instead let other players take care of it.
Harden is obviously a celebrity with enormous talent who needs to make himself available at all times. He’s a highly sought after athlete, and it’s natural for reporters to pose at least a few questions to him after every game. He can be as low key as he wants in answering questions and then take off. His performance in the locker room after Sunday’s game didn’t put him in a positive light.
It’s not difficult for Harden to tell reporters, similar to what other teammates did, that quite simply, it was a poor effort and one the team can forget about and recover from with victories in future games.
But instead, Harden took the easy and lazy way out and left the locker room early. It says plenty about him both on an off the court.