P.J. TUCKERS SHARES WHY JAMES HARDEN GETS SO MANY FOUL CALLS against the opposing teams: “That’s all part of his plan”

P.J. TUCKERS SHARES WHY JAMES HARDEN GETS SO MANY FOUL CALLS against the opposing teams: “That’s all part of his plan”

Before the season ended, James Harden was one of the leading candidates for the MVP award this year. After his MVP season in 2018, Harden elevated his game, even more, putting up historic numbers this year. Harden had multiple games this season that were incredible, and the level of dominance he is displaying is genuinely one of a kind. A lot of fans dislike Harden because of the notion he is a poor defender, and to be fair, he sometimes lacks the tenacity, but Harden improved quite a bit in that as well in the last two seasons.

Despite his impeccable offensive arsenal in which he makes a lot his shots effortless, people and NBA analysts are always complaining about the number of fouls he receives almost every game. If you watch him play, you can see he draws a lot of contacts; however, there are times when he flops and gets away with it. Last season alone, Harden had almost 13 free throw attempts per game and he is leading the league in that category for the past six seasons.

Harden’s teammate P.J. Tucker shared an interesting observation about Harden’s ability to initiate contact and draw fouls against his opponents. In an excellent interview for ‘The Players Tribune, Tucker said the reason why Harden gets so many fouls is actually because he actually gets fouled a lot from the opposing players. 

“You want to know why James gets so many whistles? Because he gets fouled a lot.

There you go, mystery solved. S***, I used to foul him all the time, and it drove me insane. And that’s all part of his plan. No matter how great you are at defending, James can make you reach, and when you do he’ll absorb that contact and keep going because he’s so strong. As he gets more whistles, and you get more frustrated, he’ll just keep attacking. By the end of the game, you’re beat up, exhausted and pissed off.

P.J.Tucker, via Players Tribune

Despite the fact Harden can take over games in a heartbeat, Tucker said he is also the most chill guy when doing it. The game comes easy to Harden, who has multiple ways of getting past his defenders and scoring a basket. His confidence level is through the rough, and before the season ended, he seemed to build good chemistry with Russell Westbrook. The latter is essential if they want to have any real chance of winning a championship together in Houston.

“And James? He’s cool. James will be so steady and calm while he’s killing you on the court that you won’t even realize it until you look up at the scoreboard, and he’s put up half a hundred while not looking like he even broke a sweat.”

P.J.Tucker, via Players Tribune