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Perk believes peer pressure will sway Harden

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08:06 AM ET 09.24 | Soon, James Harden will be back with the Thunder, and at least one teammate believes that might be enough to keep him around long-term. Kendrick Le'Dale Perkins is a menacing guy. One scowl might be enough to scare Harden into signing, but evidently Perk doesn't anticipate the need for a stare-down. "The thing is, once James gets here, there's nothing to be said," Perkins said following a Thunder Fit clinic at Deer Creek Middle School on Sept. 12. ... Peer pressure can be a powerful tool, intentional or not. Perkins believes Harden's decision might be swayed when he re-enters the Thunder practice facility this week and exchanges playful banter with the group that finished one step shy of becoming NBA champs last season.

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September 24, 2012  08:09 AM ET

Money > peer pressure.

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September 24, 2012  08:54 AM ET

I think if Harden wanted to make a move, he'd be gone already. Although if someone were to make a ridiculous offer, it could be interesting.

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September 24, 2012  09:00 AM ET

Harden is about that $$$ and I dont blame him. He deserves a max contract too. Besides everyone else on that team is getting paid. He should too.

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September 24, 2012  09:04 AM ET

Perk talks too much for a tough guy on the court.
Secondly if Harden disappears in the conference finals or finals (granted they have to make the finals again), like he did in last year's finals they will definitely give him the boot.

September 24, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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He could be the new Joe Johnson.

Joe Johnson is afraid to take it to the rim however, Harden has an all around game.

September 24, 2012  09:34 AM ET

They finished 3 games shy of a title, 1 step?
Durant was afraid to defend Bron, he rather guard Chalmers by game 3...
Harden was a ghost, if not for Westbrook & Ibaka they would have been swept.
Perkins needs to go!
If they don't get a scoring big man down low and until Durant becomes a better defender they ain't winning a championship.

September 24, 2012  09:34 AM ET
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Harden is about that $$$ and I dont blame him. He deserves a max contract too. Besides everyone else on that team is getting paid. He should too.

It would be nice if he showed up in the playoffs.

September 24, 2012  09:53 AM ET

Money Can't Buy Happiness, Bro.

September 24, 2012  10:04 AM ET

I wonder how much of Harden's game is due to Durant and Westbrook. He looks great with those guys as team mates. But how does he rank without them. This maybe one of the things okc is thinking about.

September 24, 2012  10:16 AM ET

It's all about the money Perkins. You should know that.

September 24, 2012  10:19 AM ET

It's all about the BENJAMINS.....MAYNE

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