HoopsHype James Harden rumors

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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Missing six games was not part of his plan heading into the season. But during that time on the bench, he has picked up a few things. "It's a different perspective," he said. "I see things about my teammates. I see their strengths, then I think about how I can help bring those out when I am back on the floor with them. "I don't want to sit out of any game, but I have been able to really watch from a different angle when I have had to." Houston Chronicle

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Asik didn’t practice and left early to see a doctor about his knee, which recently has started to bother him. Players at practice hope Asik is healthy soon and available to play. “He’s great for our team,” guard James Harden said. “He’s one of the best big men in the NBA, defensively as well. He complements our team so well. We’re fortunate to have him on our team.” Houston Chronicle

December 17, 2013 Updates

James Harden’s left ankle that he hurt on Sunday in a loss to Sacramento was still giving him trouble on Tuesday at practice. Harden said he has a high-ankle sprain and that this is the worst sprain he has had in his NBA career. “I have rolled my ankle a couple times, just like every other NBA player but this one was pretty bad,” he said. Houston Chronicle

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