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What James Harden Can Learn from Kobe Bryant About Being an Alpha Dog
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If Kobe Bryant represents the old generation of dynamic shooting guards, then James Harden represents the new. Both players are multi-talented, from scoring points to playing defense to even creating plays for their teammates. However, Harden is still just 23 years old and still has a lot to learn about being a team leader.

Enter a fine team leader in Bryant, who has simply done it all in his career. He has won five championships, two scoring titles, an MVP award, been named to 14 All-Star teams, nine All-Defensive First Teams, and much more. He has been the alpha dog in Los Angeles for a long time, and will one day enter the Hall of Fame as one of the best of all time.

Harden has not reached that level yet, but he certainly can. Once he fully adjusts to his role as star in Houston, the possibilities will be endless as to how far he can go in his career.

In fact, just by looking at what his Olympic teammate Bryant has done in 16 seasons, Harden can learn a lot about what it really means to be both the best player and leader on a team.

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