Two games isn’t nearly a large enough sample size to form a legitimate judgment on James Harden’s fit with the Clippers. But comments made by the former 76ers guard following the trade that sent him to Los Angeles immediately put him under a microscope, specifically in the eyes of NBA fans.
Harden discussed his fit with the Clippers, which was a hot-button topic following the trade, infamously stating, “I’m not a system player, I am a system.”
The 10-time All-Star guard immediately received criticism in response to the comment, and after his first two games in Los Angeles, the trolling from critics has only gotten louder. Harden is averaging 14.5 points, 5.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds in two games, a far cry from the 21.0 points, 10.7 assists and 6.1 rebounds per game he posted last season in Philadelphia.
Not surprisingly, fans kept the receipt from Harden’s comments, and appear to be well aware of how his 2023–24 NBA season has gone thus far. That lethal combination has led to some incredible social media reactions.
James Harden: “I am the system”
The system: pic.twitter.com/U9JfK3Lj3f
— BrickMuse (@BrickMuse) November 9, 2023
“I am a system,” Clippers 0-2.
James Harden was a team worst -18 on Monday, a team worst -15 tonight.
— Josh Eberley 🇨🇦 (@JoshEberley) November 9, 2023
James Harden showing the NBA World what his system looks like 💀pic.twitter.com/FWpsXBhbgW
— BallTalkSource (@BallTalkSource) November 9, 2023
James Harden: I am the system
The system: pic.twitter.com/xLxJol3J95
— G (16 of 16) (@bucketexpress) November 3, 2023
James Harden: I am the system.
Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey:pic.twitter.com/W6ps9EjYQJ
— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) November 3, 2023
James Harden: “I am a system”
— PonderThat! 🤔 (@PonderThat4) November 2, 2023
That system has really gotten James Harden a lot of rings. https://t.co/VraVXGK5Cz
— Jeff Kerr (@JeffKerrCBS) November 2, 2023
James Harden claiming to be the system is just funny 🤣
Man you’re in a team that’s got Kawhi, PG and Westbrook
Be humble and try to help the team. This isn’t Houston Rocket man.
— OPTIMUS•DRACULA🧛♂️ (@Mr_Junior_Ebong) November 3, 2023