That is the view of NBA expert Shannon Sharpe.
The Houston Rockets star put up a career-high 61 on Wednesday night as the game went right down to the wire.
In total, he threw five three-point shots, and drained 22 free throws from 25 attempted.
It was his 21st straight game in which he had scored more than 30 points.
And speaking after the game, Harden insisted that he needs to continue the streak, because his legacy is at stake.
“I got to keep going,” the NBA’s MVP said. “My legacy is at stake. Basketball is something I love doing. There is no limit to what I can do.”
Sharpe disagreed with this statement, however.
Speaking on the Fox Sports show ‘Undisputed’, he suggested that the Rockets star needs to perform in the playoffs in order to secure his legacy.
Sharpe referenced Harden’s performance in the 2015 playoffs, when he set a playoff record for most turnovers in one game, while scoring a lowly 14 points.
But the pundit argued that, while the 61-point game was impressive, there was more needed from the No 13.
“This is unbelievable,” Sharpe admitted.
“But I’m surprised to hear him talking about his legacy.
“In a meaningless regular season game against the Knicks?
“James, newsflash, that’s not your legacy.
“Your legacy is scoring ten points in a game six when you’re the team’s best player, and you get beaten by 100 in a playoff game at home.
“Your legacy right now is the most turnovers in NBA history against the Golden State Warriors when you had a chance to beat win and you dribbled the ball off your foot.
“Why are you thinking about your legacy now?”
Harden and the Rockets are next in action against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
Published at Fri, 25 Jan 2019 01:32:00 +0000