HoopsHype James Harden rumors

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

March 10, 2014 Updates
March 8, 2014 Updates

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

March 3, 2014 Updates
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

February 5, 2014 Updates

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