Harden: "I'm on another level, nothing can stop me now"

The escort, which is going for its second consecutive MVP (something that only 11 players have achieved), ensures that criticism does not affect it.

James Harden is 29 years old and has been in the NBA for almost a decade. He left the draft (number 3, 2009) in the direction of Oklahoma. With the Thunder, hand in hand with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, he played the 2012 NBA Finals after being the Sixth Best Man in the league. But that summer he sent Texa a disagreement that went from the millions to the roles in a team that was too young but did not fit that defeat against the LeBron James Heat (4-1). After the initial 1-0 at OKC, the Thunder lost four straight, the first three by a total difference of 16 points.

Harden was traded to the Rockets, where he has evolved from very good player to great player and from there to megastar . After aspiring twice to MVP (they took Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook) last season finally took the prize and now wants to repeat. Promedia 36.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 7.8 assists. Lead the NBA in points but also in minutes (37.4, a wild load that we will see if it does not have consequences in the playoffs, it would not be the first time it happens), baskets (10.7), free throws (10, 1) ... and is in a technical draw in 3-pointers with Curry (5 he, 5,1 the Warriors). He has just added his 30th match (since the first week of December) with at least 30 points per night and, of course, is in the head, or as in the head as any, of that fight for an MVP in which They have repeated in consecutive seasons eleven players: Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash, LeBron James and Stephen Curry.

In an interview with Rahul Lal for EA Sports, in promotion of the NBA Live, Harden has no deals in recognizing that he is in a constant sweet moment as an attacking player: "Nobody can stop me right now, I'm at a special level, nothing is going to stop me, it does not matter the negative things that are said of me ". Refers, of course, to the debate on a style that has been refined to, whenever possible, force faults of their defenders and go to the free throw line almost at will. The triple in stepback that has polished even the artistic is also criticized because there are those who consider that steps are not punched every time they should. It does not affect him either: "My game has totally changed since I was in college, I've matured, everything happens much more slowly now around me." The key is to start each season being better than you were when the previous one ended. they lock themselves in the gym and they work a very specific aspect, I try to improve everything, I work everything, until this season I did not do the stepback so much, but if the teams that are defending in different ways, I have to find new ways to follow creating impact in the game, next year will be another new movement, or something that I will improve to continue having the same influence, or more in the games.You have to constantly evolve or people will forget about you. "

You did not deny that your enormous volume of minutes, points and responsibility this season is being a matter forced by injuries that have been primed with their Rockets (Capela, Paul, Gordon ...): "There are some I'm more concentrated than I've ever been, totally involved in basketball. In the details that many people do not know or ignore. It's a matter of my work ethic. Now I am much more professional. I train more, I take care of my body, I take care that my muscles are always ready, I take care of the food ... I have tuned to the game in all aspects. I am always in the gym, until the days when I am more tired. Even when I've played many minutes, even if it's only a 15-minute step through the gym, it helps a lot. And that's what has made me the player I am now. "

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