CAMDEN, N.J.-Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden has been dealing with a nagging hamstring that has held him back a bit on the floor, but after a full summer of being able to work out and get in the gym, he is ready to get back to he was before.
Harden did average 21 points, 10.5 assists, and 7.1 rebounds in 21 games which are really solid numbers. There aren't a lot of players in this league who can do what Harden does on a nightly basis, but the efficiency was not up to his standards.
As a Sixer, he shot just 40.2% from the floor and 32.6% from deep. The hamstring injury held him back a bit and that is something that he has to fix in order to help Philadelphia succeed and move forward.
The Beard was able to work out and lose some weight over the summer and he opened up on his workout regimen on Monday at media day.
"It's dieting," said Harden. "It's proper rest and then it's just, for me, I think it's strengthening my muscles and gaining more muscle mass which I always had, it's just this last year and a half, I wasn't healthy enough to put the proper work in like I'm used to. This summer was huge for me in that aspect. The hill runs and the weight lifting were important and adding the skill on the court as well."
As Harden heads into his first full season with the Sixers, The Beard wants to take things year by year with the team. The expectation is to obviously win a title, but he also wants to be sure that he can still be James Harden.
"Just win as many championships as I can here," he added. "That's the goal. Just going through what I went through these last few years, my thought is just take it one year at a time. Just making sure I can do everything I do individually and then making sure my individual goals mesh with the team and our entire goals. I'm taking this year and trying to do what we all expect to do and then we'll go from there."
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Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire