James Harden will wear single digits with the 76ers
After much speculation, and a million different jersey edit pictures on social media, it is now being reported that James Harden will be wearing number 1 with the Philadelphia 76ers when he joins the team this week.
Harden has worn the number 13 jersey since he entered high school but with the 76ers retiring the number for Wilt Chamberlain, he’s forced to switch it up. Number 1 is a pretty solid choice, although there was a ton of speculation that he would be 33 or 11.
Andre Drummond did wear 1 for the 76ers during his tenure but now Drumbo is heading to Brooklyn so the number is available yet again. The last player to wear number 1 before Drummond was Mike Scott from 2019 until last season.
It’ll likely take some time before official Nike Harden uniforms are available to the public, but DHGate and other knockoff sites are sure to have it by the end of the day today. Fanatics released their own version for $75, but they’re poorly produced and not worth the cost at all.
The NBA will post them, but if regular City jerseys took months to ship when released, I wouldn’t expect Harden City Edition jerseys to arrive until sometime in March. Regular ones will likely take a few weeks as well unless you purchase them at the Wells Fargo Center.
Personally, I can’t wait to order a knockoff Harden City uniform for $15 instead of giving his friend, Michael Rubin, $130 for an overpriced product.
The trade was just formally announced last night, with the introductory press conference likely taking place later today or tomorrow afternoon.
Meanwhile, Harden will likely make his debut with the team next week against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.
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