Houston Rockets superstar James Harden recently thanked Hall of Famer Allen Iverson for showing him the path to play through criticisms and negative energy.

Iverson was the subject of a lot of controversies during his career, particularly in his prime with the Philadelphia 76ers. Fast forward to today, and Harden is in a similar boat as Iverson. The Rockets guard is one of the best scorers in the game, but his style of play often gets bashed by fans and pundits.

Thanks to Iverson, though, Harden is tuning out the negative energy and being himself, just like The Answer did back in the day.

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Harden has played in 73 playoff games with the Rockets. He has postseason averages of 28.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 7.0 assists. However, The Beard has admitted in the past that he would sometimes get frustrated when experts would say he doesn’t show up during the playoffs, which clearly isn’t the case as the stats prove.

Moving forward, it appears Harden is going to ignore his critics and continue to play the way he’s been playing. The Rockets have a great chance to win the Western Conference once the 2020 playoffs start since they are the only team in the NBA with two MVPs on the roster in Harden and Russell Westbrook.

Before the 2019-20 season was suspended in March, Harden was leading the NBA in points per game for the third consecutive season. The future Hall of Famer was averaging 34.4 points per contest for Houston.