James Harden is ready. For the music, the weather, the restaurants.
And, yes, he'll work in some basketball as well.
''Houston is a beautiful city,'' he says.
Harden will be making his NBA All-Star debut when the game and its weekend of festivities come to Houston Feb. 15-17.
In his first season with the Houston Rockets after an October trade from Oklahoma City, Harden has taken to the nation's fourth-largest city. And for those planning a trip to the game, he's set to play travel agent - where to stay, what to eat, things to do.
''There's so much you can do, so if you come it should be a good time,'' he tells The Associated Press. ''There's just so much variety.''
And with temperatures expected to be in the high 60s, a visit would be a welcome respite for fans from colder climates.
''That's another reason why Houston is beautiful,'' he said. ''The weather is always nice for the most part.''
There's also the throngs of rappers who will descend on the city for a weekend that ...