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SantosJames Harden may have the entire Western Conference fearing the beard in Houston this season.Photo Credit: SBNation.com
Who said James Harden couldn’t be an alpha dog? Since his trade to the Houston Rockets, Harden has quickly cemented himself as one of the superstars in the league.
There were many out there who questioned whether or not the Oklahoma City Thunder were doing the right thing when they let Harden walk. The Thunder got some nice assets in return, but it’s hard to replace a guy like Harden. The Rockets know that well now.
Harden, through three games, is averaging 35.3 PPG, 6.3 APG and 6.3 RPG. He’s shooting 52.9 percent from the floor, 35.0 percent from three and 81.8 percent from the line. More importantly, Harden has eased into this Houston with no problems whatsoever. The Rockets have jumped out to a nice 2-1 start and will next host the 0-3 Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.
It’s been nice for Harden to have a player like Jeremy Lin by his side in the back-court. Lin has had a lot of pressure on him too and it seems like the presence of Harden has taken a lot of that pressure off of both players in fact. That duo should be an exciting one to watch all season long, barring injury of course.
Does the acquisition of Harden make the Rockets a legitimate contender for the title with your NBA picks this season? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but there’s every reason to expect Houston can challenge for a playoff spot out of the West. The bottom few spots in the Western Conference are always up for grabs, and with down years from other teams, there’s an excellent chance we could see Harden and company in the postseason. How about a Rockets/Thunder series? Wouldn’t that be wild?
Whatever ends up happening, bringing Harden on board has brought new life to the city of Houston. He’ll be making Rockets fans very happy this season.
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Jim RacaltoI am at a serious loss for words for a couple reasons. First, I know James Harden is red hot right now for his new team the Houston Rockets, but a haircut this early? They aren’t in the Finals yet, chief. Secondly, whoever did this cut must have been on glue. Check out this ridiculous and hilariously bad hair piece; a tribute to James “The Beard” Harden: Thanks...
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James Harden was just traded to Houston Rockets no more than a week ago…and subsequently signed an $80 Million Dollar extension to remain with the Houston Rockets for the long haul — Now Harden isn’t only crushing it on the court, he’s also performing very strong off of it. Check out the tweet above, looks like the Beard is lining Houston’s...
At least he won’t have to worry about being jumped from behind.
James Harden has already made a huge impression with the Houston Rockets, so much so that someone went and had him immortalized by shaving his likeness in the back of their hair. The owner of the questionably awesome (or is it awesomely questionable) hairstyle is a member of the Red Rowdies, a group of diehard Rockets...
This haircut of a member of the Red Rowdies (a group of Houston Rockets hardcore fans) is extremely frightening and wonderful. Check out the super fan’s haircut which is one of the best tributes to James Harden that you will most likely ever see. I am a bit confused as to the interesting changes that the barber made to Harden’s mug, but when all is said and done the beard will...
HOUSTON So there is this guy, James Harden, and he has a long beard and a well-constructed Mohawk, but he does not speak like a guy with a long beard and a Mohawk, which is to say he is not trying to play some kind of character.
He doesn't speak much, really. Well, not much more than he has to, although now that he's the star of the Houston Rockets, he has to speak a lot...
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Harden was able to ink a five-year, $80 million deal once he made it to Houston, turning down a deal from the Thunder earlier that went for $54 million over four years.
Harden says he wanted to stay with OKC, but they didn’t...
The Rockets had been pushing to complete the trade for James Harden by Friday, but the Thunder wanted to present a final offer to Harden with a 60-minute window.
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Before the NBA regular season got underway, the Oklahoma City Thunder shocked the league by trading James Harden to the Houston Rockets for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, and a plethora of future draft picks. Harden turned down a four-year extension earlier in the day in which he was traded. In this post, which marks the [...]
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The Milwaukee Bucks’ Brandon Jennings and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively.
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The Portland Trail Blazers have impressed early in the 2012-13 season, and that trend was no different on the road against the Houston Rockets.
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