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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    ROEDI DIMAKILING  1 months back

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

    • Nanci Wach
      Nanci Wach  1 months back

      The Show looks great...Nanci

      • Nanci Wach
        Nanci Wach  1 months back

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

        • brucemercer
          brucemercer  2 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  2 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  2 months back

              Basketball sucks. Fouls and flops

              • Anthony Riggins
                Anthony Riggins  2 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  2 months back

                  Not a brain cell between these two cucks...

                  • Football Kid
                    Football Kid  2 months back


                    • Andres Del Portillo
                      Andres Del Portillo  2 months back

                      How James hardens bs doesn’t work in the playoffs

                      • funkyflights
                        funkyflights  2 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  2 months back

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

                          • hypnoxxxx
                            hypnoxxxx  2 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  2 months back

                              he's a professional traveling/ Flopper

                              • geekUSA101
                                geekUSA101  2 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  3 months back

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

                                  • Jevioso Orishas
                                    Jevioso Orishas  3 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  3 months back

                                      Giannis is mvp

                                      • TAJ SHAHEED
                                        TAJ SHAHEED  3 months back

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

                                        • fish scale
                                          fish scale  3 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  3 months back

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

                                            • Haifu Zhen
                                              Haifu Zhen  3 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  3 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  4 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  4 months back

                                                    james harden = overrated.

                                                    • contactkeithstack
                                                      contactkeithstack  4 months back

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

                                                      • Ryan Marucheau
                                                        Ryan Marucheau  4 months back

                                                        that’s evan turner😂

                                                        • steven whiters
                                                          steven whiters  4 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  4 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  4 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  4 months back

                                                                Don't hate the player homie

                                                                • 13adam
                                                                  13adam  4 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  4 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  4 months back

                                                                      He’s very overrated lol you’re high

                                                                  • IDK IJS
                                                                    IDK IJS  5 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  5 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  5 months back

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

                                                                        • LObCItY 134
                                                                          LObCItY 134  5 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  5 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  5 months back

                                                                              He’s becoming tfue

                                                                              • Rachel Williamson
                                                                                Rachel Williamson  5 months back

                                                                                There are floppers, and there is Harden lol

                                                                                • Don Lee
                                                                                  Don Lee  5 months back

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

                                                                                  • Luke Longly
                                                                                    Luke Longly  5 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  5 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  5 months back

                                                                                        Harden has a punchable face

                                                                                        • Feature DaGreat
                                                                                          Feature DaGreat  5 months back

                                                                                          He just a sneaky cheater

                                                                                          • Sory Chang
                                                                                            Sory Chang  5 months back

                                                                                            Can't wait to see another vid justifying kd's out-of-bounds save Vs rockets with a former ref

                                                                                            • Sory Chang
                                                                                              Sory Chang  5 months back

                                                                                              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  5 months back

                                                                                                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.