Main Character Energy
One reason why Harden wanted to leave Philadelphia is because he resented playing second-fiddle to Joel Embiid. The big Cameroonian is the main man in the City of Brotherly Love. Harden led the league in assists but Embiid’s MVP prowess meant that he was their main scoring threat.
The Sixers hoped that Harden and Embiid would rebound in 2023 in their pursuit of championship glory. But Harden ruined it for everybody because of his selfish nature. He refused to back down and pushed to leave the team. It’s easy to see why many teams struggle to trust Harden because he leaves teams in flux.