James Harden RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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

  • 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

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