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Rockets: James Harden’s playing style is validated by an all-time great

By Devin Brooks
Houston Rockets James Harden (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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James Harden’s playing style received the ultimate validation from a former NBA MVP who walked the same path during the prime of his NBA career

James Harden has received immense criticism for his unique style of play and has even been blamed for holding the Houston Rockets back from winning an NBA title. The eight-time NBA All-Star recently sat down with NBA legend Allen Iverson for an interview promoting the unveiling of their new sneaker collaboration with Adidas and Reebok.

During the interview, Iverson heaped heavy praise on Harden’s game. James also stated how Iverson’s own personal path during his prime years in the NBA helped shape how he plays the game today and how Iverson’s mindset and mentality continues to impact him through his career day-by-day.

“I feel like everything I’m going through right now is what you went through, just a newer version,” said Harden. Criticism, negative energy, negativity. Why does he do this? Why does he do that? Like, nobody understands, and I’m cool with that.”

Harden continued talking about how his game and Iverson’s game are similar and how much he appreciated the positive influence Iverson has had on him, due to the fact that both guys were perceived in the same way by the media at some point during their careers.

“I’m not here to explain myself or try to get people to understand where I come from, or what I do, or why I do it. I’m a killer, I work my a– off. Y’all are going to figure it out. Maybe when I’m retired, maybe when I’m done and gone, it’ll catch up to you,” Harden said.

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