Inside James Harden’s intense Phoenix boot camp to prepare for NBA return
Houston Rockets superstar shooting guard James Harden has been training hard in Phoenix during the NBA hiatus.
The former MVP says he’s been doing a lot of cardio, balance, stability and body control drills.
“I’ve been doing a lot of cardio,” James Harden said. “I’ve got treadmills in my houses, weights, and all that good stuff. It really hasn’t affected me like it’s affected a lot of other players.”
Harden’s main points of emphasis in the weight room are balance, stability and body control. Different sets of weights are used, but the goal is maintaining a center of gravity. To aid his quest for achieving balance, Harden participates in yoga and pool workouts.
Afterward, Harden will do “contrast work” in the field, starting with drills in the sand. The point of the sand is to build some sort of resistance, making Harden have to exert force to make moves he would do with ease on a smooth surface. Once the sand workout is done, Allen will bring him to the field. Here, Allen will bring his football knowledge into play, putting Harden through a series of running back drills. For running backs, the important things are reaction time and fast-twitch actions into further reactions. To give Harden the NBA familiarity, Allen will introduce “three or four defenders in front of him,” where Harden will have to act as if he’s in the half court and get to the desired spot on the floor, for game-like finishes.
The Rockets star is also dedicated to plyometrics, which is essentially “jump training.” After all, there is a reason Harden has the deadliest stepback jumper in the NBA.
Before the 2019-20 season was suspended, Harden was averaging 34.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 7.4 assists for the Rockets. The Beard is hoping games resume in the summer so he and Russell Westbrook can pursue their first championship again.
The Rockets were in sixth place in the West standings prior to the NBA suspending games.
Harden is already an all-time great basketball player. The Rockets superstar is now focusing on improving his body so that he’s ready to go if and when the season resumes.
Right now, the plan appears to be for the NBA season to resume in mid-July.
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