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James Harden to make his debut for the 76ers on Friday vs the Timberwolves

Written by Doug Rush

James Harden’s long-awaited debut for the Philadelphia 76ers is finally coming this week.

Harden will make his long-awaited debut for Philadelphia on Friday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Harden was acquired on February 10 just before the NBA trade deadline in the blockbuster deal involving the Brooklyn Nets that sent Ben Simmons out to Brooklyn.

Harden had been out due to a hamstring injury; one that forced him to miss the 2022 NBA All Star Game even after he was sitting out games with Brooklyn and eventually got himself traded to Philadelphia.

In 44 games for the Nets, Harden was averaging 22.5 points, 10.2 assists and 8.0 rebounds per game. Harden was acquired in the mega-blockbuster deal a year ago involving the Houston Rockets that had Brooklyn trading seven draft picks to the Rockets to acquire Harden.

But tension arose between Harden, Kevin Durant and the Nets, thus, leading to the trade with the 76ers.

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Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.