As a chubby teenager with asthma, James Harden knew his NBA dream was a "long shot." But the future superstar forced himself to get up early before school to jack up shots in the gym and lift weights.
做為一個患有氣喘的胖呼呼青年, James Harden 知道自己的NBA夢想還很遙遠.
That work eventually earned Harden a scholarship to Arizona State, where he played for two years before being drafted third overall in 2009 by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
More than five years later, Harden is living out his fantasy, now as the starting shooting guard for the Houston Rockets with an Olympic gold medal to his name.
在這之後的五年, Harden實現了他的夢想, 而現在他是休士頓火箭的先發得分後衛,
"Most of the days I didn’t want to get up, it was too early," he says, looking back at his teenage years when he was unknown and, yes, beardless. "But I had to, and it definitely paid off."
他說:"大多數的日子我不想起床, 這太早了, 但是我必須這麼做,而這確實讓我得到了回報"
Today, Harden is one of the league's most likeable--and marketable--players, complete with prodigious facial hair and a quirky fashion sense. His on-court talent earned him a five-year, $80 million contract extension in 2012, while his off-court charisma has led to endorsements with Nike, Foot Locker and sports drink company BodyArmor.
"Sometimes you’re just born and gifted with something," he says of his eccentricities. "The beard, the mohawk, the way I dress, it’s just instilled in me."
他說到他的怪僻 "有時候你天生就會被賦予一些東西, 鬍子,雞冠龐克頭,以及我的穿著方式"
It wasn’t until high school that James Harden realized he had a potential future in the NBA. And that dream eventually became a reality as Harden, who entered Southern California’s Artesia High School as an undersized and asthmatic freshman, evolved into a McDonald All-American.
It wasn’t easy, and it took some help from coach Scott Pera – “I wouldn’t be here where I am if it wasn’t for him,” says Harden now – but by the time he was leaving high school Harden was one of the nation’s most sought-after recruits.