Preseason Quotes From James Harden

Nov. 13, 2008

On not making the NCAA tournament last year:

'That's passed us that was last year this year is a whole different year, different mind set. We are trying to grow as a team,just taking it one game at a time'

On being stronger physically:

' I have been here all summer I didn't go back to LA,I have been working the strength and conditioning coach Rich, his just been working on me trying to get me stronger, quicker,conditioned I just feel great the greatest I have been in my life'

On not being able to sneak up on people and flying under the radar:

'We just have to be ready to go every single game we can't be the sleeper team anymore people know who we are now so, we have to be ready to go every single game some people are going to go after us since we are so called ranked we have to have the same mind set and be ready to compete every second of the game'

On the statement of coming back and playing this year:

'Not focused on that just our first practice tomorrow and taking it one dayat a time not worried about all the other things. I have a lot of stuff going on which is academics and all that takes up my mind and that's the most important thing'

On teams trying to stop you going left:

'It was a lot of things I did the first round of the PAC-10 that I couldn'tdo the second round, and coaches and teammates did a really good job ofadjusting and finding the schemes the defenses didn't have. We all perfected it really well, that's what makes coach so great after a loss or a win he stays up till three or four in the morning just to find better things we canget better at and give to us to go execute'

On being a team leader:

'Never been the vocal type just go out and do like last year I was stilltrying to find the college basketball thing last year as a freshmen like all freshmen do but this year I have been through it one year and know what to expect I try to lead on the newcomers and some of the guys that have been here but Jeff does all the yelling am the second hand man'

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