Dennis Young: All the tortured euphemisms being used to call James Harden overweight

NEW YORK — What you can get away with saying changes quickly. It was just 2016 when former Rockets coach Kevin McHale complained that he got fired because “James Harden had sprained his ankle during the summer and came in overweight.” It was only 2014 when the New York Daily News ran a “Fat-letes” slideshow centered around Bartolo Colon. In 2021, a gentler approach is, rightly, demanded by readers. But that presents a bit of a challenge when a formerly lithe scorer shows up to the NBA season with a new gut, and then starts the season scoring at the lowest rate he has in a decade. It’s telling …

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