Why don't more players play like Harden?

Why don't more players play like Harden?

Postby SpencerHarrison on Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:47 pm

Watching this Houston game, I was curious why more NBA players don't play like Harden. That is: Charge at full speed to the hoop, scoop the ball up, swirl elbows and try to finish. I admit to being only a casual fan of pro basketball, but I feel like I'm missing something whenever I watch him play. If it's that simple, why don't more players do it? It seems so easy for him to draw fouls - just run full speed and barrel in, come what may. More importantly: Why can't the Lakers get somebody like that lol
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Re: Why don't more players play like Harden?

Postby thisbjgz on Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:50 pm

So..go play like Harden and join the NBA?
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Re: Why don't more players play like Harden?

Postby SpencerHarrison on Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:51 pm

Haha no man, I'm just curious for people that know basketball better - Why does it seem like Harden gets to play that brand of ball? It seems like he has a totally different ruleset
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Re: Why don't more players play like Harden?

Postby therealdeal on Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:55 pm

Chris Paul syndrome.

He's allowed to because he's a "star" and because it's "his game".
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Re: Why don't more players play like Harden?

Postby SpencerHarrison on Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:01 pm

Kobe gets mauled on almost every drive - I just don't see very many people getting the kind of calls Harden does for doing so little.
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Re: Why don't more players play like Harden?

Postby Armani on Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:12 pm

Not everyone's capable of it. He's really, really good at what he does - making smart, efficient plays.
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Re: Why don't more players play like Harden?

Postby khmrP on Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:14 pm

that euro step isn't easy fyi, harden and Manu make it look so easy though
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Re: Why don't more players play like Harden?

Postby TaniBoyz on Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:14 pm

you need to get the refs on your side to get those calls
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Re: Why don't more players play like Harden?

Postby JGC on Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:22 pm

Harden is the new Ginobili. Herky jerky style of play. That's how he draws fouls. I like Harden as a player. Not sure this is exactly Lakers Discussion though.
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Re: Why don't more players play like Harden?

Postby abeer3 on Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:02 pm

it's a combination of the above. he's got great handles, excellent body control, good strength, and a good first step. AND he gets to play by a different set of rules. with just the first few attributes, he'd be averaging about four fewer ppg and shooting about 40% from the field, though.

if every good ballhandler got to do what he does, the game would be hard to watch due to the ft parade.
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Re: Why don't more players play like Harden?

Postby wcsoldier81 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:47 am

You forgot " TRAVEL" .... he makes Lebron footwork look like Hakeem one
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Re: Why don't more players play like Harden?

Postby Weezy on Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:13 am

Not all players can drive to the hoop at will, whether they lack quickness, the dribbling ability or whatever, but also because not a lot of players will get so many fouls called for them. Harden's good, but I'm sure it helps that he knows half the time he goes to the hoop, even out of control, he'll be bailed out with free throws no matter what.
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Re: Why don't more players play like Harden?

Postby KB24 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:45 am

to quote rocky's last movie:

paulie: "why didn't you hit back?"
rocky: "paulie....if I could.......... I would".
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