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Kevin Sweeney

NBA Fans Roasted Shams Charania After His Really Late James Harden Trade Report

The battle between ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania for the title of the NBA’s top scoop man took another twist overnight Tuesday when the Los Angeles Clippers traded for Sixers star James Harden.

Usually when huge trades like this one break, Woj and Shams report the details within seconds of one another. This one, however, went differently. Wojnarowski first tweeted that Harden was headed to the Clippers just after 2 a.m. ET, and Charania didn’t chime in for more than a half-hour before eventually confirming the deal was happening.

Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden reacts to his three pointer against the Brooklyn Nets during the third quarter in game two of the 2023 NBA playoffs at Wells Fargo Center.

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Given the time of the deal, we can only assume that Charania had fallen asleep before the trade details were finalized. That would be normal for the rest of the population, but given Charania’s robot-like work ethic, it took some fans by surprise. Charania revealed earlier this year that he averages around 17 hours of screen time per day, a number that pushes closer to 20 around the trade deadline and free agency.

Potentially sleeping through the Harden trade has, unsurprisingly created plenty of memes about the Woj/Shams rivalry. Charania may never voluntarily sleep again.

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