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James Harden Is the Best According to James Harden[Yardbarker: Wed 8/20 12:25 PM]
Many of you were very upset by my characterization of James Harden in my last installment of this series. There, I said that in Harden, “I [saw] a player who is selfish and not as committed to the team and winning as he is to himself.” I stand by those comments and by that opinion. Dwight Howard is another matter altogether. To begin, Howard put any doubts to rest last season over whether he was worth the maximum contract to which he was signed. More than just his dominance in the playoffs, he exhibited a newfound sense of maturity that would seem to bode well for the future. But for purposes of this series,
In an interview with ESPN, James Harden declares he is the best basketball player alive.
James Harden recently sat down with ESPN's Scoop Jackson for a fairly interesting interview which you can read here, but the most interesting thing he said was in response to the opening question. When asked who the best player in the world was, Harden declared that he was the answer. Here's an excerpt from the exchange:
Scoop: Bottom line, you are on this team and a lot of players aren't, but in your mind, who is the best basketball player alive right now?
Scoop: That's what I
The Rockets appear to be done with their summer business. However, the one wild card out there is restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe. Why a number of moves have put them in position to land the Suns point guard.
At this point in the off-season, most teams have shifted their focus from signing free agents towards in-house player evaluations, personnel hirings, and season planning. Some executives even go on vacation, getting away from the craziness that is NBA free agency. However, amidst all of this, one prominent free agent remains: Eric Bledsoe. With Greg Monroe reportedly opting to stay in Detroit on
The Houston Rockets will have a different look entering the 2014-15 NBA season, and while the acquisition of Kostas Papanikolaou won't move the needle much for casual admirers, fans in Clutch City should know a few things about one of their newest acquisitions.
At 24 years old, Papanikolaou is about to make the transition from Europe to the NBA. As he stated in a written statement following the signing of his new contract (h/t Aris Barkas of
Today’s was one of the more underwhelming episodes we’ve had in some time, with not much going on, but we did discuss the impact the Team USA experience might have on James Harden. Also, you know how when the battery in a fire alarm gets close to dying and so the alarm keeps beeping intermittently? Yeah, that is going on right now in my apartment, where this was recorded.
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Team USA played a tune-up game against Brazil last night. What did we learn about James Harden and the rest of the squad?
In the wake of the Paul George injury and the aborted scrimmage two weeks ago, Team USA's preparations for the FIBA World Cup have largely flown under the radar. However, on Saturday night, the United Center was filled with fans as the good guys faced Brazil in an exhibition game, a tune-up for the real competition. Team USA won handily 95-78, but the real victory is that the American side has begun to figure itself out. Oh, and Derrick Rose is bringing it back harder than Justin Timberlake.
Before anything else, keep in mind that Team USA is no longer a Dream Team of superstars in their primes. The
James Harden and a number of the other USA Basketball players did the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS.
I'm sure you've seen the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge going around on social media, but if you haven't, it's a social media campaign aimed at raising funds and awareness for ALS research. Today, a number of USA Basketball players got in on the action, with Rockets guard James Harden as well as Steph Curry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Kenneth Faried, and DeMarcus Cousins all getting covered in ice water for a good cause.
Here's the video, courtesy of DeMarcus Cousins' Instagram feed:
I am typically skeptical of mass social media "awareness campaigns," but this one has been remarkably successful.
The Rockets bench is taking shape as the start of the season grows closer.
The offseason hasn't been kind to the Rockets, failing to land Chris Bosh and losing Chandler Parsons were both blows to the future plans of Houston. With the prized free agents taken care of, the attention of the off-season turns to the bench players around the National Basketball Association.
In some unsurprising news, Jordan Hamilton has left the Rockets in free agency, signing with the Raptors.
6 weeks after free agency opened, Jordan Hamilton has agreed to terms on a one year contract with the Toronto Raptors. The deal is reportedly unguaranteed, meaning Hamilton will have to fight for a spot in training camp in Toronto.
Hamilton came over from Denver in a deal for Aaron Brooks to shore up the Rockets poor wing depth, with the hope that he would be an upgrade over Omri Casspi and Francisco Garcia. He had his moments, but for the most part, Hamilton struggled to stick in the rotation and the writing was on the wall once the season ended. He shot just 39% from the field, including 36% from three point