first_imgJames Harden during his fourth visit to Manila on June 26. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There’s been a longstanding debate as to who should be on the NBA’s Mount Rushmore.Everybody has their own take and even James Harden himself has his personal preference of basketball greats.ADVERTISEMENT “Obviously, I mean, the Jordans, the Kobes, the Larry Birds, the Magics, the Kareems. There’s so many. They’re all Hall-of-Famers. They’ve all made a name for themselves,” said Harden Wednesday during his Free To Harden Manila press conference at SMX Convention Center.READ: James Harden spends day 1 of Manila visit with PH wheelchair basketball teamThe 29-year-old Harden, considered as basketball’s most lethal offensive weapon today, said the greats that had come before him are also the reason for his unwavering passion for the game.It’s also why Harden is pushing himself to be a legend in his own right.James Harden faces his Filipino fans here at SMX. #FreeToHardenManila LATEST STORIES The only problem was there are too many deserving legends to name just four.James Harden’s Mount Rushmore: Jordan, Kobe, Bird, Magic and Kareem. #NBA #FreeToHardenManila STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) June 26, 2019 Pido Jarencio says Phoenix import hurled expletives at him first Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:18After the Typhoon Part 201:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READcenter_img Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess — MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) June 26, 2019“That’s the reason why I play. I wanna be in that category. I wanna be in the Hall of Fame, I wanna be the best to ever do it,” Harden said.READ: After eye injury, James Harden sets sights on game 3 “Growing up as a kid, we all have dreams, we all have goals and we wanna reach it and make it into a reality. So that’s what drives me everyday. Hopefully, when I’m done playing basketball and I’ve reached all the achievements I’ve set for myself, hopefully, I’m going to be one of those guys too.”The 29-year-old Harden is currently at the peak of his powers. So far, he’s won an MVP award in 2018, has been included in seven All-NBA First Teams, named an All-Star five times and won back-to-back scoring titles in 2018 and 2019.He may not be an all-time great at this point as his quest for an elusive NBA championship continues, but he’s on his way.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cuplast_img read more