James Harden: Philadelphia 76ers debut date revealed as new franchise keeper insists ‘I’m here to win a championship’ | NBA News


James Harden has an MVP and multiple scoring titles on his coat – and now he’s ready to add a championship trophy.

Harden was introduced by the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday after last week’s blockbuster trade that sent disgruntled guard Ben Simmons to the Brooklyn Nets.

When asked if his new team could win the NBA title, Harden delivered the shot every Sixers fan wanted to hear.

“Fuck yeah,” he said deadpan. “My job is to help the team win a championship.”

In 12 seasons with Oklahoma City, Houston and Brooklyn, Harden, 32, made 10 All-Star teams, won the 2018 MVP and won three scoring titles. He wants a title and thinks it can happen in Philadelphia.

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“I knew for a very long time that it was a perfect fit,” he said. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Harden has missed his last four games with the Nets with a hamstring injury and his first two since joining the 76ers. He practiced Monday and Tuesday at the team’s training facility in Camden, New Jersey, and will miss Tuesday night’s home game against Boston and Thursday’s game at Milwaukee.

Harden is scheduled to make his 76ers debut Feb. 25 at Minnesota.

“After the (All-Star) break, we’re going to get things done,” he said.

Harden is thrilled to team up with MVP favorite Joel Embiid, who leads the NBA with 29.5 points per game.

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“I think we complement each other,” said Harden, who leads the league in assists with 10.2. “The whole world knows how well Joel has played. His presence alone is incredible. I feel like I’m the same when it comes to improving my teammates, and we have a great core of guys.”

The Sixers got Harden from Brooklyn hours before the trade deadline last Thursday with Paul Millsap for Simmons, guard Seth Curry, center Andre Drummond and a pair of first-round picks.

The Sixers were 34-22 on Tuesday afternoon, two and a half games behind Eastern Conference leader Miami.

The Philadelphia front office is thrilled to have a superstar to play alongside Embiid.

“Having an MVP and a guy on pace to be MVP if he can keep going is really exciting,” 76ers general manager Daryl Morey said. “You’re looking at pretty long odds if you don’t have two great players at this level.”

Coach Doc Rivers said, “Being the winner is tough and that’s what we want to become and that’s why we made trades like this.”

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Harden’s scoring average this season of 22.5 points is slightly lower than his career average of 25.0, and he believes he will bring more than just one goal to the 76ers.

“My job is to help be the leader and push the guys and get that swagger out of the guys every night because ultimately that’s going to help us win a championship,” he said. .

Harden doesn’t foresee any problems playing alongside Embiid.

“We are both at a high level to achieve this,” he said.




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