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James Harden Wants To Play Every Night, Avoid Rest

Mar 21, 2017 10:17 AM

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 it, but it's something I love. I enjoy the grind. I enjoy how hard it is. I think that makes you tougher. That makes you who you are."

Harden is averaging 36.5 minutes per game, which ranks seventh in the NBA, and he has 56 double-doubles and 19 triple-doubles this season.

"I don't know how many examples you need there," D'Antoni said regarding the MVP award and Harden. "He gives you an example every night. If something's better out there, I've never seen it and I've been around. I'm old and I've been around and never seen anything better."

Harden was asked if D'Antoni will try to rest him down the stretch.

"Mike knows not to come at me with that," Harden said.

Harden has missed only one practice this season.


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Rockets Sign Troy Williams For Remainder Of Season

Mar 20, 2017 4:06 PM

The Houston Rockets have signed Troy Williams for the remainder of the season.

Williams has been with the Rockets' NBA Development League affiliate since he was signed March 9, averaging 21.8 points on 55.2 percent shooting along with five rebounds in four games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Williams began the season with the Memphis Grizzlies and had played with the Iowa Energy of the D-League before signing with the Rockets and beginning his assignment with the Vipers. He has averaged 14.1 points in 27 D-League games this season.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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Straw Poll Of 106 Media Members Shows Harden Ahead Of Westbrook In MVP Race

Mar 16, 2017 4:12 PM

In a straw poll of 106 media members who cover the NBA, James Harden placed first with 910 points ahead of Russell Westbrook with 768.

Harden received 53 first-place votes while Westbrook had 26 first-place votes. Harden finished second in MVP voting in 2015 behind Stephen Curry.

Kawhi Leonard (658) and LeBron James (600) finished third and fourth in the poll.

Isaiah Thomas or John Wall are vying to round out the top-5.

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Tags: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Award

Rockets Staying In Baton Rouge Due To High Hotel Prices In New Orleans

Mar 16, 2017 4:06 PM

The Houston Rockets are staying in Baton Rouge ahead of their game on Friday at the New Orleans Pelicans due to the exorbitant prices of hotels in the Big Easy.

The Rockets played at home on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Lakers and then traveled to New Orleans.

The Rockets will hold shootaround in Baton Rouge and then bus to New Orleans on the day of the game. The 82 mile trip will take approximately one hour and 40 minutes.

NBA teams typically stay at five-star hotels while traveling on the road.

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Tags: Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA

Rockets To Sign Troy Williams To 10-Day Contract

Mar 9, 2017 2:18 PM

The Houston Rockets plan on signing Troy Williams to a 10-day contract.

Williams has averaged 12.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 20.0 minutes per game with Iowa in the D-League.

Williams played 24 games this season with the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 5.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 17.4 minutes per game. Williams was waived by the the Grizzlies in February.

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Andrew Bogut Agrees To Sign With Cavaliers

Feb 28, 2017 7:49 PM

Andrew Bogut has committed to signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Bogut and the Philadelphia 76ers agreed upon a buyout following his trade.

Bogut also considered the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics.

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Mike D'Antoni Was Encouraged His Style Works By Warriors' Title

Feb 28, 2017 4:55 PM

Mike D'Antoni was encouraged by how the Golden State Warriors used elements of his offense in winning one NBA championship in 2015 and then winning 73 games in 15-16.

“O.K., this does work,” D'Antoni told himself. “I wasn’t stupid. I wasn’t crazy. You need the right players, the right mentality. But it can be done.”

While away from the game, D'Antoni talked to Alvin Gentry regularly and also touched base with Steve Kerr a couple of times. D'Antoni took mental notes for potential jobs and also began brainstorming ways to replicate Draymond Green.

"If Mike D’Antoni and Daryl Morey had a baby, it would be James Harden, running high-efficiency pick-and-rolls at the top of the crib," writes Lee Jenkins. "They formed a holy analytical trinity."

“This,” Harden says, “is probably what I should have been doing all along.”

“We’re convinced we can do it,” D’Antoni said.

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Unnamed Head Coach: James Harden Has Become Steve Nash On Steroids

Feb 28, 2017 4:50 PM

James Harden has simplified his life this season, no longer dating Khloe Kardashian, no longer playing beside Dwight Howard and playing point guard under Mike D'Antoni.

Harden trained at Arizona State in the offseason with longtime sports performance director Rich Wenner, who had introduced him to the Stairmaster as a smooth-faced freshman at Arizona State, and he did skills work with development coach Irving Roland, whom he met at the LeBron James Skills Academy a year later. “I need to get back to what I used to do,” Harden told them.

“I think he wanted to take his fame out for a spin,” says a Rockets source, “and I think he decided he liked it better in the garage.” 

“Ninety percent of teams in this league don’t have any alignment at all between the front office, the coaching staff and the players,” says one NBA head coach. “You looked at this team last year and they were all f----- up. You look at them now and they are completely aligned. James Harden has become Steve Nash—if Steve Nash were on steroids.”

Harden also signed a four-year, $118 million extension with the Rockets in July 2016, which will move back his free agency beyond his initially scheduled 2018.

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Andrew Bogut Agrees To Buyout, Set To Decide Between Cavs, Rockets, Spurs, Celtics

Feb 27, 2017 6:03 PM

Andrew Bogut has agreed upon a buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Bogut has narrowed his next team down to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics. Bogut will have conversations over the next 24 hours with those teams before making his decision.

In 26 games for Dallas, Bogut averaged three points and 8.3 rebounds. 

Bogut spent five seasons with the Warriors before joining the Mavericks.

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Isaiah Taylor Signs Three-Year Deal With Rockets

Feb 27, 2017 2:06 PM

The Houston Rockets have signed Isaiah Taylor to a three-year, non-guaranteed contract.

Taylor, who was with the Rockets in training camp and summer league, has averaged 21.1 points and 6.1 assists in 12 games for the Vipers making 49.7 percent of his shots, 41.3 percent of his 3-pointers.

Taylor has played only 12 games this season because of a groin injury, but is considered to be 100 percent.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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Cavs, Spurs, Rockets, Celtics, Jazz Interested In Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut wants to pursue a championship and play a significant role for a veteran team.

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Lakers Trade Marcelo Huertas To Rockets For Tyler Ennis
The Rockets will waive Marcelo Huertas to clear more cap room for the buyout market.

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Rockets Trade K.J. McDaniels To Nets
The Rockets will be able to use K.J. McDaniels' $3 million cap space on the buyout market.

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Cavaliers, Knicks, Bulls Interested In Trading For Patrick Beverley
Patrick Beverley would like to remain with the Rockets.

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Rockets Interested In Trading For Iman Shumpert
The Rockets are offering expiring contracts and cash savings for trade partners.

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Rockets Acquire Lou Williams From Lakers For 1st Rounder, Corey Brewer
The Rockets will send Corey Brewer and a first round pick to the Lakers for Lou Williams.

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James Harden: Durant, Westbrook 'Have To Figure It Out Themselves'
James Harden has remained close with both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Scott Cacciola/New York Times

Eric Gordon: Pelicans 'Always Been A Little Dysfunctional'
Eric Gordon tried to leave New Orleans in 2012 when he signed an offer sheet with the Phoenix Suns that was matched.

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LeBron, Durant, Curry, Harden, Westbrook Comprise NBA's Top-5 In Total Earnings
LeBron James is the highest-paid player in the NBA in terms of total earnings for the third straight year at $88 million.

Kurt Badenhausen/Forbes

Rockets Looking For Depth In Trade Market
Daryl Morey is unsure if the Rockets will make a trade ahead of the deadline.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

James Harden Overtakes Westbrook As Oddsmakers' MVP Favorite
James Harden's odds are at 10/11 compared to 5/4 for Westbrook.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Kevin Durant Reflects On Time With Westbrook, Harden
Kevin Durant reflected back this week on how special the Thunder were earlier in his career playing beside fellow MVP candidates Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

Mike D'Antoni: James Harden Is Perfect Superstar For How I Coach
Daryl Morey describes James Harden as "maybe the greatest off-the-dribble driver of all time."

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James Harden: I Was Shocked By Mike D'Antoni's Point Guard Idea
Mike D'Antoni saw a way to make James Harden even better.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Rockets Open To Trading K.J. McDaniels
K.J. McDaniels signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Rockets in the 2015 offseason.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Donatas Motiejunas: Rockets Lost An Asset, I Lost $37M
Donatas Motiejunas is confident he will find a new multi-year deal in free agency in 2017.

Michael Scotto/Basketball Insiders

Donatas Motiejunas Saw 'Best Opportunity' With Pelicans After 'Frustrating' Free Agency
Donatas Motiejunas is looking forward to returning to game action with the Pelicans for the first time in eight months after a lengthy free agency.

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Dwane Casey, Mike D'Antoni Named Coaches Of The Month
Toronto finished December with a 10-4 record (second in the East).

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James Harden, John Wall Named Players Of The Month For December
James Harden averaged 28.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 12 assists as Rockets went 15-2.

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Rockets Tout Character, Harmony For Turnaround
The Rockets are having great success this season with James Harden playing like a MVP surrounded by three-point shooters.

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