Friday, January 11th, 2013 at 10:35 am  |  10 responses

Playing in the NBA All-Star Game Would Mean a Lot to James Harden

With the midsesason showcase taking place in Houston this year, Rockets star James Harden is anxious to take part in the festivities. Harden, traded to Houston just prior to the start of the season, thinks the All-Star nod (the first of his four-year NBA career) would help validate all that he has accomplished since leaving the OKC Thunder. Per the Houston Chronicle: “The initial thought that the Rockets might not be invited to the party they are hosting no longer seems a concern. It was far from certain James Harden would represent the Rockets in the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 17 in Toyota Center when his trade here was made just before the season. Unless the baseball writers take over the voting, that seems close to a breakaway slam dunk now. Harden moved past LeBron James into fourth in league scoring. Beyond that, Harden has carried the Rockets to a 21-15 record, scoring at least 25 points in 14 consecutive games, with many coming down the stretch and providing a winning lift as the Rockets have won 10 of 13 games. ‘It would be great to do that this year with the game in Houston, with the trade and everything,’ Harden said. ‘It’s always good to be recognized, but it would mean a lot this season.’ Harden has exceeded expectations, with the guard adjusting quickly to the role of go-to scorer and the responsibilities — along with defensive attention — that come with that. ‘He does it in different ways,’ Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. ‘There are nights where he’ll make 3s, nights where he gets to the line. There are nights he gets layups. He puts pressure on the defense. He’s got the ability to make shots. He can attack and score against bigs, which a lot of guards can’t do. He can really finish. He’s a special, special talent. He really is. He’s getting better all the time. This is the first time he’s ever been asked to try to carry a team, and that’s a lot of responsibility. He’s done a tremendous job.’”

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  • JML-G

    theres no way he wont be in the all-star game this year obviously.. but i can bet asian bball lovers still feels like Lin should be there b4 Harden (or anybody else for that matter)

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  • spit hot fiyah

    so if okc has the best rocord by the break scott brooks gets to coach durant, westbrook and harden again. prestt might tank so he doesn’t have to see that

  • terry

    Why not give him first half MVP, only player having a better year is CP. LeBron is been leading and doing everything as he usually does KD is scoring, Melo is shooting the hell out the ball still and playing Some D.. the Lakers are just awful to even look at any one.. the rockets weren’t a play off team until James Harden now they are so why not give him MVP of the first half of the season Crown him

  • Ten Speed Everywhere Guy

    In other news: tests have shown that most NBA players are quite good at basketball.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Metapod is McHale. Metapod used HARDEN!

  • JM

    Just so we’re clear. You said a player is having a better year than him. You also said last years MVP is doing the same things he did last year. Yet you want to give him the MVP for the first half of the season?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    it must be pretty exciting to be a Rockets fan these days…minus Royce White

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Lebron and Kevin Durant are both having GODLY seasons…there is no possible way to justiy taking the MVP away from one of them….except MAYBE CP3

  • Comment_System

    Let’s all agree that this comment didn’t happen and move on.