The controversies with James Harden do not stop, in an extensive report, ESPN's Ramona Shelbourne assured that the star ignored an invitation from commissioner Adam Silver for last year's All-Star, although the player has denied it.
According to Shelbourne, Harden "pouted" at not being named as a starter or reserve in the classic game, so he began to ignore Silver's calls as he was preparing to name him as an injury replacement. The Philadelphia 76ers guard only had to guarantee his presence at the match.
“Days passed without Harden responding and by the time he did, Silver had moved on by naming Toronto Raptors forward Paskal Siakam as a replacement for an injured Kevin Durant,” the journalist reported.
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The MVP's response in 2017-2018 was immediate and came through social networks. In ESPN's Instagram post with the news he commented: "Lies."
The Californian, who has participated in the All-Star 10 times, was averaging 21,4 points, 11 rebounds and 6,4 assists before the roster announcement. Perhaps the fact that he was absent in 15 of 49 games could have worked against him, but his numbers were outstanding.
In terms of public voting, he finished fourth among the members of the Eastern Conference backcourt behind Kyrie Irving, Donovan Mitchell and Jaylen Brown. He, too, was not chosen by the head coaches for a spot off the bench.