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James Harden
James Harden
Position: G
Born: 08/26/89
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $26,540,100
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With Pat Beverley cleared to start participating in Rockets scrimmages, Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said Tuesday he expects Beverley to also start games in the backcourt next to James Harden. The emphasis on Harden handling the ball to start possessions could have opened the way for Eric Gordon to start next to Harden. But D’Antoni said he would still like Beverley’s defense on the ball and 3-point shooting (40 percent last season) in the starting backcourt. “Oh yeah, yeah, oh yeah,” D’Antoni said. “Pat can play off the ball, on the ball. He’s a great defensive player so there’s a lot of spots he can play.”
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Calvin Watkins: Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said James Harden, who will now become the full-time point guard can be a different version of Steve Nash, who ran the up-tempo seven seconds or less offense in Phoenix. “Sometimes he will be (slower) sometimes he’ll be a faster version,” D’Antoni said. “Steve is not like your traditional jet. Steve had his pace and Jeremy Lin had his pace and guys had their pace and all the point guards I ever coached had their way of doing it and those are very good players. He’ll have his way. I don’t know if we’ll time him, ‘Ok, he’s fast or slow. It will be fast enough to score.”
4 days ago via ESPN
Storyline: D'Antoni-Harden Dynamic
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Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said Monday morning that shooting guard James Harden is changing positions. He’s becoming a full-time point guard. “With James you make a joke he’s a ‘points guard’ because he’s going to score some points,” D’Antoni said. Under the new up-tempo offense, D’Antoni has decided to put the ball in Harden’s hands more than last season, like a traditional point guard, to get opposing defenses off him in the half court. It should also allow Harden to become more of a playmaker.
4 days ago via ESPN
Storyline: D'Antoni-Harden Dynamic
ESPN: You were closer with Hakeem (Olajuwon), Clyde (Drexler) and others. How does your relationship with James compare? Alexander: “Dream” (Olajuwon) isn’t here a lot, but I’m very close to him — we see each other, we like each other a lot. I’m closest to Clyde. Clyde comes to my house in the Hamptons and see him all the time with his wife. I know them socially. I love Dream, and I’m very close to [Tracy McGrady]. I’m closer, in a way, to a player with James more than any other player, than when they were on the team.
4 days ago via ESPN