James Harden trying to perfect one-legged step-back 3

The Rockets star is doing what he can to improve his game, even though he led the league in scoring over the past two seasons.

Published : Aug 25, 2019 23:11 IST

James Harden
James Harden

James Harden

There is no offseason for James Harden.

The Houston 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."

READ| James Harden: Media created ‘narrative’ that cost him MVP award

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 NBA 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.

Sign in to unlock all user benefits
  • Get notified on top games and events
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign up / manage to our newsletters with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early bird access to discounts & offers to our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide to our community guidelines for posting your comment