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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  • Hi im Ish
    Hi im Ish 10 hours 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 10 hours ago

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

  • Zane Beckett
    Zane Beckett 11 hours ago +1

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

  • Winston Behle
    Winston Behle 14 hours 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 17 hours 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 21 hour ago

    OKC had Harden, Westbrook and Durant too.

  • Benjamin Clark
    Benjamin Clark Day 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 Day ago

    Bruh playoffs

  • Deridia
    Deridia Day ago +1

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

  • socalsp3
    socalsp3 Day ago +1

    Harden is flopping harder than ever before

  • Joaquin Rodriguez

    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 Day ago

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

  • rrbarcarse
    rrbarcarse Day ago

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

  • Zach Noname
    Zach Noname Day ago

    In part two they better be talking about his double step back

  • Davivd2
    Davivd2 2 days ago

    The NBA does James Harden and his fans a great disservice by not officiating him equally with the rest of the league. He's a great player, one that I used to love to watch when he was in OKC. Now when I watch a Rockets game I just get angry. I see him get away with so much. I see the refs call fouls on defenders not just for ticky tack fouls, but for not even touching him at times. I watch defenders put their hands behind their back and just basically let him shoot. This is horrible for the game. I want to be a James Harden fan because his legit game is undeniable. I want to be a Rockets fan, because they could be fun to watch if they were being officiated on a level playing field with the rest of the league, but I just can't bring myself to enjoy either Harden or the Rockets because the game itself is being trivialized in the process.
    Chris Paul grabs men's genitals to get by them on dribble drives. You can see footage of him doing this all the way back in college. I've NEVER seen a ref call a foul against him for this. Not only is this a foul but it's dirty, and practically rape. James Harden uses his off arm wrapped around a defenders thigh to push himself past them. Harden straight arm pushes people in the chest. Harden blatantly travels multiple times a game and the refs (Surely under direction from the commissioner) allow it to happen. It's such a shame. I really want to enjoy the sport that I love, and I thought that once Stern was out of the picture that we would finally get to just see the game unfold on a level playing field. Sadly Adam Silver is just as corrupt as Stern is when it comes to trying to create an experience through the game as opposed to letting the game itself unfold into an experience for the fans.

  • Daniel Beales
    Daniel Beales 2 days ago +1

    What the Bucks did is what Scottie Pippen said every team should be doing when defending him.

  • Scott Sophia
    Scott Sophia 2 days ago

    The *NBA OFFICIALS* have created a *MONSTER.*. Watching this makes my blood boil. I have *NEVER* seen another player that looks to draw a *FOUL* as a *PRIMARY* way of *SCORING.*

  • Scott Sophia
    Scott Sophia 2 days ago

    If *Harden* grabbed my arm like that, I would *HIT HIM* with my other arm.

  • Scott Sophia
    Scott Sophia 2 days ago

    Teams need to start hard fouling him and touching him up at the rim. If they are gonna call everything a foul, and only for Harden, then show them what a foul really is.
    If Harden is gonna flop, then give him a reason to go down.

  • Ryan Williams
    Ryan Williams 2 days ago

    Just stop fucking reaching on him. I get that guys want to stick their hands out, but the majority of the calls he gets are him taking advantage of that. Keep your hands up and move with him and I guarantee he’ll still get some calls, but nowhere near the amount he gets now. It blows my mind that professional basketball players stick their hands out into Harden’s space and then act like they don’t know what’s about to happen.

  • Wally Smitty
    Wally Smitty 2 days ago

    it shouldn't be happening....but he gets away slick walking, holding movement....

  • MuMu124
    MuMu124 2 days ago

    It's the beard...it mezermises the refs

  • Tony Rivers
    Tony Rivers 3 days ago

    I have an idea...Call it the Harden flop. These calls are rotting away the NBA and foulcalling. It shouldn't be condone, but condemn. Idea, call it the Harden foul, a flagrant flop. Never have I seen a player gets away with so much in terms of foul calling and travel passes. Imo, he's a great player but not one of the greatest.

  • GrapevineEnt
    GrapevineEnt 3 days ago +1

    James Harden is great but he is allowed to travel. Impossible to guard a person that can do that foot shuffling
    The defenders are conditioned to focus on contesting the shot when he picks up the dribble but he is allowed to travel backwards another foot. He gets space or draws a foul. He is also allowed to push off. If you resist too hard...foul!

    • Tony Rivers
      Tony Rivers 3 days ago

      Those shuffles man. NBA referees are shite nowadays.

  • gutenbird
    gutenbird 3 days ago

    Love watching him play defense too. Wish Harden still still has something left for postseason.

  • Basketball Hoopers
    Basketball Hoopers 3 days ago

    You either hate him or love him. Either way I admire his ability to initiate contact and basically make the refs call the foul. That's something young players should learn!

  • Slickat 503
    Slickat 503 3 days ago

    Harden still not better than Wade

  • Sean Klein
    Sean Klein 3 days ago

    Ronnie Nunn stans so hard for the refs. The refs could have said it’s nighttime while the sun is still shining and Ronnie would explain to us why that was the correct call.

  • joephel cabradilla
    joephel cabradilla 3 days ago

    they won cuz ref help then did u see wht lebron trying to defend rockets hahahahahaha

  • williehead01
    williehead01 4 days ago

    #4 Danuel House Jr. 🏀🏀🏀🏀

  • Carey Robinson
    Carey Robinson 4 days ago

    I put the video in slow mo Every time he did a step back n he literally traveled eveytime lol

  • Debonair Jay
    Debonair Jay 4 days ago

    James Harden is the epitome of the current era of basketball

  • Kevin
    Kevin 4 days ago

    I'm so torn on Harden. He's the most exciting, unwatchable player I've ever seen.

  • Richard Anter
    Richard Anter 4 days ago

    Impactful is not a word.

  • Rodolfo Hernandez
    Rodolfo Hernandez 4 days ago

    NBA used to be spectacular. But now day days the competition is in to see who gets to the free trow line the most. Not good
    And they keep adding more and more fouls. Let them play please. we pay to much to just see fee trows

  • Stew W
    Stew W 4 days ago

    Harden hooks and pushes off on nearly every play. Why arent those being called?

  • Ben Lopez
    Ben Lopez 4 days ago

    Give all these people some haterade lol

  • Ivan Young
    Ivan Young 5 days ago

    Is there people actually like harden besides rockets fan? Loll

  • Raptors Nation
    Raptors Nation 5 days ago

    Harden is a fucking basketball genius 💯

  • M Johannesen
    M Johannesen 5 days ago

    can you imagine Jordan with the rules and easy drives these days? 40-50 ppg.

  • Cubo de Sangre
    Cubo de Sangre 5 days ago

    The problem is there's always contact and the whistles are notoriously biased.

  • ty tyy
    ty tyy 5 days ago

    i honestly love harden (no homo) he is the G.O.A.T🐐

  • Jason Kassa
    Jason Kassa 5 days ago

    Nunn ain't GOD baby boi... We need to be competent, so we can make our own rational judgement, independent of an authority figure(such as Nunn and/or the host), or the herd(fans, layman, social proof)... Nunn is a man. You feel me?

    • Jason Kassa
      Jason Kassa 5 days ago

      That's exactly how Harden be thinking. And the NBA who wants to open up the action and the global markets... I could come out with a defense that would get me banned to ALASKA...

  • Joe Brooks
    Joe Brooks 5 days ago

    curry’s better , by far
    rockets probably be doing better if chris paul led the team
    lebrons also still better
    harden just hella inefficient

  • matthew
    matthew 5 days ago

    People hate on greatness, just enjoy harden he won't be a player forever

  • Kirk Calma
    Kirk Calma 5 days ago

    Any time someone rises above all others, as Harden has done, especially recently, some will try to bring him down. Exploiting is not cheating, and if the refs don't call it, it's legal, in the context of court play.

  • Joshua Phelps
    Joshua Phelps 6 days ago

    I ain’t know professor x was a basketball fan

  • ThePearguru98
    ThePearguru98 6 days ago

    If the offensive player initiates the contact it shouldn't be a foul

  • Poizin Rath
    Poizin Rath 6 days ago +1

    That’s what the rules are there for. He’s using them to his advantage. Just because he’s the best at it doesn’t make it cheap.

  • Gabriel Cancio
    Gabriel Cancio 6 days ago

    he's great, hes the the only 1 who can do that, and others cant, thats why there is an issue..

  • Peter Nguyen
    Peter Nguyen 6 days ago

    Harden gets more free throws per game than some players do their whole career.

  • niri hanigo
    niri hanigo 6 days ago

    Well every star in NBA have some different and unique style for instance curry with 3, remember Lebron James aggressive approach toward rim during with Heat, KD and Klay jump shot and Wall quickness, not to forget James is best when it comes to dribble remember ankle brakes or make it dance, last year they almost beat the Warriors but Chris Paul have to bench, they may or may not get a chance to win this time or Magically coach need to bring 3 points shooter or someone like Ariza But whatever i would say James Harden is one of the best and Fun to watch, forget about the haters.

  • Kc Raw
    Kc Raw 6 days ago

    Fuck is this nigga talking bout hes seen it done by "forwards" at the Rucker

  • 82jake steed
    82jake steed 6 days ago

    Mane fuck James harden! You can't play no hard defense on him or they'll give him a foul. Plus that step back at times is a big fucking travel that officials ignore. And the guy plays zero defense!!!🖕🏿

  • js59695
    js59695 6 days ago

    Jesus do all these fucking videos have ads? I’m done with youtube.

  • Galai Ceesay
    Galai Ceesay 6 days ago

    cheap plays like this is what makes the NBA a side show circus.

  • Wreqt
    Wreqt 6 days ago

    This is the stuff that makes basketball unwatchable. It may be legal, but it isn't good for the game or viewers.

  • Glen Stevens
    Glen Stevens 6 days ago

    More career points from the line, then from the field... yeah... so special. LoLoLoLoLoL

  • Kc Raw
    Kc Raw 6 days ago

    So the first play they discusd he hooks the defender & of course draws a foul 😂😂

  • dr theos
    dr theos 6 days ago

    It's the year 2020...people no longer go to watch NBA games because its become a circus

  • MrCallipygous
    MrCallipygous 6 days ago +1

    Harden hate is like Trump love. You can't logically explain it. He was clearly fouled on every play they showed. There were no "flops" or "steps" that the haters post endlessly about on every Rocket video. What this video proves is that James Harden can react extremely quickly to a defender's move and he calculates his countermove so fast that the defense is in trouble and fouls him.

  • 112coachatc
    112coachatc 6 days ago

    Nunn always sides with the officials, I have never seen him go against a refs controversial calls.

  • MrFuchew
    MrFuchew 6 days ago

    its not about rules and technicalities it's a question of morality. Only god can decide on hardens day of reckoning if these are basketball plays or not.

  • SPAGGHETT
    SPAGGHETT 6 days ago

    If he wants to, he can't do a quadruple step back and it would still be legal
    But he still has to dribble 2/1 times

  • King
    King 6 days ago

    FOULS ARE APART OF THE GAME TOO. Stop whining about him going to the line. It’s just not interesting but who cares he wants to win games not impressed y’all bottom line. He could shoot the ball better then most players in the NBA. He moves the ball fulling the role of the PG as a SG. OH BUT HE DONT PLAY DEFENSE? Nah he’s top 4 in steals this season. Oh he Travels A lot? That’s the officials fault . That’s their job to call it

    • King
      King 6 days ago

      I’ll admit his Turnovers are terrible tho but because he has the ball in his hands so much . I think hes lead the league in Usage and possession

  • Teo Gárate
    Teo Gárate 6 days ago

    Travel, traveling every tiiiiimeeee!!!!

  • King
    King 6 days ago

    HARDEN HATERS has enter the chat.

  • Sir Smoovington
    Sir Smoovington 6 days ago

    Great strategy on James Harden part. It makes him virtually impossible to guard. All defenders use their hands while paying defense especially on the hip during a drive. Harden has mastered the ability to gather his shot as soon as he feels hand on his hip. It's in genius and puts the advantage back on offensive side . Defenders have to practice playing defense with their hands behind there back and only using hands to contest shots.

  • NappyBoy CAB
    NappyBoy CAB 6 days ago

    Harden figured out how to make it difficult to guard him wit the help of the rules change u can't be mad at him boyz just need to find a better way to guard him 🤷🏾‍♂️

  • mfpv_detroit
    mfpv_detroit 6 days ago

    He travels more then anyone in the league with that double step back

  • Mission Greats
    Mission Greats 7 days ago

    Is it me or did a basketball just go through CP3’s fuken leg 0:01

  • mi2ka mi2ka
    mi2ka mi2ka 7 days ago

    and thats why i dont watch Houston Rocketss games

  • Raonak Naicker
    Raonak Naicker 7 days ago

    Hate his exploitative style of play, but it's the only way he can win with the team injuries

  • Jason Jia
    Jason Jia 7 days ago

    It's super simple- Harden is breaking the unwritten rules of basketball. You don't go looking for fouls, plain and simple. You might drive the lane knowing that you'll get contact, but you're not actively making moves for the purpose of getting a call. Watch that clip against the Lakers. He literally drives purposely into Kuzma's knee. The unwritten rule is that you go around even if it slows you down a bit to turn that corner...but not Harden. He sees Kuzma is a bit too extended and he drives right into his knee on purpose. No written rules broken, but a whole lot of honor lost.

  • noahZOMG
    noahZOMG 7 days ago

    you call it exploits but anyone who aint a sook calls it superior knowledge of the rules and understand another players body language. legit, kid go and educate yourself. please.

  • Gabriel El Leon
    Gabriel El Leon 7 days ago

    Haters! He would be just as good. He can score and finish regardless

  • ddhardial
    ddhardial 7 days ago

    What's the point of this video? I don't get it. I'm more confused.

  • The One and Only
    The One and Only 7 days ago

    They don't call weak fouls in the playoffs. Dude will never win a chip.

  • Heyward9
    Heyward9 7 days ago

    Is it safe to say that anyone who’s watched this channel by now knows who Ronnie nunn is?

  • Take the Red Pill
    Take the Red Pill 7 days ago

    This old news...he was doing this when he was the only all star..much like Steph was already doing it before KD.

  • Huriana Taylor
    Huriana Taylor 7 days ago

    HARDEN THE MAN!! MVP BACK 2 BACK!!!!✊✊

  • Rafael Duran
    Rafael Duran 7 days ago

    I feel the Laker one looked like a foul but wasnt, harden falls down because kuzma is not there and got his leg out the way. Like a perimeter Barkley play, instead of resisting you just let him pass because hes out of control. The Bulls play is the perpendicular rule that I hate but it exist. The first ones were definately fouls.

  • Jeison Perdomo
    Jeison Perdomo 7 days ago

    lmao dick riding 101

  • Leroy Watson
    Leroy Watson 7 days ago

    The GOAT.

  • Frank Shorter
    Frank Shorter 7 days ago

    Walk

  • Skye Walker
    Skye Walker 7 days ago

    Sure he's great but he gets at least 10 points per game off travels, false calls and offensive fouls.

  • D D
    D D 7 days ago

    This sport has become a joke.

  • Billy Figueroa
    Billy Figueroa 7 days ago

    Kevin Durant was doing something similar with the rip through move and the league changed the rules to remove it from being FTs. It is still a foul, but not shooting foul. The league needs to change this rule.
    The worst part about all of this is HOW SKILLED Harden is. Harden is extremely hard to guard with hand checking and physical play to begin with, now you remove the option to touch the guy or have a hand on him and this is how he scores 40ppg during this stretch
    Old school scorers took pride in scoring on you when you played tough defense. It's like an AND1...nothing feels better than a guy playing you physical and then you go score on him with the foul. Harden needs to develop some offensive pride. Real scorers want to shoot it in your face not get it on the line. They would score ON YOU
    The second part of this is I can't wait for the playoffs were the refs usually do not give him these calls and where he has "chocked" multiple years because he has relied so much on this flopping. When these calls are not given to him, it changes his entire game and then he is "guardable"

  • Tijan
    Tijan 7 days ago

    Coach Ronnie on point

  • David Evans
    David Evans 7 days ago

    Somebody needs to provide some game video to an AI for ML to evaluate James basketball play.

  • Jay Dee
    Jay Dee 7 days ago

    It needs to get to the point where the refs stop calling fouls for harden period. Then he'll stop cheating the league and the fans.

  • Manuel Encalada
    Manuel Encalada 7 days ago

    Harden has legitimate talent obviously, but I have a problem with the fact that he doesn't just initiate contact, he is basically committing an offensive foul on a lot of posessions and expecting the refs to bail that out. It's not necessary, but it's also a large part of how he does things.

  • Greg Poppa Bitch
    Greg Poppa Bitch 7 days ago

    Appreciate that Coach these harden haters don't get basketball

  • keith wisdom
    keith wisdom 7 days ago

    it's basketball not chemistry no need for a professional ref to explain guys shooting and bouncing a ball.

  • EconomicSuicideTheGreat

    So @ 0:53 seconds isn’t a travel?

  • IWantMyVisionBack
    IWantMyVisionBack 8 days ago

    How much is the NBA paying y'all? LOL

  • jom_ aca
    jom_ aca 8 days ago +2

    My first 5.. harden doncic antetokoumpo Leonard novitski

  • Onboarddatracks
    Onboarddatracks 8 days ago

    He’s a flopped straight up

  • Onboarddatracks
    Onboarddatracks 8 days ago

    Travel at 4:45 and ref looking right at him

  • Tommy Goldsmith
    Tommy Goldsmith 8 days ago +1

    What james harden is doing rn is legendary. These calls are not biased, and if the other players were smart enough to use the rules of the game like he does, then they would get the calls. He has mastered using the rules of bball to his advantage.