TAG: James Harden

FIBA World Cup, GIFs / Aug 30, 2014 / 6:00 pm

GIF: Harden To Rudy Gay For One-Handed Alley-Oop Dunk

Rudy Gay

The USA Basketball team who took the floor against Finland today was supposed to be one of the weaker iterations of the American powerhouse that’s won the last World Championship (now called the FIBA World Cup), and the last two Olympic gold medals. That said, they dominated Finland on Saturday with some stellar defense, and the last addition to the team, after Paul George went down, Rudy Gay, even skied for a pretty one-handed thump. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Aug 30, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Watch Kyrie Irving & James Harden Jaw At Each Other During Shooting Contest

Kyrie Irving, James Harden

Gotta love this. Team USA is in Spain today readying to take on Finland at 3:30 p.m. ET in their first game of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, previously referred to as the World Championships. Heralded starting guards, James Harden and Kyrie Irving, showed during a shooting contest at practice their competitive juices are already flowing. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Aug 27, 2014 / 8:45 pm

Jerry Colangelo Calls James Harden A “Natural Leader”

James Harden

There’s precedent for members of Team USA to use their summer with the national program as a springboard to a career season in the NBA. Carmelo Anthony in 2008-2009 and Kevin Durant in 2010-2011 are the most notable examples, and Anthony Davis appears to be next in line. But the void left by this summer’s rash of late departures from USA Basketball – Durant, Paul George (injury), Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge – needs to be filled by more than a single player. And by all accounts heard and seen leading up to the FIBA World Cup, James Harden has taken a major step forward, too. Read More »

FIBA World Cup / Aug 20, 2014 / 11:00 pm

Video: This Awesome Sequence Is USA Basketball In A Nutshell

James Harden

The names change for USA Basketball under Mike Krzyzewski, but the style certainly doesn’t. Athleticism, aggression, and overall speed rule the day for all of Coach K’s American teams, as perfectly evidenced by this awesome two-way sequence from Team USA in their exhibition against the Dominican Republic on Saturday night. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Video / Aug 20, 2014 / 10:15 pm

Faried Finishes Off-Glass Alley-Oop From Harden In Team USA Exhibition

Kenneth Faried

Kenneth Faried (photo. battlesnba Instagram)

Apparently normal alley-oops are just too easy for Kenneth Faried and James Harden. Early in Team USA’s 105-62 drubbing of the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden tonight, the two paired up for an off-glass lob that set the tone for a game full of highlights. Read More »

Smack / Aug 20, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Kevin Durant On First Seeing 10-Year-Old Stephen Curry : “I Thought He Was White”

Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant

NEW YORK — During the NBA 2K Uncensored event yesterday, moderator Ernie Johnson asked the four players in attendence, James Harden, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis and NBA 2K15 cover athlete, Kevin Durant, whether they could remember the first time they heard about one of the other players on stage. The story Durant told about the first time he met a 10-year-old Stephen Curry had the players and most of those in attendance holding their sides with laughter. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, NBA, Video Games / Aug 20, 2014 / 10:30 am

NBA 2K15 Uncensored: Durant Says He’s Best At Scoring & Talks Team USA

Kevin Durant NBA 2K Uncensored

Kevin Durant was sitting right next to James Harden when Harden said he was the best all-around player in the NBA. Durant had his turn to talk, too, during the NBA 2K Uncensored event, and he explained his decision to leave USA Basketball after training with them in Vegas, his video game peers and why he’s the best scorer in the NBA. Read More »

Video, Video Games / Aug 20, 2014 / 9:30 am

At NBA 2K15 Event, Harden Reiterates He’s “Best All-Around Player In The NBA”

James Harden 2K Uncensored

NEW YORK — After a sit-down with ESPN’s Scoop Jackson featured James Harden describing himself as the best player alive, Harden reiterated that confident stance while surrounded by USA Basketball teammates, Stephen Curry and Anthony Davis, and former teammate Kevin Durant during the NBA 2K “Uncensored” event in New York City yesterday as part of their promotion for the launch of NBA 2K15 in October. Read More »

Smack / Aug 19, 2014 / 10:15 am

James Harden Believes He’s The Best Player Alive Today

James Harden, LeBron James

During USA Basketball tryouts, James Harden has gotten a chance to compete against the best players in the world. All apologies to Europe and Asia, but the NBA is the toughest league in the world, so it makes sense when ESPN’s Scoop Jackson asked Harden who the best player in the world was right now and Harden answered clearly, “Myself,” as a million basketball fanboys scream bloody murder. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Aug 15, 2014 / 7:45 pm

Video: Watch Team USA Take The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Team USA

Before Mike Krzyzewski took the #ALSIceBucketChallenge with the help of his grandkids, Coach K called-out members of Team USA to do the same. Just a few days later, Steph Curry and five of his teammates have already taken Krzyzewski up on his offer. Read More »