HoopsHype James Harden rumors

March 2, 2014 Updates

“I didn’t go out and recruit Dwight [but] I’m one of the leaders of this team with Dwight being here. I needed to be there,” Harden said of the Rockets’ July meeting with Howard. “He’s a special talent. It’s hard to find someone his size and as athletic as him that can move, so I wanted to be part of that meeting and the meeting went well, obviously. “I want to win a championship and it’s easier said than done. Him being here is definitely the right step. It’s going to be a lot of hard work but we’re a young team. We play the same way that he loves to play. We’re going to give him the ball as much as possible. We needed him to come here and do what he does best.” Boston Globe

February 21, 2014 Updates

Houston Rockets guard James Harden suffered a right elbow injury during Thursday night's 102-99 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors. The All-Star had an MRI after the game and said he will have an X-ray on the hyperextended elbow when the Rockets (37-18) arrive in Phoenix on Friday. Harden is averaging a team-best 24.3 points per game. "When it first happened, I thought it was over," Harden, who wore an elbow sleeve after the game, said. "It's painful. It's still throbbing. Hopefully, it's nothing too serious." Yahoo! Sports

February 19, 2014 Updates

Harden was in Barcelona before the Olympics when the USA played Argentina and Spain in friendly games. "What else is more beautiful than Spain?" he said. "It's a beautiful place. I love it there." FIBA.com

Harden won the Olympic title in 2012 but has yet to feature at a World Cup. "It's always beautiful to compete in the FIBA Basketball World Cup and represent my country," the Houston Rockets star said. Having the chance to go to Bilbao, where the USA will compete in Group B with New Zealand, Turkey, Ukraine, the Dominican Republic and Finland, makes Harden want to be with the United States squad even more. FIBA.com

February 17, 2014 Updates

Last September Durant made news by saying Houston Rockets guard James Harden belonged on SI.com's list of top 10 players. Durant said Harden should have been ahead of the Heat's Dwyane Wade. And Harden agreed when asked about the subject. "It is what it is," Harden said. "[Durant] knows what he's talking about." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

February 14, 2014 Updates

Injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will be replaced as a Western Conference All-Star starter by Houston Rockets guard James Harden, a source told Yahoo Sports. Bryant (988,884) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (1,047,281) earned the right to start in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday after securing the top two vote totals for West guards in the fan balloting. Bryant, however, will miss the game due to a knee injury and has not played since Dec. 17. Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks, who is coaching the West All-Stars, chose Harden as a starter. Yahoo! Sports

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Sources told ESPN.com on Thursday that Blake Griffin, James Harden and Dwight Howard have all expressed a desire to USA Basketball, health-willing, to make the trip to Spain. Given the stature of those three players – and the fact that injuries prevented Blake and Dwight from going to London – expect all three to be there alongside Durant, Love and Aldridge. ESPN.com

ESPN.com has obtained a copy of the complete 28-man list from which Colangelo and Krzyzewski will choose 12-man rosters for both the World Cup which starts in late August and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. The other national-team veterans to make the cut alongside James, Paul, Anthony, Rose and Westbrook are Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden, Dwight Howard, Stephen Curry, Deron Williams, Tyson Chandler, Andre Iguodala and Anthony Davis. ESPN.com

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On Wednesday night, James Harden posted his third consecutive game scoring 37 points or more to become the first Rocket since Hakeem Olajuwon to do that. Olajuwon did that in the 1994-95 season, scoring 42, 37 and 41 points in consecutive games from Dec. 29, 1994 to Jan. 3, 1995. "That's definitely an honor, he's one of the best," James Harden said. "Definitely an honor to be mentioned in the same breath as Hakeem. I'm just trying to stay focused on trying to win as many basketball games as we can. Whether it's me scoring 37 points or scoring five or ten points, as long as we're racking up those wins that's all that matters." CSN Houston

January 4, 2014 Updates

The Houston Rockets player is being sued by a Lakers fan who claims JH socked him in the face back in November after he ran up to Harden's SUV and yelled, "Kobe owns your ass." But James just filed new docs in L.A. County Superior Court, responding to the lawsuit, in which he says ... IF, and only if, he punched the fan, it's because the guy posed a threat to James and the people who were with him that night.. James also says he was justified in his actions, citing the "doctrine of self-defense." TMZ.com

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