TAG: James Harden

NBA / Feb 27, 2014 / 4:45 pm

The Top 5 Candidates For NBA Executive of the Year

Bob Myers

Bob Myers (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

While the players receive all of the attention on the court, it is the general managers who construct the teams off the court, in hopes of leading their organizations to great success. Without these executives, it is difficult to fathom how professional franchises would properly function.

At the end of each season, the NBA gives out the Executive of the Year award, which is voted on by executives of the league’s 30 teams. The season is now closer to completion than it is to its start, and the race this year is certainly tight. Read More »

Ink / Feb 27, 2014 / 1:00 pm

4 Startling Tattoos Of NBA Players

Gary Payton tattoo

Gary Payton (photo. @mmmjennay)

To celebrate the New Season of Ink Master, back on Tuesdays at 10/9c on Spike, the show is sponsoring “Tattoo Bracket 2014.” Vote on your favorite tattoos for your chance to win a trip for 2 to SXSW. Vote here. In an effort to amp you up for the amazing ink you’re going to vote on, check out four of our favorite NBA player-inspired tattoos. Read More »

NBA / Feb 25, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Breaking Down Why Houston Will Make The NBA Finals

James Harden, Dwight Howard

James Harden, Dwight Howard (Brendan Maloney/USA TODAY Sports)

Forgive me if I sound like a typical prisoner of the moment, but I’m not sure I’ve ever been as amazed with an NBA conference as I am with the 2013-14 Western Conference.

Right now, nine teams–yes, nine teams–in the West are at least seven games better than .500. And of those nine teams, I sincerely believe that eight–all but Memphis–have a legitimate opportunity to reach the Western Conference Finals. Read More »

NBA / Feb 25, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Dime Q&A: James Harden On His Eurostep, Kobe & KD’s “Slim Reaper” Moniker

James Harden

James Harden (photo. Body Armor)

James Harden never dreamed he’d be an NBA All-Star and one of the top players on a championship-contending Rockets team that’s in the thick of a tight Western Conference playoff race for the top seed. Since being traded from Oklahoma City to Houston in the late fall of 2012, he’s learned that he takes a lot more punishment as the man for the Rockets. So he’s got to take better care of his body, and that means a new sport drink, better eating habits and an eclectic workout regimen.

Harden spoke with Dime about his new premium sports drink, Body Armor, his childhood basketball idol, and more right before he and his teammates were set to fly from Phoenix to Sacramento to play the Kings tonight. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Feb 21, 2014 / 11:00 am

Jermaine O’Neal’s Game-Saving Block & The Crazy OT Ending To Rockets-Warriors

Jermaine O'Neal, Chandler Parsons

Jermaine O’Neal, Chandler Parsons (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

What is it about the Rockets and Warriors? We guess it’s their high octane offenses that make both these teams so aesthetically pleasing for League Pass subscribers and casual fans alike. But last night’s late game on the back end of a TNT doubleheader was anything but a scoring bonanza. Still, while the 102-99 Dubs win in overtime featured some shoddy shooting, it also gave us three huge plays that made staying up late totally worth this morning’s sleep-deprived crankiness. Read More »

NBA / Feb 20, 2014 / 12:30 pm

10 Bold Predictions For The NBA’s Second Half

Andrei Kirilenko, Carmelo Anthony

Andrei Kirilenko, Carmelo Anthony (Jim O’Connor/USA TODAY Sports)

We’re technically past the halfway point in the NBA season, but really, let’s be serious: Things don’t start to heat up until after the All-Star break. Now we’re on the cusp of the trade deadline, and soon teams will be fighting for playoff spots and lottery ping-pong balls. Read More »

Video / Feb 19, 2014 / 8:45 pm

Video: How James Harden Avoids The Mob While Shopping At Foot Locker

James Harden x 8

A few years ago and people at the mall probably thought James Harden was the leader singer in some local reggae band, or possibly just a random tall guy that moved with unnatural grace. But now that the Beard has turned into one of the best shooting guards in the NBA and the co-star for a title-contending Rockets team, it’s hard for him to avoid the mobs that usually follow his every move. So in order to shop at Foot Locker, James had to come up with a plan. Read More »

All-Star, Latest News / Feb 14, 2014 / 11:30 am

Report: James Harden Will Replace Kobe Bryant As All-Star Game Starter

Kobe Bryant, James Harden

Kobe Bryant, James Harden (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Rockets GM Daryl Morey vented about it on Twitter when the All-Star starters were announced, and it appears that a Rocket will be a starter in the 2014 All-Star Game after all. Sources tell Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports that James Harden will take Kobe Bryant‘s spot as a starting guard for the Western Conference in the 2014 All-Star Game this Sunday. Read More »

NBA, Smack, Twitter / Feb 13, 2014 / 1:55 pm

Phil Jackson Calls Out Ref, Dick Bavetta, On Twitter Over Trevor Ariza Foul

Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

The Zen Master Phil Jackson watched the flurried finish to the Rockets-Wizards game on Wednesday night. The game was mired by a one-sided number of free throws for the Rockets (47 vs. the Wizard’s 16), culminating in a call against Trevor Ariza before the ball was inbound with 4 seconds remaining and the Wiz ahead by two. Jackson called out septuagenarian referee, Dick Bavetta, after he whistled Ariza for the infraction. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Feb 13, 2014 / 12:30 am

James Harden’s Game-Winning Eurostep Layup

Dwight Howard, James Harden, Chandler Parsons

Dwight Howard, James Harden, Chandler Parsons (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

With four seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the Wizards up by two points, Trevor Ariza, who led Washington with 32 points, was called for a foul trying to break through Dwight Howard‘s screen before the ball was passed inbounds. Houston would go to the charity stripe for one free throw and get the ball back. After James Harden hit the free shot, the Rockets had a possibility to win the game on a two-pointer. Read More »