It's pretty clear that James Harden is playing the best basketball of his career, which is a lot to say for a guy who's been an MVP already.
Harden looks like a more motivated player since joining Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and the Brooklyn Nets, especially amid all the criticism he got for the way he decided to force his trade out of the Houston Rockets a couple of months ago.
It seems like the narrative has shifted back in his favor. He's now an MVP candidate and people are lauding the way he's leading the Nets towards the top of the Eastern Conference.
However, The Beard doesn't think that he's changed the slightest since packing his bags and making his way to the Big Apple, so, when asked about his 'new' leadership approach, he said that the only thing that has changed is that he's actually getting credit for it now:
“The same. It’s just I get credit now, and previously I wasn’t getting credit. Same leadership. I’ve been the same person and haven’t changed not one bit," Harden said.
Since joining the Nets, harden is averaging 25.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 11.4 assists per game (league-best). Also, he's carrying the load with Kevin Durant sidelined with injuries and hasn't hesitated to take fewer shots than what he was used to in Houston.
The Nets have the chance to do something pretty special right now and Harden knows that this is the biggest chance he'll ever have to win an NBA Championship, so it's nice to see that he's getting credit for his play right now.