There is no offseason for James Harden.
The Rockets star has spent the summer training on perfecting his step-back 3-point shot, which has become his signature move. However, he’s trying to up the stakes this time by doing it on one leg.
“I’m always trying to be creative,” Harden told ESPN. “I’m always trying to get better — at basketball, life, businesswise. I’m always trying to find ways to be impactful. With basketball, you have to be creative. This is my 11th year, and every single year I want to get better. I don’t want to stay the same. You’ve got to find ways to keep growing.”
James Harden added a new move to his bag. One-footer step-back 🤯
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— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) August 19, 2019
The move requires balance and more concentration than his regular step-back, but Harden indicated he is open to bringing the move out when the 2019-20 season starts.
“I’m not sure; it’s something that I work on,” Harden said when asked if he’ll use the one-legged, step-back 3 this season. “But you know how Mike [Jordan] has his fadeaway and Dirk [Nowitzki] has his one-leg and [Kareem Abdul-Jabbar] had the sky hook, I want my step-back to be one of those moves that last forever. So when I travel around the world and I see little kids that [say], ‘Hey James, I got a step-back!’ — I love to see that.
“It’s me being a creator and me being an innovator and paving the way in basketball in my own way, doing it how I want to do it, and that’s what it’s all about. As a little kid playing in these parks, that’s what I imagined, that’s what I dreamed of. Now it’s coming to reality, so it’s pretty cool.”
Whether his one-legged step-back 3-pointer becomes something he uses during the season remains to be seen, but it certainly won’t stop him from trying to become the NBA’s leading scorer for the third season in a row.