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James Harden acknowledges shortcomings, but says he won’t stop until he wins an NBA title

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Houston Rockets star James Harden hears the noise. He knows people keep criticizing him for not winning a championship yet.

The criticism only fuels the MVP, who says he’s not going to stop working on his game until he wins a championship with the Rockets.

“Obviously I’ve been coming up short these last few years and whatnot, or since I’ve been in the league,” Harden said, via the Houston Chronicle. “But I won’t stop. I won’t stop until I reach my goals and our team reaches our goal. It’s a journey. It’s a marathon. And I’m still learning.”

The Rockets have lost to the Golden State Warriors in back-to-back playoffs. However, now that Kevin Durant is in the East and Klay Thompson is expected to miss the majority of the 2019-20 season rehabbing his ACL injury, the Rockets might actually be better than the Warriors next season.

Houston, of course, made a big splash by acquiring former MVP and James Harden’s brother, Russell Westbrook, from the Oklahoma City Thunder. The two MVPs will try and lead the Rockets on a championship run next season, although it won’t be easy.

The Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz are going to be really good. The Lakers have LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Clippers have Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, and the Jazz have Mike Conley, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell.

The Rockets, though, are banking on James Harden and Russell Westbrook.