James Harden had a challenging start with the Clippers this season, facing criticism for the team’s initial struggles. Mavericks broadcaster Brian Dameris was among those who criticized Harden during this period. Harden, known for playing with multiple teams in recent years, joined the Clippers after a less-than-amicable exit from the 76ers.
The Clippers faced difficulties in integrating the 10-time All-Star, losing the first five games he played. In the midst of this slump, Dameris gained attention for his critical comments, branding Harden as “The Problem” and offering a scathing indictment of his career.
However, the narrative has shifted since then. The Clippers have experienced a notable turnaround, going 13-2 since the beginning of December, including a nine-game winning streak. Currently holding the fourth spot in the Western Conference with a 21-12 record, the team has benefited from key contributions by Harden, who is averaging 17.7 points and 8.1 assists per game.
In a recent game against the Suns, Harden played a significant role in the Clippers’ 131-122 victory, contributing 22 points and 11 assists for a double-double. After the game, Harden took a moment to highlight the turnaround and subtly address those who had criticized him earlier, noting that many of them are “nowhere to be found.”
While Harden did not mention Dameris by name, it was evident that the broadcaster was the primary target. Despite the potential for Harden’s ego to become an issue, his response reflects a sense of satisfaction now that the team’s performance is on an upswing.