Rockets star James Harden is tired of hearing complaints about his step-back move
Over the past couple of years, there have been complaints about James Harden’s signature step-back jumper, with people saying he often travels whenever he does it. Well, the Houston Rockets star has had enough of it.
Harden, who has been using the step-back jumper as his main offensive weapon, said there shouldn’t have ever been any debate about his move after the NBA recently gave the verdict on it not being a travel, per Salman Ali of ClutchPoints:
“It shouldn’t have been a point (of discussion) period. The moves that I do and I create aren’t travels or the referees get paid a lot of money and are the best at what they do would call a travel.”
The former NBA MVP has also said he’s tired of people who keep complaining about it:
“I’m tired of hearing that… from coaches, from other players, from haters, etc… Embrace it. It’s going to be here for a while.”
Harden has made it clear that he wants his step-back jumper to become a part of his legacy, and he wants it to have a similar recognition as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s skyhook and Dirk Nowitzki’s one-legged fadeaway shot.
Now that the league has sided with Harden, it is expected that the discussions about his patented move will subside. However, he plans to introduce another shot next season, the one-legged 3-pointer. Videos of it have already made waves on social media, and it will be really interesting to see him use it in actual games.
We might not have to wait long enough to see it, as the Rockets will face the Shanghai Sharks in their preseason opener on Monday.