James Harden has been in the news a lot lately, mostly for what he’s been wearing on his feet. The Houston Rockets shooting guard inked a $200 million dollar endorsement deal with Adidas which sets him up nicely for years to come. Last week he was spotted out and about wearing Nike’s Air Jordan’s and then later in the week wearing Balenciaga sneakers. In both cases he was photographed and social media was all over it with the second incident being a major story for the paparazzi style TMZ which ran a story and a video of Harden yelling “swag” from inside his car (referencing how Adidas was going to be amazing).
I touched on these incidents in a recent article and took the position that all this media attention was a positive for Adidas regardless of what Harden had on his feet. With his Adidas contract slated to begin October 2nd, Harden will no doubt be wearing only that brand from that point forward.
This week Harden is once again in the news for his off court activities, but in a more positive light as he threw out the first pitch at the Houston Astro’s game versus the Los Angeles Angels.
His form was actually very good and he later quipped to Houston Chronicle beat writer Jonathan Feigen “It felt good. That’s all that matters. I didn’t hit anybody. I didn’t hit a cameraman. I’m happy about that.” – Harden
Just because you are an athlete it doesn’t necessarily mean you can throw a pitch down the middle of the plate as many before him can attest to. Any one asked to participate in throwing out the first pitch generally just wants to not look silly. Harden easily accomplished that by getting it over the plate and while he won’t likely be following in Michael Jordan’s footsteps to pursue a second career in baseball, he can hold his head high that he didn’t make a fool of himself either.
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