He's high scoring. He sells tons of jerseys.He sets the Internet abuzz. He is the name on every Wizards
Am I talking about Gilbert Arenas
? He went to college in the same state, but nope. I'm talking about James Harden
I feel that the Wizards passed up on Arenas incarnate in Harden. I can understand the reasons why, but still, I don't think it was the best move. Not just simply for the improved play of the Olympian and award-winning Harden, but for reasons off the court.
Harden would've been the jersey seller. The sales pitch. I love Wall. I truly feel like he could be an amazing player. But the problem is not only is he not at that level yet, but even if he does achieve that level, he plays in a stacked position. Ask an average NBA fan to name five PG's as fast as they can. You'll hear these names a lot; Rose, Paul, Irving, Rondo, Westbrook, Williams, Nash, and Parker. Wall's not in that group, and it's a long road to the top. Now, ask those same fans to name five SG's as they can. The names you'll hear will be Kobe, Wade, Harden, Curry, Allen, Ellis, and Mayo. Harden is already in that group of names.
With Harden, the Wizards would have that name again. You'd see kids on the playground yelling out "HARDEN!" and sporting a Wizards jersey while jacking up a shot. The Wizards have had two national TV appearances from 2010-2013. With Harden they would reach that in a month. The team would have bandwagoners. Wizards basketball would no longer be a punchline for the local writers and national guys. They would be an event.
I can understand the reluctance to give Harden the deal he wanted. It ain't no small sum. But it would've been worth it. Even if Ted is about money, guess what? He would've made tons of it back if he does that deal. You think you can sell a box to a government contractor with Wall or Ovechkin as your calling card? A guy who puts up 25 points a night like Harden will sell it like a deranged Willy Loman. Same with courtside seats.
The NBA is a star driven league. If you don't have a star, you're like one of those teams a SEC school brings in for homecoming. When we had peak Arenas, we had one of those teams that mattered. And as a Wizards fan, that's all I want. I have more faith that this team'll be ok, but still, I just want to feel like my team belongs in the NBA.
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