After winning NBA Sixth Man of the Year and reaching the 2012 NBA Finals with the Oklahoma City Thunder, James Harden, along with his young and talented teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, seemed destined for years of championships and dominance. However, due to injuries and unforeseen circumstances, none of them have yet to reach the NBA Finals again.
A year later in 2013, Harden was traded to the Houston Rockets, where he embraced the role as the team’s franchise player. He went on to prove to everyone how valuable of a player he is, averaging over 25 points per game each season with the Rockets. However, fast forward 5 years to 2017, and there is only one thing James Harden wants: To be the kind of leader who does what’s necessary to win. He no longer has a chip on his shoulder. He doesn’t want to prove to the world what kind of player he is. Rather, Harden wants to do whatever it takes to win. In fact, it has become his obsession. Individual stat lines and highlight reel plays mean nothing to him without wearing hardware at the end of the season. Obsession is natural.
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