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

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Harden explains how Allen Iverson has helped his career

“Right now, I don’t have time to explain myself. I feel like you, it’s like a carbon copy. I wanted to say I appreciate you, bro, for paving the way and leading that example, and getting people and players like me to follow it and to try and be even better at being themselves because that’s all I can be. So, I appreciate you,” Harden concluded in his comments to Iverson.

The Philadelphia 76ers legend responded in awe of Harden’s heartfelt comments.

“Those are my flowers, why I’m still here,” Iverson said. “When I get them from killers like you, those are my flowers right there.”

Early this year, ESPN’s Rachel Nichols asked Iverson if the overflow of criticisms toward Harden was warranted regarding his style of play.

“No way. No way. That man has so much talent. He’s so great. He deserves all the praise that he gets,” Iverson said.

“There’s always going to be a critic out there. There’s always going to be somebody out there saying he could do something else better than what he’s doing. I think he just keeps his foot to the pedal. Because I know his teammates love having him in that foxhole and rocking with him night in and night out. So, James, keep doing your thing man.”