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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  • Haifu Zhen
    Haifu Zhen 4 days 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 14 days ago

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

  • Azliyah Zainuddin
    Azliyah Zainuddin 21 day ago

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

  • Chin Chukwu
    Chin Chukwu 22 days ago

    james harden = overrated.

  • contactkeithstack
    contactkeithstack 22 days ago

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

  • Ryan Marucheau
    Ryan Marucheau 24 days ago

    that’s evan turner😂

  • steven whiters
    steven whiters 28 days ago

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

  • Homeless to Greatness

    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 Month 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 Month ago

    Don't hate the player homie

  • 13adam
    13adam Month 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 Month 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 Month ago

      He’s very overrated lol you’re high

  • IDK IJS
    IDK IJS Month 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 Month 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 Month ago

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

  • James Harden
    James Harden Month 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 Month 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 Month ago +1

    He’s becoming tfue

  • Rachel Williamson
    Rachel Williamson Month ago

    There are floppers, and there is Harden lol

  • Don Lee
    Don Lee Month ago

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

  • Luke Longly
    Luke Longly 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

    Harden has a punchable face

  • Feature DaGreat
    Feature DaGreat 2 months ago

    He just a sneaky cheater

  • Sory Chang
    Sory Chang 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

    flop artist

  • lachistera1
    lachistera1 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

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

  • Steel Pulse
    Steel Pulse 2 months ago

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

  • Stan Mann
    Stan Mann 2 months ago

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

  • Edge
    Edge 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

    He is traveling man

  • jim hughes
    jim hughes 2 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 2 months ago

    Jordan did it with the push off.

  • Edward Paterson
    Edward Paterson 2 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 2 months ago

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

  • Ben Dagostino
    Ben Dagostino 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

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

  • inspiredtorhyme
    inspiredtorhyme 2 months ago

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

  • Dready Kobain
    Dready Kobain 2 months ago

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

  • jamie lanister
    jamie lanister 2 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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    milwaukee interviews

  • JustMe
    JustMe 2 months ago +2

    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 2 months ago +1

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

  • gabriel1983leo
    gabriel1983leo 2 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 2 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.

  • Tim Destasio
    Tim Destasio 2 months ago

    All I see is a bunch of flopping and these 2 honkies are ignoring it.

  • D-Boy Booking
    D-Boy Booking 2 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 2 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 27 days 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 2 months ago +1

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

  • Friday’s are cool
    Friday’s are cool 2 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 2 months ago

    This old guy is a moron

  • bill seaberry
    bill seaberry 2 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

  • Rick C-137
    Rick C-137 2 months ago

    Its getting even crazier now

  • Randall Martin
    Randall Martin 2 months ago

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

  • Jake Oliveros
    Jake Oliveros 2 months ago

    man looks like elon musk

  • Alexander Gonzalez
    Alexander Gonzalez 2 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.

  • Andrew Blank
    Andrew Blank 2 months ago

    Looks like they need to revamp the D

  • Infamous J-H00ĶŻ
    Infamous J-H00ĶŻ 2 months ago +1

    *BALLING LIKE JAMES HARDEN*

  • Hi im Ish
    Hi im Ish 2 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 2 months ago

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

  • Zane Beckett
    Zane Beckett 2 months ago +1

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

  • Winston Behle
    Winston Behle 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

    OKC had Harden, Westbrook and Durant too.

  • Benjamin Clark
    Benjamin Clark 2 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 2 months ago

    Bruh playoffs

  • Deridia
    Deridia 2 months ago +1

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

  • socalsp3
    socalsp3 2 months ago +1

    Harden is flopping harder than ever before

  • Joaquin Rodriguez
    Joaquin Rodriguez 2 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 2 months ago

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

  • rrbarcarse
    rrbarcarse 2 months ago

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

  • Zach Noname
    Zach Noname 2 months ago

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

  • Davivd2
    Davivd2 2 months 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 months ago +1

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

  • Scott Sophia
    Scott Sophia 2 months 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 months ago

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

  • Scott Sophia
    Scott Sophia 2 months 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 months 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 months ago

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

  • MuMu124
    MuMu124 2 months ago

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

  • Tony Rivers
    Tony Rivers 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

      Those shuffles man. NBA referees are shite nowadays.

  • gutenbird
    gutenbird 3 months ago

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

  • Basketball Hoopers
    Basketball Hoopers 3 months 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!

  • Pussy exterminator33
    Pussy exterminator33 3 months ago

    Harden still not better than Wade

  • Sean Klein
    Sean Klein 3 months 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 months ago

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

  • williehead01
    williehead01 3 months ago

    #4 Danuel House Jr. 🏀🏀🏀🏀

  • Carey Robinson
    Carey Robinson 3 months 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 3 months ago

    James Harden is the epitome of the current era of basketball