James Harden RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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

  • James Harden helped recruit Lou Williams to Houston

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Lakers had been shopping Lou Williams around in the run-up to the trade deadline, the only question was would they get a first-round pick for him. Rumors around the league say that Houston had offered them one weeks before, it was on the table, but the Jim Buss/Mitch Kupchak front office held..." March 25

  • James Harden Wants To Play Every Night, Avoid Rest

    Real GM Basketball "James Harden has no intention of resting during the regular season, urging Mike D'Antoni to keep playing him. "I'm a hooper," Harden said. "I just want to hoop. I'll rest when I'm done. I feel like my teammates and organization need me to go out there and do what I do. I get obviously paid for..." March 21

  • Harden won't rest: D'Antoni 'knows not to come at me with that'

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets guard James Harden said he has had no issues in the days following his hard fall in Denver on Saturday, but his left wrist was wrapped for Monday's shootaround. "I just wanted to look good," Harden said. Harden did not leave the game on Saturday. He made 3 of his remaining 8 shots..." March 20

  • Rockets GM Daryl Morey Throws Shade at Russell Westbrook's NBA MVP Candidacy

    Complex "The fight for the 2016-17 NBA MVP is one of the most hotly-contested individual award races in recent memory. A number of players have a reasonable claim on the league's top honor, and it may very well come down to which player finishes the season strongest. Russell Westbrook has as good a case..." March 18

  • Curry says Harden deserves MVP

    Obsev "Back in 2015, Stephen Curry beat out James Harden for the NBA's MVP award, earning 100 first place votes and 1,198 voting points to the Houston Rockets guard's 25 and 936. Now, two years later, the Golden State Warriors superstar and reigning two-time MVP believes Harden is the most deserving..." March 15

  • USA TODAY Sports survey: NBA executives split on 4-person MVP race

    USA Today "Rest easy, NBA media folks. We aren’t the only ones who can’t seem to agree on this MVP race. The front office experts – guys who build rosters, run teams and scout talent for a living – are just as split as those of us who will ultimately decide the winner. One night it’s Russell..." March 14

  • LeBron James checks into game after hearing James Harden MVP chants

    Larry Brown Sports "LeBron James seemed to give us a glimpse of the competitive drive that helps make him the best player in the world. James’ Cleveland Cavaliers took on the Houston Rockets on the road Sunday in a nationally-televised game. James checked out of the game for a rest with 2:06 left in the first..." March 13

  • James Harden's durability sets him apart from other elite

    Houston Chronicle "For a few seconds Friday night, everyone on the Rockets bench stopped breathing. James Harden, who came down awkwardly on his right foot after an attempted layup, sat on the baseline under the basket, clutching his ankle, grimacing in pain, Rockets players and coaches in the United Center..." March 11

  • Rockets’ James Harden sets single-season turnover record

    Fanrag Sports "Houston Rockets guard James Harden broke the single-season record for turnovers during Wednesday night’s game against the Utah Jazz. Harden had set the new mark last season with the Rockets when he committed 374 turnovers, eclipsing that mark on Wednesday with six more turnovers to bring his total..." March 09

  • Rockets to experiment with James Harden defending power forward position

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Rockets have developed something of a reputation as basketball revolutionaries, and the legend may be continuing to grow. According to Calvin Watkins of ESPN, the Rockets will start Eric Gordon over Ryan Anderson on Wednesday against the Utah Jazz and will have James Harden guard..." March 09

  • James Harden Explains How Khloe Kardashian Was Dragging Down His Life & Career

    Black Sports Online "I mean it was obvious, but kudos to The Beard for keeping it real. James Harden is having an out of this world season, and if not for the brilliance of Russell Westbrook, would probably have already won the MVP award. Harden was his same filthy self — posting career highs in points (29.0),..." February 28

  • James Harden rumored to be dating Ashanti

    Larry Brown Sports "James Harden has compiled a dating roster over the years that is very Hollywood, and there are rumors swirling that the Houston Rockets star has added a well-known R&B singer to the list. Her name is Ashanti. Those who follow Ashanti on Instagram may have noticed that the singer-songwriter..." February 22

  • James Harden: ‘For sure’ I’m the best player in the world

    Sportsnaut "Playing the best basketball of his life for the Houston Rockets this season, James Harden is quite confident in his abilities on the court. So confident, in fact, that he believes he’s the best basketball player in the world right now. Speaking with TIME magazine, Harden listed off the reasons..." February 19

  • 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