How James Harden Is Exploiting The NBA Part 2

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  • Published: 10 January 2019
  • Coach Nick welcomes ex NBA referee Ronnie Nunn to discuss the fouls James Harden draws from behind the 3 point line to see whether he deserves the whistle, and to better understand why people are so upset about them.
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Comments • 865

  • Gio
    Gio  3 months back

    Coach Nick has some of the BEST content on YouTube

    • Bradley Gong
      Bradley Gong  3 months back

      While they said that Harden is typically within the rules on his step step backs, I think he's violating the reason the rule exists, which is to help the ball handler score via layup or dunk. What Harden is doing is just hideous. They should change the rule to only allow steps when moving *_toward_* the basket in an attempt to score.

      • fakyourbullshit nemasproblemas

        Remove foul

        • Brian Mitchell
          Brian Mitchell  4 months back

          Really? Two parts to talk to the same guy about the same clip?

          • Stefan
            Stefan  5 months back

            11 ft a game... Harden lovers will call this "crying", yet i hear that little hipster beard crying and screaming when he fouls himself plus he cryes to the refs when someone else gets the same call😂😂 complaining on ref that doesnt give him all the call actually gives them fairly by stats 50% of calls and he cryes in the interview😂😂😂 i mean i srsly wanna see someone call him a pussy on and interview.. Shoots most shots of the games, gives up hard time clocl shots to teammates to save his %, when u try to defend him, pussies put yells and flowps... Neymar of football😂😂😂 give him an oscar and a tampon for being such a pussy😂😂😂

            • TheFamousMockingbird
              TheFamousMockingbird  5 months back

              These series make me feel like the rules of basketball are stupid as fuck

              • steven whiters
                steven whiters  5 months back

                It’s a domino effect players don’t play him as hard cuz they scared to foul

                • steven whiters
                  steven whiters  5 months back

                  The kawhi rule has been terrible gotbthr game

                  • Peter Qi
                    Peter Qi  5 months back

                    This is retarded you can't jump in a slant while trying to block a shot? might as well skip the defense altogether and let everybody just shoot free throws from various places on the court

                    • Aks_135
                      Aks_135  5 months back

                      I think curry is the most impactful player then harden

                      • Kristian Vandehei
                        Kristian Vandehei  6 months back

                        Part 2 nothing but the same guy trying to articulate how clean plays are fouls for Harden.

                        • Terrill Melville
                          Terrill Melville  6 months back

                          I'm never disliked any player more than Harden. His game is puke to watch. He's manipulating the NBA.

                          • hundred cs
                            hundred cs  6 months back

                            It's mind blowing people try so damn hard to take credit away from Harden.

                            • Macphineas Bradley
                              Macphineas Bradley  6 months back

                              I love how Nunn is just validating all the calls on the floor while talking about how great Harden is when most of these examples are of Harden either grabbing the defender's arm with his off hand or an illegal screen is happening by one of Harden's teammates (CP3 was clearly pushing Evan Turner and PJ Tucker hip-checked the defender into Harden). I can accept the times when the defender reaches out and Harden pulls the ball up for a shot. And then step-backs are usually legit non-travels. But Harden is or his teammates are the ones fouling on at least half of the examples that are cited here, and it's infuriating that he invariably gets rewarded for it.

                              • Texas Turner
                                Texas Turner  6 months back

                                Karl Malone did the same shit, but even worse. His flip flops are legendary. I’ve never seen a guy Malone’s size get thrown around so easily in my life. Malone’s game was 50% skill and 50% acting bullshit.

                                • Remote Controled Flying Vibrator

                                  a lotta bullshit being said here.

                                  • Sory Chang
                                    Sory Chang  6 months back

                                    No wonder he's Haren without D
                                    Coz no D no foul

                                    • FireTheCannons
                                      FireTheCannons  7 months back

                                      "On this episode of 'sucking James harden's cock' we discuss how great it is that basketball is being turned into a game of flopping and bullshit".

                                      • Meng Frank
                                        Meng Frank  7 months back

                                        "well, don't foul".

                                        • Sir Tony
                                          Sir Tony  7 months back

                                          A simple solution to James Harden's garbage play... If the offensive player initiates the contact... it's not a defensive foul.

                                          • Jon Kean
                                            Jon Kean  7 months back

                                            At 4:58 - how is Tucker not doing a rolling screen? How can he just offensive-line Turner like that? Harden looks like a QB in the pocket

                                            • Stephen Cheney
                                              Stephen Cheney  7 months back

                                              All of these silly foul calls on close outs are Pachulia's fault. I doubt Kawhi wants them to allow the game to be ruined on his behalf.

                                              • Fran
                                                Fran  7 months back

                                                This guy Ronnie is twisting the truth and protecting his mates. And Harden is fucking up the game, great times.

                                                • Intensity Multiplied
                                                  Intensity Multiplied  7 months back

                                                  If I missed it in this series let me know but I wish you would of discussed his traveling, and getting away with it consistently.

                                                  • Roberto Tapia
                                                    Roberto Tapia  7 months back

                                                    If you hate harden so much.. don't fucking watch. Go watch baseball. Go watch dancing with the stars for your entertainment... gtfo.

                                                    • Paul Becker
                                                      Paul Becker  7 months back

                                                      @BBALLBREAKDOWN Coach Nick please explain why the supposed foul on Harden in the rockets vs Memphis Game at 2:24 is not a moving screen by Tucker. He basically shoves Tempel into Harden.

                                                      • MycroSparks
                                                        MycroSparks  7 months back

                                                        Just call fouls when players are shooting naturally, like they would if they were alone on the court. All fouls Harden draws are bullshit just cause of the fact that he wouldn't be using that kind of shooting motion if he was alone at a shootaround. Gathering the ball and raising it from your hip while twisting and contorting your body? Can't be more obvious that you got nothing and are trying to initiate contact with the defender, by actually going into HIS space.
                                                        NBA refs, you gotta step up your game, this is the most poorly officiated league, it's kinda ruining it. Players travel most of the time, fouls are bullshit almost every single time and so on. Step up your f-ing game.

                                                        • rrbarcarse
                                                          rrbarcarse  7 months back

                                                          can also make a video analysis on the amount of bad breath fouls called against the Warriors? I mean Klay/Steph/KD/Green/Looney move their feet, all the other teams need to do is create a driving angle bump into their chest...whistle!! Just call 2 or 3 of this early and the game, now Warriors defense loosens up a bit, and other teams keep the game close and avoid getting blown out. Also, How about the instances Steph hits the three, defender runs through the screen and fouls the screener at the same time, no basket, foul on the floor. And in your video here, Harden gets the benefit and hits 3 shots..crazy..

                                                          • Mariusz Zieliński
                                                            Mariusz Zieliński  7 months back

                                                            What a moving screen on Paul...

                                                            • Shortorderboy1048
                                                              Shortorderboy1048  7 months back

                                                              I can promise you if he went to play park with no rules with nba players he would never try to draw these dumb fouls. I mean it’s not fair that he can just put himself into the player and the refs expect the defender to not take a body. What sense does that make? I feel like if you flail your body into a defender and there is no hand contact, it’s not a foul

                                                              • Stf Ztg
                                                                Stf Ztg  7 months back

                                                                stop sucking harden's d**k, coach!

                                                                • christopher kettler
                                                                  christopher kettler  7 months back

                                                                  I hate the way he is changing the game they already play soft defenders cant do shit

                                                                  • Al Delacruz
                                                                    Al Delacruz  7 months back

                                                                    NBA Refs are official James harden fan club

                                                                    • Texas A.C
                                                                      Texas A.C  7 months back

                                                                      J Harden is unstoppable 👊👊

                                                                      • Sean Klein
                                                                        Sean Klein  7 months back

                                                                        Next episode Ronnie is going to explain how the refs were correct in saying a wind disturbance created by a butterfly’s wing across the earth actually disturbed Hardens shot by changing the air pressure around his beard

                                                                        • Abdul Adams
                                                                          Abdul Adams  7 months back

                                                                          Harden is very crafty and you cant knock him for that. The league should at least bring hand checking back tho. Just to keep the offensive player honest.

                                                                          • Andrew Phillips
                                                                            Andrew Phillips  7 months back

                                                                            Nunn's explanation of the call on Turner at 4:57 seems like nonsense. Even if you ignore Tucker's violations (a bit of a moving screen, which could be ignored, and the flop, which definitely should have been called) and take the play as a foul on the screener while Harden is already into his shot, the "foul" didn't affect the shot. It should count or not count simply in accord with whether Harden hit it. If he hits it Tucker, as the fouled player, should get a shot, and if he misses Houston should get the ball or free throws by Tucker, depending on the penalty situation. There's no way Harden shoots three free throws.

                                                                            • Almost Eliteshot
                                                                              Almost Eliteshot  7 months back

                                                                              Harden is unguardable not because of 100% skill but because if the defense does guard him, they get penalized🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

                                                                              • Memphis Jones
                                                                                Memphis Jones  7 months back

                                                                                For anyone that says the nba or any sports for that matter is purely for entertainment, you are seriously stupid. These people are athletes that have been training there whole life. They want to win so when james harden is drawing these fouls it is just him trying to win.

                                                                                • Jonc6709
                                                                                  Jonc6709  7 months back

                                                                                  Love how literally the moment he says about james harden's step back is legal. He travels on a step back. I don't care what anyone tries saying about it being legal that step back against Ricky Rubio :53 is a travel. You can literally see both hands on the ball then he takes four more steps after the original plant foot. I've put it on .25 playback speed and watched it like 10 times now. Do it yourself and try telling me that's not a travel. Even the move at :36 looks like he stops his dribble and has the ball gathered in both hands with his left foot planted and his right foot still slightly in the air. He then hops to his right foot then replants the left then takes the shot. I'm pretty damn sure that's considered a travel. Thought whatever foot is planted as you stop your dribble is your pivot foot and you can't move it unless you're jumping to shoot. I don't know though that one isn't solid as a 100% travel because it's hard to tell if he 100% has both hands on the ball. It seems as if he does though.

                                                                                  • Brent Blayone Blayone
                                                                                    Brent Blayone Blayone  7 months back

                                                                                    get the FUCK OUT OF HERE trying to justify that 3 shot foul on tucker setting a garbage ass moving screen then flopping into his own player AFTER he fucking lands. Never watching this channel again

                                                                                    • sam
                                                                                      sam  7 months back

                                                                                      lmao @ all the haters. his job is to EXPLOIT the rules. Who cares if he gets alot of free throws? Why arent other players in the league exploiting the same rules?

                                                                                      • A BJr
                                                                                        A BJr  7 months back

                                                                                        That step back and then jump forward into the shot should be illegal period. Stepping back as if you are shooting a fade away then jumping forward towards the defender doesn't allow the defender to defend, because if you follow to defend the fade, he then jumps into you. The way they are calling it the defender has no choice but to give the shooter the fade away or step back shot. If the shooter steps back and gathers for the shot, he should only be allowed vertical space or the continuation of the fade. Anyone understand what I'm saying??

                                                                                        • Derek Butler
                                                                                          Derek Butler  7 months back

                                                                                          When did manipulating your way to the line become so damn toxic?

                                                                                          Harden has lead the league in FTA’s since 2012 except for 1 season. That year it was lead by Kevin Durant and oh btw he won the MVP that year...

                                                                                          Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant have both led the league in FTA’s, Dwade won a finals MVP by manipulating his way to the line in 06. MJ led the league in FTA once in his career and he shot 972 FT’s that year! That is almost 100 more FT’s then Harden’s most in 2016. Plus, MJ was 2nd or 3rd in FTA’a over his career.

                                                                                          When did getting to the FT line stop being “crafty” and become manipulative or exploiting?

                                                                                          • Srdjan Jakovljevic
                                                                                            Srdjan Jakovljevic  7 months back

                                                                                            FLOP ALERT!

                                                                                            • doobeedoo2
                                                                                              doobeedoo2  7 months back

                                                                                              excellent videos...despite Ronnie's great explanations, I actually hate that the game has become a 3 pt shooting contest, with so little coaches or defenses can do to affect the outcome.

                                                                                              • Farris Hodo
                                                                                                Farris Hodo  7 months back

                                                                                                Yeah...some players have bent the rules, like Reggie kicking his legs out to draw a foul and Barkley taking 15-20 dribbles to back a man down. What happened in those cases, the league looked at it closer to work against it. Seems like with Harden, the more he pushes the rules, the more they allow him to just do it. Instead of better enforcement or correction/clarification of the rules. So I have a problem with people saying he's now one of the greatest scorers "ever" when how can you compare when he doesn't have to face what others had to face. It's easy to put up 40 when you take 30 shots (mostly 3's) and 15 free throws.

                                                                                                • Jason Jia
                                                                                                  Jason Jia  7 months back

                                                                                                  Just because "most" of his stepbacks are clean doesn't mean it's okay when he gets away with the significant number of stepbacks that are PURE TRAVELS.