Rockets star James Harden’s attorney Wednesday denied allegations that Harden was involved in a 2016 nightclub attack on Moses Malone Jr. and suggested that a lawsuit filed this week against Harden was motivated by money. Houston attorney Rusty Hardin, who will represent Harden in a 2016 lawsuit amended Tuesday to include Harden as a defendant, said he could not recall in recent memory such a case “that is based on nothing … with absolutely no evidence.” “I can tell you this: James flat out denies having anything to do with whatever happened to Moses. I’ve seen no evidence to support the fact he had anything to do with it,” Hardin said.
September 25, 2017 | 9:52 pm EDT Update
Kevin Love uses humor to shield himself from the incessant trade rumors that he’s been forced to accept. So once again, just like every other spent with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Love had an entertaining summer. “Groundhog’s Day,” he said with a smile when asked about how he processed the latest round of speculation.
“I think it was evident that Kyrie was eager for a chance and to be the Kyrie Irving he always knew he could be,” Love said. “So for me, as far as it being a surprise, I don’t know. I wouldn’t say I was too surprised other than we had a great friendship, a great camaraderie, but you never know what’s going on in somebody’s head.”
All signs point to Love having a monster year, with more opportunities coming his way in Year 4. “I love the fact that he doesn’t get talked about,” James said. “It’s the same way Chris Bosh was. Never gets talked about. At the end of the day, you look at the stats and the impact they’ve made in the game on both sides.“
LeBron James: “Kevin Love may be lost in the grand scheme of things in the media or because he’s not flashy or whatever the case may be, but he’s nowhere near lost in the grand scheme of what we need to do to win a championship this year.”
“Russ don’t really do the convincing,” Anthony said Monday, with a laugh. “He came to New York and played pickup at my gym. I saw him in Paris at fashion week. Me and Russ became closer and closer over the years. He was a big part, he was a big reason why I wanted to come here. To see his loyalty to the city, to this organization, what he was able to do on the court — I wanted to be a part of that.
“Adding PG was just another reason why I wanted to come here,” Anthony continued. “Our relationship, our friendship, our respect for one another as basketball players was the reason that I wanted to play alongside him and have an opportunity to compete for a championship and kind of just bring some more energy — not like this city needs any more energy, but it’s a different energy, a different focus, a different motivation that myself have, Paul has and Russ has, being that we haven’t won a championship yet in our career, and we see that, and that’s our ultimate goal.”
“I don’t think the fans will have anything bad to say because I think they understand. They’re very educated. They understand what it’s like playing in New York. For me, I feel like I’ve embraced all of those challenges playing in New York. There are times in sports where everybody has to go their separate ways, and there are no hard feelings,” Anthony said. “There’s no bad blood between myself and that organization or anybody over there. But I’m here now, and I would like to close that chapter and begin this new chapter.”