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Learning the art of perfectly balancing humility and confidence from James Harden

Basketball players often come across as pretentious, especially at the height of their careers. James Harden has made many claims regarding his performance, comparing himself to other players and saying he is one of the greatest players of all time, while showing the confidence he needs to succeed in the NBA.


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ESPN’s Scoop Jackson interviewed Harden when the men’s basketball team was preparing for the FIBA ​​World Cup. Jackson discussed Harden’s stats, his confidence during games and who he thinks could be the best player alive. While mentioning other players such as LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, he declared himself as the best in the group, although he was tied with these players as well. He also concluded by expressing his confidence in himself and being in the process of learning more to improve.


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It seems like James Harden is still catching up with guys like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant

In the interview, when Harden was asked who the best basketball player alive was, Harden replied, “Myself.The interviewer noted that it sounded so easy to say, in response Harden said:He is. Myself.”

Scoop asked Harden about his expectations of himself and whether he had achieved the goals he set for himself in the NBA, keeping in mind that he called himself the best. Harden replied that he had a lot to achieve because he saw so much potential in him and he also had a long way to go because there was a lot to learn in this game.


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GUANGZHOU, CHINA – AUGUST 12: NBA player James Harden of Houston Rockets attends a shopping event at Haixinsha Asian Games Theme Park on August 12, 2017 in Guangzhou, China. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The time he spent with Durant and LeBron playing against him, Harden described as learning from each player. Regarding the time he spends with other players, he said, I always try to catch guys like LeBron, KD and Kobe. You know, I’m just trying to catch these guys. It’s something I look forward to every day to motivate me.

Referring to players like LeBron, Kobe and KD, Scoop said: “Because you know you can still serve them on the pitch from time to time.”


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Harden immediately responded with, “Listen until I get ringtones, I can’t say anything.”

DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 20: Denver Nuggets’ Gary Harris (14) pins Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) in the corner during the third quarter of Denver’s 105-95 win on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

It wasn’t the only time he called himself the best. Another time Harden talked about being the best player all around while comparing himself to Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Anthony Davis during an interview that was covered on the NBA 2K15 video game. Although he called himself the best at the start of his statement, he later acknowledged that he always catches up to others at the top level, which is a bit confusing knowing what he’s waiting for.


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