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 mo...