James Harden: Skipping Olympics one of toughest decisions of my life
James Harden skipped the Rio Olympics, but the Rockets star has still had a noteworthy summer.
He organized offseason workouts for Houston players, changed positions to one with a larger burden and is trying to inject more enthusiasm into the team. He even convinced a teammate he’d play defense this year.
I believe Harden agonized over whether or not to play in the Olympics.
But know what’s harder than skipping the Olympics to help your NBA team win? Skipping the Olympics AND helping your NBA team win.
If you’re a Rockets fan and appreciate Harden directing his energies toward the team that you care more about, be pleased with his decision. But I don’t know why American fans of other NBA teams would appreciate Harden more or view him as more sympathetic as a result of him not representing Team USA.