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  • should they even entertain?

  • Or really, should they just reject any and all offers us faras trades go for harden.

  • Well, right now I'm the Philadelphia 76 is Charlie.

  • I'm gonna stand pad.

  • I'm not gonna I'm not gonna even entertain a trade.

  • And And one word describes why?

  • Yeah, I said that, Max, and I'm gonna tell you why.

  • Because of chemistry.

  • Your plan yesterday you were mr that.

  • No, no, no, no, no.

  • I said I said, you have to take in consideration and you have to entertain it before the season started.

  • Excuse me.

  • If I'm wrong for saying that you have tow entertain for trading for a guy that led the league in scoring for three consecutive seasons.

  • Ah, God, that's averaging 33 points and 10 assists right now this season I said the preseason, but I also said this Max, I said, keep a close eye on the Houston Rockets and keep a close eye on the Philadelphia 76 is and see what they were there at and see how they're doing.

  • And right now, when you look at this Philadelphia 76 a team, they are the best team in the Eastern Conference.

  • Doc Rivers have this team playing together.

  • Joe, L.

  • And B is playing some of the best basketball of his career like I thought he would do under Doc Rivers.

  • Tobias Harris is having one of the best seasons thus far under Doc Rivers like he did with the L.

  • A Clippers, averaging 19 at eight.

  • And then Doc has his son in law, Self Curtain, who got to go home.

  • The answer to his daughter, Callie Rivers.

  • If he don't go out and perform night in and night out and then they have spaces and Danny Green, they have sex ST All right, Max.

  • You might have to pick it up here.

  • What do you say in response to see?

  • That's to say so far.

  • See that the basketball gods.

  • I know what ball guys had to cut off that nonsense perk was there talking about James Harden lauding James Harden.

  • They got a trade for James Harding.

  • What did I tell you?

  • The more I at first I understood.

  • I was like, Yeah, of course.

  • James Harden and the outside shooting and everything, the more I thought about it.

  • No, man, no Number one you saw the K D is back.

  • See, that's something I was wrong about.

  • I I thought you had.

  • Don't even say I was wrong.

  • I would say he's exceeded my expectations.

  • I didn't think you could just assume KD would still be KD after that injury, because almost always, the person comes back as something less than what they were.

  • But K D is enough of himself that you have to account for that.

  • Who's best position to guard that guy in the playoffs?

  • Ben Simmons, who last year until he got hurt, I thought was the best defensive player in the world.

  • You know, the best defensive player in the world this year is I think, Joel and B.

  • I think he's been the M V P of the league so far, both ends of the floor.

  • He's the best player on the best team and the best defender on that team.

  • Even better than Simmons so far this year.

  • And you know who else has been great?

  • And you mentioned Tobias Harris is offense.

  • His defense has been excellent.

  • I can't believe I'm saying it.

  • I won't put on Blast.

  • Who says this to me?

  • But someone a coach I mentioned Hey, Tobias Harris.

  • At least he can defend.

  • You know he's a versatile defender, even if he's not very good at it.

  • And and the coach told me yet he can't defend all five positions, but he can.

  • This year.

  • He's been excellent on defense this year, and by the way, part of that is Joel Embiid, right, because Joel Embiid is the safety net.

  • Tobias Harris could look good when you got that back there.

  • I'm not discounting his effort, but that's how good Embiid has been.

  • This has you bring up Seth Curry not only can shoot it, he can shoot it off the dribble.

  • He could hook teammates up.

  • He's playing a little bit more like his brother and Danny Green.

  • And all that points to is Daryl Morey.

  • You got, you know, one of the best executives in sports now at the helm of that team.

  • The team he left not so good.

  • The team he's on suddenly, extraordinarily good.

  • No, you shouldn't trade for James Harden.

  • As I told you before the season started, Yeah, but Max, before the season started, I didn't say do it.

  • I didn't say it was a guarantee I said, you have to entertain the conversation.

  • And you do.

  • You can't just say a guy that's been in the M V P conversation for the last four or five years, every single year that you're not gonna entertain trading him and getting him to Philadelphia.

  • That's why I said you have to evaluate and keep a close eye on it.

  • C.

  • Max.

  • The difference between you and I is that I'm not married to my statements.

  • Okay, You be ready to put a ring on it.

  • You just like Beyonce.

  • Oh, you ready to stick with it?

  • You ready to stick with you?

  • Say something you don't have a I don't I don't have I don't have a I don't have a problem.

  • We're going back and saying, You know what?

  • I'm watching this 76 a team and no, I would not trade for James Harden right now because I'm looking at the chemistry.

  • You brought up a lot of great points.

  • They're playing excellent basketball on the offensive end and the defensive end.

  • They are locked in there playing boxes and elbows.

  • No driving gaps.

  • Diving on the floor for loose balls, getting back on defense.

  • But what I'm saying is the chemistry, the joy that I'm watching in Joe l and B.

  • The joy that I see in Ben Simmons.

  • No bad body language.

  • The bitches up clapping 10 for one another.

  • Ah, guy hits the floor.

  • I see three or four guys sprinting there to help him up.

  • This is why I'm saying I would not trade for James Harden right now if I'm the Philadelphia 76 is and they have came out to a great start the Doc Rivers effect, having them buying today, Rose and being stars in their rows.

  • Max.

  • So you can't just say because I said in preseason that I would trade for James Harden, that I said something wrong?

  • Well, look, here's the thing.

  • I'm the one on this show.

  • I don't know who you're talking about.

  • I have a religious point of view about this, any undescribable hypothesis when new information comes out.

  • When the facts change, so does my opinion.

  • So, like, I get that, what I'm pointing out is I think you could see this coming when you saw what Brooklyn looked like with K d.

  • You knew that Philly needs especially Ben Simmons on that is going to stop K D.

  • But Ben Simmons could do the best possible job.

  • Here's the thing about James Harden right now.

  • I don't think the Sixers should trade for him.

  • I don't think the Nets should either.

  • And now with what he hurt, who knows, even if they could swing a deal for him.

  • So where does that leave hard for the moment in Houston?

  • Couple of weeks ago, I was on this show arguing and debating with you and Stephen A about Ben Simmons.

  • And his shooting couldn't work without him shooting jump shots.

  • And I told you that it could work.

  • You was the one telling me, Oh, no.

  • If he don't shoot the jump shot If he if he's not comfortable with taking this I don't see this working now.

  • All of a sudden, you flipping the script, huh?

  • Now, all of a sudden, you said working without him taking jump shots when I was on here preaching that gospel, right?

  • So you flip right?

  • Yes.

  • Okay.

  • I like I do it and it favors me.

  • I like to flip the script.

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