James Harden RUMORS & NEWS

  • James Harden on Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook feud: ‘I don’t understand what is going on’

    Sportsnaut "James Harden, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will all be teammates once again when the All-Star Game tips off in New Orleans on Sunday. The three former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates were part of one of the most-talented non-championship teams in recent NBA history from 2010-12. Now, they..." February 17

  • James Harden on current Rockets: 'I love what we have'

    ESPN "With the trade deadline nearly two weeks away, one of the more powerful voices in the Houston Rockets organization wants to the team to stay put. "I love what we have, love it," leading scorer MVP candidate James Harden said Wednesday. "From top to bottom, we have depth. You can throw any guy..." February 09

  • James Harden explains what went wrong with him and Dwight Howard

    Larry Brown Sports "James Harden and Dwight Howard were teammates on the Houston Rockets from 2013-2016 and reached the Western Conference Finals together, but the pairing did not pan out as hoped. Harden and Howard clashed, and the Rockets’ poor start to last season resulted in the firing of Kevin McHale. Howard..." February 03

  • James Harden first player in NBA history with two 50-point triple-doubles in a season

    Sportsnaut "James Harden has evolved into as dangerous an offensive weapon as we’ve seen in a long time, and what he accomplished Friday night highlighted this to a T. The Houston Rockets shooting guard torched the Philadelphia 76ers with 51 points, 13 rebounds, and 13 assists in a five-point victory. With..." January 28

  • Rockets GM Daryl Morey had no idea James Harden would become so good

    Larry Brown Sports "There’s a strong argument to be made that James Harden is one of the five best players in the NBA today. Back in 2012, the Houston Rockets took a chance on the 23-year-old guard, who at the time was an immensely talented sixth man for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Rockets were prepared to..." January 19

  • Durant: Harden could've been satisfied as OKC's 6th man

    San Jose Mercury News "Kevin Durant spent the weeks following the 2009 season scouting draft prospects. This was a monster moment for his young Thunder. The two Junes prior, Sam Presti nailed his top picks, selecting Durant second in 2007 and Russell Westbrook fourth in 2008. Hit on one more — right before the flood of..." January 18

  • James Harden living 'a dream' in midst of magical season with Rockets

    USA Today "The shrug said it all. James Harden, the NBA’s Black Beard from the Houston Rockets who goes against Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook in a showdown of leading MVP candidates on Thursday, is back in his hoops office again after a quick New Year’s Eve getaway in Las Vegas. The shrug is his..." January 05

  • John Wall, James Harden named Kia Players of the Month

    NBA.com "The Washington Wizards’ John Wall and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in December. Wall led the Eastern Conference in assists (10.7 apg) and steals (2.67 spg) and ranked fifth in..." January 03

  • When Beard met Dream: Harden ties Hakeem in triple-doubles

    ESPN "James Harden has said he has never been about the stats. He doesn’t believe his status in the NBA is based on them. But on Wednesday night, Harden reached a statistical milestone that even he had to take note of, tying Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon's franchise record with his 14th career..." December 15

  • Harden responds to Green's 'unnatural' comments

    SI "James Harden has been doing more than ever for the Rockets this season, posting a career-high usage rate and leading the league in assists, so it’s only natural that he served as the hype man and bouncer at his own invite-only sneaker party. The four-time All-Star celebrated the launch of his..." December 04

  • Harden becomes Draymond's latest kicking victim

    USA Today "Draymond Green kicked someone — again. Late in the second overtime period of the Houston Rockets'132-127 victory over the Golden State Warriors, Green was fouled by James Harden but flung his leg up on the way down following a shot, catching Harden with a foot to the face. The play, which..." December 02

  • James Harden: Thunder Now A One-Man Show

    Real GM Basketball "James Harden was asked about the state of the Oklahoma City Thunder this season following the departure of Kevin Durant, which came roughly a week after their trade of Serge Ibaka and almost four years after his own trade from the franchise. Without Durant to share shots with, Westbrook's usage..." November 16

  • James Harden: I'm Having A Blast This Season

    Real GM Basketball "James Harden and Russell Westbrook are having excellent individual seasons, scoring, passing and rebounding for their respective teams. "I'm having a blast to be able to create, get guys open shots and just make my teammates better," said Harden in a postgame interview on NBA.com when asked..." November 15

  • DeRozan, Harden named Players of the Week

    NBA.com "The Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Nov. 13. DeRozan led the Raptors to a 3-0 week, averaging a league-leading 34.7 points..." November 14

  • Rockets Will Continue Searching For 2nd Star To Pair With James Harden

    Real GM Basketball "While the Houston Rockets spent their cap space on role players, they will continue to pursue a second star to pair with James Harden. In 2013, the Rockets signed Dwight Howard but his pairing with Harden never seemed to click. "Teams that win it all generally have two top-10 players," Daryl..." November 09

  • James Harden, who is the best point guard in the NBA? “I am”

    Pro Basketball Talk "James Harden does not lack for swagger. His confidence, like his beard, may be unparalleled in the NBA. As everyone expected, Harden is putting up ridiculous numbers as the point guard in Mike D’Antoni’s offense — 31.6 points per game with a true shooting percentage of 66.5 percent (which is..." November 09

  • How far can James Harden's Rockets go?

    ESPN "The Rockets know they face a talent deficit in cobbling even an average defense from their revamped, James Harden-centric roster. No scheme will turn Harden, Ryan Anderson, and Eric Gordon into good defenders, or make Trevor Ariza a 25-year-old stopper again. They are banking on the sort of..." November 09

  • Harden: 'No beef' between me and Dwight

    ESPN "Houston Rockets guard James Harden said Friday he's got no issues with former teammate and current Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard, whom he'll face Saturday night. Harden and Howard were teammates for three seasons with the Rockets until Howard declined to pick up his player option this..." November 04

  • Think You Know James Harden? He and the Rockets Are About to Change Your Mind

    Bleacher Report "Sometimes we pull back a little from the world. It's not so much closing ourselves off as it is turning away from eye contact and leaning out of conversation, ignoring that thoughtful voice inside to give a guy a pat on the back or a extend a high-five. So we share less—and take more of a..." October 26

  • Rex Kalamian: Thunder Lost Personal Bond With Trade Of James Harden

    Real GM Basketball "Kevin Durant sent a text to former Oklahoma City assistant coach Rex Kalamian, who has spent the past few seasons with the Toronto Raptors. Durant praised the bond that exists between Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, who were his teammates with Team USA in the 2016 Olympics. “Your two guys are the..." October 25

  • McHale unsure if Harden can transition into point guard

    ESPN "Former Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale isn't sure James Harden can morph into a full-time point guard. Harden is moving into the role under new coach Mike D'Antoni, and while he did lead shooting guards with a touch rate of 85.1 percent last season, McHale wonders whether Harden can become a..." October 12

  • Howard: I never had issues with James Harden

    Fox Sports "Dwight Howard is one of the most dominant big men of his era, but there are reasons that he hasn't been well-liked by the sport's more casual fans. Howard orchestrated an extremely messy exit from Orlando, had a disastrous season in Los Angeles where he clashed with Kobe Bryant, and followed..." October 11

  • Rockets' James Harden confident he'll return to MVP-caliber form

    Houston Chronicle "When James Harden said in 2015 he considered himself to be the NBA's best player, he followed that up by finishing second in the MVP voting and winning the players' vote. When told on Saturday in Shanghai that he is expected to contend for the MVP again, he was certain that he could return to that..." October 09

  • James Harden Will Play as Houston Rockets' Full-Time Point Guard

    Bleacher Report "For the last couple of years, James Harden has essentially served as the Houston Rockets' point guard. Now he has the title to back it up. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Harden would become the team's full-time point guard this season at Monday's media day session: He's more or less..." September 26

  • Jason Terry Says James Harden Is Better Than Klay Thompson, Praises the Greek Freak

    Def Pen "Veteran guard Jason Terry is known by many as being one of the most upfront and honest guys around the league. Whether you ask his teammates, coaches, family or friends, they will all tell you the same. With that being said, Terry releasing a surplus of hot takes on SiriusXM NBA Radio Wednesday..." September 22

  • Can James Harden Be Both a Scorer and a Playmaker?

    Bleacher Report "James Harden finished the NBA regular season as the second-leading scorer in the league, only behind MVP Stephen Curry. With Dwight Howard gone and a new dynamic coach in Mike D'Antoni, many believe Harden is in position for an even greater year. Will Harden find the right balance of scoring..." September 22

  • Somehow, James Harden is overrated and underrated at the same time

    CBS Sports "James Harden is one of the trickiest players to define in today's NBA. Twenty years ago, he's a no-brainer superstar. Offensively brilliant. Scores a ton of points. Stars in commercials. But these days, we actually evaluate, and to some degree appreciate, defense. I won't say we consider it an..." September 21

  • James Harden bringing Rockets together after last season's disharmony

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets first official practices of the season are still days away, but James Harden has seen and felt enough to believe things had changed. That might say as much about the issues of last season as the customary hopes for the season ahead, beginning with Saturday's start of training camp...." September 20

  • John Wall reportedly bothered by Harden’s contract

    Larry Brown Sports "If John Wall is going to be jealous every time a player signs a contract that is worth more than his, the next three years are bound to be pretty frustrating for him. According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, Wall was “rankled” by the four-year, $118 million extension James Harden signed with..." August 25

  • Corey Brewer: James Harden Will ‘Play Defense This Year’

    Larry Brown Sports "James Harden’s, shall we say, lackadaisical effort on the defensive end has been the subject of ire in the NBA community for many years now. But Houston Rockets teammate Corey Brewer thinks Harden will soon be on his way towards putting that stigma behind him. In a recent appearance on ESPN’s..." August 25

  • James Harden organizes Rockets players-only minicamp

    Fox 26 Houston "For the second consecutive year Houston Rockets guard James Harden has organized a players-only minicamp scheduled for next week. Last September Harden had the Rockets players together for a minicamp in Los Angeles. "James is doing everything," said Corey Brewer, Rockets guard/forward. "He..." August 25

  • James Harden's first Adidas shoe is getting the Steph Curry treatment

    SI "The “Triple Black” colorway for James Harden’s first signature shoe from Adidas leaked via Sneakerwatch on Tuesday, and the reactions are coming in quickly. Unfortunately for Harden, Twitter is treating his shoe the same way it treated Stephen Curry’s Curry 2 Lows, that is to say they are..." August 24

  • Houston Goes as Far as Harden Takes Them

    Basketball Insiders "The Houston Rockets had a relatively disappointing 2015-16 season. Coming off of a trip to the Western Conference Finals, the team entered the year with very high expectations. But Houston got off to a slow start right away, dropping seven of their first 11 games. This resulted in head coach Kevin..." August 24