(via The Ringer)

James Harden was recently part of a high-profile trade to the Brooklyn Nets. With this trade, the eyes of everyone in the NBA world are locked on the Brooklyn Nets: they have become an even bigger pick to win it all among people who watch basketball.

Some of the scrutiny of Harden during his time with the Rockets came due to the superstar’s conditioning levels. Many NBA fans have commented on Harden’s weight, even if he produced excellent results on the court. Recently, Harden had a curt response to a question about his conditioning.

James Harden’s short response was a good way to respond. Harden is good no matter his conditioning level, and getting into shape can be a process. Other players have played themselves into shape during the season before. Harden’s description of his conditioning level as “great” should be good news for Brooklyn Nets fans: they want to see Harden at his peak as a player, and that includes conditioning.

James Harden is a nice addition to the Brooklyn Nets despite some off-court concerns. James Harden is a former MVP and will form a fearsome big three with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. On the Brooklyn Nets, James Harden could prove that he’s a winner, and absolve himself of criticism. Harden will have less pressure on the Nets, including with the media. Even if his conditioning levels weren’t good at the start of the season, James Harden should be given the benefit of the doubt because of his history as an elite player.

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