James Harden got his first taste of the international game at the 2012 Olympics as a reserve player for Team USA. The Americans won the gold with stars such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony leading the way. None of those three will be playing this year at the FIBA World Cup in Spain, and Harden will be counted on to provide scoring and leadership for the U.S.

Harden said his experience in 2012 and again now in preparation for the World Cup has helped him to become a better player in the NBA.

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