HoopsHype James Harden rumors

October 6, 2014 Updates

McHale said he would also continue to give guard James Harden rest throughout the preseason, since Harden played the summer with Team USA. Harden did have a fall in practice on Friday, but was back on the floor Saturday and Sunday and said he was fine. “We have been giving him time on and off,” McHale said. “He worked hard all summer and we want to make sure he gets enough rest before the regular season.” Houston Chronicle

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Around the Rockets, they'll tell you: Howard was deferential to Harden a year ago. Howard eased his way into the franchise, never trying to cramp Harden on offense, never chastising him much for his absentee defense. Harden has promised to make a greater commitment on that end, and only time will tell. Together, they'll make the Rockets a contender – or they won't. Yahoo! Sports

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"But let's be clear: If the money's equal between the Rockets and Mavericks, I think players are picking Houston. Every time. For Dwight [Howard], I just don't think it was a hard choice between us and Dallas. If you want to win, you're going to want to join our organization. We have a first-team All-NBA player in his prime [James Harden]. They have an enormously talented superstar [Dirk Nowitzki] but he obviously isn't 24 years old. "The choice was pretty obvious between the two teams. Dwight is the smart guy in this." Yahoo! Sports

September 19, 2014 Updates

Houston Rockets star James Harden is really good at basketball, but he's apparently not a very good dancer. While hanging out with Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, Harden learned the "Carlton Dance." Unfortunately, he struggled. For those who aren't familiar with it, here is Carlton dancing on the show, as always, to Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual." Bleacher Report

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James Harden and Team USA had a day off on Sunday and they decided to segway around Barcelona. The Rockets guard spinned and fell off while crossing a bridge. Sportando

September 8, 2014 Updates

James Harden and Team USA are in Barcelona for the knockout portion of the FIBA Basketball World Cup. After a 23-point win over Mexico on Saturday, Harden had some time off for site-seeing. Here’s Harden tooling around Barcelona on a Segway. He spins and falls off while crossing a bridge. It was the best outcome he, the Rockets and Team USA could have hoped for. Team USA is back in action Tuesday against Slovenia. The Big Lead

September 4, 2014 Updates

James Harden scored 17 points, Stephen Curry added 14 and the unbeaten U.S. national team wrapped up pool play with a 95-71 victory over Ukraine on Thursday at the Basketball World Cup. Anthony Davis finished with 12 points for the Americans, who were still waiting out the final results from Group D in the Canary Islands to determine who they would play Saturday night in Barcelona. They would draw the fourth-place finisher in the round of 16. The Americans were never in any danger of losing in the second half after seizing control just before halftime against a methodical Ukraine team coached by former NBA coach Mike Fratello. USA Today Sports

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James Harden said he knows Kobe has been putting in the work… but we all knew Kobe would put in the work. That was never the question, it is how his body will respond. Harden thinks well. “We talk and he’s ready. He’s 20-year-old Kobe. It’s going to be a crazy environment.” NBCSports.com

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Harden’s responsibilities increased once more when Kevin Durant, his close friend and former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate, backed out of his commitment, citing fatigue and not the injury to George as the reason. That left the lefty Harden as the only first-team all-NBA player remaining on the squad. The earlier withdrawals of Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook also meant that Harden and Anthony Davis were the only holdovers from the 2012 London Olympics team. “Right now, I think I would look to Harden as that leader,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said as his team continues to prepare for the tournament in which the winner earns an automatic berth in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. “Harden is kind of a natural leader and he seems to be willing to accept that role. And you can just kind of feel it and sense. He’s the one.” Washington Post

August 23, 2014 Updates

Just a few hours after a 112-86 victory over Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden on Friday and six days before it needed to, the U.S. National Team finalized its roster for the FIBA World Cup in Spain. In a bit of a surprise, two players – DeMar DeRozan and Andre Drummond – who didn’t play on Friday made the final roster. Drummond is the fourth center on the team, while DeRozan made the cut over Chandler Parsons and Kyle Korver. He offers more playmaking and explosive scoring ability than the other two. In addition to Korver and Parsons, Damian Lillard and Gordon Hayward did not make the 12-man roster. NBA.com

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