How James Harden Is Exploiting The NBA Part 1

  • 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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  • Debonair Jay
    Debonair Jay 28 minutes ago

    James Harden is the epitome of the current era of basketball

  • Kevin
    Kevin 3 hours ago

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

  • Richard Anter
    Richard Anter 9 hours ago

    Impactful is not a word.

  • Rodolfo Hernandez
    Rodolfo Hernandez 9 hours 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 11 hours ago

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

  • Ben Lopez
    Ben Lopez 13 hours ago

    Give all these people some haterade lol

  • Ivan Young
    Ivan Young 16 hours ago

    Is there people actually like harden besides rockets fan? Loll

  • Raptors Nation
    Raptors Nation 17 hours ago

    Harden is a fucking basketball genius 💯

  • M Johannesen
    M Johannesen 20 hours ago

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

  • Cubo de Sangre
    Cubo de Sangre 21 hour ago

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

  • ty tyy
    ty tyy Day ago

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

  • Jason Kassa
    Jason Kassa Day 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 Day 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 Day 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 Day ago

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

  • Kirk Calma
    Kirk Calma Day 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 Day ago

    I ain’t know professor x was a basketball fan

  • ThePearguru98
    ThePearguru98 Day ago

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

  • Poizin Rath
    Poizin Rath Day 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 Day 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 Day ago

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

  • niri hanigo
    niri hanigo 2 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 2 days ago

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

  • 82jake steed
    82jake steed 2 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 2 days ago

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

  • Galai Ceesay
    Galai Ceesay 2 days ago

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

  • Wreqt
    Wreqt 2 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 2 days ago

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

  • Kc Raw
    Kc Raw 2 days ago

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

  • dr theos
    dr theos 2 days ago

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

  • MrCallipygous
    MrCallipygous 2 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 2 days ago

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

  • MrFuchew
    MrFuchew 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 days ago

    Travel, traveling every tiiiiimeeee!!!!

  • King
    King 2 days ago

    HARDEN HATERS has enter the chat.

  • Sir Smoovington
    Sir Smoovington 2 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 2 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 2 days ago

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

  • Mission Greats
    Mission Greats 2 days ago

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

  • mi2ka mi2ka
    mi2ka mi2ka 2 days ago

    and thats why i dont watch Houston Rocketss games

  • Raonak Naicker
    Raonak Naicker 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 days ago

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

  • ddhardial
    ddhardial 2 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 2 days ago

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

  • Heyward9
    Heyward9 2 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 2 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 2 days ago


  • Rafael Duran
    Rafael Duran 2 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 3 days ago

    lmao dick riding 101

  • Leroy Watson
    Leroy Watson 3 days ago

    The GOAT.

  • Frank Shorter
    Frank Shorter 3 days ago


  • Skye Walker
    Skye Walker 3 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 3 days ago

    This sport has become a joke.

  • Billy Figueroa
    Billy Figueroa 3 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 3 days ago

    Coach Ronnie on point

  • David Evans
    David Evans 3 days ago

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

  • Jay Dee
    Jay Dee 3 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 3 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 3 days ago

    Appreciate that Coach these harden haters don't get basketball

  • keith wisdom
    keith wisdom 3 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 3 days ago

    How much is the NBA paying y'all? LOL

  • jom_ aca
    jom_ aca 3 days ago +2

    My first 5.. harden doncic antetokoumpo Leonard novitski

  • Onboarddatracks
    Onboarddatracks 3 days ago

    He’s a flopped straight up

  • Onboarddatracks
    Onboarddatracks 3 days ago

    Travel at 4:45 and ref looking right at him

  • Tommy Goldsmith
    Tommy Goldsmith 3 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.

  • Z T
    Z T 3 days ago

    It is what it is. It's smart and respectable but not admirable. You don't want to be known as someone who's scored 50% your points from FREEthrows from its name, these points were given for FREE.

  • Gregory Everson
    Gregory Everson 4 days ago

    hand on the waist is like a 20yr old rule, these guys know not to do that

  • IbTusPeter
    IbTusPeter 4 days ago

    God I hate watching the Rockets play. D'antoni literally isolates Harden every time down the floor. No off-ball movement, no setting screens for flares, no floppy sets for their shooters, no nothing. Their playbook is literally pick n'roll until a PF/C is switched onto Harden, then he does a step-back or dribble drive. It's basketball at its ugliest form. How could any basketball purist enjoy this? Even if you're a Rockets fan, how could you condone one player dribbling while 4 other players just sit and watch? It's disgusting.

  • Sinister Mephisto
    Sinister Mephisto 4 days ago

    I hope he gets injured

  • Illi
    Illi 4 days ago


  • enjoynet
    enjoynet 4 days ago

    it is easy to find excuses for Harden. but why others get no calls?
    When u do the same thing to other players, it is good defense, but to Harden, it is a foul.

  • enjoynet
    enjoynet 4 days ago

    This flopper being the face of NBA is a disaster to NBA

  • Manuel Filimon
    Manuel Filimon 4 days ago

    Reffs should use their heads. 90% of the foul shots he gets from three are not typical shots he would take. Most of them should be no calls. Why did u not add the pigy back fouls.

  • Ryan La Viña
    Ryan La Viña 4 days ago

    Hey coach how about a breakdown on K Leonard? Media coverage in TO has made quite a bit about the lack of calls in his favor. Maybe you and Ronnie Nunn can take a closer look and explain if the Raps have a legit reason to complain

  • Omi. Mi
    Omi. Mi 5 days ago

    one of the Oscar nominees

  • Emzkee
    Emzkee 5 days ago

    coach, how about the double step-back against utah? Isn't it traveling?

    BIG FACTS 5 days ago

    The man broke it down for the not so smart and some you still disagree off emotions and hate instead of understanding the rules of the game.

  • Mahesvara [][][][]
    Mahesvara [][][][] 5 days ago

    The ref are just dumb...........

  • TheFnames
    TheFnames 5 days ago +2

    I should start pushing off and traveling on my step backs , might help with my MVP contention

  • xxrwillzxx
    xxrwillzxx 5 days ago

    " Exploiting The NBA" Had to click lmao

  • Scott Carroll
    Scott Carroll 5 days ago

    The guy is on fire. Everyone trying to make excuses instead of paying him his dues.

  • Cow Crow
    Cow Crow 5 days ago

    I love your posts. These breakdowns are informative.

  • SwaggerLikeUz
    SwaggerLikeUz 5 days ago +2

    Prime Jordan averaged 37pts in the 80's despite hand checking, physical defensive, trash talking, hard fouls (The Jordan Rules), & no defensive 3 sec rule in the paint. Wizards (OLD JORDAN) exposed the modern NBA in 2001 scoring 51pts (No 3's) and 45pts back to back. Prime Jordan averages 50 today under modern NBA rules, period! Harden's scoring proficiency is Jordan esque.

    • SwaggerLikeUz
      SwaggerLikeUz 4 days ago

      Sankalp Kota I know 2001 was the year new NBA rules changed to increase scoring. I believe so, definitely defensive 3 seconds was implemented I know.

    • Sankalp Kota
      Sankalp Kota 4 days ago

      Hand-checking was still a thing till 03-04 season, no?

  • Jack Kim
    Jack Kim 6 days ago

    Ronnie Nunn is a harden Homer

  • Rodney Hidalgo
    Rodney Hidalgo 6 days ago +2

    Harden is an eye sore in basketball

  • Mr. Miles
    Mr. Miles 6 days ago

    Fans watch basketball to see people genuinely try to make shots... they don't come to watch somebody try to intentionally draw files. I've never heard anybody say... WOW did you see that awesome foul Harden drew last night?!! Jordan was great for many reasons... Michael "Air" Jordan... Does Harden really want his legacy to be defined by the ability to draw a foul. James "Foul" Harden.

  • xcaluhbration
    xcaluhbration 6 days ago

    Can't exploit them playoffs doe.

  • darealliljable
    darealliljable 6 days ago

    Haters can keep it coming. This guy is going to keep Roasting you all until you learn your lessons. You all are successfully pissing him off.

  • Woahtherebuddy
    Woahtherebuddy 6 days ago

    Great video subbed. Harden is this years MvP hands down.

  • shake_tube
    shake_tube 6 days ago

    we want athletes so succeed based on talent, skill or determination, not by rule exploitation. at some point guys have to take cheap shots against harden. if he hooked my arm i might collapse to the ground and try to dislocate his shoulder. all sports are really soft now. its why offensive players can get away with anything.
    you cannot brush back hitters who lean over the plate. you cannot hit WR who go high for catches. etc etc

  • Corinthian Harris
    Corinthian Harris 6 days ago

    James Harden on the 13th Dimension a basketball mentellect!

  • Calvin Wong
    Calvin Wong 6 days ago

    Then explain to me how the refs can blocking foul like that, but can't see out of bounce Kevin Durant? Also I'm still waiting for the NBA to answer my question about ejecting two players and a coach for no reason last year. Then the refs need to be escorted off the court by security? Come on NBA what are you so afraid of? People jumping your refs for rigging games? Baffles me when people says Adam Silvers is players commissioner. If he is, then tell him to step out of the light and announced the players are allowed to criticize the refs in the media. Otherwise it's a crooked ass league

  • Joshua Wang
    Joshua Wang 6 days ago

    nice analysis

  • Argo Mium
    Argo Mium 6 days ago

    Make a video on why Klay Thompson has been shooting worse this year.

  • david z
    david z 6 days ago

    you should do a video on the spurs thunder overtime game and analyze the refs calls during the course of the game to see if the game had the right calls or not

  • eiji81
    eiji81 6 days ago

    He's not the first one or the only one to do that. Hes the worst one though.
    Steph Curry, Paul Pierce, Jordan, etc all draw those same fouls and moves he does. Harden is just dramatic about it and does it all tne time. Maybe because he doesnt have a Ring? Lol. Poor guy
    Someone please teach him some defense.