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

Basketball players often look conceited, especially at the peak of their careers. James Harden has made numerous statements regarding his performance, comparing himself to other players and saying he’s one of the best players of all time, while showing the confidence you need to be successful in the NBA.


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ESPN’s Scoop Jackson interviewed Harden as the men’s basketball team prepared 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 like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, he declared himself the best of the group, although he is also tied with those players. He also concluded by expressing his self-confidence and being learning more to improve himself.


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

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

Scoop asked Harden what his expectations were of himself and if he had achieved the goals he set for himself in the NBA, keeping in mind that he said he was the best. Harden replied that he has a lot to accomplish as he sees so much potential in him and also has a long way to go as there is a lot to learn in this game.


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GUANGZHOU, CHINA – AUG 12: Houston Rockets NBA player James Harden 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 every 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. This is something that 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 in the field from time to time. ”


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

DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 20: Gary Harris (14) of the Denver Nuggets pins James Harden (13) of the Houston Rockets in the corner during the third quarter of the Denver 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 said he was the best. Another time Harden spoke of being the best player all around while comparing himself to Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis in an interview that was covered on the NBA 2K15 video game. Although he said he was the best at the start of his statement, he later admitted that he was still catching up with others in the next level, which is a bit confusing, knowing what to expect. .


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Christopher S. Washington