How James Harden Is Exploiting The NBA Part 1

  • Published: 10 January 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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  • Armoni Boss
    Armoni Boss  2 weeks back


    • aja3longhorn
      aja3longhorn  2 weeks back

      If the Warriors weren't one of the best teams of all time the last 5 years they might have a ring or two by now so that argument holds no water at all

  • Bilal Patel
    Bilal Patel  2 months back

    The refs need to fix up. Harden is bending the rules a little because he know he can get a way with it. I blame the refs tbh.

    It's like diving in Soccer/football. Players use to dive a lot because if it worked, it worked. If it didn't, there was no punishment. However now you get a yellow card if the ref catches the dive.

    • WarioSquadツ
      WarioSquadツ  2 months back

      James Harden is my favorite player because of his a m a z i n g defense

        ROEDI DIMAKILING  4 months back

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

        • kingrobinho777
          kingrobinho777  3 months back

          Harden averaged 35 against the warriors in the WCSF but I expect casuals to not know facts so go off

      • Nanci Davidson
        Nanci Davidson  4 months back

        The Show looks great...Nanci

        • Nanci Davidson
          Nanci Davidson  4 months back

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

          • brucemercer
            brucemercer  5 months back

            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  5 months back

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

              • Trever P
                Trever P  5 months back

                Basketball sucks. Fouls and flops

                • Anthony Riggins
                  Anthony Riggins  5 months back

                  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  5 months back

                    Not a brain cell between these two cucks...

                    • Football Kid
                      Football Kid  5 months back


                      • Andres Del Portillo
                        Andres Del Portillo  5 months back

                        How James hardens bs doesn’t work in the playoffs

                        • funkyflights
                          funkyflights  5 months back

                          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  5 months back

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

                            • hypnoxxxx
                              hypnoxxxx  5 months back

                              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  5 months back

                                he's a professional traveling/ Flopper

                                • geekUSA101
                                  geekUSA101  5 months back

                                  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  5 months back

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

                                    • Jevioso Orishas
                                      Jevioso Orishas  5 months back

                                      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  6 months back

                                        Giannis is mvp

                                        • TAJ SHAHEED
                                          TAJ SHAHEED  6 months back

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

                                          • fish scale
                                            fish scale  6 months back

                                            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  6 months back

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

                                              • Haifu Zhen
                                                Haifu Zhen  6 months back

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

                                                • Todd Kuhns
                                                  Todd Kuhns  6 months back

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

                                                  • Azliyah Zainuddin
                                                    Azliyah Zainuddin  7 months back

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

                                                    • Chin Chukwu
                                                      Chin Chukwu  7 months back

                                                      james harden = overrated.

                                                      • contactkeithstack
                                                        contactkeithstack  7 months back

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

                                                        • Ryan Marucheau
                                                          Ryan Marucheau  7 months back

                                                          that’s evan turner😂

                                                          • steven whiters
                                                            steven whiters  7 months back

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

                                                            • Homeless to Greatness
                                                              Homeless to Greatness  7 months back

                                                              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  7 months back

                                                                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  7 months back

                                                                  Don't hate the player homie

                                                                  • 13adam
                                                                    13adam  7 months back

                                                                    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  7 months back

                                                                      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  7 months back

                                                                        He’s very overrated lol you’re high

                                                                    • IDK IJS
                                                                      IDK IJS  7 months back

                                                                      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  7 months back

                                                                        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  7 months back

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

                                                                          • Hello Mate
                                                                            Hello Mate  7 months back

                                                                            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  7 months back

                                                                              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  7 months back

                                                                                He’s becoming tfue

                                                                                • Rachel Williamson
                                                                                  Rachel Williamson  7 months back

                                                                                  There are floppers, and there is Harden lol

                                                                                  • Don Lee
                                                                                    Don Lee  8 months back

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

                                                                                    • Luke Longly
                                                                                      Luke Longly  8 months back

                                                                                      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  8 months back

                                                                                        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  8 months back

                                                                                          Harden has a punchable face

                                                                                          • Feature DaGreat
                                                                                            Feature DaGreat  8 months back

                                                                                            He just a sneaky cheater