So, he’s intensifying his rhetoric about Most Valuable Player.
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude of TNT:
Harden might be the NBA’s steadiest MVP candidate. In the last four years, he has three top-two finishes, including winning the award last season.
After a slow start, Harden is back in the race this season. I’d still call Giannis Antetokounmpo favorite, and plenty of others – including LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Stephen Curry – are in the mix.
But so is Harden, and I don’t mind him stating his personal ambitions. He drives the Rockets. Chasing this award will only help Houston. This is not a player choosing personal goals over team goals. They go hand-in-hand.
So, if Harden declaring his intent to win MVP motivates him, good for him – and the Rockets.