Characteristics of a player dating
What was your reaction this summer when you heard that your former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate, Kevin Durant, signed with Golden State? He had come to Arizona to hang out with me for a few days. But you can’t judge guys or get mad at guys if they want to join a really, really good team. But Stephen Curry of Golden State, who won the title that year, won MVP. Was there a moment you realized you had a knack for drawing fouls? They taught you to chin the rim: going to the rim, but the ball up, chin it, so you can finish. I’m just going to the basket, looking to finish, and if you reach, it’s a foul.
I guarantee you any other guy with those numbers would have made it. I’m going to bounce back and do it again, do it again, do it again. Maybe I need another superstar player on my team, because all these other guys, who have two or three superstars on their team, get all the attention. I have good guys around me, good teammates around me, who love working hard and love to win games. Are so-called “super-teams” like Golden State, which added Durant to a team that won a record 73 regular season games last season, good for the NBA? Because you’ve got superstars, or so-called superstars, on three, four teams, and then the other teams, they’re talented obviously, but their legit chance of wining a championship is slim. In 2015, you carried your team to the Western Conference Finals. Was it a strong consolation that your fellow players voted you MVP for the players association awards? Because these are the guys I’m competing against every single night. You lead the NBA in most free-throws attempted — and made — per game. Because you have to really good hands to strip the ball. If you reach and you get my arm, that’s a foul 90 percent of the time. It’s not like I’m going to the basket looking for arms, and looking for foul calls.
This will either feed their ego or really, really depress them as they think about the futility of Tinder and how they will never get married or have kids or be happy, really. The PERK cards are the qualities you want in a date. These get played on your totally rad date by your mean friend to make your carefully crafted dreamboat an undateable mess. Each player except the Single draws FOUR Perks and THREE Red Flags.
Try and make your date as cool and unique as you are, you beautiful, shining snowflake! Your cards should be separated into two piles: PERKS and RED FLAGS.
K., now you’re open, shoot the ball now.’ But it makes the game fun, when you have someone on your shoulders talking to you. The coach told me, honestly, I don’t care how many times you turn the ball over. From the coaching change to inexperience, to guys not on the same page, to guys having different agendas.
So of course in the beginning, turnovers are going to be high.
Before this season, new Houston coach Mike D’Antoni made Harden the team’s point guard, a switch that was met with plenty of skepticism. [Houston averages 15.4 turnovers per game, tied for fourth-most in the NBA]. After he told me that, I just go out there and play. Just him scoring, him getting an opportunity, him happy after the game. That right there was like, ‘OK, the more I can do that for my other teammate, the better.’ One game I want Ryan [Anderson] to hit 12 threes in one game, or Eric [Gordon] to hit 12 threes, or Trevor [Ariza]. Right away, he was calling me, he’s texting me, he’s reaching out. The more years I waste, when I’m not contending for a title like I need to be, then it’s just going down the drain. Growing up in Los Angeles, did you think honestly you’d be an NBA player? This is my eighth year in the league already, and it’s going by like this [Harden snaps his finger]. I’m not the fastest guy, from end to end on the floor, or the most athletic. But I can get to my spots, get to where I need to be. When I need to change direction to get to point B, it’s when I need to go to point B. It’s thinking a step or two steps ahead of the defender. Scott Pera [Harden’s coach at Artesia High School in the LA area] had me on the track, had me just working. You look at those bad clips of me getting beat by back door cuts, and defensive lapses – that’s not happening this year. I’m being a better leader, getting outside of my box, making sure that I interact with my younger guys, Montrezl Harrell, Clint Capela, making sure I bring those guys along with me. I think we all have to go through bad times to prevail and be great. That’s one of the reasons I got all of the guys together in Vegas to wok out.
But I think I definitely brought it back to everyone’s attention. You’ve had to deal with a fair amount of change in your career – going from Oklahoma City to Houston, the partnership with Dwight, this move to point guard. Or do you just stay down there and allow it to take you down? Like, we all have bad days in life, no matter what job you’re in.