After winning the sixth man of the year award with Oklahoma City, helping lead the Thunder to the Finals and cementing himself as one of the biggest fan favorites in the NBA, it’s a little shocking that James Harden wasn’t given longer to consider his contract offer with the Thunder.
Harden only had an hour to decide, turning one of the biggest decisions of his life into a 60-minute game-show-style race against the clock.
"After everything we established – everything we had done – you give me an hour?" Harden said. "This was one of the biggest decisions of my life. I wanted to go home and pray about it. It hurt me. It hurt."
Harden currently leads the NBA in scoring by 8.5 points per game over Kobe Bryant. Obviously those numbers will even out a little over the course of the season, but there is no one questioning Harden’s ability to be a starter and team leader anymore.
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