How James Harden Is Exploiting The NBA Part 1

  • Published on:  1/10/2019
  • There are very few players as polarizing as James Harden, primarily the way he draws fouls. Coach Nick breaks down his tremendous skill, and is then joined by Ronnie Nunn (NBA referee for 19 years, Head Of Officials for 5 years, and Director Of Development for 3 more) to discuss how he draws fouls going to the basket and how far he's pushing the boundaries of the rules.
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  • Michael Wu (Jan 10, 2019)

    curry's 3s, jordan's 2s and harden's 1s

  • thicc boi (4 hours ago)

    Mj and hardens 1s. They had the same amount of free throws per season essentially

  • HNC_natsuno (Mar 6, 2019)

    +Joseph Coleman nice me too

  • i dislike his style but he is a genius in his own right

  • IDK IJS (Mar 4, 2019)

    Genius? Yeah I guess you can call it that... However... Rule he's gonna be the reason for rules changes and he gone be sick to his stomach in the playoffs

  • Kamau Cumberbatch (Feb 18, 2019)

    +Никола .Бакърджиев h

  • King Dang (Jan 10, 2019)

    Regardless whether you hate or dislike harden or not. You can’t deny his greatness on display right now, carrying this rockets team !

  • IDK IJS (Mar 4, 2019)

    Yeah... We can... He's not great. He's a good player who exploits the rules. If they start calling travels and stop giving him bullshit fouls then his ppg goes down 15 points

  • Kristian Vandehei (Mar 3, 2019)

    He cheats and doesn't deserve half the free throws he gets.

  • Jake Boynton. (Jan 10, 2019)

    This man really be calling 5 out like it’s 2k

  • Ayzoh (Jan 10, 2019)

    Lmao 5 out blow by cheese

  • The Metal Pig (Jan 10, 2019)

    When Cricket introduced 20/20, a shorter version of the game, it allowed players to be more aggressive, so fans saw more fours and sixes. But the problem is that these shots that were once more rare and thus exciting, have now lost their allure.The same thing is happening to the NBA. The rule changes that have neutered defence have allowed it easier to drive and dunk etc, making it more often and thus not as exciting anymore. The same thing has happened to threes. They were exciting when Warriors star...

  • Joseph Matthews (Jan 29, 2019)

    I see people say this stuff all the time but they are still big enough fans to seek out basketball videos on YouTube and not just games but breakdowns and commentary on the sport. Couple that with the fact viewership numbers are some of the highest they've ever been and it starts feeling more like fans being salty rather than fans walking away.To your point however - basketball is constantly evolving. The next big thing I think is what we are seeing in Denver and New York with big men who are highly ...

  • The Metal Pig (Jan 19, 2019)

    +Tijan I tend to believe ex players like Pippen etc who played in the hand checking era. It has made defence harder and offence easier.

  • Topher (Jan 10, 2019)

    He's becoming the Mayweather of the NBA I feel.

  • Hi Welcome to Chili's (Mar 3, 2019)

    +Damn Mixes Mayweather lost 5 times but the other fighter was robbed. He's been knocked down 3 times and it wasn't called. He's been throating don king into his victories for years. He ducks fights until the fighters aren't in thier prime, if he fought PRIME Pacquiao hed have gotten slaughtered. Same with prime canelo. He also does the absolute minimum to win. And runs the whole time until the other guy is tired. He's cheap and him and harden are one in the same in that regard. Though harden isn't a wo...


    +Lexa broner lost

  • Supun Edirisinghe (Jan 10, 2019)

    I still don't think that was explained well. The only thing I got out of that was that the NBA admits that it puts defenders at a disadvantage making them have to pull their body parts out of the way when a star player initiated the contact. I hope in part two you get to go over the blatant push off that ball handlers are allowed to do that cheapens the game. Harden and CP3 are blatant at it. And ever since MJ pushed off on Bryan Russel, the stiff arm to knock a defender off balance has been a move e...

  • +RealTeezy ikr, maybe u could make a case hes stronger then Russ but Bron? Come on now

  • anthony ponafala (Jan 30, 2019)

    Nba is so disgusting now it's used to be fun to watch Star players tear defences it's ass backwards...why practice dribbling? Just drive where ever you want and if the defender doesn't "move his knee" it's a blocking foul. Stupid ass league changing rules just to promote these pansy ass player who entered the league from 5 years ago onwards will ever be eligible for goat discussions

  • Joshua Morton (8 hours ago)

    Using the rules to your advantage isn't a bad thing, it's a genius thing. It's a rule of war. You must take every advantage that you can get to achieve victory, and to be honest it doesn't change the fact that Harden is one of the best ball players in the world. He is on a team full of so so players and needs an advantage to win games. Case in point, king James is one of the best players of all time, but the Lakers are ass this year.

  • John Pettus (Jan 10, 2019)

    This is the biggest disagreement I've ever had with Coach Nick. If you allow the offensive player to be allowed to create fouls where there was none by the defender, you reward this pissant style of play where players win games by being better at working the refs than by playing basketball. You can do that if you want. And you can break out the lawyers and say that it's legal. I'm not debating that. I'm saying that if it remains legal and things keep progressing in this direction, then you're going t...

  • Ben Dagostino (Jan 27, 2019)

    Very well put. Its disgusting what harden is getting away with. Ruining the game.

  • Frank Forster (Jan 27, 2019)

    +william baumann Thx. Just watched 4th quarter of Magic vs Rockets and while the Rockets would have won anyway, it's just awful to watch a player foul his defender regularly to get open and then foul him on the defensive end as well and get away with all of it. It's fine to me that push offs aren't called much but there should be a limit to it. Shoving off full force or swiping the defender across the face got nothing to do with good offense. This ain't against Harden, many players do it, I witness it ...

  • Douglas Reid (Jan 10, 2019)

    I would like a 2nd opinion on that Kuzma call. I know of no rule that says the defender who is in a legal guarding position must oblige the ball handler by moving his knee out of the driver's way. Why Ronnie? Why can't he anticipate the the direction of the driver and lean that way?We have gone way overboard in facilitating the offensive player- no hand check, look at him the wrong way it's a review- to the detriment of the game. Scorers from this era must have the obligatory asterisk beside their...

  • ADnKD (Feb 19, 2019)

    Grayfire78 He didn’t beat Harden to the spot... Your chest has to be in front of the offensive player, not your knee... like come on

  • ADnKD (Feb 19, 2019)

    SneakerDad1978 You dumbass how hard is it to google the average score in the 90s? Instead of making up such a retarded number? Lebron’s played in 7 seasons where teams averaged under 100, there were only 4 seasons in the 90s that that happened. By your retarded logic Lebron would average even more in the 90s. Don’t just make up bullshit ffs