Sixers guard James Harden has revealed he is working on a lingering hamstring injury and a recent offseason to repair his body.
Entering his 14th season, James Harden is more excited than ever and in good shape after an offseason of work. The past two seasons have been tough for the former MVP. He struggled with injuries and his level of fitness as he moved between three teams.
As many believed, Beard’s heyday far exceeded expectations and he struggled off the field. Harden is no longer Houston’s top scorer, but has shifted to a facilitator role. Even worse was his performance in the 2022 playoffs.
James Harden 2022 Playoff Stats:
36.8 3P% (6.3 3PA)
89.3 FT% (6.3 FTAs)
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Harden has been doing grinds in the gym during the offseason to improve his conditioning in an attempt to remove his choker tag. aiming for the championship.
James Harden says he lost 100 pounds this offseason 😳 pic.twitter.com/1GnEEAvJeU
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After dealing with a career-threatening injury, Harden shared some insight into his rehab time, revealing darker times during the process.
A look back at James Harden’s last two injury-plagued seasons.
There is no doubt that Harden will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot in the future. But the lack of a championship ring on his resume continues to haunt him. Dealing with endless scrutiny has not been easy.
The former Rockets superstar’s nagging hamstring injury left him looking sluggish on the court and hampered his performance in the final back-to-back playoffs. Harden, who is currently in great shape, Noah Levick on NBC.
“At this point, it’s dieting, proper rest, and then I’m gaining more muscle mass than I’ve always had.” This summer has been huge for me in terms of hill runs, weightlifting and improving my skills on the court.”
The 33-year-old reflected on the scrutiny he underwent so late, saying:
“Most of the time I’m alone. Whether it’s the media or whoever they are, they talk and shoot little jabs and shots and stuff. And I know who I am and what I’m talking about. I never reply just because I am
“But it was very hard mentally, just because I loved the basketball game. If it wasn’t for the money, I would have played basketball. I think you know that.It was very difficult.I was always healthy and played basketball games, so there were a lot of difficult times, a lot of dark moments that I hadn’t really experienced. I’m in a really good place and I feel like I’m back where I belong and where I belong.
It’s sure to be a scary time for the NBA once Harden returns to his old self.