James Harden Shooting Nearly as Many Free Throws as Entire Grizzlies Team Proves NBA Refs are a Joke
We’ve had enough.
Please don’t pass this off as another ‘old man yells at cloud’ column. I’m far too young for that.
Nonetheless, James Harden’s 40-point performance against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night was an absolute travesty to the game. The former MVP is so exciting to watch, but it’s unfortunate when he spends the majority of the game standing at the charity stripe. Harden is one of the best in the Association at drawing contact, but this was excessive, even for him.
Harden shot a career high 27 free throws — on calls like this:
Harden has tied his career high with 25 free throw attempts thanks to…this? pic.twitter.com/e0iotosOGy
— Fastbreak Breakfast (@fastbreakbreak) January 1, 2019
Yeah, we’re just as confused as you are.
This is not basketball.
Harden made 21 of his 27 free throws, while the Memphis Grizzlies AS A TEAM shot 30. Yes, you read that correctly, one player nearly had more opportunities at the free throw line than an entire roster.
This isn’t to blame Harden–it’s completely understandable that he’d take advantage of an obvious flaw in the game he loves. This is purely on the officials and the NBA culture that accepts this style of play as entertaining.
At its best the NBA is an up-and-down game which makes college basketball look slower than golf. But when it devolves into a free throw shooting contest, the Association lets down the fans and League Pass warriors who hang on its every shot.
Be better. Don’t fall for obvious flops or assume contact. Make stars like Harden adjust their game, as they’re surely talented enough to do so. We’ve had enough.