In an exclusive article with Kelly Iko of The Athletic, James Harden's trainer Christian Polk stated, "he [Harden] wanted everything amped up. We kind of approached everything as if the league was about to start - if he had to go play a playoff game tomorrow." (The Athletic)
Harden typically returns to Arizona in the off-season but instead of going to Scottsdale, he opted to train in Phoenix. To ramp up his training activities from the norm, Harden solicited the help of Justin Allen, an athletic trainer from the Houston area and younger brother of former NFL TE, Dwayne Allen. According to Polk, Harden's regimen included high-intensity workouts two or three times a day that focused on specific drills catered to his style of play - primarily yoga, plyometrics, and body control exercises. With the NBA nearing a return, the perennial all-star will be more than ready to compete for an NBA championship this summer.