Rockets news: James Harden added yoga, pilates to routine and tweaked diet
Houston Rockets guard James Harden took his game to the next level last season, finishing second in the MVP voting as he took on point guard duties under new head coach Mike D’Antoni.
Harden put up numbers that had never been seen before in some respects as he nearly led the league in both scoring and assists.
That’s not going to happen this year with the Rockets acquiring former L.A. Clippers guard Chris Paul in the offseason. Harden will have to learn how to mesh with another ball-dominant guard and retreat to more possessions off the ball.
It will be an extremely interesting dynamic, one which will require quite a bit of change for Harden, who is also implementing some big changes in himself off the court.
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Harden, who joined Oscar Robertson as the only other player to average at least 29 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds per game in the regular season but also had a career-high usage rate of 34.1, looked tired at the end. So he added yoga and pilates to his routine, focused on his rest and tweaked his diet. The goal, of course, is to make the most of this opportunity he has to create the league’s latest dynamic duo with Paul.
It’s always fun to imagine NBA players pulling off stuff like yoga or pilates but that’s apparently what Harden’s been up to.
It will be interesting to see if the change is noticeable and if Harden looks like a different player next season because of this.
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