HoopsHype James Harden rumors

May 27, 2014 Updates

Houston would trade almost anything not named Dwight Howard and James Harden to get at Anthony and they would go all in on a contract too. There has been talk that Houston has offered up Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin in a “give away” trade that could include their draft pick in the first round or a roster player like Terrence Jones to get those salaries off the books. Basketball Insiders

May 5, 2014 Updates

Casspi said he told his teammates: "Come get a different feel, be in Israel a little bit. Come see my country where I'm from. Kind of get better bonding as a team." And while no dates have been set yet, Casspi said a number of his Rockets teammates want to make the trip. "Dwight is definitely interested," Casspi said. "Chandler said he's interested. James said he's interested, Cisco. Me and Cisco are very close friends. Pat Beverley is going to come. So it's going to be fun." FOX 26 Sports

May 3, 2014 Updates

Lillard’s shot ruined a remarkable performance from the Rockets' pair of All-Stars. James Harden enjoyed his best game of the series by far, scoring a game-high 34 points while Dwight Howard tallied 26 – 13 of which came amid a breathtaking and heartbreaking fourth quarter for the Rockets. "It hurts," said a visibly distraught Howard after the game. "When you put everything you’ve got on the floor and somebody hits you with a dagger like that, it’s a tough pill to swallow.” NBA.com

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A Rockets loss to the Blazers won't hurt the legacies of Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik or Pat Beverley - they aren't stars; never will be - but Harden's reputation is on the line. Wisely, though, Harden won't admit to thinking about that. "When you think about stuff like that, you get sidetracked," Harden said before practice Saturday at the Moda Center. "When you start thinking about other stuff and not your job, and what's important, you get sidetracked. Your main focus should be on what you have to do to go out there and win the game. "That's me as a person, not only as a person, but as a basketball player, not just on the court, but in life: Focus on what's important and all that other stuff doesn't matter." Houston Chronicle

April 24, 2014 Updates

Suddenly, the NBA’s fifth-leading scorer in the regular season (25.4 points per game) has become a major concern for the Rockets, who find themselves in a 2-0 series deficit after two home losses. When a reporter from a national organization asked him about his struggles, he got short. “It’s basketball – making shots,” Harden said before moving onto the next question. But when his media session in the Rockets opulent locker room ended, Harden went back at the reporter, asking if he had ever seen a player not play well before. The reporter answered that the struggle seemed unusual for Harden and was coming on a major stage, the playoffs. Oregonian

The two went back and forth for a while, with Harden asking the reporter if he’d ever seen a basketball game before, then demanding to know whom the reporter was. The exchange got testy enough that team officials stepped in to usher Harden out. Oregonian

April 16, 2014 Updates

James Harden wouldn’t shave his beard for a million dollars. $10 million? That’s another question. But the former Thunder guard does confess he would have stayed in Oklahoma City had money not been a factor. In this interview with Hannah Storm of ESPN, Harden says if the 5-year, $80-million extension he signed with the Houston Rockets in 2012 wasn’t a factor, he’s still be in Thunder blue. Storm: If money wasn’t in the equation, do you think you’d still be there? Harden: Definitely. Definitely, no question. Oklahoman

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James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Evan Turner of the Indiana Pacers have both received technical fouls after a scuffle in the third quarter. Turner was fouled by Chandler Parsons after he stole the ball from Patrick Beverley on Friday night. Turner pushed Harden with one hand at the end of the play. Harden immediately got in his face, so close it appeared they might be touching, and the pair exchanged words. They were quickly pulled apart while players from both teams yelled at each other. USA Today Sports

March 5, 2014 Updates

While the opportunity is non-existent with mainstream companies, more players are seeking out equity stakes with emerging brands—for example, Wade with Mission Athletecare—to expand their business portfolios. Most recently, Kevin Love and James Harden are now on board with a new sports drink called BodyArmor. NBA agent Todd Ramasar, the managing partner of Stealth Sports, chimed in on the significance of the equity tie-in for the player. "I think it works out better for the company and it works out better for the athlete," he said, "because the athlete is not just receiving a check. He feels like he's a part of the company because he's a shareholder or he has stock options or he has some equity. The athlete is more inclined to endorse the product above and beyond their contract. They want to see the company be successful because it affects their earnings off that deal." Bleacher Report

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