James Harden hasn’t ‘accomplished half’ of his career goals
James Harden has enjoyed a decorated NBA career full of accolades, including an MVP award, but the Houston Rockets star says he hasn’t yet achieved most of his goals.
In a recent interview with Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck, Harden explained how he hopes to be mentioned in the same breath as the legendary players in NBA history.
“I still haven’t accomplished half of what I want to accomplish,” Harden said. “Like, multiple championships. I want to be one of those basketball players that you won’t forget. And obviously, we all remember the Kobes and the Jordans and the D-Wades and all those guys. I want to be in that same conversation, obviously, in championships and all that good stuff, and best shooting guards to ever play the game.”
Harden, as he himself noted, obviously will have to win championships during his career to join the pantheon of NBA icons. Not surprisingly, the fact that he has yet to win a title bothers Harden.
“Of course it matters to me,” Harden said of winning a championship. “I’ve been thinking about it maybe the last year-and-a-half, two years. I’m on the right path. You can’t rush winning a title. Some win it early, some win it late. It’s perfect timing. The time is going to happen when the time happens. I’ve just got to be patient, continue to work my butt off, continue to be a great leader, great teammate, and just try to bring as much talent and as much guys that have that same drive that I have. I think we all have it right now.”
Harden without question is among the greatest offensive players of his era, if not all time. The fact that a title has eluded him up to this point will of course be used against him in his stated pursuit of joining the all-time greats of the game, which incidentally is a goal the Rockets star has mentioned from time to time.
It appears that Harden is concerned over what his legacy will be. It goes without saying hoisting the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy a few times will go along way in solidifying his standing among the greats of the game.