On Wednesday night, James Harden, the MVP front-runner and leading scorer in the NBA last season, played his most abysmal game of the season for a surprising Golden State Warriors. DeMarcus Cousins didn’t need any words to mercilessly embarrass him.

DeMarcus Cousins is a 6’11” center for the New Orleans Pelicans. He didn’t need a single word to mercilessly embarrass James Harden, who is listed at 6’5″.

DeMarcus Cousins Didn't Need a Single Word to Mercilessly Embarrass James Harden

The previous three seasons have seen James Harden and DeMarcus Cousins take very divergent trajectories in their careers. Cousins had a series of 10-day contracts this year before joining Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets. Harden was part of a blockbuster trade that landed him alongside Joel Embiid with the Philadelphia 76ers, while Harden was part of a blockbuster trade that landed him alongside Joel Embiid with the Philadelphia 76ers.

However, the two have a history together, and parts of that past may have reappeared amusingly (at least for Boogie) during a Nuggets-76ers game on March 15.

In Houston, Boogie and The Beard were teammates.

DeMarcus Cousins embarrassed James Harden during a Denver Nuggets-Philadelphia 76ers game.

DeMarcus Cousins embarrassed James Harden during a Denver Nuggets-Philadelphia 76ers game. During a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center, DeMarcus Cousins of the Denver Nuggets reacts. | Getty Images/Mitchell Leff

Cousins and Harden were ships passing in the night with the Houston Rockets last season, and their connection wasn’t especially joyous or long-lasting.

Harden did Harden things and tanked his way to the Brooklyn Nets, while Boogie found his way to the Los Angeles Clippers.

This was only a year before he bombed his way to Philly.

Regardless, the two were colleagues for long enough for the former Sacramento Kings player to say a few words to Harden following his departure from the Rockets.

Cousins told ESPN in January 2021, “Obviously, it’s insulting, but everyone has a right to their opinion.” “Some of his activities make us feel a particular way.”

“It was just his attitude to training camp, the way he showed up.”

“I don’t know,” Boogie said when asked whether he’d ever be willing to play alongside Harden again. To be honest, I don’t give a damn.”

On March 15, they were opponents rather than teammates, which worked out nicely in terms of entertainment.

During the Denver Nuggets-Philadelphia 76ers game, DeMarcus Cousins humiliated James Harden.

It was the first time the two had played together in the NBA since Cousins weighed in on the Harden-Rockets affair.

And it didn’t let me down.

The Nuggets won 114-110, but that isn’t the most important part of the tale. The pivotal moment occurred in the fourth quarter, when Boogie attempted to corner the 76ers’ star.

Harden was irritated as he made a couple swipes at the ball. The Beard then thought that getting in Cousins’ face would be a good idea. (It’s a good idea not to start a fight with DeMarcus Cousins, just in case.)

Harden was stone-faced, gazing at Cousins, who was 6-foot-10 and 270 pounds and laughing in his face.

Harrison Wind of DNVR_Sports tweeted out the video in which Harden started the confrontation, didn’t say a word, and watched Boogie immediately laugh off The Beard’s fake “tough guy” routine.

It was gold in Denver for any anti-Harden supporters who were sick of his arrogant actions as Cousins was in Houston 15 months ago.

This season, any athlete may get the last laugh.

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Along with the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, Embiid and Jokic form a three-headed monster in the hunt for the NBA MVP title.

Cousins and Harden, on the other hand, may find themselves in the NBA Finals in June.

Jokic has dragged the Nuggets to sixth place in the Western Conference standings on his own, and Denver might see Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. return before the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Harden and Embiid form one of the most prolific duos in the NBA.

Let’s hope this face-to-face meeting happens again in a Game 7 with an NBA Championship on the line.

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