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Who would make your “Dream Team” when it comes to the league’s top dressers? Baron Davis: I would say Tyson Chandler and Russell Westbrook. Those would kind of be my two fashionistas. I would go with LeBron as far as that gentleman prepster meets street culture. I like James Harden, he has an original look. And probably Dwyane Wade, because Dwyane Wade, he’s the one guy who kind of actually started the whole trend of really thinking outside the box. uptownmagazine.com

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden was listed as day to day after leaving Friday night's preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies with a right knee bruise. Rockets coach Kevin McHale said after Houston's 92-73 victory that his star guard bumped knees with Memphis' Quincy Pondexter in the first quarter. Harden did not return after the injury. "He iced it, and stuff, and we'll see how he feels (Saturday)," McHale said, indicating that he didn't think the injury was serious. ESPN.com

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For months, one of the most intriguing questions about the Rockets has been how Omer Asik and Dwight Howard will fit together. The answer to that is coming, as Omer Asik had his first full practice on Thursday after battling a calf injury since the beginning of training camp. “He did everything today, so that is a great sign,” coach Kevin McHale said. James Harden said Asik looked ready to get back on the court. “Omer looked really good,” Harden said. “Explosive, strong, finished the ball real well, ran the floor real well.” Houston Chronicle

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When we came in, it appeared that T-Mac was just finishing a conversation with GM Daryl Morey when James Harden walked over to him. They talked for some time, then Dwight Howard came over. Howard and McGrady spoke for about 20 minutes. T-Mac did not speak to the media. I’m told he just came to hang out, though obviously you wonder if there is some other reason. “Gettin’ some knowledge, gettin’ some knowledge,” said Harden of his talk with McGrady. “What he did here and how can he help me and how can I better myself as a basketball player and as a person? It’s always good to get the advice from the older guys who have been here and done that. It kind of helps me out. I just sit back and listen.” Clutchfans

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Harden told Comcast SportsNet in Houston today that he believes the Wade/Durant exchange was genuine. Asked if he's a top 10 player, Harden said: "For sure. Last year, I got a chance to prove it... I've kind of always been looked over." Rockets center Dwight Howard said: "I told James [to] just stay away from [getting involved in the Wade/Durant back and forth]. We do our talking on the floor." Miami Herald

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And he wanted to leave it at that regarding his recent rift with Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant. Wade hosted “A Night on the RunWade” Thursday at The Moore Building in downtown Miami, but wanted to keep the focus on fashion instead of Durant’s recent comments. The event raised money for Wade's World Foundation. “Everyone has their opinion,” Wade said. “We're in the age now where everyone uses their opinion. That was it. He (Durant) had an opinion. I had a response and there you have it.” South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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

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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

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