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James Harden Working Towards 3 Pointer Immortality

Houston Rockets talisman James Harden is constantly looking to improve, much to the chagrin of other teams around the NBA.

Not content with leading the NBA in scoring for two straight seasons, James Harden wants to establish his signature move. 

That signature move appears to be a one-legged step-back 3-pointer, which he has been working on throughout the summer. James Harden has been seen practising these in viral videos of open runs during the offseason. 

Harden says that even after 11 seasons, it’s imperative for him to continue to improve.


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“I’m always trying to be creative,” Harden told ESPN.

“I’m always trying to get better — at basketball, life, businesswise. I always try to find ways to be impactful. With basketball, you have to be creative. This is my 11th year, and every single year I want to get better. I don’t want to stay the same. You’ve got to find ways to keep growing.”

His current step-back maneuver is already one of the most dangerous plays in the NBA. Haren says he is working towards using the one-legged version in competitive NBA action. Although, he is unsure if it will be ready for the upcoming season. 

“I’m not sure; it’s something that I work on,” Harden said.


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“But you know how Mike [Jordan] has his fadeaway and Dirk [Nowitzki] has his one-leg and [Kareem Abdul-Jabbar] had the sky hook, I want my step-back to be one of those moves that last forever. So when I travel around the world and I see little kids that [say], ‘Hey James, I got a step-back!’ — I love to see that.

“It’s me being a creator and me being an innovator and paving the way in basketball in my own way, doing it how I want to do it, and that’s what it’s all about. As a little kid playing in these parks, that’s what I imagined, that’s what I dreamed of. Now it’s coming to reality, so it’s pretty cool.”

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