James Harden RUMORS & NEWS

  • James Harden Says 2017 Rockets Are ‘Similar’ to 2012 Thunder

    SLAM Online "James Harden sees plenty of similarities between this year’s Rockets and the 2012 Thunder team that went to the NBA Finals. In an interview with VICE, Harden said that Houston have the same “talent and versatility,” adding that the Rockets are “by far” the best since his arrival. Even though..." September 13

  • James Harden Says He’ll be a Rocket for Life

    SLAM Online "Responding to a fan’s pleas on Twitter, James Harden promised that he’ll never leave the city of Houston, and that he’ll be a Rocket for life. The All-Star guard inked a massive extension with the Rockets this summer. Harden visited with evacuees from Hurricane Harvey in H-Town over the..." September 05

  • James Harden Donates $1 Million to Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts in Houston

    Bleacher Report "Houston Rockets guard James Harden announced Saturday he plans to donate $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief. "This is home for me," Harden told reporters, according to KPRC-TV's Adam Wexler. "I wanted to say thank you to J.J. Watt, what he's doing for the city. Thank you to the mayor, for..." September 03

  • Harden: Chris ‘didn’t seem happy’ at start of offseason

    Larry Brown Sports "James Harden’s intervention was vital in bringing Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets. Harden was more than happy to bring Paul in to join him in the Rockets backcourt — in fact, he reached out, sensing that the point guard was not entirely happy with his situation in Los Angeles. “I just knew..." August 19

  • Harden says he talks to Paul daily to try to 'get ahead of the game'

    SI "Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry just breezed to a title, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have lit up July with their soap opera drama, and Russell Westbrook and Paul George will be must-see TV thanks to a fearless gamble by Oklahoma City’s front office. But the NBA’s most engrossing superstar..." August 01

  • Report: James Harden, Chris Paul to Face Russell Westbrook in the Drew League

    SLAM Online "After a few pick-up runs at UCLA this week, Rockets teammates Chris Paul and James Harden will reportedly suit up for LA Unified of the Drew League this weekend. Per ESPN, Harden and CP3 will be facing stiff competition—Russell Westbrook and the Home Town Favorites. The game will be played..." July 28

  • Harden spent so much in strip club they retired his jersey?

    Yardbarker "If James Harden continues to light it up for the Houston Rockets and can eventually lead the team on a deep playoff run or more, he just might get his jersey number retired one day. In the meantime, a strip club paying tribute to him will have to do. On rapper Joe Budden’s podcast this week,..." July 28

  • James Harden says he'll be in Houston 'forever'

    ESPN "A big smile peaked behind James Harden's famously bushy beard as the Houston Rockets superstar was asked how it felt to have signed the richest contract in NBA history. "Sounds good," Harden said during a Saturday news conference to announce the four-year maximum contract extension that means..." July 15

  • James Harden says Carmelo Anthony trade is 'out of his hands'

    ESPN "The Houston Rockets have two-thirds of their own Big Three with James Harden and the newly acquired Chris Paul. The Rockets also were reportedly in the mix to acquire New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony in a trade. Harden called Anthony "one of the best players that we have in this league"..." July 15

  • Lonzo Ball Wore James Harden's Adidas Shoes Thursday Night, Not Big Baller Brand's

    The Big Lead "Lonzo Ball went away from his family’s brand of shoes for the second straight game Thursday night. The 19-year-old eschewed the Big Baller Brand ZO2s and went with James Harden’s adidas kicks. On Wednesday night, Ball ditched the BBB shoes in favor of a pair of Kobe A.D.s, which are made by..." July 14

  • Mike D’Antoni on James Harden and Chris Paul: 'Their synergy is going to be great'

    Yardbarker "Mike D’Antoni, like much of the NBA community, is currently in Las Vegas to watch NBA Summer League action. D’Antoni, this past season’s NBA Coach of the Year, took some time to chat with NBA TV’s Dennis Scott. Naturally, the interview progressed to a question about Chris Paul, the recently..." July 11

  • Can James Harden Lead a Superteam with the Rockets?

    The Big Lead "James Harden got paid, to the tune of a $228 million extension that will keep him in Houston through the 2022-23 season. And, as last year proved, he’s earned such a lucrative and status-sealing figure. His 29.1/8.2/11.2 slash line would be MVP-worthy in many other years. Unfortunately, his..." July 10

  • James Harden, Rockets Agree to Biggest Contract in NBA History

    Bleacher Report "The Houston Rockets announced Saturday that they signed James Harden to a four-year contract extension that will run through the 2022-23 season. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst first reported the sides were close to finalizing a deal. Harden, who signed a four-year, $118..." July 08

  • Rockets plan to offer James Harden another contract extension

    Houston Chronicle "While planning their summer roster moves, the Rockets "plan" to take a step that will allow them to tell potential free agents that star guard James Harden will not be going anywhere. For the second consecutive season, the Rockets intend to offer Harden a contract extension long before he could..." June 20

  • Lil B Has Lifted His Curse on James Harden

    Complex "Lil B has previously assigned and retracted curses on Kevin Durant and D’Angelo Russell, but the original NBA curse for which he is most well-known—his jinx on Rockets guard James Harden—has remained relatively constant. The curse originated when Lil B said James Harden stole his “cooking” dance..." June 04

  • James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook vie for MVP

    ESPN "The NBA Most Valuable Player award will come down to Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard. LeBron James -- will not be in the mix. James was left out of the running Friday night when the NBA announced three finalists for each of its six major awards. It's the first time since..." May 20

  • James Harden's attorney says client had nothing to do with strip club attack

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets star James Harden's attorney Wednesday denied allegations that Harden was involved in a 2016 nightclub attack on Moses Malone Jr. and suggested that a lawsuit filed this week against Harden was motivated by money. Houston attorney Rusty Hardin, who will represent Harden in a 2016..." May 18

  • Moses Malone Jr. files civil lawsuit against James Harden

    Fox 26 Houston "Fox 26 news has learned Houston Rockets' star player James Harden has been sued and accused of masterminding a plan to assault and rob the son of an NBA legend. That suit was filed by Moses Malone Jr today according to his attorney George Farah. It alleges Harden paid a group of people $20,000..." May 16

  • Stephen A. Smith thinks James Harden was drugged, wants investigation

    Los Angeles Times "After the Houston Rockets were eliminated from the playoffs with a 39-point thrashing on their home court by the San Antonio Spurs, everyone wanted to know what happened to James Harden. The Rockets’ prime playmaker went from MVP candidate to elimination-game chump. He had averaged 30.3 points..." May 14

  • James Harden may need more rest next season, Mike D'Antoni says

    ESPN "Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni will rethink whether James Harden needs more rest during the regular season after the superstar's poor performance at the end of Houston's Western Conference semifinals series. D'Antoni, describing himself as "shell-shocked" the day after Houston's season ended with..." May 12

  • Rockets GM responds to James Harden criticism: 'To me, it's a joke to get on him'

    CBS Sports "The Houston Rockets were eliminated from the 2017 NBA Playoffs in the second round, losing in six games to the San Antonio Spurs. That, at face value, is not all that surprising. The manner with which it happened, however, was quite surprising. After thumping the Spurs on their home floor in..." May 12

  • James Harden went out partying after loss, reportedly hit strip club

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Rockets saw their season end on Thursday night with an embarrassing blowout loss at home against the San Antonio Spurs, and James Harden wasted no time trying to shake it off. TMZ obtained some footage of Harden partying at a nightclub until the wee hours of the morning. People..." May 12

  • The Craziest Theories Fans Came Up With to Explain James Harden's Terrible Playoff Performance

    Complex "James Harden had an incredible 2016-17 NBA season, and it could very well end with him winning the NBA MVP award at the first-ever NBA Awards on June 26. He averaged 29.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 11.2 assists during the regular season and led the Rockets to a surprising 55-27 record that helped..." May 12

  • Paul Pierce 'Harden's One of the Greatest ... Deserves MVP'

    TMZ "Paul Pierce rides with James Harden -- saying the guy is still "one of the greatest" and deserves the NBA MVP ... even after the disappointing way the Rockets ended their season. The Truth was leaving Tao in L.A. Thursday night when he told us he'll ALWAYS support California-raised players like..." May 12

  • Rapper Lil B Takes to Twitter Offering to End James Harden Curse

    Bleacher Report "Lil B appears ready to make amends with James Harden. Shortly after the Houston Rockets were eliminated from the postseason Thursday night in a 114-75 rout by the San Antonio Spurs, The Based God offered to end the so-called curse he put on Harden years back. Lil B initially cursed..." May 12

  • James Harden dismisses injury concerns after poor Game 6

    Larry Brown Sports "James Harden played a game to forget in one of the most important situations of his career. The Houston Rockets MVP candidate scored just 10 points, committed six turnovers, and fouled out in Houston’s inexplicable 39-point series-ending loss to the Spurs on Thursday night. His lethargic and..." May 12

  • James Harden Takes Responsibility for Loss to Spurs, Says They Were Better Team

    Bleacher Report "James Harden took responsibility for the Houston Rockets' 114-75 Game 6 meltdown Thursday night as his team watched its season end at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs. "Everything falls on my shoulders," Harden told reporters at the postgame podium, according to CBS Sports' Matt Moore. "I..." May 12

  • Mike D’Antoni Says James Harden Is As Good A Point Guard As Steve Nash

    Dime Magazine "James Harden is earning high praise from his head coach in his first season as a true point guard. Mike D’Antoni compared the Houston Rockets star to one of his former players, Steve Nash, when describing his impact on the Rockets this year. The Rockets head coach wasn’t shy about putting the..." May 11

  • James Harden reportedly bought $30K gold chain for Montrezl Harrell

    Larry Brown Sports "James Harden averaged 11.2 assists per game during the regular season, which is by far the highest total of his career. Apparently that generosity has spilled over into his life off the court, as well. Celebrity jeweler Boodaddy Diamonds, who describes himself on social media as the “jeweler to..." May 08

  • Here's Why the Wizards Decided Not to Trade for James Harden in 2012

    Complex "Can you imagine what the NBA’s Eastern Conference Playoffs would look like right now if the Wizards had John Wall and James Harden on their team? As it stands, the Wizards already have a strong team that appears to be ready to take the next step and make a real run at the Eastern Conference..." May 04

  • Daryl Morey tweets photo showing apparent missed foul call on Steven Adams

    Larry Brown Sports "The 140-character stun grenades of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey have struck yet again. Morey tweeted out a photo on Monday showing Steven Adams putting James Harden in a chokehold of sorts in an apparent missed foul. The Rockets won Game 4 against the Oklahoma City Thunder on..." April 24

  • James Harden reveals he is playing through ankle injury

    ESPN "Houston Rockets star guard James Harden said he has been hobbled by an ankle injury that occurred in Game 3 of this first-round series against the Thunder. Harden made the revelation to ESPN's Lisa Salters after the Rockets' 113-109 Game 4 victory on Sunday afternoon. Harden went 5-for-16..." April 24

  • Russell Westbrook: Friendship with James Harden on hold during game

    ESPN "Russell Westbrook and James Harden are close. Their relationship goes back way before their Oklahoma City days, when they were teammates from 2009 to '12. But their friendship takes a back seat when they step on the court this week. At least in Westbrook's eyes. "When I get on the floor, I..." April 17

  • James Harden says wins should be top factor in MVP race

    ESPN "Houston Rockets star guard James Harden said Sunday that wins should matter when it comes to the Most Valuable Player award. On the season, Harden's Rockets have 54 victories, good for the third-best record in the tough Western Conference. The other major candidate for the MVP award, Oklahoma..." April 10

  • Rockets' James Harden 'happy to be OK' after flu

    ESPN "After sitting out a game while battling the flu, Houston Rockets guard James Harden will return to the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets. Harden missed Sunday's game at Phoenix with the flu. The Rockets were off the past two days. "I really couldn't move, couldn't talk,..." April 05

  • James Harden's MVP pursuit puts Houston Rockets into a tough spot

    USA Today "Every year, there’s a different version of this same story. As the NBA’s elite teams gear up for the postseason, there’s an individual award hanging in the balance or a team-wide regular-season record to chase that, in the end, matters far less than the prospect of winning a championship. And..." April 01

  • Draymond Green had a bizarre reason for punching James Harden’s injured wrist

    Fox Sports "Draymond Green long ago lost the benefit of the doubt when it comes to plays that could be considered “dirty.” A few hits to the groin will do that for you. So when the Warriors forward appeared to punch James Harden on the Rockets guard’s injured wrist Friday night in the Warriors’ win over..." April 01

  • Rockets' James Harden says wrist ailment won't keep him out

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard James Harden circled the Moda Center court shooting 3s, his left wrist carefully wrapped, his game-day routine unchanged in any way beyond the black tape that indicated that his valuable wrist was not 100 percent right. After days of therapy and treatment, discussions with Rockets..." March 31

  • Westbrook and Harden are brilliant, but a change in NBA thinking is letting them go after history

    Fox Sports "How is this happening? After years of watching amazing NBA players, how is it this year that we’re seeing two men – Russell Westbrook and James Harden – so effectively make an assault on the NBA record book? How has it become almost common to witness a 50-point triple double? We hadn’t seen one..." March 30

  • James Harden becomes first player in NBA history to surpass impressive milestone

    Fox Sports "James Harden made a little bit of history on Tuesday night — and it’s largely thanks to the 3-point line. Early in the third quarter of the Rockets’ game against the Golden State Warriors, Harden became the first ever NBA player to both score and assist on 2,000 points in a single season...." March 29

  • James Harden: Playing in all games should matter in MVP race

    ESPN "With a big emphasis on rest dominating the NBA the past few weeks, Rockets star James Harden is proud that he has played in all 73 games this season and missed just one practice. He thinks the fact he has played in every game should matter to MVP voters. "Yeah, because you're not leaving..." March 28

  • Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan, Rockets’ James Harden earn weekly honors

    Fanrag Sports "According to an official statement released by the league on Monday afternoon, Toronto Raptors’ shooting guard DeMar DeRozan has been selected as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week. In addition, Houston Rockets’ point guard James Harden has been named as the Western Conference Player of the..." March 27

  • Kobe Bryant on race for MVP: “We might see our first co-MVPs this year”

    Pro Basketball Talk "The race between James Harden and Russell Westbrook for the 2017 NBA MVP has narrowed to a two-man race toward the end of the season. The Oklahoma City Thunder star is averaging at triple-double this year, and the Houston Rockets guard is doing things nobody has ever done on a basketball court..." March 27

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