How James Harden Is Exploiting The NBA Part 1

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  • Published on Jan 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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  • ROEDI DIMAKILING
    ROEDI DIMAKILING 8 days ago

    I am never fan of an MVP who does not carry his in a playoff/championship stage.curry,harden?

  • Nanci Wach
    Nanci Wach 19 days ago

    The Show looks great...Nanci

  • Nanci Wach
    Nanci Wach 19 days ago

    Hey Ronnie...what do you think the NBA should do about the three point line????

  • brucemercer
    brucemercer Month ago

    Harden uses his KNOWLEDGE of the Rules to EXPLOIT the IGNORANCE of the Rules fond EVERYWHERE in the game. The only people who consistently understand the rules the way Harden does are the Referees. No other player has so successfully studied the RULES to gain the totally LEGAL Advantages Harden has and until the rest of the leagues players choose KNOWLEDGE over IGNORANCE Harden will continue to exploit his hard earned MENTAL Advantage over the rest of the League.

  • Chris Valdez
    Chris Valdez Month ago

    For those of you that didn’t come for this guys drawn out intro, the video starts at 2:40

  • Trever P
    Trever P Month ago

    Basketball sucks. Fouls and flops

  • Anthony Riggins
    Anthony Riggins Month ago +1

    Both of you guys are full of BS. I would agree with you guys if you let other players do it. Harden is the only one that gets away with it.

  • Aztec MC
    Aztec MC Month ago

    Not a brain cell between these two cucks...

  • Football Kid
    Football Kid Month ago

    Vv

  • Andres Del Portillo
    Andres Del Portillo Month ago +2

    How James hardens bs doesn’t work in the playoffs

  • funkyflights
    funkyflights Month ago

    NBA has taken defense out of the paint, refs call so many tick tack fouls teams don’t even need centers anymore... It’s hurts the game

  • King Slayer
    King Slayer Month ago +1

    impossible to defend in the nba, i find it hard to watch anymore

  • hypnoxxxx
    hypnoxxxx Month ago +1

    I would like harden more if he wasn't such a baby, and stopped flopping around like a fish out of water when no one touched him.

  • Donald Anderson
    Donald Anderson Month ago +6

    he's a professional traveling/ Flopper

  • geekUSA101
    geekUSA101 Month ago

    One of the all time greats Coach Nick? Are you serious? Don't you feel a tad ashamed to make such a ridiculous statement? This guy has the cheapest game and most unwatchable playing style I have ever seen out of a so called "superstar" player. He's making a mockery of the game of basketball when the officials let him take 4-5 steps, let him push off constantly, fall for his flopping. I can't stand watching this guy! His game sucks, his defense sucks, he has no mid range game, no back to the basket game, and you call this guy an all time great? Broooo, I hope you're not serious Coach Nick..

  • John Doyle
    John Doyle Month ago

    5 steps (five!) at 2:27. The NBA is becoming unwatchable, if it hasn't already.

  • Jevioso Orishas
    Jevioso Orishas Month ago

    I've seen multiple players have to put their hands behind their backs guarding Harden because they don't want him to grab it and then get a foul. I've never seen any player where that was necessary. It's ridiculous.

    Look Harden, being a lefty, already has a major advantage, similar to the advantage Ginobili used throughout his career. That said, there's been no player, who consistently goes out of his way to force players into fouling him.

  • maxw4850 maxw4850
    maxw4850 maxw4850 2 months ago

    Giannis is mvp

  • TAJ SHAHEED
    TAJ SHAHEED 2 months ago

    3:59 that is NOT Al Farouk Aminu, that is Evan Turner, get it together.

  • fish scale
    fish scale 2 months ago

    Harden was trash is trash and always will be trash....... cant see how everyone can't see that they're letting him do all this cry baby soft ass bs but because they say he's cold ppl believe it. Lol he dont have any defense and never did and his offensive plays now they stand to the side and let him run by smh basketball has become so watered down just like football

  • Gio
    Gio 2 months ago

    "Ronnie, explain these crappy rules for us please."

  • Haifu Zhen
    Haifu Zhen 2 months ago

    He's like a qb playing offense, defense is such at a disadvantage, but the rules are created for scorers

  • Todd Kuhns
    Todd Kuhns 2 months ago

    The fact that he gets away with traveling nearly every time shows what a joke the NBA has become.

  • Azliyah Zainuddin
    Azliyah Zainuddin 2 months ago

    Luis suarez and neymar did too in football. The defenders hve to play smart with this kind of plays

  • Chin Chukwu
    Chin Chukwu 2 months ago

    james harden = overrated.

  • contactkeithstack
    contactkeithstack 2 months ago

    Dude is racist against righties. Lefties will not replace us!

  • Ryan Marucheau
    Ryan Marucheau 3 months ago

    that’s evan turner😂

  • steven whiters
    steven whiters 3 months ago

    I don’t even mind iffy fouls at the basket the fouls on jumpshot are frustrating to watch

  • Homeless to Greatness
    Homeless to Greatness 3 months ago

    When he got elbowed by Metta World War, while he was knocked out,he had a dream about how to do all of these.

  • Joshua Morton
    Joshua Morton 3 months ago +1

    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.

  • Joshua Morton
    Joshua Morton 3 months ago

    Don't hate the player homie

  • 13adam
    13adam 3 months ago

    when harden wins mvp and his first ring along with fmvp casual nba fans tears will be my main source of hydration

  • Voice of REASON
    Voice of REASON 3 months ago +2

    He is VERY overrated.... won't even make it out of the 1st round :D JUST scoring doesnt = amazing. He should take some defense lessons with Beverly!! Then would be the GOAT!!

    • Justin Liu
      Justin Liu 3 months ago

      He’s very overrated lol you’re high

  • IDK IJS
    IDK IJS 3 months ago

    Crazy part... He didn't even touch Kuzmas knee AND he pushed Kuzma. Just because he's a ref... Doesn't mean he's right... How can I say this? Cause refs get calls wrong and delegate what they decide to call...

  • IDK IJS
    IDK IJS 3 months ago

    So James Harden is good... But he's also exploits the rules so it makes him look great... But he's not great... All that has to happen is they start calling travels and stop calling fouls and his point production goes down 15 ppg

  • Kristian Vandehei
    Kristian Vandehei 3 months ago

    All I am hearing is some dude trying to articulate how clean plays are fouls for Harden.

  • LObCItY 134
    LObCItY 134 3 months ago

    Listen,Wilt Chamberlain had 32 FTA in his 100 point game while making 28, let that sink in. Harden’s career high is 19 FTA. And everyone else’s that has had this streak had MORE FTA and FGA than harden did. The man is doing what he has got to do.

  • TheAstrius
    TheAstrius 3 months ago

    Well what is he supposed to do pretend the no touch league rules are sound and just play as normal, no hes gonna tear into that pussy ass shit and turn the game into a joke, if they want it to not be a joke bring back 90s era like rules and we can have basketball again.

  • King Slayer
    King Slayer 3 months ago +1

    He’s becoming tfue

  • Rachel Williamson
    Rachel Williamson 3 months ago

    There are floppers, and there is Harden lol

  • Don Lee
    Don Lee 4 months ago

    while watching the 9:24 video, HARDEN MADE 35 FT already..

  • Luke Longly
    Luke Longly 4 months ago

    Nick no doublt he's the best offensive player in the game but the defensive effort is atrocious there's no way he's even a top 5 player right now

  • The Saurus
    The Saurus 4 months ago

    The most accurate assessment of James "FOULstian Deal" Harden is: "If you hand James Harden a sketchbook, he can draw you a foul." The thing that I find most egregious about the way Harden is manipulating the system is that he's talented enough that he doesn't need to rely on the dirty tricks.

  • Kwan89 Johnson
    Kwan89 Johnson 4 months ago

    Harden has a punchable face

  • Feature DaGreat
    Feature DaGreat 4 months ago

    He just a sneaky cheater

  • Sory Chang
    Sory Chang 4 months ago

    Can't wait to see another vid justifying kd's out-of-bounds save Vs rockets with a former ref

  • Sory Chang
    Sory Chang 4 months ago +1

    It can't be more delusional to say we should admire the foul drawing of Harden, it's borderline revolting to Watch
    You basically suggesting NBA should evolve to free throw shootout and that's fun to watch (maybe if we watch Lonzo Vs Simmons)

  • DCYOUKNIGHTED
    DCYOUKNIGHTED 4 months ago +1

    Disagree with the third play; harden runs into the leg of kuzma. He is not obligated to move. He’s certainly not obligated to move out of the way for Harden as Ronnie suggests. If Kuzma falls/flops like Harden you will see Harden get a lot more offensive push off fouls.

  • sebin kang
    sebin kang 4 months ago

    flop artist

  • lachistera1
    lachistera1 4 months ago

    I would like to know about Lebron's use of elbows: are they legal? He uses a lot of hands and elbows when he is playing, and many times I have wondered if that is right with nowadays rules. Thanks!

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin 4 months ago

    Slow down 0:53 to .25 speed an tell me that's not a travel before he dribbles the ball! Why do NBA players get away with lifting there pivot foot. As if being 6'4+ and a couple hundred pounds isn't enough of an advantage for them.

  • J V
    J V 4 months ago

    Not the NBA anymore. It’s the National Tricking Referees Association. Trash

  • El tiny mexican drug lord

    "Houston might not make the playoffs if they struggle" uhh... no shit 🤔

  • John Wick
    John Wick 4 months ago

    NBA= a league of floppers, drawing-a-foul-players and an 82 game (+playoffs) shooting contest. No wonder people stop caring about it.

  • FireTheCannons
    FireTheCannons 4 months ago

    The NBA is turning into soccer... this shit is so sad...

  • Steel Pulse
    Steel Pulse 4 months ago

    All the Harden haters mad because a top ref explains that he IS GETTING FOULED! Lol

  • Stan Mann
    Stan Mann 4 months ago

    It`s easy, he travels and pushes defenders away from him.

  • Edge
    Edge 4 months ago

    let the defenders drop kidney punches on the offence especially on james carries the ball like a plate of drinks for 5 steps harden

  • Damareyon Taylor
    Damareyon Taylor 4 months ago

    Harden is gonna be MVP but really he plays like a bitch anyone can score 40 a night if they had iso every play then acts like he got fouled every single time he shoots then he gets soft fouls and shoot 20 FTs a game

  • Fidel Mercado
    Fidel Mercado 4 months ago

    He is traveling man

  • jim hughes
    jim hughes 4 months ago

    It’s simple. Don’t hand check him, don’t step in his landing zone. What’s fun to watch is, he draws defenders so close, even though they know not to. They can’t help themselves. It’s impressive. The spurs guard him, hands above shoulders so they don’t foul. The hand checking is illegal, refs just don’t call it unless it’s highlighted by contact, which harden does. Don’t blame him. Don’t hand check, don’t do it.

  • jim hughes
    jim hughes 4 months ago

    Jordan did it with the push off.

  • Edward Paterson
    Edward Paterson 4 months ago

    I think it detracts from the game when the rules do not allow the defender to be in front of the ball. I know the league wants to promote scoring, but it penalizes a defender who has position. The rules should not reward an offensive player when they initiate the contact. TOO MANY FOUL CALLS. it slows down the game, and too much time with players standing around.

  • Aaron Young
    Aaron Young 4 months ago

    All you harden haters would throw a party if he went to your squad. Stfu!

  • Ben Dagostino
    Ben Dagostino 4 months ago

    Lets be honest here, he takes like 40 shots a game, shoots about 20 free throws a game, most of which are gifted to him by the referees. He constantly gets away with travels. He shoots like 20 3s a game, usually only hitting like 5 of them. He plays zero defence. Doesn't perform in the playoffs when refs start letting more aggressive defence go. The rockets are shit to watch. 3 after 3 after 3, foul after foul.

  • Spider Sense
    Spider Sense 4 months ago

    40.3 points
    7.1 rebounds
    9.4 assists
    1.9 steals
    40% 3pts
    And 25 uncalled traveling violations and 20 phantom foul calls a game
    He's the mopoat

  • Chong Yen
    Chong Yen 4 months ago

    This ain't the nba I knew.. 90s is a man's sport.. Today's NBA is for kids I guess.. Lol

  • inspiredtorhyme
    inspiredtorhyme 4 months ago

    It's not his job to ENFORCE the rules, it's the ref's ca

  • inspiredtorhyme
    inspiredtorhyme 4 months ago

    The fact that he even discovered this facet of the game is brilliant!!! Give that man his credit.

  • Dready Kobain
    Dready Kobain 4 months ago

    Curry’s shot Jordan’s killer will and Hardin’s stepback= best created player ever lmao

  • jamie lanister
    jamie lanister 4 months ago

    Remember when blasted harden with that elbow when. He was on the lakers lol... that's how you guard him

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  • JustMe
    JustMe 5 months ago +3

    Harden or when the letter of the law becomes more important than the spirit. He's like a lawyer playing basketball.

  • Flaming Charcoal
    Flaming Charcoal 5 months ago +1

    2:05 you realize this would hardly ever happen a seven game series between teams on opposite conferences

  • gabriel1983leo
    gabriel1983leo 5 months ago

    Listen, I dont care how you chop it up. This is given the game a black eye. Instead of playing basketball, you are playing the refs. Its a whole generation growing up watching this fake hooper who is a average shooter look like the greatest scorer. Im done

  • Tray Ezim
    Tray Ezim 5 months ago

    I don't give a fuk about this referee's opinion I don't give a fuck how long he's been refereeing. Too many ghost fouls are called for this man not denying his talent at all whatsoever but please don't take away the hard work from honest Defenders who put in that work to position themselves to not even touch this man and yet he still gets a call too much excuses for ghost fouls for this man once again Harden is a helluva player but he's only one-sided it would never seem even because he never plays defense at the magnitude of how Defenders defend him.

  • D-Boy Booking
    D-Boy Booking 5 months ago

    I think this video explains it perfectly. Put your hand on him he's gonna flail up as soon as he feels your arm there. That's a contact foul. Stay too close to him he's gonna run into your leg or body and flop. Another foul. Any amount of contact on this guy is gonna be a foul but what this video also shows me is that Harden is extremely inefficient while being forced to his right. My key to defending him would be to always always send him right and hope he drives the lane where they clearly said they call fouls differently. Defense isn't always about touching the guy or putting a body on him. Bait him inside to the right, put your hands straight up and shuffle your feet the bucks did that perfectly as shown in this video.

  • Childish FroBino
    Childish FroBino 5 months ago

    You can't be mad, he's been using the rules to his advantage forever. I like how he taps the breaks on the trailing defender to keep them on his hip and out of the play. Genius

    • DIVAD291
      DIVAD291 3 months ago

      "You can't be mad, he's been using the rules to his advantage forever."
      I don't understand...people are mad because he's been using the rules to his advantage...are you suggesting that morality is defined by a rulebook?

  • tom11zz884
    tom11zz884 5 months ago +1

    This is the NEW NBA...deal with it WIMPS.

  • Friday’s are cool
    Friday’s are cool 5 months ago

    Secret. Take 45 shots a game. Have the media only cover your missed baskets and forget about all the misses. Become a legend

  • ah_priori
    ah_priori 5 months ago

    This old guy is a moron

  • bill seaberry
    bill seaberry 5 months ago

    Seriously? You didnt show any of the hooking with his off hand on drives, his falling on threes, and when driving straight at a player initiating all the contact. Stockton was a master illusionist and now virtually every scorer attempts these kind of tricks. Kicking the legs, holding the follow through but moving it in or out as a defensive player attempt to jump past the shooter. Hardin is too good to be helped

  • Randall Martin
    Randall Martin 5 months ago

    Nunn defending Harden is pathetic. Harden travels almost every time and initiates contact to get foul calls.

  • Jake Oliveros
    Jake Oliveros 5 months ago

    man looks like elon musk

  • Alexander Gonzalez
    Alexander Gonzalez 5 months ago

    That last one isn’t a foul. Kuzma’s leg didn’t touch harden but it may have looked like it to the ref since he was looking from behind.

  • Glaze Man
    Glaze Man 5 months ago

    Looks like they need to revamp the D

  • Infamous J-H00ĶŻ
    Infamous J-H00ĶŻ 5 months ago +1

    *BALLING LIKE JAMES HARDEN*

  • Hi im Ish
    Hi im Ish 5 months ago

    Its ironic we have some of the most beautiful technique from Curry, Iriving, LeBron, etc, then we have Harden. I sure as hell hope next gen follows those 3 lmao

  • 123six
    123six 5 months ago

    Yada yada yada blah blah blah NBA is SOFT charming SOFT!

  • Tibalt Gore
    Tibalt Gore 5 months ago +1

    He's good but he's one of the dirtiest players.

  • Winston Behle
    Winston Behle 5 months ago

    Changed my like to a dislike when you said, "He is an artist out there, and we are all better off by being entertained by what he is doing out there." Sorry, what he's doing is not entertaining and we are not better off for it. James Harden is a cancer and I really hope that he doesn't infect the rest of the league with his uninteresting brand of ref ball.

  • Roberto Tapia
    Roberto Tapia 5 months ago

    He is so fast and a lefty... the nba aint ready. So its easier to call him a cheater and to call the nba out for favoritism. Haters gonna hate..

  • revo1974
    revo1974 5 months ago

    OKC had Harden, Westbrook and Durant too.

  • Benjamin Clark
    Benjamin Clark 5 months ago

    Dumbest thing I've ever heard defense you have to be wide or else you'll trip and fall or just get plain knocked over. That is defense fundamentals

  • Benjamin Clark
    Benjamin Clark 5 months ago

    Bruh playoffs

  • Deridia
    Deridia 5 months ago +1

    Stop giving excuses about why it's ok, Harden is a scumy cheater.

  • socalsp3
    socalsp3 5 months ago +1

    Harden is flopping harder than ever before

  • Joaquin Rodriguez
    Joaquin Rodriguez 5 months ago

    This is all Bull, trying to justify bad calls still are bad calls. 5 years ago any of this plays are not fouls. I go further this "fouls" are only call to super stars!! They are not call for regulars players.

  • ucheucheuche
    ucheucheuche 5 months ago

    This guy is a winner, because winners know others are limited by rules, winners use that to their advantage

  • rrbarcarse
    rrbarcarse 5 months ago

    Harden is soooo good!!.......in the regular season