"You can't bring James Harden to Miami… I would've aged 15 years trying to be his OG."
Udonis Haslem kept it real on Harden coming to the Heat.
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) January 19, 2021
“I knew we wasn’t gonna get him,” said Haslem. “I mean, you can’t bring James Harden to Miami. As much as I wanted that to work out, in my mind, I was like, ‘Ain’t no way.’
“I would’ve aged 15 years trying to be his O.G.,” Haslem, 40, continued. “He would’ve had to move me into the guest house.”
Harden, who ended up being traded to the Brooklyn Nets, is a former MVP and one of the marquee players in the NBA today. But he also comes with major concerns about his off-the-court antics as well as his work ethic.
The Heat pride themselves on their culture based around hard work and accountability. Haslem has been a bedrock of that culture for the last 18 seasons. As a result, his concerns about Harden’s fit in Miami are hardly a shock.