Two-time National Basketball Association (NBA) scoring champion James Harden of the Houston Rockets said his signature killer move “step-back” is being developed by a lot of players around the world as one of basketball’s primary offensive weapons.
Different players of all ages are using this offensive move to create diversity and space to score against defenders everywhere in the floor, whether you are beyond or inside the arc. Step-back is now like Michael Jordan’s fade away, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s skyhook or Hakeem Olajuwon’s dream shake.
He explained to reporters during his Free To Harden Manila news conference at the SMX Convention Center near Mall of Asia last Wednesday night how it strongly impacted in the game nowadays.
“I look at my step back in the level that I’ve taken into similar to like the skyhook or maybe the MJ fade away. But that step-back like you have just seen everywhere, everywhere in kids, especially kids are being more creative and they are trying to explore it like you’ve never really seen that,” he said.
“Now, it is just taking over, which is something that I can enjoy so that allows me to get back in the gym and try to figure out more, more moves and things like that keeps impact in the game. Step-back was already a move, but the way it has been evolved that hopefully I can continue to grow until forever.”
He averaged 36.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 7.5 assists during the NBA’s 2018 season.
Harden, 29, emphasized also the NBA’s turning competitive every year with new players coming in.
The 2012 Sixth Man of the year winner said he is really hoping to join the Hall of Fame list or the NBA greats class.
“Obviously, the Jordans, the Kobes, the Larry Birds, the Kareems and there are so many. They are all Hall-of-Famers, they’ve all made a name for themselves. That’s the reason why I play. I want to be in that category. I want to be in the Hall of Fame. I want to be the best to ever do it,” Harden said.
“Growing up as a kid, we all have dreams, we all have goals and we want to reach it and make it into a reality. So that’s drive me everyday.”
He left Manila Thursday.
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