James Harden RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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

  • James Harden Confronts Fan That Accuses Him of Flopping at the Drew League

    Obsev "While some of his fellow NBA All-Stars brave muggings, brothels, and dangerous infection at the Rio Olympics, Houston Rockets star James Harden has been enjoying his summer in Los Angeles. The four-time All-Star has spent the summer getting paid, destroying helpless campers, and cutting up the..." August 15

  • James Harden’s Houston Rockets are different, but not much better under Mike D’Antoni

    The Comeback "It could be argued that no current NBA roster is built around one single player like the Houston Rockets are with James Harden. Harden led the NBA last season in minutes played, attempted field goals and free throws (both made and attempted) and will now have the Rockets’ roster even more overtly..." August 04

  • Durant believes Harden is underappreciated

    Houston Chronicle "Kevin Durant and James Harden, former Oklahoma City teammates, opted against becoming teammates again this summer when the Rockets star chose not to play in the Olympics and Durant did not consider signing with Harden's Rockets as a free agent. But before the USA Basketball practice at Toyota..." July 31

  • James Harden: I Might Actually Try on Defense This Year

    Obsev "It's not a stretch to say that James Harden and the Houston Rockets will put up large point totals in 2016-17. Not only did the team acquire sharpshooters in wing Eric Gordon and power forward Ryan Anderson, but they ditched Dwight Howard, who still fancies himself a low-post scorer (he's not),..." July 26

  • Harden: No player had as much responsibility as me last season

    The Score "James Harden has a reputation for being somewhat of a defensive liability. The Houston Rockets guard acknowledged that critical flaw in his game recently before insisting the chatter "doesn't really" bother him. "Everybody makes mistakes," he told Lang Whitaker of NBA.com. "I can look up the..." July 25

  • James Harden Says He'll Actually Play Defense Next Year

    Complex "James Harden seems excited for the changes in the Houston Rockets organization. Beyond moving on from Dwight Howard, the Rockets have also signed coach Mike D'Antoni, re-signed Harden (4 years, $118 million), and added Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon. In the offseason, everyone feels like a..." July 23

  • Moses Malone Jr Thinks James Harden Sent Men to Attack Him

    Click 2 Houston "Four men have been charged in an attack at the V Live Vintage Steakhouse on June 25, according to police. Darian Blount, Kavon Boutte, Oscar Wattell and Deavion Lewis have been charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon after police said they robbed Moses Malone Jr. of around $50,000..." July 21

  • Moses Malone Jr.: I Was Attacked for Dissin' James Harden ... Suspects Charged

    TMZ "The son of NBA legend Moses Malone told cops the men who attacked and robbed him at gunpoint outside of a Houston strip club were looking to "punish" him for disrespecting James Harden in a Facebook post. TMZ Sports has learned ... the D.A. has charged 4 men for the June 25th incident -- in..." July 20

  • Harden ready for clean slate: 'Last year was very stressful for all of us'

    The Score "Though it produced three playoff appearances, two 54-plus-win seasons, and one Western Conference finals berth in three years, the James Harden-Dwight Howard partnership didn't quite work out the way the Houston Rockets might've hoped. After a dour, tumultuous season that saw them fire coach..." July 19

  • Dwight Howard on James Harden: 'I wish the relationship would have been a lot better'

    USA Today "Dwight Howard signed a three-year, $70.5 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks after a tumultuous three seasons with the Houston Rockets. There were many reports that Howard and Rockets star James Harden had a shaky relationship that affected the team on and off the court. Howard averaged..." July 14

  • Sources: James Harden agrees to $118M renegotiation

    Yahoo! Sports "Houston Rockets All-Star guard James Harden has agreed to a four-year, $118 million renegotiation that could keep him under contract through 2020, league sources told The Vertical. The deal assures the Rockets of one additional year of Harden under contract in 2018-19 because of a player option..." July 09

  • It’s time for the Rockets to try James Harden at point guard

    The Dream Shake "The Rockets had three main goals going into the offseason: signing a star, adding shooting and giving James Harden a playmaker to ease his burden. Daryl Morey struck out on objective No. 1 this offseason. Mission accomplished — injury caveat here — on objective No. 2. Eric Gordon could..." July 06

  • Moses Malone Jr. robbed at gunpoint, claims James Harden ordered it

    The Sports Daily "Moses Malone, Jr., son of NBA great Moses Malone, claims he was attacked by James Harden’s entourage outside V Live Houston early Saturday morning. Malone Jr. posted on Facebook about how Harden’s basketball camp was unaffordable for inner-city kids, and believes Harden sent his entourage to..." June 28

  • Harden says he hasn't spoken to Howard about free agency

    The Score "Dwight Howard is widely presumed to be on his way out of Houston as an unrestricted free agent this summer, and Rockets teammate James Harden doesn't appear to be doing much to convince him to stick around. "He's his own man, he knows what's best for his career," Harden said of Howard at his..." June 23

  • Harden to actively recruit Durant in free agency

    The Score "Four-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant will have a number of suitors this summer as he enters unrestricted free agency. One of the teams looking to acquire his services will be the Houston Rockets, with All-Star guard James Harden - a former teammate of Durant with the Oklahoma City Thunder -..." June 23

  • Rockets ready to chase star to pair with James Harden

    The Sports Daily "The Houston Rockets understand they might lose Dwight Howard to free agency this summer, but soothe such thoughts with the idea of chasing a major name on the open market with the free cap space. Howard never fit right with James Harden and the Rockets disappointed so much last season that the..." June 16

  • Rockets' James Harden withdraws from 2016 Olympics

    SI "Houston Rockets guard James Harden has withdrawn from consideration for the USA Basketball roster that will compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August. “As a result of many difficult conversations with my family, the Rockets, and trusted advisors, I've notified Jerry Colangelo and..." June 11

  • James Harden doesn’t know why he didn’t make All-NBA Team

    Pro Basketball Talk "Generally speaking, if you put up numbers 29 points, 7.5 assists, and 6.1 rebounds per game, you are going to make one of the All-NBA teams. Not James Harden. Not this season. And he doesn’t get it, as Harden told Jason Terry on the latter’s new show on SiriusXM NBA Radio. “I mean,..." June 04

  • Lil B Confirms James Harden and Kevin Durant Are Both Still Cursed

    Complex "Lil B appeared on ESPN's excellent new basketball show, The Jump, Friday afternoon, and he confirmed Rockets guard James Harden and Thunder forward Kevin Durant are indeed still bearing the weight of the dreaded Curse of the Based God. Tracy McGrady certainly believes in the curse on Harden...." June 04

  • Harden calls All-NBA snub extra motivation

    The Score "James Harden earned his fourth consecutive All-Star selection this season, but the Rockets superstar was snubbed from an All-NBA selection for the first time in his four-year tenure in Houston. And that's what Harden says he'll use to fuel him going forward. "That's extra motivation for me..." June 02

  • James Harden accused of assaulting photographer, breaking finger

    Larry Brown Sports "Houston Rockets superstar James Harden is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department for allegedly attacking a photographer. TMZ reports that Harden is accused of shoving a photographer who walked up to him in Hollywood and asked for the four-time All-Star’s opinion about Donald..." May 19

  • Ex-Rocket Reid: 'Harden looks after Harden'

    The Score "The hand-wringing over a failed Houston Rockets season continues along the Gulf Coast, and former Rockets star Robert Reid chimed in Monday, pointing the finger at James Harden. "Harden is a tremendous player, but he's not bringing it for the team," Reid told KHOU-TV. "I'm sorry, I'm just going..." May 03

  • Anonymous Rockets Player on the Real Problem Between Harden and Howard

    Black Sports Online "The Houston Rockets season ended on Wednesday night as they were blown out by the defending champion, Golden State Warriors. The 2015-2016 Rockets season was plagued by dysfunction, bitterness and lack of purpose. According to Yahoo Sports The Vertical, at the center of it all is the relationship..." April 29

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    Harden: "This season from the beginning wasn't going our way. Too many distractions. It's been like a bumpy road this entire season."

  • James Harden: 'I have to be better next year'

    Houston Chronicle "As the Rockets rushed from the Oracle Arena visitor's locker room and a long, frustrating season, James Harden looked to the off-season pledging to return a better player. "Just a tough year. Tough year," Harden said. "I think every player, every great player goes through it. It's an..." April 28

  • Report: Harden-Howard relationship considered 'cordially bad'

    The Score "It's entirely plausible that Wednesday's Game 5 will mark the final time that Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden and center Dwight Howard share the court as teammates. The animosity between the two has continued to linger into the postseason, with one team source referring to the..." April 28

  • Harden, Howard and Rockets face uncertainty

    ESPN "Before the Houston Rockets lost Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, James Harden arrived at Oracle Arena in a black SUV with his bodyguard, marketing rep and four friends. He chose not to ride in either of Houston's two team buses, something he has..." April 27

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