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While Morey was especially incensed by Barkley’s criticism of his methods and the 36-17 Rockets’ team defense, Houston’s star guard told For The Win he doesn’t pay attention to such critiques. “I didn’t know anything about that,” Harden, who is the newest athlete endorser of elastic sports tape KT Tape, said Wednesday. “Things like that, I’m not worried about it. That can get me sidetracked on what I need to do in my job. If I worry about those things, I wouldn’t be doing my job. I worry about what I can control and focus on my team and trying to win basketball games.” For The Win

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James Harden has another event for All-Star weekend. Harden and fellow All-Stars Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins are among the players to compete in the NBA’s first fashion show. Produced by LeBron James’ Springhill Production Company, the one-hour “NBA All-Star All-Style” will be taped Friday night inside New York’s Hammerstein Theater and air Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on TNT. Houston Chronicle

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Harden leads the NBA in scoring at 27.0 points per game because of his ability to draw fouls and the craftiness of his dribble drives. It’s difficult to get a clean block and he is physical enough to draw contact. After a rough 2012 NBA Finals with the Thunder (12.4 ppg, 37.5 percent shooting), Harden has turned himself into a nearly unstoppable force in Houston. “He knows how to draw fouls. In our league the rules are set up that you really can’t touch guys in the perimeter, and James is playing downhill a lot,” McHale said. “He’s very strong. He’s got really strong hands and he keeps them in front of him and you go and try to take it from him, and it’s very tempting, and everybody reaches in and grabs his arm and he shoots free throws. Knowing how to get fouled is an art and it’s really a hard art to teach.” Boston Globe

Smith considers himself misunderstood. “Maybe because I really don’t talk as much as people want me to or I’m not a social media junkie,” Smith said. “I kind of stay to myself and stay reserved to regular things in life like family and concerning myself with the people I love and surround myself with.” Said Harden, “He’s done a great job. He’s been a leader. Obviously he has a different role and that’s coming off the bench. He’s very vocal. He’s playing well. All he wants to do is win, everybody on this team has that same mind-set. It kind of makes it easier for each other.” Boston Globe

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