HoopsHype James Harden rumors

October 22, 2014 Updates

The dots weren't hard to connect, even though Lawson later tried to convince the world that he didn't mean it as a slight. This Harden-can't-defend fire continued to be fed. "For whatever reason, it has taken on a life of its own," Morey says about the criticism about Harden's defense. "You've got people doing a 10-minute YouTube clip that everyone references, and I just ask anyone, 'Take your worst 10 minutes from your job the last year and just take those worst 10 minutes and put them in a YouTube clip.' I'm guessing it wouldn't come out very well for anybody. That, to me, was completely unfair. That bothered me in a big way. Without context, you can grab 10 minutes of anyone and make them look like (expletive). I think reality TV proves that." USA Today Sports

"It's not a matter of whether I can or can't play defense," Harden says in an interview with USA TODAY Sports. "It's just a matter of me focusing for 48 minutes throughout a game and making sure that I'm always alert on both ends of the floor … It's up to me to go out there and show my leadership, to show that I can play both ends of the floor at a high level and just do it. If I have that approach, we're going to go a long ways." USA Today Sports

So can they pick up the pieces enough to contend for a title? "Definitely," Harden says without hesitation. "It's all about chemistry. Whatever team it is, chemistry is the most important thing. You look at the Spurs, and they have a structure and they have a chemistry, and they're all on the same page, no matter what's happening. "If we can build that chemistry during the season, even when things are going bad to still have great chemistry, then we'll be great." USA Today Sports

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McHale said he would also continue to give guard James Harden rest throughout the preseason, since Harden played the summer with Team USA. Harden did have a fall in practice on Friday, but was back on the floor Saturday and Sunday and said he was fine. “We have been giving him time on and off,” McHale said. “He worked hard all summer and we want to make sure he gets enough rest before the regular season.” Houston Chronicle

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Around the Rockets, they'll tell you: Howard was deferential to Harden a year ago. Howard eased his way into the franchise, never trying to cramp Harden on offense, never chastising him much for his absentee defense. Harden has promised to make a greater commitment on that end, and only time will tell. Together, they'll make the Rockets a contender – or they won't. Yahoo! Sports

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"But let's be clear: If the money's equal between the Rockets and Mavericks, I think players are picking Houston. Every time. For Dwight [Howard], I just don't think it was a hard choice between us and Dallas. If you want to win, you're going to want to join our organization. We have a first-team All-NBA player in his prime [James Harden]. They have an enormously talented superstar [Dirk Nowitzki] but he obviously isn't 24 years old. "The choice was pretty obvious between the two teams. Dwight is the smart guy in this." Yahoo! Sports

September 19, 2014 Updates

Houston Rockets star James Harden is really good at basketball, but he's apparently not a very good dancer. While hanging out with Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, Harden learned the "Carlton Dance." Unfortunately, he struggled. For those who aren't familiar with it, here is Carlton dancing on the show, as always, to Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual." Bleacher Report

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James Harden and Team USA had a day off on Sunday and they decided to segway around Barcelona. The Rockets guard spinned and fell off while crossing a bridge. Sportando

September 8, 2014 Updates

James Harden and Team USA are in Barcelona for the knockout portion of the FIBA Basketball World Cup. After a 23-point win over Mexico on Saturday, Harden had some time off for site-seeing. Here’s Harden tooling around Barcelona on a Segway. He spins and falls off while crossing a bridge. It was the best outcome he, the Rockets and Team USA could have hoped for. Team USA is back in action Tuesday against Slovenia. The Big Lead

September 4, 2014 Updates

James Harden scored 17 points, Stephen Curry added 14 and the unbeaten U.S. national team wrapped up pool play with a 95-71 victory over Ukraine on Thursday at the Basketball World Cup. Anthony Davis finished with 12 points for the Americans, who were still waiting out the final results from Group D in the Canary Islands to determine who they would play Saturday night in Barcelona. They would draw the fourth-place finisher in the round of 16. The Americans were never in any danger of losing in the second half after seizing control just before halftime against a methodical Ukraine team coached by former NBA coach Mike Fratello. USA Today Sports

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