James Harden wouldn’t shave his beard for a million dollars. $10 million? That’s another question.
But the former Thunder guard does confess he would have stayed in Oklahoma City had money not been a factor. In this interview with Hannah Storm of ESPN, Harden says if the 5-year, $80-million extension he signed with the Houston Rockets in 2012 wasn’t a factor, he’s still be in Thunder blue.
Storm: If money wasn’t in the equation, do you think you’d still be there?
Harden: Definitely. Definitely, no question.
Storm asks Harden what those final moments were like for Harden when he was deciding whether or not to stay in Oklahoma City.
Harden: “Nervous … mixed emotions … not knowing what to do,” Harden said. “It was tough. I felt like I already made a sacrifice as far as coming off the bench, doing whatever it takes to help the team. They weren’t willing to help me.”
And a lone regret:
Storm: Any regrets from Oklahoma City?
Harden: That we didn’t win a championship.
Pretty candid stuff. Harden’s stated some of this before in a February interview with ESPN, but goes a little deeper this time with his definitive statement. The money matters.