HoopsHype James Harden rumors

September 26, 2013 Updates

JCF: I saw a quote from you earlier this summer where you said one of your goals is to be the best player in the NBA. What do you feel like you need to do to get into that conversation? JH: I need to expand my game and win. You look at the best players, their teams are always winning, whether it’s Jordan or Kobe winning championships to LeBron now. So to be the best you have to win games and you have to produce every single night. Obviously it’s not going to come easy, but I’m working hard and I’m shooting for it. JCF: I talked to Coach Sampson last week and he was talking about how he really wants to see you focus on becoming more of a two-way player. How are you approaching the defensive end this season? JH: it’s definitely a huge focus of mine. Last year everything was new for me: playing that amount of minutes and having to do so much on the offensive end. My defense was slacking, I can admit that. In my previous couple years in Oklahoma City my defense was very good. So I’m trying to get back to good principles, good habits, and being more solid guarding the ball -- that's what I’m working on. NBA.com

September 25, 2013 Updates

On Tuesday evening, Durant started the fun during an interview with the one and only @NoahCoslov of CineSports.com. Coslov asked Durant who was missing from the Top 10 player rankings by SI.com's NBA blog, "Point Forward." Durant said Harden was missing and that Harden should take Wade's place. [Wade was eighth, ahead of Kobe Bryant (ninth) and Harden (11th)]. Coslov and Durant then teamed up to sell men's deodorant. Miami Herald

September 19, 2013 Updates

Houston Rockets guard and famed beard enthusiast James Harden is VERY protective of his legendary facial hair -- but the NBA star tells TMZ he'd ONLY consider shaving his crumb catcher if it raises money for charity. But not just ANY charity ... Harden says it "depends on which charity." And EVEN IF he finds the right charity, Harden tells TMZ the razoring of the face fuzz would have to raise more than $80,000!!! TMZ.com

September 18, 2013 Updates

To accommodate overwhelming demand, a limited number of additional tickets to the first-ever NBA Global Games Philippines 2013 has been made available for public purchase. The game — featuring the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers — will tip-off at the Mall of Asia Arena at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, as part of the NBA’s comprehensive Global Games schedule and will be the league’s first preseason game in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia. The Houston Rockets feature a dynamic young roster led by NBA All-Stars and All-NBA selections Dwight Howard and James Harden, along with emerging stars Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons. The team has played 13 games outside of the US and Canada, including four games in China, two each in 2004 and 2010, and two regular season games in Japan in 1992. The Indiana Pacers, led by NBA All-Stars Paul George and Roy Hibbert, have played overseas twice, most recently in 2009 in Beijing and Taipei. philstar.com

September 16, 2013 Updates

As head manager for LMU men’s basketball, junior Quan Ngo is used to rebounding for and working out with basketball players. However, last Wednesday, the management major found himself in brand new territory as he helped Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade train inside Gersten Pavilion. Wade’s teammate Chris Bosh, along with James Harden from the Houston Rockets, were also spotted working out at Gersten Pavilion and Burns Recreation Center last week. According to LMU Assistant Basketball Coach Senque Carey, LMU basketball players are prohibited from participating in workouts with NBA players due to NCAA rules. Los Angeles Loyolan

September 9, 2013 Updates

The most famous beard in professional sports was in the house Sunday at Candlestick Park. No, it wasn't former San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson. It was none other than James Harden, a true member of the 49ers Faithful. The All-Star guard of the Houston Rockets was full on representing his beloved football team on Sunday. The NBA superstar was hyped to watch San Francisco’s 34-28 Week 1 victory of the Green Bay Packers. Harden, dressed in a red 49ers snap-back cap, gray 49ers t-shirt with red Jordan IV retro kicks to match, met Jim Harbaugh pregame and chatted with several members of the team, including All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman. 49ers.com

August 29, 2013 Updates

And also, I had a problem with—if I’m a coach I would want to have some say in the draft, I would want to have some say in the draft. These are all Sam Hinkle’s people who they drafted this year. He traded one of the better point guards in the NBA, yeah I have a problem with the way the Sixers are running their organization right now. Listen, Howard, you know I don’t believe in that analytical crap. If LeBron James couldn’t spell cat, I want him on my team. I always tell people, give me a dumb guy that can really play. Don’t give me no smart guy. The guy, he came from Houston. When did Houston get good? When they went out a paid James Harden all that money and [Omar] Asik, and now they went out a got Dwight Howard. That’s got nothing to do with analytics, that’s got to do with paying really good players to come to town. CBS Philly

August 26, 2013 Updates

Brewer said he also considered returning to the Chicago Bulls, where he played for two years, or rejoining the Utah Jazz where he was drafted in the first round out of Arkansas in 2006. The L.A. Lakers were also on his radar, but Brewer thought the Rockets would be the best fit for him. "They play my style," Brewer said. "Dwight Howard is a defender, but can get up and down the court. Same thing with James Harden, (Chandler) Parsons and Jeremy Lin. We're going to get up and down the court. You need defenders. I think I feel both of those (areas)." FOX 26 Sports

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Famous athletes are more willing than ever to promote themselves by embarrassing themselves. Blake Griffin's mockery of his own tendency to endorse everything stands as the most obvious recent example, but Houston Rockets All-Star James Harden entered a new contender earlier this week with the release of "Harden Soul." In the 30-second spot for Foot Locker, Harden decides to cut a track of baby-making music based on the heels of his best season as a pro — the joke is that he's a horrible singer and totally full of himself. It's not an ad for Foot Locker's products as much as their brand, with the idea that they are hip enough to understand humor. It works because it really is quite funny. Yahoo! Sports

Kevin Durant and James Harden sat down with Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose (now the guys from ABC’s NBA pregame show although both had plenty of success before that) and talked about what it felt like when everyone’s favorite young team was broken up last season in OKC. Basically, they both miss playing together — they grew up in the NBA together, then got reminded it was a business in a sharp way. NBCSports.com

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Still awed by the recent historic Philippine visit by LeBron James, Filipino fans get another treat as two more NBA stars are set to arrive today – James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Eric Gordon of the New Orleans Pelicans. “We’re excited to have All-Star James Harden and Eric Gordon join us for NBA 3X,” Carlo Singson, NBA Phl country manager, yesterday told The STAR. “Their appearance will make this event even more exciting and will inspire players to do their best in this year’s competition,” he added. philstar.com

July 21, 2013 Updates

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