Posts Tagged ‘james harden’

James Harden vs Kenny Mayne for 200 lbs of spaghetti

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Houston, Rockets guard James Harden teamed up with Foot Locker to take on the best that Twitter had to offer. Fans challenged Harden to do all kinds of crazy stuff, like making a shot and then taking a selfie with a camel.

And to end the event, Harden played one-on-one against ESPN’s Kenny Mayne, with the loser getting 200 pounds of spaghetti dumped on their head. Want to guess how that turned out?

Dwight Howard rates James Harden the best left-hander of all-time

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago on the blogtable, we looked at some of the greatest left-handed players of all-time, a list that includes some legendary NBA players, such as Bill Russell, David Robinson, Manu Ginobili, Tiny Archibald…the list can go on and on.

Houston guard James Harden got one vote on our list, but that’s presumably only because his teammate Dwight Howard didn’t have a vote.

Last night, Howard took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, and when asked for his take on the greatest lefty of all-time, Howard went with Harden…

And you know what? Dwight hears your disagreement, and respectfully reserves the right to disagree…

And for what it’s worth, Howard mentioned Russell among his list of the best in League history…

When a fan asked how Russell could be one of the three best of all-time but not the best lefty, Howard had an answer ready for him…

What do you say? Is James Harden the best lefty of all-time? Or does someone else get your vote?

NBA 2K16 and Spike Lee present James Harden’s journey

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few days ago we saw a video from 2K Sports featuring Stephen Curry, one of the cover stars of the upcoming NBA 2K16. One of the other cover stars is Houston’s James Harden, so here’s a video featuring Harden’s development into an NBA star, and the power of believing…

VIDEO: Harden 2K16

James Harden and Gregg Popovich compare beards

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Houston Rockets played the San Antonio Spurs last night in a game between Western Conference teams with title aspirations. The Spurs won, 110-98, but that didn’t stop James Harden and Gregg Popovich, two hirsute men, from taking a moment to compare not their respective postseason fortunes but instead, their beards.

What if James Harden’s beard was Iman Shumpert’s hair?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The title of this post really explains it all. What would it look like if Houston Rockets guard James Harden‘s beard was Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Iman Shumpert‘s hair? Some enterprising person out there used Photoshop to merge these two men of follicular greatness. Somehow this image got back to Shumpert himself, who posted it on Instagram with a note of approval…

Nahhhhh jo the gram gotta chill 😂😂😂 even I'm crying off this one

A photo posted by Iman Shumpert (@imanshumpert) on

Is James Harden the new King James?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cavaliers and Rockets had a terrific game yesterday afternoon, battling into overtime and through several game-winning attempts. When the dust settled, the Rockets won 105-103 in overtime. And while several Rockets had great games, they were led by James Harden, who had himself a statement game, finishing with 33 points, 8 rebounds and, more importantly, one big-time win.

Of course, on the losing end of things were the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were led by four-time MVP LeBron James, who finished with 37 points and, as usual, had a hand in everything the Cavs did on Sunday. And sure, he also missed two clutch free throws that could have given the Cavs a late lead. This time LeBron may have come up just a bit short, but considering his history of rings and trophies, he’ll get another chance and will take advantage of the situation.

Still, that didn’t stop the Houston Rockets from gloating a bit after the win. The Rockets official Twitter account tweeted out an image declaring Harden the “new King”…

After one win? Welp. As the saying goes, you come at the King, you best not miss…

Top Plays Spotlight: Hardening the ‘D’

VIDEO: James Harden is piling on the blocks during the 2014-15 season

Monday saw James Harden torment the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves for 31 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and four blocks. The world focused on the triple-double, the fourth of his career, and rightfully so. That last line, the four swats, is also a cause for recognition.

Why? Among NBA guards, Harden has the third-most blocks (46), behind only K.J. McDaniels and Danny Green. There aren’t any clamoring for him to get an All-Defensive team nod (except maybe Clyde Drexler and Daryl Morey), but his effectiveness defending the ball has ratcheted up a notch.

How is he racking up his swats? Smart weak-side help, strong hands, deceptive closeout speed, long arms, timing, timing, timing and strength. The same traits that make him a terror with the ball have emphatically caught DeMarcus Cousins, Zach Randolph (and others) off guard on the other end.

Harden has 26 games to finish off his best season and MVP submission. If he sustains his new-found tendency for rejections (his 46 blocks already are a career high), it will be harder to keep the Maurice Podoloff Trophy off his mantle. Especially with moves like this:

VIDEO: James Harden victimizes Ricky Rubio before sinking the trey

The NBA on Christmas Day: Talking with Kristin Chenoweth


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The holidays are not only a time of being with friends and family, they also bring about one of the marquee moments on the NBA calendar: Christmas Day, when the NBA is giving us five big match-ups to keep you glued to your couch all day long.

To celebrate the upcoming day, we’re talking with a few famous NBA fans about what the NBA and the Christmas Day games mean to them. We’ve already spoken with John Leguizamo, Mario Batali and Anna Chlumsky, and today we wrap up by talking with Emmy and Tony award-winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth. An Oklahoma native, Chenoweth has starred on TV in shows such as “The West Wing” and “Glee!,” in movies like Rio 2 and on Broadway in shows including “Wicked” and “Promises, Promises.”

Chenoweth will next be seen on-screen in the Universal film The Boy Next Door, alongside Jennifer Lopez, and in the animated Lucasfilm fairy tale musical Strange Magic, both set to be released on January 23. She’s also completed production on an indie teen drama entitled Hard Sell and the Disney Channel’s live-action original movie “Descendants,” in which she will play the classic Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent. Chenoweth will also return to Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company‘s 20-week limited engagement of “On the Twentieth Century” in early 2015.

Christmas2014ME: Hey Kristin! So I just wanted to talk basketball with you. You probably don’t get to do that that much, right?

KRISTIN: (laughing) Nobody thinks that I can talk basketball. This is a very good gift of a call for me to have.

ME: I know you’re originally from Oklahoma, but were you a basketball fan before the Thunder were there?

KRISTIN: I think I should tell sort of how it came for me, like, this love of basketball. I was always scared of basketball growing up. I was a cheerleader, but I knew I could never play basketball because I’m 4-11. But I always liked cheering at basketball games because they were exciting. I loved the game in and of itself, but I never played, and we never had a professional team, as you know. So, I started dating someone a few years back, six years ago, and he was a humongous L.A. Lakers fan. And I knew that I had to start watching the Lakers. So I did that so I got to know who he was talking about, and I started to fall in love with the players. I really liked Pau Gasol a lot. He’s no longer there, but anyway, we got the Thunder right after that. And my boyfriend was such a big basketball nut he would watch with me, and started to like the Thunder. I started to fall in love with Westbrook and Durant, and I’m still not over Harden. I feel a little bit badly about it, but my Dad tried to explain to me about it being a business decision, and I get that, but I don’t know, it was a little heartbreaking to see him leave. But since that I’ve become an even bigger fan and bigger fan, and I’ve really enjoyed watching basketball.

ME: Are you a Thunder loyalist?

KRISTIN: I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of a lot of teams, because I’m very loyal to my Thunder, but I have a little bit of love for the Spurs — a little bit, even though they’re in direct competition with us. I’m not really loving the Heat, and I’m a little torn about how I feel about LeBron. He went to the Heat and now he’s back in Cleveland, God bless him, but I’m not really a fan of the Heat. I’m not really a fan of the Nuggets. I can’t tell you why, either, other than I just feel like, No. I like the Clippers and the fact that we have an Oklahoman on that team — Blake Griffin. I’m just proud of the Thunder. I’m proud that Oklahoma has such a good team. The beginning of this year did not look good, and we had a lot of injuries and we’re kind of overcoming that. I think Coach [Scott] Brooks is very smart and is grooming the younger players. I’m pretty impressed with Reggie Jackson — I love him and Ibaka, and I love Perkins. Of course I love Westbrook and Durant, but I gotta give love to the entire team, because I see them coming together, and in the beginning of this season, even though we were losing without our guys, I was so proud of how they were learning and how quickly they were learning. To me, that’s the definition of a team, and I think that’s where Scott is so good. Even though he’s a California boy, I’m glad he’s embraced Oklahoma.

ME: I was wondering, because I know you spend a lot of time in New York, do you follow the Knicks as well?

KRISTIN: The Knicks are another team I have love for, because I’m a New Yorker as well. I live in New York and L.A. both, but I’m always gonna follow the New York Jets, Giants — even though that doesn’t really work for a lot of people — Yankees, Mets and Knicks. I’m always gonna do that — New York is like my second home. But if I had to pick, there’s no competition.

ME: You mentioned being 4-11, which made me wonder: Is Nate Robinson your favorite Thunder player of all-time?

KRISTIN: How tall is he? Isn’t he like 5-10?

ME: No, he’s like 5-8, 5-9.

KRISTIN: Nate Robinson is that short? Didn’t he win the dunk contest? Yeah, I loved him. What happened to him? Where is he now?

ME: He’s on your not-favorite Denver Nuggets now.

KRISTIN: That’s! Right! That is right! I still have love for him. He’s short — well, for a basketball player. But it just goes to show, to me, that it doesn’t matter how tall you are. He has the heart of a basketball player and he’s so good. I’m sad to see him with the Nuggets, but again, you lose some and we’re training these awesome players. Like Jeremy Lamb, he’s a baby, but in five years what’s he going to be doing? I’m excited to see.

ME: So do you feel like this is the year for the Thunder to finally break through and win a title?

KRISTIN: Well, that’s a tough one. Because I’m always going to want to say yes. I think there’s still time to prove ourselves, yes, I do. I think that we have to overcome a lot. I think we have to overcome injury. If we can do that, and we don’t lose anybody, then yeah, I think we have a shot. The Spurs are making me nervous. Of course, any team that LeBron plays on makes me nervous. Two years ago was really painful. And I was on tour and they had said if we make it to the Finals will you sing the National Anthem? And I had said, ‘Hell yeah! I’m in the middle of tour but I’ll move a show.” I might have cried, I’m not going to say. But I have these really high heels, these Oklahoma City Thunder pumps, but I wore them on stage, just to show my love. I think like three of my shoes could fit in Kevin Durant’s shoe.

ME: So let’s get your Christmas Day picks. First game is Washington Wizards at New York Knicks.

KRISTIN: I’m gonna have to go with the Knicks.

ME: Second game is Oklahoma City Thunder at the San Antonio Spurs. No contest here, I’m guessing.

KRISTIN: The Thunder all the way. We’re gonna kick San Antonio’s [butt]. I predict it. Take that, San Antonio [laughs].

ME: Cleveland Cavaliers at the Miami Heat?

KRISTIN: Oh man, you know I’m watching that game. Um, I’m gonna have to go with the Cavs. A) I’m not a fan of the Heat, and B) LeBron’s on the Cavs.

ME: Two more. The Los Angeles Lakers at the Chicago Bulls?

KRISTIN: The Bulls, they’re gonna win. They’re having a good year, I forgot about them.

ME: And then the last one is the Warriors against the other team from Los Angeles, the Clippers.

KRISTIN: I like the Clippers, I like the Clippers. By the way, the first game you mentioned…

ME: Wizards at the Knicks?

KRISTIN: The Wizards are better than I thought they would be. Is that new this year?

ME: They were pretty good last season, made the second round of the Playoffs, but this season they’re better than they’ve been in a long time.

KRISTIN: I know, right? I caught a little bit of their game and I forget who they were playing, but I was like, What the hell is going on here? They’re not bad, not bad. Well, let’s see how close I get, I may have just called all five games.

ME: You did pick the Knicks.

KRISTIN: I know, I know, but I did that out of loyalty.

ME: Understood. Last thing: On Christmas Day will you actually sit at home and watch the games?

KRISTIN: I’ll watch the Thunder because I’m going home to Oklahoma, and everything stops in Oklahoma when the Thunder play, as well it should. So I’ll be watching with my Dad and my cousins and everybody. And I really want to see the Cavs/Heat game.

James Harden makes bold NBA Style choice

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Houston Rockets took on the Los Angeles Lakers last night on ESPN, and James Harden was not about to let the opportunity slide. With a nationally televised game against one of the NBA’s marquee franchises, on the same day as the debut of his hilarious Foot Locker commercial, Harden decided to show off his NBA Style with a bold sweatshirt.

And as often happens in matters of NBA Style, some people on Twitter were willing to share their opinions…


Duncan, Rose, Harden welcome Week of Greatness at Foot Locker

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Foot Locker is kicking off their Week of Greatness, in which each day they release different highly anticipated sneakers and apparel. And to get the word out, they’ve released a series of terrific commercials. Two of the spots don’t feature NBA players (Manny Pacquiao and John Cena), but two other spots star NBA players and are genuinely great. Check out Tim Duncan being excited (well, for him) when he gets a call from Derrick Rose, and James Harden playing on his rep for not being defensive…

VIDEO: Duncan excited

VIDEO: Harden defensive