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James Harden Quotes

James Edward Harden

James Harden quotes: The Beard’s best quotes.

“If you have a dream, chase it no matter what it takes.”

“You have a dream, you have a goal that you want to do something, you’re going to find a way to do it.”

“Work, every single day, I fell in love with it.  You can’t expect to be great if you don’t put the work in.”

“Sometimes bad things happen.  Do you bounce back now?  Or do you just stay down there and allow it to take you down?  You make a mistake, okay, don’t compound one mistake with two mistakes.  Having a bad day?  Okay, tomorrow is going to be a better day.  Like, we all have bad days in life, no matter what job you’re in.  Don’t let it compound.  The next day is going to be better.  Always have a positive mindset.  Just keep going, just keep going, just keep going.”

“In a business, you’ve got to move on.”

“In life, things just don’t work out.  And then, you know, so what, what’s next?”

“I think we all have to go through bad times to prevail and be great.”

“I don’t really get nervous.  I feel like it’s another opportunity for me to learn something new.”

“You’ve got positive people that encourage you, that are all about the same things.”

“I still get motivated every single day.”

“That’s my obsession now.  To be the kind of leader who does what’s necessary to win.”

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”

“Growing up, I wish that I’d had the supplies and laptops and all the new technology that’s out right now.”

“Growing up in college, in high school, I was the focal point.”

“My dream was to be in the NBA.  I wasn’t really focused on being a star player on a team.  I just wanted to make it to the NBA.  I’ve been blessed for the opportunities to be in the Finals, been in the playoffs ever since I’ve been in the NBA.”

“I had to look in the mirror at myself and say, ‘This is what you’re doing, and this is what you have to be better at, in order to be one of the best basketball players in the world.  You have to change.’  I’ve changed.”

“Being named as a finalist for the USA Basketball National Team is an unbelievable feeling and an opportunity that is truly humbling.  It is an honor to be included with such talented players and I look forward to the chance to represent my country this summer.”

This is a business and everything happens for a reason.  I’m going to just play hard… and do whatever it takes to win.”

“Being in attack mode is something I try to bring into every single game, and that’s what’s making me be so successful.”

“In any situation, I’m going to be good.”

“I heard a lot of those things.  I heard that I was greedy; that I didn’t care about winning; heard the questioning of my loyalty.  And I’m thinking: ‘Of course I want to win.  I’ve been winning my entire life.’  I mesh with anyone.”

“That excitement on the court, I’m the same way off the court.  I like to have fun, meet people; I like to give high-fives to the kids courtside.  Just have fun.  That’s kind of my personality, that’s how I’ve been.”

“I’m preaching the importance of using sports to help kids succeed in life – just as I did – to teenage boys playing for my new AAU basketball programs in Houston and the Phoenix area.  I know what these kids are going through now in Houston and Arizona.  I just give them something to be active and stay away from all the negatives.  This is something that can help their families in the long run.  I spend time with them all the time, especially when I have off days.  I just tell them, ‘Don’t take this for granted.  This is an opportunity that not a lot of people get.  Cherish it.  Obviously, do good in school.  When you’re on the court, listen and learn from your coaches.  And just have fun.'”

“The more you can try to focus on the positive and stay away from the streets, the better off you’ll be.  I used to tell the kids, if you go out there and do something wrong and the police come to my door, I want to ask them, ‘Well, what did that kid have on?’  I want to make sure that it’s you, because if it is, we’re going to have some problems.  We are not friends; I am your mother.  Any problem you have, I’d rather hear from you than someone on the street.  It’s teamwork.”

“I always had something to do.  I was playing T-ball at first.  My mom always took me to practice after school.  I was always on the move.  I didn’t really have time to sit around and start hanging out with whoever.  After T-ball I went to basketball, and after starting to play basketball, that’s when I fell in love with it.  I just kept going.  It was a cycle from here on out.  I was active all year-round.  I just tried to stay away from the streets.”

“I know there are so many kids out there who have a dream and a goal to play basketball and to provide for their family.  Not necessarily the NBA, but they go overseas to play too.  I’m just making sure they provide for their family and their mom.  I provide them an opportunity, and a lot of kids are being successful.  I’m proud of them.”

“You keep these kids’ mind occupied and their bodies working hard on any sports – I don’t care if it’s basketball, football, baseball or soccer – it takes away that devil in their life.  It keeps their mind and body busy and doing something positive.”

“Honestly, if I wasn’t where I am today, they still would be there.  They don’t look at me as James Harden the superstar.  They look at me as the James Harden they know that had braids and didn’t have anything.  I don’t even look at them as my friends.  I look at them as my brothers and the guys that basically got through it with me.”

“I’m happy.  I’m in a great situation.”

“I just want to thank God for everything he has done in my life.”

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