Philadelphia 76ers’ James Harden doesn’t feel pressure ahead of playoffs, ‘ready to play’

5:45 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN CAMDEN, NJ — With his first playoff series in Philadelphia set to begin Saturday against the Toronto Raptors, James Harden said he doesn’t feel any pressure to perform well for his new team. “The pressure, no. I feel good,” Harden said after Thursday’s practice at the team’s facility here with … Read more

What matters most in one of the NBA’s tightest Eastern Conference races

12:07 a.m. ET Tim BontempsESPN The top of the NBA’s Eastern Conference couldn’t be more compact. Going into Tuesday’s action, four teams — the Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers — were just one loss apart. And, at the right time, all four were set to face off, with the Bucks playing … Read more

Doc Rivers, ahead of Ben Simmons’ return to Philadelphia, says rivalries are good for the NBA

3:24 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN CAMDEN, NJ — Even with Ben Simmons not playing in Thursday night’s game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers, there’s a lot of excitement surrounding the game in Philadelphia. Sixers coach Doc Rivers said after practice Wednesday that while he’s not a fan of how this Atlantic Division … Read more

Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving wants better communication all around, but says he doesn’t hold a grudge against James Harden

CHARLOTTE, NC — As the Brooklyn Nets prepare to see former teammate James Harden face the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, they do so with lingering feelings about how he walked away from the team just before last month’s trade deadline. Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant spoke about it after Tuesday night’s 132-121 win over … Read more

DeAndre Jordan thrilled to ‘get easy baskets’ after reuniting with James Harden on Philadelphia 76ers

4:53 p.m. ET Tim BontempsESPN CAMDEN, NJ — DeAndre Jordan said he’s excited about the prospect of reuniting with James Harden on the Philadelphia 76ers, saying he’s better at setting up easy baskets than anyone in the NBA. “I mean, for a big guy, or anybody trying to get easy shots, he’s the best guy … Read more

Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden delighted with reception on home debut – ‘Love, fans, feels like home’

12:49 a.m. ET Tim BontempsESPN PHILADELPHIA — After a third straight performance in a 76ers uniform — but a first in front of the fans here inside the Wells Fargo Center — James Harden said Philadelphia felt like home. “Just exciting,” Harden said after finishing with 26 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in Philadelphia’s … Read more

The ‘unstoppable’ duo of Joel Embiid and James Harden use a slew of free throws to roll the New York Knicks

5:47 p.m. ET Tim BontempsESPN NEW YORK – After two games played alongside James Harden, it took only one word for Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid to respond to what he thought of how the two superstars fit into the offense of Philadelphia. “Unstoppable,” Embiid said with a smile after finishing with 37 points – … Read more

The James Harden-Joel Embiid duo are all smiles after their first blowout win

The final verdict on the Philadelphia 76ers trade for James Harden won’t come for months — maybe even years. Until then, every moment Harden and Philadelphia favorite Joel Embiid spend on the court together will be something of a Rohrsarch test. Some will see chemistry, others calamity – sometimes both will be seen in the … Read more

James Harden lives up to the hype on his Philadelphia debut as 76ers rout Minnesota Timberwolves

10:43 p.m. ET Tim BontempsESPN MINNEAPOLIS — The curtain went up for the first time on the Joel Embiid-James Harden partnership with the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night at Target Center against the Minnesota Timberwolves. And, after two weeks of building up and anticipating what these two superstars would look like together, opening night lived up … Read more

Joel Embiid says James Harden is ‘completely different from what you see out there’ ahead of star 76ers goaltender debut

12:56 p.m. ET Tim BontempsESPN MINNEAPOLIS – As the Philadelphia 76ers prepare to finally see James Harden take to the field in their uniform Friday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, 76ers star Joel Embiid said Harden was very different from the person he heard from speak before he arrives. “I mean, it’s funny, you see … Read more