Sixers the real losers in James Harden-Ben Simmons trade bust

In February, the question was who won the James Harden-Ben Simmons trade. Now it’s a question of who lost it worse. And right now, Philadelphia has a Harden problem. The former MVP passive-aggressioned his way from the Nets to the Sixers back in February. But Harden’s season-ending performance on Thursday was so putrid that people … Read more

James Harden vanishes in Game 6 amid contract uncertainty

James Harden was nowhere to be found in Thursday’s Philadelphia flop. The Sixers point guard — who was traded to Philadelphia at the deadline in February to help Joel Embiid in pursuit of a deep playoff push — was 4-of-9 with 11 points in 42 minutes of action. Harden took just two shots in the … Read more

Pressure’s on James Harden with Joel Embiid injury

Compared to Ben Simmons, James Harden has been magical. Compared to the Harden of yesteryear, “The Beard” has shown his age — no longer looking like the max-like player that won him the 2018 MVP and three scoring titles. Whether it’s his troublesome left hamstring or still getting used to his new teammates in Philly, … Read more

Tyrese Maxey leads 76ers to Game 1 win over Raptors

PHILADELPHIA — Tyrese Maxey had Sixers fans roaring “Maxey! Maxey! Maxey!” after each electrifying play — and he crammed a season’s worth into the breakout game of his young career. He wowed on whirlwind layups, connected on 3-pointers from Curry-range and did whatever he desired at all times as he dismantled the Raptors. He even … Read more

Inside 48 hours that sent James Harden to 76ers, reshaped Nets

The Nets team facing Boston on Sunday in the first round of the playoffs looks different than the one that eliminated the Celtics last May. That’s thanks to a megatrade with the 76ers — one that looked dead in the water until both owners got involved. In the Feb. 10 trade, the Nets sent James … Read more

James Harden, Joel Embiid won’t be enough to propel 76ers in playoffs

Commercial Content, 21+ When Philadelphia 76ers team president Daryl Morey pulled off the blockbuster Ben Simmons-James Harden trade with the Nets, the basketball world and sportsbooks were forced to take notice. The 76ers’ odds to win the NBA championship immediately shortened from 12/1 to +750 with their odds to win the East dropping to 3/1 … Read more

2022 NBA Playoffs: Storylines to monitor

Mercifully, Adam Silver’s unnecessary play-in tournament ends Friday night when the eighth playoff seed in each conference will be determined. The playoff prime rib will be served Saturday and Sunday with the opening of the first round. Silver loves the extra money — and extra teams — the new play-in event generates, but this became … Read more

Ben Simmons unlikely to make Nets debut this year: experts

ORLANDO, Fla. — Ben Simmons’ latest back setback has to raise alarms, with orthopedic specialists who spoke with The Post questioning whether the Nets newcomer will be ready to debut by the end of the regular season or even during the playoffs. The 25-year-old All-Star — whom the Nets essentially dealt former MVP James Harden … Read more

Nets and Ben Simmons enjoy laugher over James Harden’s 76ers

PHILADELPHIA — Those who showed up to boo and curse out inactive former 76ers star Ben Simmons went home miserable over what transpired on the court, too, courtesy of a dominant two-way performance by Kevin Durant and the Nets. Brooklyn’s holdover stars silenced a venomous Wells Fargo Center crowd that loudly chanted “F–k Ben Simmons” … Read more

Nets insist they hold no grudge with James Harden

PHILADELPHIA — With the Nets set to face former teammate James Harden for the first time since he forced last month’s trade, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant aren’t sure they could’ve said or done anything to change his mind about leaving. On the eve of Thursday’s reunion, a matchup with the 76ers, the remaining two-thirds … Read more