There is an enormous difference between using physical skills and tricking the refs into changing the outcome of a game.
The rules state specifically what constitutes charging, traveling, and flopping. Harden commits these violations all the time, but gets away with it during the regular season. The fact that the refs get fooled by Harden with such alarming regularity is a travesty of the game, not something to celebrate.
You couldn’t be more wrong on that point.
It’s almost as crazy as saying Kelly Olynyk and Dywane Wade were effective players because the injured Kevin Love and Rajon Rondo without getting suspended.
With regard to Bonds, even if his “first” career was worthy of the Hall of Fame, during that period (1986–1987) he hit 374 home runs. That doesn’t prove he was the greatest baseball player of all time.
His post-steroid career featured five straight seasons where he exceeded or was within one home run of his previous career high (49, 73, 46, 45, 45), and a total of 388 home runs.
In three of those seasons, he exceeded his career high batting average by a substantial margin (.370, .341, .362) and exceeded his career high for hits in a single season by a huge margin on three separate occasions (177, 198, 232).