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 [外絮] 角逐MVP的黑馬 - 詹姆士‧哈登

時間 Sun Mar  1 19:03:24 2015


  角逐MVP的黑馬 - 詹姆士‧哈登  
James Harden, the NBA's unlikely MVP
《運動畫刊》(Sports Illustrated)封面人物專題報導

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作  者:Lee Jenkins
原文連結:http://ppt.cc/jEdk
Sports Illustrated: James Harden, the NBA's unlikely MVP - NBA - SI.com
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When James Harden signed with the Rockets, he wasn't sure he had what it takes to be a star. Now he's the MVP front-runner and the league is trying to keep up, step for Eurostep. ...

 
日  期:Feb. 18, 2015 (雜誌出刊日期為2月23日)

※文長慎入,此篇為節譯。全文請參照連結。

[...]
That GM, Daryl Morey, had pursued Harden for three years and mined a plethora
of statistics that indicated he would be a megastar. A point guard by nature
and a shooting guard by trade, the 6'5" Harden excelled at almost every
offensive element prized in today’s NBA: orchestrating the pick-and-roll;
getting to the rim; getting to the free throw line; creating and making
three-pointers, especially the corner threes. But there is still no way to
project whether even the finest part-timer can sustain such performance for
40 minutes over 82 nights against an array of bespoke traps and double teams.
So when Morey sent Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two first-round draft picks
and a second-rounder to Oklahoma City for a package headlined by Harden,
the GM was betting that a star lurked inside. And when Harden boarded the
jet for Houston, having rejected a contract from the Thunder that fell
$6 million shy of the maximum, he was making the same bet.

火箭隊的總經理莫雷,花了三年的時間追逐哈登,並且啟用大量數據分析,預測
哈登很可能成為超級巨星。哈登是天生的控球後衛,打得卻是得分後衛的位置。
他身高六呎五吋,擁有當今NBA最重視的進攻手段:擋拆、切入籃下、上罰球線,
能投三分也能替隊友創造三分機會。但是一個最佳第六人,能否應付82場先發、

每場40分鐘的嚴防與包夾,卻是任何數據分析都無法預估的。當莫雷送出小馬丁、

Jeremy Lamb,兩個首輪、一個次輪,換來以哈登為首的包裹時,他賭的是哈登的
巨星潛力。而當哈登拒絕雷霆略低於頂薪的合約、搭上前往休士頓的私人飛機時,
他也在下同樣的賭注。


I’m talented, but what if I’m not talented enough? Harden asked himself. I’
m smart, but what if I’m not smart enough? Then he eviscerated the Pistons,
and two nights later put 45 on the Hawks, and some of his uncertainty
evaporated. He made his first All-Star team that season, recorded his first
triple double, had career highs in almost every category. But Houston
finished eighth in the Western Conference, OKC first, and the Thunder took
their first-round matchup 4–2. “I still had Oklahoma City in my head,”
 Harden says. “Did I make the right decision? Was it my fault? They were
still winning. It felt like they didn’t need me anymore.” Scoring and
playmaking came naturally to Harden, but a star’s other duties did not.

「我有天份,但如果我的天份不夠呢?我很聰明,但如果我還不夠聰明呢?」哈登
曾這樣自問。首戰擊敗活塞、下一場對老鷹再拿下45分後,稍稍揮去了他的不確定
感。那一季哈登第一次進入全明星賽、拿到生涯首次大三元,各方面都創下生涯新
高。火箭隊最後排名西區第八,季後賽第一輪對上雷霆,以二勝四負落敗。

「我依然常常想到雷霆。我的決定對嗎?還是我錯了?雷霆仍然在贏球,感覺他們
不再需要我了。」得分和組織對哈登而言在自然不過,球星的其他責任則不然。

Two years and four months have passed since the trade, and Harden is now a
25-year-old supernova, not only the most prolific scorer in the NBA and one
of the most productive passers, but suddenly a stopper and a leader to boot.
“Our best player since Hakeem Olajuwon,” says Rockets owner Leslie
Alexander. Houston sits tied for third in the West, Oklahoma City ninth. The
Thunder did need him after all. “I still think a lot about the ifs,” Harden
says. “But I’m good now.” A star does not reminisce about former employers
who withheld max contracts. He haunts them without remorse. Welcome to the
year of the Beard, the Mohawk and the Step Daddy, the year that slow became
fast, that Compton became Euro, and that drawing a foul became an art form.

交易過後的兩年四個月,哈登已是25歲的超級新星,他不但是NBA的得分王、助攻
名列前茅、同時也承擔起防守和領袖的責任。火箭的老闆亞歷山大說:「哈登是

繼歐拉朱萬之後,最優秀的火箭球員。」火箭隊在西區排名第三,雷霆則位居第九

(註:目前已升至第八)「我還會常常想到那些『如果』,但我現在覺得好多了。」
一個明星不會懷念吝於給頂薪的前東家,而是讓他們追悔莫及。歡迎來到屬於
鬍子、莫西干頭、與後撤步的年代,在這裡慢即是快、歐洲步是美國土法煉鋼、
買飯成了一種藝術。

Houston has unleashed what Morey calls “the modern player,” an exemplar of
efficiency who actually scored 45 points in a game this season on 18 shots, a
line that sounds mathematically impossible. Harden averages 27.4 points, but
more impressive, accounts for a league-high 44.2 when including his assists.
If Morey built a player’s operating system, it would perform a lot like
Harden, who turns up his nose at midrange jumpers while generating foul shots
and corner threes at remarkable rates. “If I knew then what I know now,”
 Morey says, “I’d have given up five more first-round picks.” Never mind
that Harden’s supposed sidekick, center Dwight Howard, has already missed 21
games and is out another four to six weeks with a right-knee injury. The
Rockets survive with a starting front line of Joey Dorsey and Donatas
Motiejunas. “James makes it easy,” Motiejunas says, “because he gets us so
open.”

休士頓火箭隊莫雷所定義的「現代籃球員」,講求的是效率。可以繳出18次出手
得45分這樣不科學的數據。哈登本季場均27.4分,但加上他的助攻得分後,是
全聯盟第一的44.2分。如果莫雷要環繞一個球員打造一套作業系統,那個核心
想必會是哈登的翻版:少投中距離、製造大量罰球與底角三分機會。

莫雷說:「如果我當年能夠預見今日,我願意再追加五個首輪給雷霆。」
儘管哈登的搭檔,中鋒DH本季已經缺賽21場,接下來由於右膝傷勢還要缺陣4~6週,
但在多西和D-Mo先發的情況下,火箭仍然維持住戰績。「James讓一切變得容易,
他總是能給我們海一樣大的空檔。」D-Mo如是說。

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※圖二:打蛋器轉動手勢

When Harden is rolling, he twirls his left index finger, like an egg beater
on the fastest setting. “That means something’s cooking,” says his
housemate and former high school teammate Greg Howell. It could be a number
of specialties: one of his four variations on the Eurostep or his lurching
straight-line drive or his super-slo-mo “step-back of death,” so named by
teammate Jason Terry because the move leaves defenders staggering as if they’
ve been shot. It could also be another leisurely stroll to the stripe. Harden
invites abuse, stretching his body and extending the ball when he approaches
the rim, baiting opponents to reach and slap. He proudly displays the scabs
along his forearms. He jokes about affixing name tags of his assailants, who
have helped shove him into the stratosphere previously occupied by Durant and
LeBron James. “I see an opportunity to become one of the best players in the
world,” Harden says. “I could be the best player in the world.”

當哈登狀態火熱時,他會以左手食指比出打蛋器快速轉動的手勢。「這表示大廚要
上菜了」他的高中隊友及室友Greg Howell這麼解釋。那可能是他的某項拿手絕活:

也許是歐洲步、也許是大搖大擺的直線切入、或是有如慢動作重播的「死亡後撤步」

這是隊友Jason Terry起的名號,因為這會讓防守者看起來像中槍般地腳步踉蹌
當然也可能是輕鬆地站上罰球線。哈登不迴避肢體碰撞,切入籃下時,他會伸展身體、
把球高舉,引誘對手來搶球和拍擊。他驕傲地展示手臂上的傷痂,開玩笑說要在疤痕
上一一標註攻擊者的名字。是這些人把他推上了和KD及LBJ同樣的高度。「我看到了
成為頂尖球員的機會。」


Fans look at the overgrown beard and expect a similarly outsized personality,
but Harden must be comfortable to reveal it. He often speaks in a convoluted
lexicon that no one outside his inner circle can decipher. A standard
salutation is “Woowoo.” Goodbye is “Curtains.” Harden is protective of
the beard—not even his barber trims the stray whiskers—but he is also weary
of the attention it commands. He can’t exactly slip on a baseball cap and
disappear. “Sometimes I want to rip it off and be a kid again and hang
around quietly,” Harden says. Brand managers everywhere would go ballistic.
“To be honest,” he adds, “I’m scared of what I’d look like without it.”
 Then again, he notices the suspicious glances he receives, and experiences a
different kind of fear. “People think I’m mean,” he says. “But if you
spend some time around me, get to know me, you fall in love.”

球迷看到哈登茂密的鬍子,往往會認為他的個性也同樣囂張。哈登對此泰然處之。
他常會自創一些密語,只有和他親近的人才懂。例如打招呼的時候說「嗚唔」
再見則是「簾子拉上」。哈登很寶貝自己的鬍子,甚至不讓髮型師幫忙修剪。
但他偶而也會嫌大鬍子過於招搖,讓他沒辦法戴個棒球帽就能隱身於人群。
「有時候我會想把鬍子剃掉,像小時候那樣四處遊走沒人注意。」但接著又補了
一句:「老實說,沒了鬍子的模樣會讓我很沒安全感。」然而,留鬍子也會帶來
另一種不安,哈登注意到旁人常對他投以懷疑的神色:「人家覺得我看起來像

壞蛋,但如果你和我相處過、了解我後,就會喜歡上我。」

Monja Willis raised three kids as a single mother in South Los Angeles, but
James is the youngest by eight years, so he was easily mistaken for an only
child. Willis lost two brothers in 1993, murdered in unrelated events, and
after that she saw danger around every corner. When James grew old enough to
explore his neighborhood, Willis rented out their house and bought a mobile
home in a gated park in Rancho Dominguez, on the Compton border; most
residents were senior citizens who complained about the noise when James
rolled his portable hoop into the street.

哈登的母親Monja Willis獨自撫養三個孩子,老么哈登因為和兄姐年齡差距大,
常被誤以為是獨子。哈登的兩個舅舅在1993年兩樁不同案件中遭到謀殺,這讓他
母親覺得周遭危機四伏。當哈登大到可以四處活蹦亂跳時,Willis將房子出租,
在Compton附近買下一個有門禁社區的活動房屋。這一帶的居民多是退休老人,
不時會抱怨哈登將活動籃框搬到街上所發出的噪音。


Harden arrived at powerful Artesia High a set shooter and little else. “I
just stood in the corner,” he says. “I didn’t dribble. I didn’t move. I
didn’t do anything. I was lazy, really lazy.” He came with a recommendation
from Derrick Cooper, president of the L.A. City Wildcats, who met Harden when
he was a kindergartner trying out for an AAU team of 12- and 13-year-olds. “
He was small, obviously, and not that fast,” Cooper remembers. “But when
the big kids tried to double him and steal the ball, he understood how to
kick it out and set up an open shot. He knew the game.”

哈登剛加入籃球名校Artesia中學時,只是個定點射手,其他什麼也不會「我只會
站在底角。我不運球、也不跑動。我什麼也不做,那時我很胖、非常胖。」[註1]
推薦哈登來這所中學打球的是Derrick Cooper,洛杉磯市野貓少年籃球聯盟的主席。
Cooper第一次遇到哈登時他還在讀幼稚園,卻去參加AAU 12~13歲級試訓。「不用說
他個子超矮,也跑不快。」Cooper回憶道:「但是當那些大孩子包夾他,或想抄他

的球,他知道怎麼把球傳出去,也知道怎麼製造空檔投籃機會。他懂得怎麼打球。


註1、根據2009年的一篇SI報導,哈登不喜歡他的中學隊友說他胖(fat),所以他們
     協議用懶(lazy)這個詞來取代。

Scott Pera, then the Artesia coach, recognized in Harden the same instincts
that Cooper did. “Great athletes learn to play in the air,” Pera says. “
James learned to play on the ground. He knew how to jump stop, how to pump
fake, how to see time and space.”

Scott Pera,當時擔任Artesia中學的籃球教練,同樣注意到了哈登與生俱來的籃球
本能。「優異的運動員學的是如何飛天遁地。James則學著腳踏實地,他知道怎麼
接球墊步、怎麼作假動作、更懂得掌握時間與空間。

To turn Harden from a sniper into a driver, Pera put him through daily X-out
drills, in which Harden had to convert eight straight layups while Pera
punished him with an arm pad. They made a standing bet: If Harden shot more
than six free throws in a game, Pera owed him a hamburger; if Harden shot
fewer than six, he owed Pera sprints. Harden discovered ways to contort his
limbs through and around defenders, collecting whistles and patties. “He
played like he was 30,” says Frank Burlison, who covered Artesia for the
Long Beach Press-Telegram and now runs the scouting service Burlison on
Basketball.

為了將哈登由定點射手改造為切入型球員,Pera規定哈登每天必須練習左右上籃,
並且在教練手持軟墊模擬防守的干擾下,連續投進八球。另外,他們之間還有個
賭注:如果哈登一場比賽拿到六個以上的罰球,教練就欠他一個漢堡;如果罰球
數少於六個,那哈登就必須給教練一片青箭口香糖。於是哈登學會了如何利用

肢體在防守者陣中穿梭,不僅賺到了哨音,也賺到了許多漢堡包。「他打球有30
歲的老成。」當時負責報導Artesia中學賽事的記者兼球探Frank Burlison如是說。

Harden’s mother was his motivation. Willis worked 28 years as a maintenance
administrator for AT&T, commuting up the congested 110 North to Pasadena,
then returning to help care for her own mom, who was dying of cancer. Willis
earned enough to afford the mortgage and utilities, spending anything left
over on cold cuts, ramen and milk. A luxury was a membership at L.A. Fitness,
the health club where she exercised while her son joined pickup games with
middle-aged men.

母親是哈登奮鬥的動力。Willis在擔任AT&T維修員的全職工作之餘,還要照顧
罹癌的母親。她努力養家餬口,給孩子們溫飽。在哈登和公園阿伯打鬥牛賽時,
她會去健身中心運動,這也是她生活中的唯一的奢侈。

He developed a playing style that matched his disposition. “I like to be in
my own world, at my own pace,” Harden explains. “Once I’m comfortable,
once I know what’s happening around me, then I can attack.” When he
dribbles atop the key, he looks as if he might nod off, and when he drives
through the lane, he slams the brakes more than a cabbie at rush hour. He
gets where he needs to be. He just takes a while, and occasionally, he
requires a little push.

哈登的打球風格與他的性格如出一轍。「我喜歡在自己的世界裡,掌握自己的節奏。
一旦我覺得自在、對周遭的環境熟悉了,就是我準備出擊的時候。」當他在弧頂
運球時,看起來就像快打瞌睡了;當他切入時,就好比尖峰時段的計程車司機,
狂踩煞車。他總是能抵達目的地。只是他需要多花點時間,有時候,也需要有人
推他一把。


Midway through his junior season at Artesia, Harden was taking as few as
eight shots per game, and Pera begged him to let fly. From then on he was the
best high school prospect in Southern California, more acclaimed than
contemporaries such as Westbrook and Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard and Paul
George. As a freshman at Arizona State, Harden was again reluctant to fire,
until coaches gave him their approval. A year later he was an All-America,
picked third in the 2009 draft by Oklahoma City. Keeping with his pattern,
Harden failed to crack double figures as an NBA rookie, deferring to Durant
and Westbrook. But he adjusted again, mastering Manu Ginóbili’s Eurostep in
one summer and mimicking Paul Pierce’s step-back in another. Harden expanded
on the originals—“Step Daddy,” he calls a new version of Pierce’s move—
while discovering another maneuver all his own.

哈登在中學三年級時,場均出手次數只有八次,教練Pera只得拜託他多出手。從那
之後,他成為南加州最佳高中新秀,比前後期的西河、K湯、可愛、PG更受推崇。
在亞歷桑納州立大學的第一年,他同樣吝於出手,直到教練給他開火權。一年後,
他成為全美最佳大學籃球員,2009年被雷霆以探花籤選中。他的職業生涯也延續

之前的模式,菜鳥年場均得分不到兩位數,總是把出手機會讓給KD和西河。但他
再次做出調整,利用一個夏天,把Manu的歐洲步練得滾瓜爛熟;隔年夏天,又

仿效Paul Pierce的後撤步(他把Pierce的這招取名為「靠北後撤步」),加以
發揚光大,發展出自己的獨門絕活。


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※圖三、哈登的招牌後撤步

“Oklahoma City taught us to chin the ball, so when you lay it up, no one can
strip it,” Harden recalls. “I did that for a while, but it didn’t work for
me, so I started putting the ball out instead. People kept reaching for it
and hitting my arm. It was like finding treasure, finding gold. Everyone
thinks I’m looking for contact, but I’m not. It’s bait on a hook. You have
the option to reach for the ball. But if you get my arm, it’s a foul.” This
may not sound like a revelatory technique, but Harden has 127 more free
throws and 125 more attempts than anybody in the NBA this season.

雷霆隊教我們將球收在下顎,上籃時才不會被拍掉。我試著照做了一段時間,
但這招對我不管用。於是我開始把球往外伸。對手想撈球,結果打到的是我的手臂。
這感覺就像是如獲至寶。大家都覺得我在尋求身體接觸,其實不是這麼回事。
那比較像是姜太公釣魚。你有機會搶到球,但如果你碰到我的手,那就是犯規。
這聽起來沒什麼了不起,但哈登這季的罰球次數領先聯盟第二名有百次之多。

His entire offensive approach is counterintuitive. When he wants to shake his
man, he slows down. When he wants to protect the ball, he sticks it out.
“He’s a boxer,” Terry says, “getting you off balance, luring you into
a mistake and then going right at it.” In 2012, Terry played for the
Mavericks, who were defending their title in a first-round series against
OKC. “It wasn’t about stopping KD,” he remembers. “It wasn’t about
keeping Russ out of the lane. It was, ‘What do we do with James Harden?’"

哈登所有的進攻手段都違反本能。當他要擺脫防守者,他會放慢速度。當他要
護球,他會把球伸出去。Terry說:「他就像個拳擊手,讓你失去平衡,引誘

你犯錯,然後擊垮你。」2012年Terry還在小牛陣中,季後賽第一輪對上雷霆,

他回憶道:「我們擔心不是怎麼阻止KD,也不是怎麼阻止西河上罰球線,我們
最擔心的是『怎麼防住哈登?』


Three years after Morey started his pursuit for Harden—Houston feverishly
tried to acquire the No. 4 pick from the Kings in 2009—he called Oklahoma
City. Morey was searching for a cornerstone, and the only ones available
either weren’t cornerstones anymore or weren’t cornerstones yet. The
Thunder seemed to have two ways they could go with Harden: They could give
him the maximum deal he sought, exceed the salary cap and pay the luxury tax
for a clean look at multiple championships. Or they could do nothing, let him
become a restricted free agent the following summer and decide then whether
to match what would likely be a max offer sheet. They chose a third option,
proposing a contract below the max in hope that Harden would accept it. But
by the fall of ’12 he had found his elusive comfort zone and felt ready to
attack. He just needed that little push.

自從2009年火箭設法從國王交易來4號選秀籤,莫雷就在打哈登的主意,過了三年
他終於打電話給雷霆。莫雷一直尋尋覓覓建隊的基石,但能網羅到的對象,不是
已經過氣,就是還不成氣候。當時的雷霆有兩條路可走:一是給哈登頂薪,超過
薪資上限付豪華稅,展開連霸的宏圖;二是等隔年他成為受限自由球員,再決定
是否匹配其他球隊開的頂薪。但是他們選擇了第三條路:給哈登一份低於頂薪的
合約,希望他會欣然接受。然而在2012年的秋天,哈登羽翼已豐、蓄勢待發。

他欠缺的只是臨門一腳。

On Oct. 27, Morey watched his son’s soccer game from inside his car, a
vantage point that allows him to writhe in private. “All the way to the end
I thought they’d pay James the max,” Morey says. “I did not think they’d
move him.” Oklahoma City extended a final four-year, $54 million offer and
gave Harden an hour to mull it over. “I’m not the kind of guy who makes
quick decisions,” he says. “I had to go too fast, way too fast.” The
next morning he was on the plane.

10月27日接到消息那天,莫雷獨自坐在車子裡看兒子的足球比賽,當時的內心澎湃
只有他自己知道。「從頭到尾我都以為他們會給James頂薪,沒想過他們會交易他。」
雷霆開了一份四年5千4百萬的合約,給哈登一個鐘頭的時間考慮。「我不喜歡倉促
行事,但我不得不立刻做決定,一切都太快了。」隔天早上他就搭上了往休士頓的
飛機。


Willis has followed her son from California to Arizona, Oklahoma to Texas,
and everywhere they move she carries a note he wrote to her in the ninth
grade. In it Harden asks for a couple of dollars so he can buy a snack after
school, but that’s not why Willis framed it. At the bottom is a bold
prediction: “P.S. I’m going to be a star.”

從加州到亞歷桑納,從奧克拉荷馬到德州,哈登的母親Willis一路陪著兒子,
不管搬到哪裡,她總是帶著一張哈登九年級時寫的小紙條,問媽媽能不能給他
一些零用錢,讓他下課後去買零食。但這不是Willis把紙條護貝起來的原因,
而是因為紙條最下方一行大膽的預言:「P.S. 將來我會成為大球星喔!」


http://i.imgur.com/TAF31Ex.jpg
※圖四、哈登與休士頓的天際線

In the NBA everybody wants to be the face of the franchise, but few want to
fulfill the responsibilities. Besides the points and assists, which can never
wane, there are alphas to defend and appearances to make, team meetings to
call and free agents to recruit. “I had to figure out how to be the main guy,
” Harden says.

NBA裡人人都想成為當家球星,但很少人願意承擔背後的責任。除了得分和助攻,
你還要防守對方球星、要亮相公關活動、要召集隊友開會,還要招募自由球員。
「我還在摸索著如何做個領袖。」哈登這麼說。


During his first two years in Houston he came across as slightly aloof,
ducking out after practices and skipping treatment sessions. “I was being
lazy, being tired, wanting to just go home and relax,” Harden says. “I let
my body wear down.” He threw all his energy into offense, because that’s
what he thought the team needed, and slipped badly on the other end. “I put
defense on the back burner,” he admits.

在休士頓的前兩年,他顯得淡漠疏離,練完球就閃人,有時還跳過賽後的治療。
「我有點懶、有點累,只想回家放鬆。我任由身體疲累不堪。」他將全副精力
放在進攻端,因為他認為那是球隊需要的,防守則拋在腦後。「我那時覺得
防守是次要的。」他承認道。

Morey believed the Rockets could contend this season if Harden became a
two-way player, but no one knew how to accelerate the process, and rushing
him is risky. “To get there,” says coach Kevin McHale, “you have to go
through some stuff.” One of McHale’s former assistants, Kelvin Sampson,
worked daily with Harden over the past two years. “He’ll do it,” Sampson
said, “when he decides it’s important.”

莫雷認為如果哈登能夠在攻守兩端發揮,火箭本季有望加入爭冠行列。但誰也
不知道要怎麼加快這個成長過程,把他逼急了有可能適得其反。總教練McHale說:
「要達到那樣的階段,需要經過某些淬鍊。」火箭前任助理教練Kelvin Sampson,
過去兩年都擔任哈登的陪練,說:「等他懂得防守的重要性之後,他會去做的。」


Pera, Harden’s former high school coach, moved to Houston last summer after

he landed an assistant’s job at Rice and stayed in Harden’s guest house for
seven weeks. One night Pera asked about the upcoming season. “LeBron, KD,
the best of the best, they play both ends,” Harden said. “I’ve got to do
it too.”

哈登的高中教練Pera,去年搬到休士頓,擔任Rice大學的助教。他曾在哈登家中
作客七週。某天晚上他問起哈登下個球季的展望,哈登回答:「LeBron, KD這些
頂尖球員都能攻守兼備,我也必須這麼做。」


First, he had to prepare his body. He went home to Los Angeles and hiked in
Runyon Canyon, ran the dunes in Manhattan Beach, took spin classes at Cycle
House. He joined pickup games in L.A. and also at the University of Houston,
where Sampson is now the coach. “He is treating every possession like the
playoffs,” one Cougar reported. Sampson wondered if his star pupil had made
the decision.

首先,他要鍛鍊好體力。回到洛杉磯後,他會去Runyon Canyon健走、去Manhattan
Beach的沙丘跑步,去Cycle House上飛輪課。他不僅在加州打鬥牛賽,也會去Sampson
任教的休士頓大學打球。一名校隊球員說:「他把每個回合都當成季後賽在守。」
Sampson心想,或許他的明星高徒已經下定了防守的決心。

On Aug. 7, Harden was sitting in the parking lot of a Houston bank when news
flashed on his phone: Durant was withdrawing from Team USA in advance of the
FIBA World Cup. “I’m going to be alone,” Harden told Howell. “Maybe I
should drop out too and get some rest.” He could kick back and roll a few
hundred more frames at Bowlmor, where he is so prolific they gave him his own
pin to take home. “Are you joking?” Howell asked. “This is the best thing
that could have happened. LeBron’s not there, KD’s not there. It’s your
time to lead.” Howell provided the final push. In Spain, Harden was the one
who huddled teammates when opponents were making a run, and Harden was the
one who spoke when coaches asked for players’ opinions. “The way he
practiced, the way he was in meetings, he’s grown quite a bit,” says Bulls
coach Tom Thibodeau, a Team USA assistant. “He led us.”

8月7日,哈登人在一間休士頓銀行外的停車場,他的手機跳出一則新聞快訊:KD在世
界盃前夕決定退出美國隊。哈登對好友Howell說:「我又是獨自一人了。我是不是也

該退隊、好好休息?」或許他可以繼續去Bowlmor保齡球館消磨時間,他是那裡的常客,

甚至有專屬的球瓶可以帶回家。「你在說笑嗎?這是個大好機會。LBJ不在、KD也不在。
這是你出頭的機會。」Howell給了哈登所需要的臨門一腳。西班牙世界盃期間,在對手
開始追分時,是哈登召集隊友聚在一起打氣;當教練團想聽球員的意見時,也由哈登

代表發言。「他在練習和開會時的表現,都顯示他成熟了很多。」美國隊助教,同時
也是公牛隊總教練Thibodeau說:「哈登在領導這支球隊。」


Harden will never be the loudest voice in the locker room—-especially not a
locker room with Dwight Howard—but from the courtside seats at Toyota Center
his mother can hear him getting in the ears of Patrick Beverley and Josh
Smith and Trevor Ariza. She remembers how coaches used to ask her why he
wouldn’t take charge. Go to work, she’d have to tell him. “He’s like a
different person,” Willis says. Predictably, Harden tops the NBA in win
shares this season, but he also ranks eighth in defensive win shares and
second in steals. He is locking down despite the departures of Chandler
Parsons and Jeremy Lin, whose exits left Houston even more reliant on Harden.

哈登永遠不會是更衣室裡嗓門最大的那個,尤其是有DH在的地方更不可能。但在豐田
中心球場,坐在場邊的哈登母親不時可以聽到他對隊友Beverley, Josh Smith和Ariza
耳提面命。她回想起當年教練們總是問她:為什麼哈登不肯出頭?而她不得不命令他
「去做好你份內的事」。「現在他已經脫胎換骨了。」哈登不僅在勝利貢獻值領先全
聯盟,他的防守貢獻值也排在聯盟第八,抄截則位居第二。儘管在Parsons和Lin離隊
後,火箭隊進攻更加仰賴哈登,但他在防守端也毫不鬆懈。


“You never take anything away from LeBron, but it’s similar in what we’re
asking [Harden] to carry,” says Rockets assistant J.B. Bickerstaff. Houston
is looking for another creator to help, but so far Harden is handling the
triple teams and full-court denials sent his way. “Let’s say an opponent is
showing hard on a pick-and-roll, and I beat it three or four times, they’ll
switch it up and trap me,” he explains. “So I go to my big and I tell him,
‘I’m going to hit you with the pocket pass, and you either [pass] to the
corner or attack and find another big.’”

「LBJ的全能無庸置疑,但我們要求哈登背負的重擔,絲毫不亞於LBJ。」火箭隊助理
教練J.B. Bickerstaff這麼說。火箭隊還在設法引進第二個組織者來幫忙減壓,但到
目前為止,哈登仍須應付不斷衝著他來的三人包夾和全場壓迫。「如果對手防守擋拆
時嚴防切入,而我成功過了防守者三四次後,他們會開始換防和包夾。那時我就告訴
配合的大個子:『我會從兩個防守者中間傳球給你,你可以轉傳到底角、自己出手,
或是傳給另一個內線』。」


It is sheer coincidence, Harden claims, that he creates so many layups, free
throws and corner threes at a time when front offices are trumpeting the
value of those actions. “How I always liked to play,” he says. It is also
coincidence, Harden insists, that he Eurosteps across the floor at a time
when coaches are hailing the fundamentals of European imports. “Good way to
move without dribbling,” he says. And it is yet another coincidence, Harden
maintains, that he sprouted the billowing beard in college, at a time when
hipsters from Brooklyn to Berkeley were about to put away their razors. “I
didn’t want to shave,” he says. Anybody who believes all that is
underestimating his mysterious genius.

哈登最擅長創造上籃、罰球以及底角三分的機會,而這些恰恰是火箭球團最重視的
得分方式。哈登表示這只是巧合:「我一直都喜歡這種打球方式。」當教練們都在
稱許歐洲籃球的基本功時,哈登把歐洲步發揮得淋漓盡致,也只是一個巧合。「我
覺得這是不用運球就能移動的好方法。」當哈登在大學時期開始留起鬍子,正好美
國從布魯克林到柏克萊、從東岸到西岸的文青們也掀起一股蓄鬍的風潮。當然這又
是另一個巧合。「我只是懶得刮鬍子。」如果你相信這一切純屬巧合,那麼你可能
低估了哈登神祕的感知能力。


“I do feel like I can see some things before they happen,” Harden admits.
His vision, from the sky over the state line, has come into focus: A sixth
man as the new superstar, a desert island as the new destination, emerging
with a whistle and a woowoo.

「我確實會在事情發生之前就有預感。」哈登承認道。從州際線的上空向下望,
哈登的憧憬漸漸聚焦成形:從第六人到超級新星,沙漠中的孤島成為新的歸屬,
伴隨哨音響起的,是一聲「嗚唔」。


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zsh         : 推 去年被汙名化的很嚴重1F 03/01 19:04
zsh         : 到今年才逐漸了解哈登真的不錯
maxliao     :3F 03/01 19:05
SiLenUniZak : 推4F 03/01 19:05
winsonpz    : 1F5F 03/01 19:05
yiyi7443:轉錄至看板 Rockets6F 03/01 19:06
suck9527    : 季後賽就知道有沒有穿褲子了7F 03/01 19:10
esbrainy    : 推哈登真的很強8F 03/01 19:11
capsspac    : 我鬍很強 只是買飯容易被酸XD9F 03/01 19:12
bredka      : 我鬍本來就超強 而且成長空間還很大10F 03/01 19:13
special3    : 好文給推11F 03/01 19:14
oicecnir    : 鬍子今年有大鎖來COVER他的防守..進攻變無極限了12F 03/01 19:14
LeeMatt     : 有實力又不自滿 比某抱腿鐵王好太多13F 03/01 19:16
ray2501     : Good14F 03/01 19:16
kenny949    : 0迷永遠不會料到 我鬍今年有機會拿MVP15F 03/01 19:17
lovea       : 開放淋彌狂黑我鬍16F 03/01 19:18
a7152939    : 天生的控球後衛....他失誤可是超級高的17F 03/01 19:18
dolls3969   : 近照好噁18F 03/01 19:20
phoenician  : 1F 剛剛還在別篇推harden 憑什麼19F 03/01 19:21
JayFans0610 : JH>LBJ>Curry,心目中人選20F 03/01 19:21
phoenician  : 反串比較噁21F 03/01 19:21
ntu600      : 如果哈登一場比賽拿到六個以上的罰球,教練就欠他一22F 03/01 19:22
ntu600      : 個漢堡  XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
samsam80821 : 很有趣的球員  跟許多從一開始就是天才的球員稍有24F 03/01 19:23
samsam80821 : 不同  當然他也很有天分 但他比較像一直改造自己
zasov       : 有實力加背景夠硬 KB淡出 同個公司操作下一個第一SG26F 03/01 19:23
samsam80821 : 才變成現在的他27F 03/01 19:23
hoeo1234    : 林迷真的很可怕28F 03/01 19:25
a1210122    : 哈叮!!!!!!29F 03/01 19:27
riro0335    : 喔30F 03/01 19:27
braja5566   : 0迷不要再追殺了 好嗎31F 03/01 19:29
hiro1221    : 季後賽才知道誰沒穿褲子...32F 03/01 19:32
satonoo     : 看來鬍子也算是苦練型的 畢竟身材跟體能都不算太優33F 03/01 19:33
jajaye      : 推 好文好翻譯34F 03/01 19:34
BanJarvan4  : 原來中學開始學習要犯XD35F 03/01 19:35
Heat13633   : 酸酸剩下季後賽能酸 也不想想有人打不了還狂放砲勒36F 03/01 19:36
yata4547    : 要犯醜鬍得MVP    可以創下NBA紀錄了37F 03/01 19:37
SEAFOODBIRD : 好文推38F 03/01 19:40
tsungg      : 一場比賽拿到六個以上的罰球,教練就欠他一個漢堡..39F 03/01 19:40
k829173564  : 乙太公你人格分裂不要太過分啊40F 03/01 19:41
a125567365  : 推  哈登超級強 他那個後撤步真的無解41F 03/01 19:41
ddt73930    : 主辦協辦球證旁證都我的人 你拿什麼跟我鬥42F 03/01 19:42
henry155074 : 哈登其實真的頗猛43F 03/01 19:43
TimmyLai    : 他如果不騙犯,相信能獲得更多認同44F 03/01 19:43
l2l         : 大推好文45F 03/01 19:46
airbase     : 某迷進攻囉 連翻譯文都噓46F 03/01 19:47
JahillOkafor: 推!!47F 03/01 19:47
kusami      : 原po翻譯辛苦了48F 03/01 19:52
belleb05588 : 我鬍威武49F 03/01 19:53
abcde010710 : 買飯就是當今聯盟一項高效率的得分方式啊!為什麼三50F 03/01 19:57
abcde010710 : 分準大家吹捧,買飯卻要被噓?
BanJarvan4  : 買犯勾起大家去公園打球的慘痛回憶吧XD52F 03/01 19:58
Oraman      : 吃相難看53F 03/01 19:58
a032100     : 他自己就說他前兩季不防守了 誰黑他幻想喔54F 03/01 19:59
sasakihiroto: 笨 那手勢是在跟裁判打pass好不55F 03/01 20:00
newtypeL9   : 推,這季鬍子肯防守表現又不錯56F 03/01 20:01
sx4152      : 鬍子本季真的猛57F 03/01 20:04
swiss5151   : 好文  翻譯的很好~58F 03/01 20:05
k870357     : 鬍子角逐MVP   噓 zsh         : 哈登憑什麼?59F 03/01 20:05
startyw     : 高景炎轉播世界盃時好像有說台灣球員也可以學看看60F 03/01 20:06
startyw     : 把球端出去誘對手打手犯規這招
MVPartest   : 支持我鬍第一SG for MVP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!62F 03/01 20:07
taylor0607  : 推63F 03/01 20:10
rbking21    : 推 真的是好文!64F 03/01 20:17
WADE0616    : 推鬍子65F 03/01 20:20
he02341997  : 希望他季後賽可以爆氣66F 03/01 20:21
kzadb       : 他自己都認的事要怪林迷?好笑67F 03/01 20:21
BanJarvan4  : 他可沒說他沒排擠書豪 故意丟炸彈 以及平常不傳球68F 03/01 20:22
s996606733  : 除了買飯其他都不錯69F 03/01 20:22
BanJarvan4  :           多打個沒70F 03/01 20:23
sasHill     : 突然邊登登迷了!!71F 03/01 20:30
huang755055 : 原來高中就開始練買飯了 真的行行出狀元阿 鬍子MVP!72F 03/01 20:33
chenlansue  : PUSH73F 03/01 20:36
chenlansue  : 不過也不只是鬍子 美國"fat"根本是禁語尤其是對胖子
myeason     : 巨星的誕生75F 03/01 20:37
king181239  : ㄉㄥㄉㄥㄉㄥㄉㄥㄉㄥㄉㄥㄉ76F 03/01 20:43
pantient    : 淋瀰動態:把原po黑名單77F 03/01 20:52
frogha1     : 什麼叫除了買飯其他都不錯? 買飯本來就是他成為巨星78F 03/01 21:10
beariscut   : 好文,沒想到他的進攻手段是有得到啟發而練出來的79F 03/01 21:10
frogha1     : 的非常重要的能力, 買飯能力高, 表示效率值高!80F 03/01 21:10
bbo9527     : 不能說胖 要說懶 所以不能叫小胖 要叫小懶(SGG)..81F 03/01 21:11
frogha1     : 而且買飯是犧牲肉體換來的, 沒看他手臂都是疤痕嗎?82F 03/01 21:12
jms790607   : 已哭 看完更了解一個人 哈登加油 這季支持妳奪冠83F 03/01 21:17
frogha1     : 看完只覺得哈登就是天才, 一個暑假就練會歐洲步, 又84F 03/01 21:18
frogha1     : 一個暑假就練會後撤步, 別人練得要死要活也練不起來
rbking21    : 想學就能學會 想改就改到好 說到都能做到 真的很屌86F 03/01 21:20
rbking21    : ……
jms790607   : 真的 說到做到 誰都會說 但要做到卻是最難的 哈登屌88F 03/01 21:21
CitySheep   : 歐洲步+後撤步  天下有三步你已經習得兩步89F 03/01 21:27
CitySheep   : 最後一步請去向LBJ學習
michealking : 其實把手伸出去上籃要有很強大的核心 肌力91F 03/01 21:30
michealking : 真的沒想像中容易
michealking : 然後他的防守是有賴於火箭今年更動了一點防守體系
michealking : 不過換人時這季真的有認真對位
joseph860504: 這篇完全看得出來誰是無_酸酸 推翻譯95F 03/01 22:03
t5757567    : 天下有十步 哈登已習得兩步  其餘都落入LBJ之手XD96F 03/01 22:10
shuun2007   : 看到一堆人都說甚麼以前誤會他了,前幾年的他確實97F 03/01 22:14
shuun2007   : 是沒防守 打很爛,又愛傳炸彈,愛賴犯規
shuun2007   : 打球難看,以前的他就是這麼爛,但確實今年也有角逐
shuun2007   : MVP的實力。
shuun2007   : 不能用今年的表現來蓋過他以前打的那些糟糕的play阿
JCrawford   : 你確定你的"爛"字能用在前兩年的鬍子?102F 03/01 22:17
JCrawford   : 第一年第三隊,第二年第一隊,這叫做爛?
mhkt        : 1F的反差真大 鬍子今年攻防表現亮眼104F 03/01 22:18
mhkt        : 他真的有能力去競爭MVP 況且火箭戰績西區第3
JCrawford   : 前兩年沒鬍子火箭能不能進季後賽都還不知道106F 03/01 22:19
mhkt        : 鬍子功不可沒107F 03/01 22:19
mikeneko    : 擁有當今NBA最重視的進攻手段:上罰球線108F 03/01 22:21
tofly       : 買犯其實很難…109F 03/01 22:32
wayne820309 : 推110F 03/01 22:47
shoray      : 今年確實是很棒,但他去年那種防守態度被討厭也是剛111F 03/01 22:52
shoray      : 好。

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