The comments come days after the squad arrived in Spain to begin the FIBA Basketball World Cup tournament over the next several weeks. Harden leads a mostly inexperienced team when it comes to playing international basketball, and his emergence as a leader is highlighted following the decision of Kevin Durant to withdraw from the team and the season-ending injury that Paul George suffered earlier in the summer during a Team USA basketball scrimmage.
Colangelo, a member of the basketball Hall of Fame, said Harden is "the one" and spoke in the report to his natural instincts as a leader:
"Right now, I think I would look to Harden as that leader. "Harden is kind of a natural leader and he seems to be willing to accept that role. And you can just kind of feel it and sense. He’s the one.”
- Marc Weinreich