By Tommy Matthews

The James Harden trade has set off a lot of national media scorn.

And a host of rumors.

Some of which are wild-ass and some of which are premature facts.

I have no idea which this is, but Marc Stein used to cover the NBA for the New York Times and now does so for Substack.

He doesn’t make things up

Here’s his Substack:

“The conspiracy theory already making the rounds in league coaching circles holds that Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey will eventually want Mike D’Antoni to take over in the hot seat for Philadelphia’s new Joel Embiid/James Harden tag team after D’Antoni’s offensive creativity helped catapult Harden to three scoring titles in Houston.

“Rivers certainly must factor into this season’s Coach of the Year balloting for his role in keeping the Sixers in contention for the East’s top seed throughout the Ben Simmons saga.

“But the pressure on him hasn’t exactly waned with an Embiid/Harden partnership to sort out and critics prone to reference his three blown 3-1 leads in the playoffs and four home losses in Game 7s far more often than the championship he won coaching the 2007-08 Celtics.


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