OKC Thunder: James Harden says he won't be hesitant

James Harden promises he'll be as aggressive as ever in the aftermath of a concussion he suffered from Metta World Peace's elbow in Los Angeles.
by Berry Tramel Published: April 27, 2012

“He's fine,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “It would be different if you go to the basket, one of his monster dunks, and he gets clipped and falls on his head. That might be a little different the next time he goes to the basket.”

Nope, said Harden. Not even that would change his aggression.

“Even if it was an injury in the flow of the game, that's still not going to stop me from attacking and making plays and being aggressive out there,” Harden said.

Aggression is Harden's style. He's been a solid 3-point shooter this season (39 percent), but Harden's primary production comes from his constant drives to the basket.

“He's an old-school type of player,” Durant said. “He gets going, he can find a way to get to the rim, get to the (foul) line. I'm sure he's just ready to play.

“James is a strong person. He's a positive person. He doesn't let anything like that bring him down.”

Harden has blossomed into a star in his third NBA season. He's the leading contender for the league's Sixth Man of the Year Award.

“He's a tough individual,” Brooks said. “He's a competitive player. He'll be fine. (Friday) helped. Just seeing him practice. It's good to have him back. We missed him.”

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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