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During Thursday nights thriller in Oracle Arena, Draymond Green brought out his signature kick, this time on James Harden’s head. Green received a technical foul, but he didn’t own up to it. Instead, the All-Star forward told reporters that he felt Harden’s foul-drawing moves at the rim are “unnatural”, pretty much indicating that he flops.
During his sneaker launch event in LA, Harden responded by saying that so many players in the league are are now doing those moves at the rim because of him, therefore he is a trendsetter. Via Sports Illustrated:
“I wouldn’t call it unnatural,” Harden said. “For me, I just go to the basket and go up with two hands like you’re taught. If you grab my arm it’s a foul. That’s pretty natural in the sport of basketball, in any league. I don’t know about whatever else [Green] has got going on.”
Harden then pointed out that his move is natural enough to be imitated.
“Some people are copying mine as well,” he said. “I’m not going to say any names, but you’ve got a lot of people doing my moves, going to the basket, looking for contact, all that stuff. That’s what you call being a trendsetter, that’s what you call being somebody people look up to. It’s a great feeling for me.”