TAG: James Harden

NBA / Nov 17, 2014 / 2:00 pm

James Harden Says Reggie Jackson “Has To Get The Money That He’s Earned”

Reggie Jackson

If there’s any player that knows how stringent the Oklahoma City Thunder can be in contract negotiations, it’s definitely James Harden. The Houston Rockets superstar and reigning All-NBA First Team honoree was low-balled by the Thunder after winning Sixth Man of the Year in 2011-2012, and subsequently dealt to Houston after it became apparent that the sides would be unable to reach an extension by the deadline that would have made him a restricted free agent the following summer. Just two years later, Oklahoma City finds itself in a somewhat similar situation with super-sub Reggie Jackson. And though GM Sam Presti elected against trading the talented guard even though no extension was reached, that hardly ensures Jackson’s long-term place with the Thunder. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Nov 15, 2014 / 12:30 am

Video: James Harden Hits Game-Winner As The Rockets Steal It From The Sixers

James Harden

The Rockets had no business winning this game. The teams flip-flopped the first two quarters with Philly outscoring Houston, 29-18, in the first, and Houston outscoring Philly, 28-19, in the second. But then the Sixers — the only winless team left in the NBA — took the third by six points and an upset was officially brewing when Tony Wroten put them ahead by three with just 51 seconds left. Except they blew it, gift-wrapping James Harden and the Rockets a home win they don’t deserve. Read More »

NBA / Nov 13, 2014 / 12:30 am

Video: Dwight Howard Welcomes Andrew Wiggins To NBA With Huge Block

Dwight Howard

Andrew Wiggins learned the hard way that not every player on the Houston Rockets defends like James Harden. After easily beating Harden to the baseline, the rookie rose for a finish only to have his shot swatted into the stands by a soaring Dwight Howard. Read More »

Video / Nov 12, 2014 / 10:30 pm

Watch Andrew Wiggins Block James Harden’s Layup, Blow By Him For Dunk

Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins (photo. @cjzero Vine)

Andrew Wiggins is going toe-to-toe with Houston Rockets All-NBA guard James Harden in Mexico City. Watch the Minnesota Timberwolves rookie show off his crazy explosion by blocking Harden’s layup, then quickly beating him off the dribble for a baseline slam a few possessions later. Read More »

GIFs, Video / Nov 7, 2014 / 11:15 am

James Harden Toasts Cory Joseph With Sick Eurostep

Cory Joseph, James Harden

There are a lot of negatives fans now ascribe to James Harden‘s game these days. Some feel it’s somehow ugly, since he’s always flailing off a defender and going to the line, or he’s too ball dominant to get others involved. The most pernicious comments come at the expense of his defense — even if GM Daryl Morey thinks it’s unfair. One thing you can’t dispute about Harden, though, is his incredible Eurostep and he showed it off during last night’s win over the Spurs. Read More »

NBA, Video / Nov 6, 2014 / 9:45 pm

Watch James Harden Cut Back-Door For Rim-Rattling Slam Over Aron Baynes

James Harden

James Harden

James Harden is such a uniquely effective offensive threat that it’s sometimes easy to forget he’s an elite athlete, too. This dunk is a pretty good reminder. Watch Harden cut back-door and rise for a rim-rattling slam over Aron Baynes in the Houston Rockets’ blow-out of the short-handed San Antonio Spurs. Read More »

Latest News / Nov 3, 2014 / 10:30 pm

Video: Nerlens Noel Rejects James Harden’s Dunk Attempt With Authority

Nerlens Noel, James Harden

The Philadelphia 76ers didn’t get the win over the Houston Rockets tonight, but Nerlens Noel should be proud of his performance nonetheless. The Sixers’ wholly unique rookie posted 10 points, five assists and six steals against Dwight Howard and company, becoming the first starting center with at least that many dimes and swipes in a single game since 1973. Oh, and he also absolutely embarrassed James Harden when the Rockets superstar challenged him at the rim. Read More »

Dime Training, GIFs / Oct 27, 2014 / 11:15 am

Video: I Love Basketball TV Teaches You James Harden’s Hesitation Move

Coach Rocky I Love Basketball TV

I Love Basketball TV‘s esteemed Coach Rocky has taught you the spin-move step-back jumper, the playground-worthy spinning fake, and how to get your shot off quick like Stephen Curry. Now, they’re going to show you the hestitation dribble from James Harden, and Harden’s little trick to draw contact once he’s in the lane. Read More »

NBA / Oct 22, 2014 / 5:45 pm

NBA General Managers Rank Kobe Bryant Third-Best Shooting Guard In Survey

Kobe Bryant, Klay Thompson

Houston Rockets All-NBA First Team honoree James Harden believes that he’s “the best all-around basketball player in the NBA.” Meanwhile, the agent of Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson recently opined that his client is “the best two-way 2-guard in basketball.” So, where does that leave fellow shooting guard and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant? Well behind Harden and Thompson as the league’s third best player at his position, at least according to a survey of NBA general managers. Read More »

Smack / Oct 21, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Daryl Morey Calls Viral Video Of James Harden’s Defense Unfair

James Harden

James Harden’s defense was porous far before the casual NBA fan realized it. The direction of popular opinion hedged its present destination at the beginning of last season, when videos of Harden falling asleep off-ball and getting roasted off-dribble by subpar wings began making the internet rounds. By the time 2013-2014 was over and enough talking head criticism and video footage had been compiled to call Harden the league’s worst defender, the amount of scrutiny was already over the top. When a new compilation of Harden’s defensive failings were compiled by an excellent YouTube user in April, even more fuel was added to the fire. Read More »